Dear PTA Leader:
Thank you for stepping up to be a PTA officer for your unit. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and with distance learning on the horizon for the beginning of the school year, PTA’s will need to look at the start of this school year quite differently. If you are an outgoing officer please forward this email to the new board members.
The needs of your school community will probably look quite different this first quarter. Therefore, your PTA budget will not look exactly like what you typically plan for. We encourage you to consult with your principal and teachers to determine their greatest needs for the beginning of this year. For example, you may not need to budget for field trips or assemblies at this time. Perhaps your students need school supplies or teachers may need access to software like MobyMax, etc.
Joining your PTA may not look the same. The membership envelope most of us traditionally send home with the students when school starts may not be happening. PTA has a contact-free way for members to join your PTA. Totem is an electronic membership program your members can use to join your PTA on-line. Third District PTA has about 40 units who currently use the Totem program. The link for you to learn more about Totem is: https://capta.org/pta-leaders/services/electronic-membership-system/. Some great things about Totem: 1. Members can use their debit/credit card, 2. Members receive an electronic membership card, 3. It generates a membership list for you, 4. It saves your treasurer a lot of time, and 5. You can still accept memberships via check or cash. Please check it out.
If your executive board is new to their position and need training, please visit our Third District PTA’s website at https://3rdpta.com/. We recorded our virtual training workshops in June since we were not able to hold our usual in-person training.
If you have not sent to Third District PTA the names and contact info for all your PTA officers for this term (or you don’t know if that information was already sent in) please fill out the attached roster and email it to Third District PTA (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. We believe that possible duplication is better than not receiving the information at all. We want to be in touch with you in a timely manner so that we can support your PTA.
As always, Third District PTA is here to help you navigate the PTA year. Please check our website to see our list of officers and their contact information or contact our PTA office at email@example.com or 916.228.2543.
Yours in PTA,
Otis Cross President Third District PTA