Olmsted School #64 Parent Involvement Component CEP 2010-2011 Current Initiatives Organizations Description Participation OPTO The Olmsted Parent Teacher Organization 19 members, including parents meets monthly to discuss school issues, and staff, participate on the Board organize fundraising and use of funds, and of the OPTO. Meetings are well coordinate work of volunteer committees. attended. SBMT and DPCC reports are presented to coordinate all school organization work. SBMT The Site Based Management Team meets 12-15 participants sit on this monthly. SBMT is the shared decision-making committee. Decisions of this body of the school and includes parents, staff, committee are made after lengthy and administrators. Discussions focus on discussions of the issues. Meeting academic, social, facility, and safety issues of minutes are posted on the school the school. website. Reports are given at monthly OPTO meetings and to the school newspaper. The District Parent Coordinating Council is a One parent representative and DPCC district -wide group meeting monthly. one alternate volunteer for this committee. Reports are provided to the OPTO, SBMT and school newspaper. The Parent Facilitator acts as a liaison One parent representative Parent Facilitator between parents and administration at the volunteers for this duty. school, assists in the orientation of new families, attends DPCC, SBMT, and PTO meetings, disseminates important information regarding school procedures, and sets up the Parent Room. Olmsted Foundation The Olmsted Foundation provides funding for Six or more parent volunteers are scholarships and supports student needs involved in organizing events; through donations from a walkathon, dinners, families participate in fundraising and various alumni events. and events. Fundraising and Family Events Back to School Night Back to school night is organized by the Approximately 451 people school administration for families to meet their attended the event. teachers and hear presentations. An information table is set up to provide information regarding parent organizations. Innisbrook Sale Wrapping paper, candy, and novelty sale $7,572 raised. sponsored by The OPTO to support school activities. One parent volunteer chairs this activity. Chicken BBQ Fall dinner sponsored by the OPTO to build 400 attendees, 20 volunteers, Olmsted community and raise money to $1,253 raised. support school activities. Parent volunteers organize the event. Spaghetti Dinner/Raffle Winter dinner sponsored by the OPTO to 525 attendees, 30 volunteers, build Olmsted community and raise money to $5,050 raised. support school activities. Parent volunteers organize the event which includes a basket raffle. Spring Candy Sale Candy sale sponsored by The OPTO to $8,962 raised. support school activities. One parent volunteer chairs this activity. World Arts Fair A day- long community celebration of music, 300 attendees, 40 volunteers, art and world culture. A variety of interactive $3,093 raised. stations are set up based on the theme. A parent team chairs the event which is supported by student volunteers from local colleges as well as parents. After -School Clubs The after -school program is held once a 10- 15 parent volunteers week for 6 weeks in the fall and spring terms. Parent volunteers teach and organize enrichment classes in the arts and crafts, sports, foreign language, dance, yoga, cooking. Creativity Fair This exhibition fair highlights projects showing 15-20 parent volunteers move innovation and creativity. Entire families from projects, cook for a “Taste of Grades K-11 participate. Olmsted” food fair, and support students in their efforts. Dual- Language Parent Parents of Dual -Language program students 25 parent volunteers, 160 children Workshops attend to learn and network in workshops participants. related to Math, Foreign Language, use of technology, and school expectations Mother’s Day Plant Sale Flower sales sponsored by the Pre-K and K 10-12 parents volunteer to set up classes support field trips and school and conduct the sale activities. Parent Volunteers plan and carry out the sale. Olmsted #64 Recycling Parent initiatives to collect plastic bottle caps, 12-20 parents volunteer to set up, Projects aluminum tabs, and recycled items to raise move projects, bake and cook. funds and encourage green living. Parents collect and turn in recyclables. Three Kings Cultural Dual- language parents supply food for a 30-40 parents/families in Celebration luncheon for all families in the program. attendance Earth Day Celebration Parents organize and sponsor green activities 6-10 parent organizers and Projects such as tree-planting, rain barrel design, contests, plays, recycling PRISM Parent volunteers teach special classes in 30-40 parents/families in arts, history, architecture, etc. during school attendance hours as part of our Type I component of GT Parent volunteers organize an evening of fun 10-12 parent organizers, 100 Math Night and educational Math activities for all age parents and families in attendance levels. Volunteer Committees Library Volunteers Volunteers assist in shelving and checking 20 parent volunteers out library materials. Banking Volunteers Parent- run banking program allows 15 parent volunteers. children to deposit to a savings account weekly. Parking Lot Greeters Volunteers greet cars in the morning and 2 parent volunteers walk children safely into the building. This program resolves morning traffic issues. Grounds Improvement Volunteers organize spring and fall 12 parent volunteers Committee grounds clean-up days, plant bulbs, maintain planting beds, etc. Each class planted a sapling in the spring donated through a grant program. Recycling Program Parent volunteers sponsor educational 4 parent volunteers Volunteers programs regarding environmental stewardship and hold class recycling competitions. Staff Appreciation Parent volunteers host a catered breakfast 6 parent volunteers Volunteers for the teachers and staff. Student Directory Parent volunteers organize directory 3 parent volunteers Committee information, print and distribute directories to all families. Allocations Committee Parent volunteers meet to discuss and 7 parent volunteers approve purchases of equipment, funding for field trips and other programs. Funds are allocated from fundraising sources. After- School Clubs The After -School Club program runs for 6 10-15 parent volunteers weeks in the fall and spring terms. Parents offer a variety of activities in the arts, sports, crafts, and educational topics. Baking Committee The baking committee provides 45 parent volunteers refreshments for school events. Olmsted Odyssey Parents submit news, articles, 6-8 parent volunteers Newsletter photographs, and reports for publication. Future Initiatives Goals Description Projected Participation Production of new The proposed packet and brochure will provide 3-5 parent volunteers to design, school information information regarding our school mission, academic produce, and assemble packets packet and brochure programs, admissions process, procedures, and to be distributed and available at parent organizations school Improve New Student School-hosted orientation workshops with 3-5 parent volunteers to organize Orientation Process presentations by parent volunteers to guide new and conduct workshops families into the Olmsted program. Build Community Involvement with Just Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Parents involved with Partnerships WNY Book Arts, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and other organizations facilitate organizations will continue and expand. cooperative effort Fitness and Health Parents will advocate for healthier lunches, 3-5 parent volunteers programs breakfasts, and in-school activities that promote fitness. Promote School Spirit Parents will host events to bring families into school 5-8 parent volunteers for school spirit- building events, such as father-son basketball games, grandparents day, lunch to thank parent volunteers, etc. Improve Communication Parents will research solutions for school -to -home 6-8 parent volunteers with Families communication via mailings, provide for bilingual translations of notices and phone calls, and promote use of the Buffalo District Website.