WPES PTA FAQs

Why should I join the PTA?

The PTA gives parents and other adults in our community who care for our students a chance to play an active role in their child’s education. Members commit to supporting the PTA’s efforts to help all our students succeed

What. does the PTA do?

The PTA works to enhance the educational experience of all WPES students by supporting teachers and staff, organizing fundraisers for items not covered by the school budget, and planning and hosting community-building events.

Who leads the PTA?

The PTA board is elected by a vote of the membership. At WPES, the board is made up of a president, a president-elect, a treasurer, an under-treasurer, a secretary, a communications chair, two members-at-large, a staff liaison, and the principal. In addition, every committee has a chair. Everyone who serves on the board or chairs a committee is a parent volunteer. The board meets once a month to discuss upcoming events, goals, needs, and issues raised in the WP community.

How do I find out about PTA volunteer opportunities?

1) Go to https://winnonaparkpta.org/volunteer/ and fill out the brief volunteer form.

2) Sign up on the paper forms at any of the back-to-school events.

3) Sign up for the eBlast and watch for emails from committee chairs and classroom parents.

4) Email board@winnonaparkpta.org to share how you’d like to help!

What is the difference between a committee and an event?

The PTA supports around twenty committees, many of which plan events. Each committee has a chair or co-chairs. When you sign up to be on a committee, you are committing to helping plan activities and events put on by that committee. Often those committees will request volunteer support at their events, for which you can sign up for a specific role or shift.

What does membership cost?

Membership is $10/person or $20/household and is good for one year.

What does the PTA do with the funds it raises?

We strive for a balance of fundraising and community-building events. Our main fundraising events (Read-a-Thon, Jingle Jog and Holiday Sale, and the Spring Auction) support many offerings and initiatives: classroom libraries, teacher and parent grants, field trips and guest speakers for all students, facility enhancements, and various community-building events.