BES PTO NEWS – SEPTEMBER 2023
BES PTO Board 2023 – 2024: President – Diane Holven, Vice President – Sue Bair, Secretary – Ashley Kivela, Treasurer – Lisa Recek.
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What we are: A group of parents and teachers at Banks Elementary School who want to help support our students to learn to the best of their ability. We also get to socialize and have fun while doing it!
What we do: We get together to brainstorm ideas to fundraise and each of us pitch-in to run or facilitate those fundraisers however works best. Everyone has their own abilities, resources, and contacts that they bring to the group. This is why we need you!
What we support: The money that we raise goes to help fund special projects and programs in the school to help our kids learn. Last year we helped fund I-pads and Chromebooks. We also fund teacher’s appreciation events and make funds available to each teacher to use for the classroom.
Come join us for the monthly meetings! Our monthly meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 6pm in the Banks Elementary School Cafeteria. Our September meeting is on September 13th. Please like us on Facebook to get notified or keep an eye out for our newsletter sent home with students every month. You are not required to volunteer if you come to the meetings. You can even bring your kids if needed. If you are unable to attend the monthly meetings you will find the meeting minutes posted on our website. The website also gives you access to newsletters, budgets, and other information about PTO activities.
Volunteers: We are currently in need of a Volunteer Coordinator and a Social Media Promotions Coordinator. If that sounds like something you would like to do please contact us or come to a meeting. We are also gearing up for our 2nd annual Cookies with Santa event on December 9th. We will be needing lots of volunteer help for that event.
All BES volunteers will need to have passed a background check even if they are volunteering outside of regular school hours. The front office has background check forms to fill out and to return to the office before volunteering. Or you can go to http://www.helpcounterweb.com/welcome/apply.php?district=banks to fill out the background check electronically.
Here are some easy ways to earn money for our school. All funds raised go directly to BES and our children's education. The PTO provides funding for field trip busing, technology improvements, classroom supplements, updated textbooks, and much, much more. Last year we helped fund new I-Pads and Chromebooks! Please help us do all we can to improve our school, help our teachers, and enhance the education our children receive.
Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program
Register your Fred Meyer card at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards and designate Banks Elementary (our organization number is NG018) as your donation school. Each time you shop our school gets money!
Box Tops for Education
Get the new Box Tops App! Scan your receipt, no clipping necessary. https://www.boxtops4education.com/
The BES PTO is 501c3 Charitable Organization. You can make monetary donations by sending a check made payable to Banks Elementary School PTO to PO Box 515, Banks, OR 97106. You will be provided a receipt of your donation.
Employee Matching Programs
Many companies, like Intel and Nike, give matching donations for volunteer hours you spend at our school. Please ask your employer if they offer a matching grant program. If you need help, contact a PTO member and we'll figure it out! Intel employees: The cause name for the PTO is BANKS BUXTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION.
The programs below are good to sign up for to directly donate to Banks Elementary School.
Register your Safeway card at www.escrip.com and designate Banks Elementary School as your donation school. A percentage of your purchase will be donated back to our school!
Office Depot Back to School Program
For every qualifying purchase BES gets 5% of it! Simply present our school number (70083347) when shopping in-store or online.