Hello, Gator Families!
I am Corinne Nicoara, the new PTA President and mother of three Alston Ridge students. New to North Carolina and the PTA board, I am thrilled to be joining you in creating a Parent/Teacher Association that supports our students and staff.
The students are at the core of the PTA’s efforts as we provide cultural arts assemblies, coordinate room parents and Gallant Gator readers in each class, help organize the Science Fair, Career Fair, Field Day, Red Ribbon Week, Reflections art program and much more. We also have a new Wellness Committee, which focuses on ways to help students move well, eat well and think well.
Part of the PTA’s role is to create a supportive work environment for our hard working staff. Some of the PTA offerings include providing meals and treats during staff training, offering a coffee and breakfast cart a few times a year, providing grants for teachers and supplemental supplies, stocking the lounge with treats, and a grand teacher appreciation week.
Our major fundraiser this year will be a Boosterthon Gator Fun Run in September. We will also have a Book Fair fundraiser in December with a local company, Bedford Falls. A fun late summer event will be a new family Bingo Night!
To enhance communication between you and the PTA, please sign up for Membership Toolkit on the PTA website, so that you can receive the newsletter and information on upcoming events. Through Membership Toolkit, you can also easily sign up to volunteer and order Spirit Wear. I also encourage you to sign up to be on the PTA via Membership Toolkit. Some benefits of being on the PTA include voting on the budget and board members, receiving discounts at stores, and your fee helps to support our school.
The Alston Ridge PTA is not an exclusive group, but rather a fluid group of parents from many cultures and backgrounds who help out when they are able. We have a wonderful PTA board this year with many new members who lead our committees. Please volunteer as often as you can so that we can bring our many programs and fundraisers to life!
The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Let’s walk in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps as parents and put our energy into productive and helpful endeavors at the school. Whether it is spoiling the teachers or reading in your child’s class, your presence in the school helps to create a dynamic community. We can accomplish amazing things when we each help a little (or a lot). Together, let’s plant many “trees” throughout the year!
Alston Ridge Elementary PTA
Introducing the PTA Board for 2016/2017
Treasurer- Pakita Lee
Secretary- nominee Clare Kneis
Academic Programs- Lakshmi Shridhar
Social Programs for Teachers- nominee Natalie McCarver
Social Programs for Families- Renata Tracy
Merchant Fundraising- Latacha Oliviera
Fun Nights- Mary Jane Reyes-Ford
Major Fundraising-Mary Batrouni
PTA supported programs
- Enriching student assemblies
- Room parents who support each class
- Gallant Gator Readers
- Science Fair
- Field Day
- Reflections Art Program
- Teacher grants
- Teacher training
- Student agendas and track out bags to hold your child’s materials while tracked out
- Spirit Wear
- Welcome Wagon for new families
- Cater teacher breakfasts and lunches on work days
- Spoil the teachers during teacher appreciation week
- Help teachers move classrooms for track outs
- Stock the teachers’ lounge with treats
Boosterthon- Fun Run in September
Bookfair - In December
Fun Nights - nights out for families at local restaurants or at school
Box Tops - cut out from food boxes and send to school 2X/yr
R City Rocks- local businesses give 5% back to school after scanning receipt
Harris Teeter- link your tag to Alston Ridge and some proceeds go to our school