What We Fund
The PTO funds many exciting initiatives in District 29. One of these initiatives is the PTO Teacher Gifts Grant Funding Program. Parents, students and teachers submit proposals for school enhancements outside of the district budget. Explore the 2020-21 approved grants or learn more about our other programs below.
PTO Teacher Gifts Grant Program
- To provide one-time start up “seed money”
Grants or contributions used to start a new project or club/organization.
- To fund requests that were not in the PTO/school approved budget (unexpected or extraordinary).
Something new comes up in the course of the school year and can’t be paid for at that time.
- To fund programs that extend or enhance the core instructional program.
Items that will enhance or improve the core curriculum within the school/classroom.
- To fund programs that benefit as many students as possible.
Either at the time of funding or long term.
The PTO encourages all teachers, staff, parents, and students to submit proposals for the PTO Gifts Grant Funding Program. Upon submission, all proposals will be vetted by the administration to determine if they can be or are already covered by the approved yearly budget. The vetted proposals will then be made available to all PTO members in order to solicit feedback. This feedback will be shared at the PTO Gifts Committee meeting, at which the Committee will review the proposals and funding will be determined. The PTO Gifts Grant Funding Committee is made up of Administrators, PTO Executive Board members, a School Board member, and teachers. Approved proposals will be announced by the following PTO meeting.
Every year, parents, teachers, children and administrators work together to sponsor a comprehensive donation effort towards the Northwestern Settlement House. The PTO coordinates a food and gift donation effort in November and December. Administration educates the children about the Settlement house in anticipation of the drive through school presentations. The PTO coordinates shopping trips for 5th-8th grader’s, and the parents and teachers accompany 4th grade students and the student council members to the Settlement House to stuff pinatas and stockings. Student Council children work with PTO chairs to load the trucks while the Dedicated Dolphins (2-3 grade Student Council) make labels for the gifts.
Junior Great Books Program
Bike Safety Week (3rd Grade)
PTO assists Mrs. Kasper in bringing a fun and educational experience to third graders regarding Bike Safety. They review rules of bike safety, have bikes registered with the village, and learn the best and safest route from their home to school. It is a worthwhile and fun week that gets third graders prepared to head to school soon after on “their wheels.”
AM Recreation Program at SRS (4th & 5th Grade)
Social Dance (6th Grade)
Dances are held on specific Fridays in October through December. The fun ends with a student and parent dance which is fun for all!
Outdoor Education program (6th Grade)
Shakespeare Theater (7th & 8th Grade)
8th Grade Events
Coding Program at Middlefork
- Responsible for organizing a special week for District 29 employees.
- Create a project for the students to express their appreciation for District 29 faculty and staff.
- Provide daily treats and catered luncheon.
- Decorate the teacher lounges.
Directory / Kaleidoscope
Family Fun Night
Back to School Luncheon, Gifts to celebrate staff anniversaries, Staff Conference Meals, Holiday Projects, Buses for students to Northwestern Settlement House, Biennial Winter Benefit, Family Service Night, 8th grade Graduation and Reception and Retirement Celebrations.