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PTA President’s letter

August 16, 2020

Dear Addison Community – 

Welcome back to returning families – and welcome to families who are new to Addison this year! It’s hard to imagine that the last time we were all on campus together was March 13th – and difficult to accept that as we start the new school year, we’ll be doing so remotely. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to do things differently and school life is not immune to the need for change. As we begin the 2020-2021 school year under the distance learning model, the PTA Executive Board remains focused on supporting our students, families, teachers and staff in every way that we can. We do this with our advocacy, community building and partnering with Ms. Boyce to determine critical funding needs for Addison. 

Our most important work remains to advocate for every child. I strongly encourage you to join the PTA and become more involved in shaping how education will move forward under the distance learning model and when safe, transitioning to our students to return to campus. 

We are proud of the role the PTA plays to support our school with items such as student learning materials, teacher grants, library books, field trips, enrichment programs for students and community-building family events throughout the year. The Addison Adult Party & Auction is a storied part of our history; our main fundraiser which fosters community building, memories and friendships during the event (and the parties that follow). Given the COVID-19 restrictions, we are adjusting our approach for the ​2020-21 school year and are shifting to a direct ask to support the aspects which will still continue such as teacher grants for distance learning, student learning materials to be brought home. ​A $150 per student donation is recommended, however we encourage families to give any amount appropriate for your financial situation.​ On behalf of the PTA Executive Board, I thank you in advance for your support. 

The key “Back to School” information is available on the ​PTA website. If you prefer to receive a printed copy by mail to your home address, please email ​addisonschoolpta@gmail.com or call 650-561-2512 and leave a voice message with your name and mailing address. 

I am honored to be serving as the PTA President again this year – I look forward to working with students, families and staff to make 2020-21 another successful school year at Addison!  

Respectfully, 

Lauren Williams 
Addison PTA President

PARENTS RAISE OVER $700 FOR ADDISON

Thanks to the generosity of Mendocino Farms restaurant and the support of our Addison families, we were able to raise over $700 at Give Back Night. On January 15th, over 45 families ate dinner at the restaurant, where 50% of all proceeds went to our school. Thanks to all of you for continuing to support our educational programs, field trips, library, and extracurricular activities at Addison!

Addison Elementary Fundraiser Night at Mendocino Farms

Addison fundraiser at Mendocino Farms

Wednesday, January 15th, will be “GIVE BACK TO ADDISON NIGHT” at Mendocino Farms. The restaurant has been a wonderful champion of Addison and continues to donate funds to our school. Please show your support by joining other Addison families for dinner between 5:00–8:00 pm on Wednesday, January 15th.

Bring the Addison flier (in your Monday take-home envelopes) and Mendocino Farms will donate 50% of your entire purchase directly to our school! This is an easy way to earn money for our programs and teachers.

We hope you’ll come and support us!

Addison Elementary School PTA 4th & 5th Grade Field Trip FAQ

How are field trips funded at Addison?
The Addison PTA sponsors 100% of the Kindergarten-3rd grade field trips and the 4th and 5th grade “day trips”.

If the PTA sponsors 100% of field trips, why is there a separate “ask” for 4th and 5th grade students?
The PTA funds 100% of field trips which take place during “classroom hours” (e.g 8:15 AM – 2:20/2:45 PM) for all grade levels. In 4th & 5th grade, Addison students are provided the special opportunity to participate in overnight/sleep away field trips. These programs have a significantly higher costs than the “classroom hours” programs. The PTA is not able to fund these programs and families of those students are asked for a contribution.

What is the “PTA Field Trip Transportation Fund” on the One Payment Form?
In order to provide safe and reliable bus transportation to more distant field trip locations, the PTA underwrites the transportation costs so that parent drivers are not needed. The PTA suggests a voluntary donation of $75 per student to the PTA Field Trip Transportation Fund. While participation in this contribution typically exceeds 50%, this fund does not cover all transportation expenses. Therefore the PTA also relies on our general funds to cover field trip transportation costs.

What does the 4th & 5th grade contribution cover?
Your contribution covers the program fees including admission, room & board, instruction and program supplies for each student, teacher and adult chaperones. For the 2019-20 school year, the suggested contribution is $315 per student.

Is a contribution mandatory for a student to participate?
While state law does not allow school districts to charge fees to students for educational activities, these programs rely on financial contributions from participating families. A donation is not required to participate.

What if I want to contribute less or more than the amount that is suggested?
Families that choose to contribute may do so at any amount. The goal is 100% participation. Give what your family is comfortable with contributing either as a one-time payment or over 9 months. Extra donations are always appreciated to ensure that the programs selected by the grade-level teaching teams are available to all students.

PTA President’s Letter

August 9, 2019

Dear Addison Community –

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a great summer and is ready to kick off another great school year.

To help us get off to a good start, the key information you need for “Back to School” is available on the PTA website — https://addison.paloaltopta.org/bts-overview/. If you prefer to have printed information, stop by the PTA Information Table at the Ice Cream Social on Friday, August 9th (4-6 PM) or pick one up in the School Office (packets will be available on Wednesday, August 14th).

Among all the events, activities and work that the PTA does at Addison, our most important is to advocate for every child. I strongly encourage each family to join the PTA this year and find some way (big or small) to become more involved in this community. As a parent, I often hear and say “it takes a village.” I truly believe when it comes to the education, welfare and happiness of our students, there is no village too large!

Once again this year, the PTA will be using theOne Payment Form to handle many items including event registration and payments to the PTA. By using this form, you are helping us save many, many hours of PTA volunteer time! We’ve included more items and information than last year, so please take the time to review all of the information.

I am honored to be serving as the PTA President this year – and I look forward to working with students, families and staff to make 2019-20 another successful school year at Addison! As any returning family can attest, I have big shoes to fill following in the footsteps of JC Renners, the PTA President for the last two years. I would like to thank JC, the PTA Board and all of the wonderful volunteers who helped continue to make Addison the special community that it has been for so many years.

There are many things I am looking forward to this school year, including our new administrative building, library and MP room being complete – however I am most excited about continuing to work closely with the Addison families and staff!

Respectfully,

Lauren Williams
Addison PTA President


Estimada Comunidad de Addison:

¡Bienvenidos de vuelta! Espero que todos hayan tenido un gran verano y que estén listos para comenzar otro gran año escolar.

Para ayudarnos a tener un buen comienzo, puede encontrar la información clave que necesita para “El Regreso a Clases” (Back to School) en el sitio web de PTA – https://addison.paloaltopta.org/bts-overview/. Si usted prefiere tener la información impresa puede pasar por la mesa de información de PTA en viernes 9 de agosto durante el Helado Social (Ice Cream Social) (4-6p.m.) o recoger una copia en la Oficina Escolar (los paquetes estarán disponibles el miércoles 14 de agosto)

Dentro de todos los eventos, actividades y trabajos que PTA realiza en Addison, el más importante es el de abogar por cada niño. Realmente animo a que cada familia se una a PTA durante este año y encuentre alguna forma (grande o pequeña) de involucrarse más en esta comunidad. Como padres, siempre escucho y digo “se necesita de todo un pueblo” “it takes a village”. Realmente creo que cuando se trata de educacíon, bienestar y felicidad de nuestros alumnos, ¡no hay un pueblo demasiado largo!

Nuevamente este año, PTA estará utilizando el formulario de un solo pagoOne Payment Form para manejar varios puntos, incluyendo el registro al evento y los pagos a PTA. Al utilizar este formulario, ¡usted nos ayudará a ahorrar dinero, muchísimas horas del tiempo voluntario de PTA! Hemos incluido más temas e información que el año pasado por lo que, por favor tómese el tiempo para revisar toda la información.

Me siento honrada de servir como Presidente de PTA durante este año – y no puedo esperar para trabajar con los alumnos, familias y personal para hacer del ¡2019-20 otro año escolar exitoso en Addison! Tal y como cualquiera de las familias que regresan pueden testificar, tengo unos grandes zapatos que llenar para seguir los pasos de JC Renners, Presidente de PTA por los últimos dos años. Quisiera agradecerle a JC, la Junta Directiva de PTA y a todos los maravillosos voluntarios que ayudaron para continuar haciendo de Addison la comunidad especial que ha sido por muchos años.

Hay muchas cosas que espero durante este año escolar, incluyendo nuestro nuevo edificio de administración, biblioteca y el salón MP que se está terminando – sin embargo, lo que más me emociona es ¡continuar trabajando de cerca con las familias y personal de Addison!

Respetuosamente,

Lauren Williams
Addison PTA President