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! ​​

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.  Membership forms are part of the WGES “First Day Form” which is available on our home page.  We ask that you complete the First Day Form even if you do not want to join the PTO so that we may get t-shirt sizes for each child.  Each child at WGES gets a free Field Trip t-shirt and Grove Game shirt each year.
 
2. COME TO PTO MEETINGS 

Our PTO meetings are usually on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Your input & vote is critical to a successful PTO.  Exact dates are available on this site, under the “Membership” tab.

3. VOLUNTEER 

We have ways for EVERYONE to help!  This includes moms, dads, grandparents, etc. both in home and at school.  Simply fill out a simple background check as required by Carroll ISD and available on their website.  When you fill out your First Day Forms, volunteer signups are included.  If you have questions or would like to add to your volunteer choices, contact Nicole Lenocker at [email protected]
 
4. PARTICIPATE IN FUNDRAISERS
 
PTO funds are crucial to our school, but we don’t ask WGES kids to sell any fundraising products during the school year. 

Instead, during 2018-2019, our signature fundraiser will be Grove Games, a pledge drive and obstacle course event on October 12, 2018. Corporate and Family sponsorships are available and the kids will have the opportunity to raise money to sponsor their run through the obstacle course.  There are lots of great prizes and rewards that the kids will love!  Additional information is available at wgespto.com under the “Fundraising” tab.

Other fundraisers include:
Online auctions – twice yearly online auctions let you bid on fun WGES experiences, including Time with your Teacher and Kids take over the Day (Teacher for the Day)

Spirit Nights – Dine out or shop at select Southlake locations and WGES will receive a percentage of your purchase!
  • Thursday, September 6th @ Taziki’s (pre-orders due by Sept 4th)
  • Monday, October 29th 4:00-8:00PM @ Chipotle
  • November 14th – AmeB Pop Up Shop
  • December - TBD
  • January – TBD
  • February – TBD
  • March – TBD 
  • April – TBD 

Mother/Son Night on September 21st

Daddy/Daughter Dance on February 9, 2019

Family Fun Fest on March 30, 2019
  • Corporate Sponsorships – varied levels
  • Purchase tickets for your family to attend

5. WGES PTO Spirit Shop

The Spirit Shop is open on important events and first Friday of the month during the fall semester.  All proceeds benefit the PTO.  Come get your Dragon gear and support the school!
 
6. PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY PARTNER PROGRAMS 
Box Tops for Education, and Tom Thumb & Kroger rewards programs and Amazon Smile.  Additional information will be sent home soon or can be found at wgespto.com under the “Community Partners” tab!
 

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 2017-2018 school year, the PTO spent over $300 per WGES student in program-related expenses.  These purchases included:

  • Educational resources, including workbooks, Scholastic News and leveled readers and various software packages
  • New sports court, four-square and hopscotch courts
  • Student iPads 
  • Teacher development and appreciation
  • Student field trip transportation 
  • Teacher break room improvements
  • 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 outdoor landscaping and maintenance and indoor decor
  • Student and teacher recognition programs
  • Parent /child activities
  • Class parties
  • Talent show and graduations  
 
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, and much, much more!