Current WGES Board Members
 The Walnut Grove Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up of parents who volunteer their time, services, or provide monetary donations to enhance the WGES learning environment for students and teachers. All monetary donations are tax deductible with the majority of funding spent in the same school year.  PTO works with WGES administrators to support learning tools that make school fun and exciting! ​​


    

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WGES PTO Frequently Asked Questions
   
   
What is the purpose of PTO?

The purpose of the WGES PTO is to promote the welfare of our children and to enrich their school environment by:
  •  Providing school volunteer programs.
  • Participating in fundraising activities as determined by the PTO General Membership in order to provide support for the educational and recreational needs of WGES students.
  • Promoting open communication between administration, teachers and parents.
 

Why do we need a PTO?

In addition to providing volunteers and supporting communication, the Walnut Grove PTO purchases supplement state funding. As Carroll ISD is required to submit a significant portion of tax funding to the state under “Robin Hood”, the PTO helps fill this void so that our students and teachers can continue enjoying the outstanding learning environment we may take for granted.


How can I support PTO? 

1. JOIN THE PTO

Membership is $27 per family and includes a FREE student directory.
 

2. COME TO PTO MEETINGS 
Our PTO meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Your input & vote is critical to a successful PTO.


3. VOLUNTEER 
We have ways for ANYONE to help!  This includes moms, dads, grandparents, etc. both in home and at school.  All you have to do is fill out a simple background check as required by Carroll ISD.  When you fill out your membership forms, volunteer signups are included.  


4. PARTICIPATE IN FUNDRAISERS
 As mentioned above, PTO funds are crucial to our school.   
Starting in 2017-2018 our signature fundraiser will be Grove Games. 
Additional information is available under the Grove Games icon.


5. WGES PTO Spirit Shop
Is open on important events and every Friday lunchtime during the fall semester.  All proceeds benefit the PTO.  Come get your Dragon gear and support the school!

6. FUNDRAISERS
Additional fundraisers will be held throughout the year. Watch for additional information to come!
       
7. PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY PARTNER PROGRAMS 
Box Tops for Education, and Tom Thumb & Kroger rewards programs.  Additional information will be sent home soon!



How can I learn about PTO news and information?

  • Join our Facebook page CLICK HERE
  • Subscribe to PTO Post . It is delivered via email every Monday morning and contains important info for the coming week.  Click “PTO Blast” on our website to subscribe.
  • When completing your “PTO First Day Form” ensure that you share your information with your class homeroom parent and elect to receive emails from the class representatives.  They will make sure you know what is happening with class parties and events.


What has PTO done for our school and kids in recent years?

Fundraising


During the 2016-2017 school year, the PTO spent over $180 per WGES student in program related expenses.  These purchases included:


  • Educational resources, including workbooks, Scholastic News and various software packages
  • i-Pads and robotics equipment
  • Teacher development and appreciation
  • Student field trips (note that this expense is not budgeted to be paid by PTO in 2017-2018)
  • Student activities, including science experiments, storytellers and Field Day
  • Science, art and PE supplies
  • Field trip t-shirts for students, faculty and staff
  • Supplies for teachers, library and nurse
  • School landscaping and maintenance
  • Parent /child activities
  • Talent show and graduations
   
Additionally, we have raised money for the improvement and expansion of the basketball court and addition of four-square and hopscotch courts with the goal to complete these improvements in the 2017-2018 school year.

Volunteers
PTO is the primary source of WGES volunteers.  PTO volunteers spend countless hours at the school and at home helping with teacher projects and planning, making copies, supervising lunch times, reading to students, helping in the library, planting and maintaining educational gardens, planning class events, helping kids recycle, coordinating parent child activities, preparing and serving teacher appreciation meals and snacks, coordinating and executing student service projects, among many more!