President: Melissa PetersSecretary: Kristen Barson
Treasurer: Amy Murray
Hospitality: Kelly Crans
Teacher Liaisons: Kristi Humberger/Celine Johnson
Community Outreach: Rachel TrapaniWhat is PTO?The Poinciana PTO is a group of parents and teachers who work together to raise funds for school activities, recognize and support the teachers and staff and provide funding for student resources. All of our efforts are for our school and the children.Who can join?The PTO brings parents, teachers, administrators, and other staff together to work as partners in the best interest of the children. We have a fun group and enjoy the time we spend together volunteering. We need all the help we can get to be able to provide all of the extras that our children and teachers deserve. Please join this year, a few minutes or a few hours here and there is all it takes if we all participate.What happens at PTO meetings?PTO meetings are an opportunity for us to become informed about the activities happening within the school community. We make decisions on how to support our school and help create the best educational experience with the funds that we bring in through our fund raising efforts. Additionally our principal or assistant principal attend to provide important school information and PTO provides an opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions, or voice concerns in an open forum about any aspect of our school community.Once I am a member, how can I get involved?Volunteer opportunities will be communicated regularly through email; you will receive these by filling out the PTO Information Form. To become an approved volunteer, you will also need to 1) read the Volunteer Training Packet and sign and return the last page; 2) Complete or update the Collier Online Volunteer Application.Book Fair: The Media Center coordinates two book fairs each year where students and families can purchase books during the school day. Many volunteers are needed to support this activity.Enrichment: Enrichment focuses on cultural arts to round out our children’s education. At Poinciana, we have a schedule of field trips and school assemblies: Books Come Alive with Jim McKenna. Without funds from PTO fundraisers these enrichment activities would not be possible.5th Grade Celebration: We hold a celebration for our 5th graders who are moving on to the middle school. Planning starts early for this big event. We encourage 5th and 4th grade parents to help with this fun evening.Fundraising: The PTO will be holding two main fundraising events during the year. The fall event kicks off within the first few weeks of school with Magazine Kick-Off in September. Students receive fun incentives for their sales efforts. A family-oriented fundraiser called the Spring Blast is held in May. Many volunteers are needed to support the Spring Blast.Health Screening: The School District conducts annual student screenings for weight, vision and hearing tests with volunteer help from the school.Hospitality: PTO and the hospitality specialist helps to plan staff appreciation events and luncheons as well as arranging for refreshments at school and PTO functions. We plan and develop a monthly teacher treat such as Soup Day, Cupcake Day, Cookie Exchange,etc. Volunteer coordinators assist in this area by utilizing donations from Board Members and PTO Volunteers.Poinciana Partners: A partner program between Poinciana, the business communtiy, and our families to demonstrate a shared commitment to educational excellence for our students through monetary and or in-kind donations.Poinciana Planters: An organic garden that teaches students about the benefits of growing fresh produce while providing real-world learning opportunities to enrich their classroom experience. Weekly garden lessons are overseen and managed by PTO volunteers.Projects: The school staff and the PTO occasionally need one-time help on special projects.Staff Appreciation: The PTO provides a week long celebration of PES staff. Volunteers organize and provide daily festivities during the week following national Teacher Appreciation Day in May.Volunteers: Assist with various activities throughout the school year such as Art Room Helpers for Mr. Saladino, Cookies with Santa, Spring Blast and classroom volunteers. Volunteer hours are recorded by the district and benefit the school. The Volunteer book is located in the front office.Welcome Back Staff: The PTO sponsors a luncheon to welcome back the staff the week before students return to class.Yearbook: This committee gathers pictures, develops the layout, solicits ads and works with the 5th grade to design a cover prior to publication in May. All students have the opportunity to order and purchase a yearbook.VolunteersAn important part of our school is our volunteer program. Parents and community members are encouraged to come and help our students and their teachers in a variety of ways. To learn more about the volunteer program, please attend the orientation session early in the Fall or visit the district's volunteer page.