In April, I wrote “Happy Spring,” but I think now it may actually happen. It is hard to believe that our school year is getting close to the end.
I would like to say how I deeply appreciate having the opportunity to serve as PTA President. Although it has been quite busy, I have met many wonderful people in the Oakwood community. I appreciate the closeness I have with many teachers and staff. Having parents that have been teachers, I have always known teachers very well at the schools when growing up and feel that connection is crucial. The teachers have been very responsive and helpful for all our PTA events and activities.
Oakwood is lucky to have an amazing group of parents. With our many PTA activities, I believe it brings our students and parents together many times throughout the year. I have met wonderful parents who lead or volunteer at our events but also who attend and enjoy them as well. It is such a joy to watch the expressions on the kids’ faces as they interact at the events.
I enjoyed being involved in decisions with the budget. I am amazed at the generosity of our parents through our fundraisers, but more importantly at how the PTA helps the school. The teachers often need tools for use in the classroom and we are able to fund grants to help them pay for these. We’ve been able to bring in a visiting author and comedian/juggler at assemblies. We pay for classroom parties and give scholarship support for field trips and much more.
If you haven’t had a chance to volunteer, it truly is rewarding and I’m sure you will meet new wonderful people. There are always various opportunities that I believe you will find one that will suit your personality and interests.
It will be interesting to see all the new building changes next year with our new addition and new families transitioning to Oakwood. New students for next year will be visiting at the end of the month. Please give all them a great Oakwood welcome.
We have two more PTA meetings coming up Friday, May 17, 8:00-9:30 AM in the cafeteria. We will vote for our 2013-2014 PTA Board. We will go over the 2013-2014 PTA budget and approve if there are no changes. Our last PTA meeting is our ice cream social, Tuesday, June 4, 6:30 PM outside by the west playground if weather permits. We will approve by-laws changes and our budget if this hasn’t already been done.