A MESSAGE FROM THE CO-PRESIDENTS ...
Dear GHS Families,
And a warm welcome to our new GHS families! We hope that you enjoyed your summer sharing special times with family and friends.
The words back to school have never had greater meaning from where we were less than 4 months ago. We look forward to coming back together with our entire GHS community.
As we reflect on the 2020-2021 school year, we learned that the role of our PTA is more important than ever and look forward to a successful year ahead with your support.
Over the summer, your PTA has been busy getting ready for the new school year. Thank you to those who sent letters to Dr. Jones in support of GHS Student Center updates with ESSER 3 funding. The BOE received a tremendous amount of support from our GHS community. We hope to hear more on that decision soon.
As a reminder, 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. 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. PTA members will have access soon 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!
FIRST PTA MEETING
On September 15th, the GHS PTA will host a virtual Volunteer Fair at 9:30 am followed by our first PTA Virtual General Membership Meeting at 10:00 am. The agenda for this meeting can be found here. 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.
Information on future meetings can be found here.
Last year, the GHS PTA spent approximately $199,000. With your generous contributions, the PTA funded safe outdoor spaces for our students and faculty with many beautiful picnic tables. We hosted a back to school teacher luncheon, a new teacher breakfast, holiday lunch and teacher appreciation week. We provided outreach for students needing financial assistance, yearbook, and cap & gown, distance learning technology grants for our music, science and math departments as well as ventures in education grants to purchase TI rovers, motors, sensors & probes for the Math and Computer Science Department as well as cameras, tripods, cases and lenses for our video production department. Thanks to the collaboration between the PTA and Gary Charles of GHS, our students enjoyed Diversity Week with a variety of speakers and performers. Also, we funded WiFi boosters to surround the outside campus and TV monitors for each of the five houses, Science Wing, PAC, Gym, Black Box and Media Center to keep our students informed about daily activities and important events. These items will be installed in early fall. We can’t wait!
For the upcoming year, your generous support will allow the GHS PTA to provide assistance for curriculum enrichment, student scholarships, student outreach, staff support, and safe outdoor needs for our students and updates to the Student Center. Over the summer, the PTA purchased four additional outdoor picnic tables to further enhance the outdoor spaces for our students.
Your donation is very important for our high school to remain competitive and offer state of the art access to programs and technology. To accomplish this great work, we need you to Join the PTA and give generously.
We look forward to seeing you this year! Please 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!
Stephanie Cowie and Leila Horn