Why we Fundraise
A great school requires great support! Because of the decline in educational funding, the Teachers and Staff at Northfield Elementary School depend on supplemental funds from the PTO to help them attain their academic goals and to enrich the educational programs offered to our children. The NES PTO depends on the strong financial commitment and dedication of parents, families, friends and members of the community. With your support, we can ensure our school continues to thrive and excel, and that our children receive an amazing and well-rounded academic and social experience.
What the PTO Funds
The PTO strives to provide quality fundraisers with a variety of items and this year, the NES PTO has set a fundraising goal of $15,000. Here is where that money will go…
Staff members submit a request form for a specific need in the classroom and these requests are then presented and voted on at PTO meetings. In the past, the PTO has funded requests for magazines subscriptions (Time for Kids, National Geographic, Scholastic), sets of teaching books, sound blocking headphones, puberty supplies given by the school Nurse to each 4th grade girl and 5th grade boy, and a new microwave for Teacher’s Room. In addition, Teachers also receive all of the proceeds from the Holiday Fair Raffle Baskets Fundraiser (held in early December) to spend at their discretion, on items needed in their classroom.
School-Wide Educational Enrichment Assemblies
Each school year, the PTO funds two enrichment programs that are educational and fun. Last year, the kids enjoyed a performance by bilingual children’s musician Mister G and experienced a show by the Sciencetellers.
The school playground is in need of improvement and every year, the PTO takes on certain projects. This summer, the PTO installed a new piece of equipment called the Ten Spin and we painted a huge map of the United States of America in bright, bold colors. Last summer, the PTO created the fairy and nature garden area, and enclosed the sandbox with timbers.
Each spring, the Teachers are asked by the PTO for a list of supplies that will be needed in their classroom the next school year. The following is a list of items that the PTO purchased in August 2015 that were divided among each classroom.
- 900 Elmer’s glue sticks
- 176 packs of Crayola colored pencils
- 72 packs of Crayola crayons
- 2,772 #2 pencils
- 244 packs of Crayola washable markers
- 151 rolls of scotch tape
- 36 cans of Clorox disinfecting wipes
- 1,500 9 oz. plastic cups
- 2 reams of college ruled filler paper
The PTO is able to provide addtional funding, if needed, for transportation and expenses of class field trips.
School and Classroom Improvements
Each year, the PTO will fund improvement projects for the school. Some past improvemnts include: new audio systems for classrooms, new cafeteria dividers, Teacher’s Room renovation and new storage cabinets for the before & after school program and the PTO, located in the cafeteria.
Free Community Events
The PTO strives to encourage a sense of community at our school by planning events such as the Ice Cream Social, Fall Festival, Pumpkin Carving Night, Movie Night, Reading Nights and Science Nights.