Dear fellow Columbus Tustin parent,
I write with a personal plea: Please join the Columbus Tustin Parent Teacher Organization! This year, more than any other year, our children’s educational and enrichment opportunities are in dire need of parent support. We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted many of our families, including their livelihoods. As a result, I am not writing to ask for any donations. Instead, I only ask that you sign-up to join the PTO, free of charge, so that we can better involve you and your family in PTO events and activities. In addition to the free membership, we will provide you with a free CTMS PTO face mask!
Aside from that free gift, however, I hope that you understand why your support for the PTO matter so much for your children. CTMS relies heavily on its PTO to provide a number of school enrichment programs, teacher support, and community outreach. Here are a few of the many ways that your support can help the PTO serve our children:
· Equipping teachers to provide the best instruction possible. Our teachers are incredibly creative and able to provide fantastic instruction to our students. With the dramatic changes caused by the current pandemic, however, the teachers have had to adapt to an entirely new format of instruction. The PTO has been supporting them by helping to supply new remote-learning teaching equipment and classroom supplies.
· Building school spirit. The incoming sixth graders not only have had to adapt to a new school, but to an entirely new way of learning and interacting with their classmates. The PTO understood the social challenges these new students would face. To welcome them to the CTMS family in this challenging year, the PTO provided them with school spirit T-shirts and supports the student W.E.B. program (Where Everyone Belongs), a peer-mentor program for new students.
· Funding of arts programs. The PTO provides critical funding for the repair and purchase of musical instruments, sheet music, and art supplies for students both on campus and in full distance learning.
· Campus Improvements. Several major projects to beautify the Columbus Tustin Campus have been funded by PTO fundraising efforts. These include the beautiful murals, shade structures, staff lounge improvements, and lunch tables.
Aside from the clear benefits the PTO provides to our children, I want to stress how enriching PTO involvement is for our parents. By joining the PTO, you can (i) meet and network with other parents, (ii) have more direct interaction with your children’s teachers, and (iii) know that you are actively helping to make your child’s educational experience more effective and rewarding.
To join the PTO and get your free face mask, simply complete the form found at HERE. If you have any questions about the form, the PTO, or anything concerning your child’s experience at CTMS, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support, and I hope to work with you to make the remainder of the school year an incredible experience for our children!
CTMS PTO President