PTA President's Message

I’m Alison Leung and 2020-21 will be my second year as PTA president. PTA (Parent Teacher Association) is a non-profit organization made up of volunteer parents to support the school’s needs, but it is a separate entity from the school and district all together. I am not a school employee, but a Fairlands parent who is volunteering to help out.

We all know that this year is going to be different and uncertain, so it feels more important than ever that we do our best to support our teachers and connect our kids.

Here is my 2019 Fairlands PTA song to showcase what we are about.

Here is some background about me and my journey with PTA. My kids are in 2nd grade and 4th grade and my older daughter started at Fairlands in TK. When we first started, I had no idea what PTA was about. My only impression of PTA was from books and movies where there was always high drama, packed PTA meetings with parents yelling at each other and I thought to myself, there is no way I want to be part of that. So at my first walk-through registration, when the person at the PTA table asked me if I wanted to become a member, I said no and left as quickly as possible. After attending my first PTA general meeting, I realized that is much to learn at the meetings about what is going on with the school.

In the past five years at Fairlands, I’ve gotten a better look at PTA and these are the basics I’ve learned:

  1. Buying a PTA membership carries no obligations or commitments for volunteering or attending meetings.

      • It gives you the ability to vote at general meetings if you attend, but meetings are optional. Of course, we’d love to see you there if you can make it.

  2. I’ve never regretted attending a PTA meeting.

      • I always learn something new about what the school does for our students when I attend. Remember how I mentioned earlier about my imagining those movie PTA meetings? They aren’t remotely like that.

  3. PTA uses our donations to fund so many of the items that directly impact our students’ everyday school experience; just to name a few:

      • Reading, Math, and educational subscriptions (RazKids, XtraMath, Zearn Math, BrainPOP, Handwriting Without Tears)

      • Science lab supplies

      • Planners, workbooks, magazines (National Geographic, TIME magazine)

      • Consumable supplies (pencils, paper, scissors, folders, hand sanitizer, tissues)

      • Physical Education and recess equipment

      • Music program instruments and classroom equipment

      • Library books

      • Second Step - A specific example that opened my eyes was the purchase of a social-emotional program that is integrated into our kids’ school life. Second Step is about improving social-emotional health, to help our kids better manage their emotions and teach them empathy and bullying prevention.

  4. PTA is made up of volunteers here to improve our kids' school life and community. To anyone who’s interested in volunteering but possibly feels intimidated or worried, there’s a great deal of support available and you aren’t left to flounder on your own.

      • One example is our Fairlands Art Docents (FAD) class lesson program. Unfortunately, there are no art teachers, so this program is the only way kids have organized art lessons at school. As a volunteer, you watch the art lesson video instructions, bring the pre-organized supplies to the class and walk the students through the lesson step-by-step. No art or teaching experience needed and you can attend the introductory meeting to learn more.

  5. PTA organizes and runs all the fun evening/weekend social events, such as Ice Cream Social, Fall Festival, and Holiday Breakfast. We are also behind the weekly Fairlands Flyer newsletter that goes out every Sunday with updates from Ms. Deeringhoff and reminders about school events.

Truly, many opportunities would not be available to our students without parent volunteers and donations through the PTA. We sincerely hope that you will join us in our goal of improving our students' school life and community. Thank you!