Thank you all so much for signing up on the PTO website. Please encourage all your friends to sign up as well. We want to make this the main source of communication for the PTO to parents, which will help us save on printing expenses. We will still send home flyers throughout the year, but hope to be able to send out weekly emails to give everybody an update on what is going on with the Westwood and Bales PTO.

Membership: In the past we have asked parents to pay a membership fee of $5 to join the PTO. This year we are not going to ask for that as a membership fee – we want all parents/teachers to know they are a member of PTO by having a child(ren) or teaching at the school! Instead, we would like to give parents the opportunity to give the $5 to help offset PTO operating expenses. If you can and would like to give more we would not turn your offer down. An envelope will be coming home soon, if you would like to participate

Orientation: Westwood and Bales both will have school orientation next week. Westwood orientation is on August 29 at 6 PM and Bales is on August 30 at 6 PM. Orientations are for parents only. As always, please make sure and not park in any of the reserved parking spots (handicap and reserved for a family spot) unless it is your spot.  The Spirit Store will be open!  So if you missed out on Meet the Teacher night – now is your chance!

ROOM PARENTS: Don’t forget to turn your form in or sign up online here if you want to be entered in the drawing to be your child(ren) room parent. One room parent will be selected for each home room. See the room_parent flyer for more information or https://westwood-bales-pto.ptoffice.com/room-parent-information/

PARTY SIGN UPS: District policy states that one representative per child can attend one party a year. Party sign-ups will be out at orientation next week. A parent (mom or dad not both) should sign up for ONE party at orientation. If you are not able to attend orientation – no worries – the teacher/room parent will notify you and get you signed up for a party. If you have put your name in the drawing to be a room parent you should still SIGN UP for your one party. If you have multiple children in the SAME homeroom then you can sign up for one party per child. DO NOT put your name on multiple party lists (unless you have multiple children) and do not add lines to your party signup sheet. There is a certain number of available spots per party for a reason. More information will be distributed from room parents in September.

Volunteer Training Meeting:
  If you plan on volunteering at the school at all this year, you will need to attend the Volunteer Training Meeting.  Please see the attached for dates and more info.  The meeting is required of all volunteers.  volunteer training

LUNCH: Both schools will open to allow for lunch visitors on Wednesday, August 29th. Don’t forget to have your driver’s license when you check in that will be scanned every time you come into the school. Please also remember that you were only allowed to bring lunch for your child(ren) and no other child(ren) at the school.  Lunch visitors are allowed at school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of each week unless otherwise specified (STAAR test, end of school etc.)

DIRECTORY: Did you know that the PTO site can also be your online school directory? Have you ever needed a classmates address or email or phone number but not had access to it? Did you know that if you are signed up on the PTO website you can search by last name, grade (and hopefully soon by teacher) to find your child’s classmates?!?!? Don’t want your information listed – NO WORRIES – you can go into your profile and check only the information you want listed. Check it out and sign up today!

Hope everyone is having a great first full week of school!!

Your 2018-2019 PTO Board

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