A MESSAGE FROM THE CO-PRESIDENTS ...
Dear GHS Families,
Welcome Back! We would also like to extend a very warm welcome to our new GHS families!
As we have all faced challenging and unprecedented times, we hope that you and your family enjoyed your summer in a healthy and safe way.
We believe the role of our PTA is more important than ever and look forward to a great year with your support.
Over the summer, your PTA has been busy getting ready for the new school year. Our GHS PTA Board of Directors has been actively engaged with the GHS Fall Re-Opening Committee and regularly joined the numerous Board of Education meetings, and discussions with Dr. Jones to keep you updated as to all relevant meetings. Our PTA will continue to send a monthly newsletter and utilize our online platform, MembershipToolkit, to send targeted emails to parents with updates on district issues, school updates and school and grade related events. We believe communication will be extremely important to support our families in a COVID-19 environment. Membership Toolkit will continue to be a convenient way for you to access the GHS PTA calendar of events, the online store to join the PTA and receive the great incentives in addition to signing up as a volunteer or to register for our virtual events. On September 21st, PTA members will have access to the student and staff directory conveniently located on your phone via the MembershipToolkit App or by logging into the GHS PTA website. All you have to do is join the PTA!
On September 17th, the GHS PTA will host a virtual Volunteer Fair at 11:00am followed by our first PTA General Membership Meeting at 11:30am via ZOOM (Click HERE to join). This is a great opportunity to hear from the PTA leaders about the different volunteer opportunities available to you. The meeting will also include a school update from our GHS Principal, Ralph Mayo, and our Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Toni Jones.
Last year, the GHS PTA spent approximately $175,000 for field trips, diversity week speakers and performances, outreach for our students, state of the art classroom technology as well as picnic tables and adirondack chairs for our students. Although the PTA supported over 35 field trips and classroom experiences, the number of trips was significantly down due to the pandemic. For the entire 10th grade, we funded a trip to the FDR Presidential Library for the first time. Through our Ventures In Education program, the GHS PTA purchased Google Cardboards for Art and Social Studies Classes as well as equipment for Video Production and Digital Media classes to create Podcasts. We also provided outreach assistance for families with financial need including fees for ACT/SAT classes, yearbooks, cap and gowns, merit and need-based scholarships.
For the upcoming year, your generous support will allow the GHS PTA to provide over $161,000 of assistance for VIRTUAL curriculum enrichment, student scholarships, student outreach, staff support, and fun, safe outdoor needs for our students! Over the summer, the PTA already purchased four outdoor picnic tables to enhance the outdoor spaces for our students. As it will be a different school year for our students, we will launch our Ventures In Education program in the Fall so our students can receive the benefit of the innovative classroom technology this Spring. Your donation is important for our high school to continue to step ahead and engage in some of the best practices of the most competitive schools in our country. To accomplish this great work, we need you to join the PTA and give generously.
We look forward to seeing you this year! Feel free to email us with any questions or concerns at GHSPTA@ghspta.org and use the GHS Website for your first stop for information.
Thank you for your support,
Terry Lamantia Cataldo and Stephanie Cowie
- We work to increase parent engagement and PTA membership so as to enhance educational outcomes for individual students, as well as for the student population as a whole.
- We work to build an organization that is inclusive, welcoming and of value to its membership. We work to bring what begins as eleven elementary schools, and transitions to three middle schools, to a single high school with a united community of students and families.
- We provide over 300 volunteers and thousands of hours of help in various departments of the school.
- 95% of our 2019-2020 budget was dedicated to curriculum enrichment and student services.