Ridgeview Elementary PTA
Dear Ridgeview Families,
As we approach the end of the school year (seriously, where does the time go?), I thought it was important to have a frank conversation about PTA at RV and plant some seeds for next year. As I reflect back, we have truly had a successful year. We raised $8000 in our Fun Run. We held our first Movie Night, and words can’t even describe how fun it was. We are sending every RV student on one, if not two or three, field trips. We brought in an amazing Visiting Author, were entranced by ballet dancers, and provided food for our hard-working teachers during fall and spring conferences. The refreshing changes to Family Fun Night made that night a huge success, and we are in the midst of planning an awesome field day.
PTA is THRIVING, except in one way. We need more dedicated volunteers willing to take a larger role in leadership. Don’t get me wrong—RV is home to so many dedicated volunteers, willing to send in supplies, make a donation, or show up for an event. We value these contributions. We value them mightily because without them, PTA really couldn’t provide any of the experiences and community building that we value. Over time, however, the task of organizing events has fallen to fewer and fewer hands. If you’re a part of any non-profit organization, I think you’ll notice this trend. More and more of the work falls to fewer and fewer individuals.
I feel RV PTA is at a point where we need to turn that around. One person can only do so much. And it doesn’t serve the organization well for any one person to do it all, because it leads to burnout and it leaves a leadership (and knowledge) void when it’s time to move on. As noted in the opening of this letter, time passes and as our RV students age, we lose dedicated leaders. As your president, my goal next year is to raise up leaders to serve on many committees and to ensure that our thriving PTA continues on, well past my tenure.
What is it going to take to achieve this goal? People like you, willing to step up. Listen, I get that we are all busy. Maybe you think that I couldn’t possibly understand your situation. I do understand that not everyone is able to commit the time and energy needed. But some of you are. Many of the leadership roles that are open next year do not require vast amounts of time for the entire school year. Typically, they require a few hours for a few weeks out of the school year, and often you are not working alone. As they say, many hands make light work.
I think PTA’s mission to bridge the gap between families and the school by providing experiences, community building, and supporting students and staff is worthy of our time and energy. I hope I don’t have to convince you of that because you have seen PTA’s value first-hand. Will you partner with me to help PTA THRIVE?
To reduce the burden of some leadership positions and clarify what is actually involved in various positions, I have broken down the needs into very specific roles. Please click on the Sign-Up Genius link below to review the descriptions of the leaders that we need to make PTA THRIVE in the 2019-2020 school year. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Ridgeview PTA President
All meeting begin at 6:30 PM in the Library Media Center
Sept 10th, Nov 12th, Jan 14th, March 3rd, May 12th