PTO Parent Survey 2017-18

Hi fabulous parents,

Your PTO board and chair members are busy getting ready for this coming school year:) I will be the PTO president for next year and am getting some appreciated feedback from teachers and parents already. Based on this feedback, I wanted to ask parents directly about how you prefer to support PTO and preferences for events that we sponsor. Please provide answers to the following brief survey to help us support teachers and parents in the most effective ways.

Thanks for all that you do!
Shann Burroughs

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* 1. PTO has traditionally not asked parents for dues to support our PTO sponsored events. We also do not do fundraising events as Exploris focuses only on the annual campaign (soon to be the capital campaign for the new facility), so as not to constantly ask parents for donations. We have an annual budget that pays directly for events, but some events are not covered by this money.

As such, we have traditionally asked parents to bring in food/supply donations for events such as:

Back to School Teacher Breakfast -items are dropped off the Monday before school starts around 8am

End of School Luncheon - items are dropped off the first Monday of summer vacation around 1130am

Tissues and Tears Event - items are dropped off for new K families the first day of school around 8am
Some parents have suggested that they would rather pay PTO dues each year and not be asked to bring items to the school multiple times a year. Note: we would still have a "Teacher Appreciation Week" (where we ask families to bring in home cooked meals and other personal small gifts to their teachers) and the "Giving Thanks" Winter and End of Year events (parents have the option to give a monetary gift to be divided amongst the teachers and staff.)

With these details in mind, would you prefer:

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* 2. For the Fall Family Picnic (likely to be at Pullen Park), which of the following dates/times do you prefer? You can choose as many as you'd like.

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* 3. The PTO usually hosts an annual adult only event in October, November, or December. Typically, this has been held at the CAM downtown. With this in mind, where would you like to have this event this year?

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* 4. What days of the week work well for you for the adult social event in the fall? You can choose as many as you'd like.

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* 5. Would providing a babysitting option (as we did last year) for the adult only social, make it possible for you to attend?