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IMPORTANT NOTES:
The first day of the 2014-2015 school year is on September 2nd, 2014

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Dear Elm Lawn Families,

On behalf of your Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), we would like
to welcome you to the 2013-14 year at Elm Lawn!

Your PTO supports parents and teachers in creating the best possible experience for all our students. We do this through organizing activities
that bring our community together and coordinating fundraisers to raise
much needed supplemental funds for our classrooms and help finance our
PTO activities.

Our fundraisers include the Book Fair, T-shirt sales, Student Directory Sales, and Yearbook sales. The largest contributor to PTO funds is the Fall Fund Raiser, which happens each September. This year we will once again be using Chip Shoppe as their array of wrapping paper, gifts and frozen foods is popular and the company’s delivery is efficient and organized, with 40% of sales going directly to the PTO.

With the profits from these fund raisers, the PTO is able to send each grade level to an annual Overture Center performance. Students also attend events at the school such as UW Band performances and they have opportunities to participate in programs like Girls on the Run and Farm to School tastings. The PTO also sponsors family events including Breakfast with Buddies, Family Fun Night, Staff Appreciation Week & the End of the Year Picnic.

Because of the overwhelming support of Elm Lawn families, the PTO also provides each teacher with an annual discretionary stipend for his or her classroom. In the past, the response to special PTO-sponsored fund drives
has also been outstanding and we thank all of our families for their
amazing support!

Involvement from families and the entire Elm Lawn community is a huge part of the PTO’s success. We cannot run these events and programs without your help. Please consider getting involved with the planning of these events or helping out by volunteering at an event itself. Leadership roles are also available by signing up to be a Committee Chair, a member of the Board of Directors, or a Grade Level Parent.

For more information, please visit the PTO website at elmlawnpto.com , and look for newsletter or enews updates, as well as event flyers which will be sent home with your child. There will be approximately five PTO Board meetings throughout the school year. The dates will be decided soon and will be available in early September. The PTO Board meetings are always open to parents, and your participation is highly encouraged and greatly appreciated.

With thanks,
Kelly Crocker and Stacy Graham, PTO Co-Presidents
On behalf of your Elm Lawn PTO