RSVP at this link to receive the meeting link: https://forms.gle/sjwXRLPbTT7tYgG18 If you have a student enrolled at BLES, you are a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) member and invited to attend.

Teacher Appreciation Week (First Week in May) Planning

Lots of ideas, itty bitty budget!

We have our allotted Teacher Appreciation Week (TAW) budget of $250 as ratified by membership during our August meeting. We typically supplement that amount with food donations from BLES families to host a luncheon for the teachers during TAW. This year, our ability to raise funds has been limited. In addition, our buffet lunch with homemade treats is not advisable under the current pandemic guidelines. We’d like to fund a nice individually packaged lunch for the teachers. To do that, we need additional funds.

We’d like to ask your help in raising that money. Every PTO donation made through MyPaymentsPlus or sent in via your teacher from March 1 – March 31 will be specifically earmarked for TAW. (This does not include Helping Hands donations. Those monies will continue to directly fund the BLES food pantry.) Our goal is to raise $600 ($10 per each of ~ 90 faculty and staff.) Should we find a restaurant to give a discount, we hope to use any leftover funds to do something additional for our teachers, such as a gift basket with cleaning supplies, a gift card and some snacks – depending on how much money we raise.

This year has been especially challenging for our teachers and staff. We hope to show them some special appreciation during TAW. If each family contributed just $1, we would make our goal. Thank you for any support you can give. Contact info@blespto.org with any questions.

Looking for ideas for your teachers for gifts? Check out our teacher favorites pages to see if your teacher has given some hints.

Call for 2021-2022 PTO Executive Board Members

Each year, we call on all parents to consider service on our executive board or chair one of our many committees to serve the school. We present the candidates for consideration at our March membership meeting and vote them into office in April. This allows time for a May transition meeting prior to the former board members departing.

Getting involved with the PTO helps you develop relationship with our teachers, Dr. Pendleton and staff. You’ll receive updates on what’s happening around the school and the Duluth cluster in addition to a lot of fun meeting families and community members.

This year, our voting will be virtual and we will provide the bios of our candidates on our blespto.org website at least 30 days before voting. Position descriptions and more information about the PTO are available now for your review.

We hope to return to some normalcy for next year and it is a great time to come aboard and make even stronger our purpose of (1) Enhancing the educational environment at Berkeley Lake Elementary through volunteer and financial resources, (2) Promoting communication between the school administration, staff, parents and students and (3) Fostering pride in Berkeley Lake Elementary throughout the community.

Shop and Give! While you are shopping for the holidays, don’t forget you can be helping earn money for our school.

We’re still here!

We’re meeting on Zoom now, but know that we are here if you need us or have any ideas about supporting our school family during this challenging time.

Your PTO Board plans throughout the summer in order to present the operating budget and annual priorities to you at August Curriculum Nights. We’d love to have your valuable input as we move forward. As always, you can send feedback and ask questions via info@blespto.org.

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