Your PTA Donations At Work

Your PTA Donations At Work

You, our Whittier families, make our community great. Your generous support of our Annual Give Campaign and our biennial Auction allows us to fill gaps in the Whittier budget. With these crucial funds, we're able to provide supports for our students and staff, as well as provide school-day enrichment and community events. 

PTA-Funded Highlights

F&P Kits Are In
Our current Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP) emphasizes literacy, and you helped provide a necessary tool to assist us! We assess student reading levels three times a year (at minimum) using the Fountas and Pinnell (F&P) Benchmark Assessment System. We did not have nearly enough kits to administer the assessments efficiently, but thanks to PTA dollars approved in Fall 2016, we were able to purchase enough kits to provide a full assessment system for every homeroom teacher. F&P assessments track growth and set reading goals related to a child's reading rate, comprehension skills, and fluency. They also enable students to progress at their own rate, support differentiated instruction, and provide us with details to share regarding your child's growth.

Sound System Upgrade
We have needed an upgrade to the sound system in the auditorium for a long time. The upgrade ensures quality technical support for many valuable Whittier events and programs, including Performing Arts (grade-level and all-school student performances, annual musical); assemblies; family movie nights; 5th Grade Graduation; End-of-Year Awards Ceremony.

PTA Budget Breakdown

How are PTA dollars spent? Here is a breakdown of how the Whittier PTA allocated its money to support our school in the 2016-2017 school year:

Staffing Grants – 59% of the dollars go to:
     - ½ (of 1) day of Instrumental Music (4th/5th Grades)
     - 1 (of 3) days of Nursing 
     - Two (of 4) days of Literacy Specialist
     - ½-day (of 3 days) of Library
Classroom and School Support – 15% of the dollars go to:
     - Funding for Art, PE, Performing Arts
     - Library Fund
     - Safety Patrol 
     - Staff Discretionary Fund
Community (Events, Outreach & Support) – 15% of the dollars go to:

     - Family Directory
     - Fall Carnival
     - Family Nights (pilot year)
     - Reflections Art Program
     - Ice Skating
     - Movie Nights
     - Science Fair
     - Spring Fling (pilot year)
     - Field Day
     - 5th Grade Celebration
     - Family Support
     - New Family & Community Outreach
     - Scholarships
     - Fish Tank

School Day Enrichment – 4% of the dollars go to: 
     - Enrichment Assemblies
     - NatureBridge

Flexible Funds for New Opportunities (aka "Funding Proposals") – 4%
     - Used to fund approved events, projects, or programs suggested by the Whittier Community OR any unexpected PTA expenses.

Administration, Communication & Fees – 3% of the dollars go to:
     - PTA-related Fees (incorporation, bank, business license, charitable solicitations, gambling license)
     - Insurance
     - Electronic Newsletter
     - Printing and Publications
     - Supplies
     - Awards & Gifts (Golden Acorn, retirement gifts for staff)

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