HILLSIDE AND THE PTO!
you are new to Hillside or returning to our wonderful school, we are so excited
to meet you and personally welcome you to Hillside and the PTO! The PTO has planned for an amazing school
year. Please be sure join the PTO for the 2016-2017 school year right away so
that we can continue to support our great school, teachers, staff and
students! Paper membership forms are
available at school, or you can join electronically here: http://bit.ly/HillsidePTO_NewFamily
When you become a PTO member, you will be added
to our list to receive the “Week at a Glance” each Sunday evening/Monday
morning, which summarizes what’s going on at the school each week. You are also supporting the many programs and
services we fund and orchestrate each year through a wonderful network of other
parent volunteers to bring assemblies to the school, fund technology, provide
teachers with stipends to buy much-needed classroom supplies, buy books to
build classroom libraries and support individualized reading programs, provide
teacher appreciation events, support schoolwide student character and social
skills curriculum, fund classroom and health clinic supplies, offer fun family
events, and so much more.
INVOLVED as a member of the PTO! Without parent support and our volunteers,
we simply cannot function. Our work makes a huge difference in the quality of
your child’s experience at school and our school counts on the PTO’s support.
We have opportunities for working and non-working parents, and for people with
a little or a lot of time to spare. Our
volunteers are the lifeblood of the PTO, so we welcome and deeply appreciate
anything you are able to do to help!
Plus, PTO volunteers are awesome people to get to know.
We know what it is like to be working parents
who also want to be connected to your child’s school and life. It’s not easy,
but there’s nothing more important to us
than family, community and education.
Our goals as co-presidents of Hillside’s PTO are to:
- Create a warm, welcoming, inclusive
and encouraging environment where all parents – non-working AND working, moms
AND dads – feel connected, informed, empowered and involved in the lives of
their children at school.
- Provide financial and other resources
to teachers so they may deliver the highest quality education to all of our
children, with equal attention to students from diverse backgrounds, and with
different needs and special abilities.
- Help to ensure that Mr. Mills can
attract and retain the very best educators and staff by regularly showing our
appreciation, being responsive to staff needs, promoting a positive work
environment, and advocating for teachers beyond the walls of the school with
the School Board and LCPS Administration.
- Build a strong organizational
infrastructure to make parent volunteerism easier, more accessible and more
rewarding for those whose circumstances allow them to assist.
Elementary school is an important developmental
period for children. A high quality
education to promote academic achievement is just as important as a child’s
social/emotional development and feelings of self-worth for school-aged
children. You’ll see these values and beliefs reflected in our work as PTO
Co-Presidents. We look forward to working with you this year!
Carol Williams-Nickelson, PsyD and David
Nickelson, PsyD, JD
Co-Presidents, Hillside PTO
Please join the Hillside PTO to ensure that we can continue to provide educational enrichment activities for our children and programs that strengthen our parent-teacher community.
The $20 annual family membership fee supplements the main source of PTO revenue that is generated by fundraising activities during the year. The PTO budget is allocated to a wide variety of PTO-sponsored events and services that would not be possible otherwise, and that directly benefit ALL of our children, our families and the faculty.
Show your HAWK PRIDE by displaying our Hillside PTO car magnet that you will receive free when you join the PTO. (One magnet per family. Additional magnets are available for purchase in the Spirit Store.)
Thank you for your support! We are looking forward to a great year getting to know you and supporting Hillside.
-- Carol Williams Nickelson and David Nickelson, Hillside PTO Co-Presidents