+ I have a question about the Do Good a-thon, where can I get answers?
There is a page specific to the Do Good a-thon on this site foxmillpta.com/dogood that should answer many of your questions. There is also a FAQ section at the bottom that answers additional questions that have popped up.
+ Why should I get involved with the PTA?
When parents get involved, children do better in school. If you aren't already a member, here are 10 reasons you should consider joining:
Your child benefits. When parents get connected to the school, children get better grades, do better on tests, and have fewer discipline problems. When you build a relationship with your child’s teachers, principal, and office staff, it will be far easier to communicate about any problem (or victory) that occurs throughout the year.
You will be in the know. The PTA knows what’s happening with the school, who's involved, and plans many of the events.
You'll tap into a great network. PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, to build rapport and discuss issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences to make the school year better for everyone.
You can be part of the solution. By getting involved you can help make positive changes. The PTA plays an important role in fundraising to provide building improvements, curriculum-based programs, and social events.
You can meet other parents. The common bond all parents of school-aged children share is that we care about creating the best possible educational experience for our kids. We are neighbors and peers and as a result, many friendships are forged via this connection.
- Your child will feel a sense of pride. Being part of the PTA will, in most cases, make your kids proud of you. They may not admit it, but they will feel proud that their parents are involved in improving their school's well-being.
- You can have fun while doing good. Volunteer work shouldn’t be drudgery. Our PTA has helped in small ways (planning fun social events for the school community) as well in large-scale projects (funding the new computer lab). And because we worked together towards one goal, we had a great time doing it.
- Your voice can be heard. PTO can be a way for you to more effectively effect change at your child’s school.
- You can share your skills. Your child will beam for weeks after his parent comes to school and shares his career, hobby, or even just their time helping out at the school book fair. All parents have individual talents they can share.
- You can show that you care. By becoming a PTA member, you’re also becoming a role model and demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education as well as on being involved in their world.
+ Where can I learn more about Fox Mill's Japanese Immersion Program?
The Japanese Cultural Commitee is a great place to start. You can download the JCC welcome packet which will answer many of your questions by clicking here.
+ What is Pay for School Stuff?
The Fox Mill PTA uses a web service called Pay4SchoolStuff to accept payment via credit card. No one on the Fox Mill PTA ever has access to any credit card numbers.
+ How do I sign up for Pay for School Stuff?
To create a Pay4SchoolStuff account:
- Go to Pay4SchoolStuff.com.
- Click LOGIN at the top of the page.
- Click Create Parent Account.
- Click Sign Up.
- Find the activation email in your email.
- Click Activate Your Account in that email.
Your account is active. Before buying anything via Pay4SchoolStuff, you will need to add your kids that attend Fox Mill ES to your account.
+ How do I add a FMES Student to my Pay for School Stuff account?
Go to Pay4SchoolStuff.com.
Click LOGIN at the top of the page.
Enter your email and password and click Log In.
Under Parent Options near the top of the page, select Your Students.
Fill out the options under Add a Student to Your Account.
+ How do I add money to my FMES Student's lunch account by credit card?
FMES uses the website My School Bucks to add funds via credit card to your students lunch card. You can also set up the account to auto-pay when the card balance goes below a designated threshold.
+ How do I get reimbursed for approved PTA related expenses or teachers supplies?
There are a few requirements that we have in order to make sure that we are compliant with our non-profit status and the requirements of our audit.
- All expenditures need to approved by the chair of the committee leading your event, if PTA related.
- You must have all receipts to be reimbursed. Original receipts are important.
- Please fill out a Check request form that can be found here or in the main office of the school in the treasurer file box.
- All check requests will be picked up on the Friday of that week.
- Checks will be cut within two weeks.
- To save PTA funds, we will put all checks back in the treasurer box for pickup. If you are not able to get to the school, please email the PTA Treasurer and it will be mailed to you.
+ What is the GRACE Art Program and why should I join?
GRACE Art was established in 1976 by the Greater Reston Arts Center to supplement childrens’ arts experience in the schools. Funded by our PTA, GRACE Art is presented in each classroom by a parent volunteer. This year examples of our topics include Ancient Egyptian Art and Andy Warhol. It's a fun way to get involved with your child's class and provide more art experiences at school. You’ll also become a classroom celebrity - the children love GRACE Art!
What do I do as a GRACE Art Docent? After giving a quick introduction of the topic for the month, you’ll guide the children through a fun, hands-on art project using materials we make available to you.
New to the School? Come to GRACE Art's general information meeting on October 18th 9 AM in the Cafeteria!
Been a Docent Volunteer before? Join us for our first artist meeting November 1st at 9 AM in the Cafeteria!