PTO Frequently Asked Questions:

What is PTO?

PTO is the Parent-Teacher Organization for Ehrhardt. The PTO budget mainly provides for educational resources such as teacher grants & enrichment programs. In addition, the PTO also provides for the student parties, treat days, playground equipment, and field day snacks and shows our teachers appreciation with several luncheons throughout the year as well as Teachers Appreciation week in May.

How does PTO get its funding?
Ehrhardt PTO is allowed three major fundraisers each year. We will have our Yankee Candle and “Go Green” Fundraiser this fall, a “Family/Holiday Picture” fundraiser before the holidays and put on a school “Family Fun Night/Carnival” in the spring. Other ways you can support the PTO are through PTO membership donations, collecting Box Tops for Education off of many common food items and join classmates and teachers for our Spirit Nights at some of our favorite places to eat (we have a different one each month and a percentage of sales go to PTO).

How do I join PTO?
Your family is automatically a member if you have a child enrolled at Ehrhardt. Simply fill out the form found on the school website or at the front office so that you can get the most up to date info. Membership allows you to vote on issues requiring membership approval at PTO General Meetings which occur at the beginning of the Fall and Spring Open House.
Membership options are as follows:
1. Membership (No cost)
2. Bronze- $10 donation- Receive school directory
3. Silver- $20 donation- Receive school directory and Ehrhardt car decal
4. Gold- $30 donation - Receive school directory, Ehrhardt car decal and Ehrhardt t-shirt

Why should I join?
To help support one the most important things we all have in common, our children and their education. Do I have to volunteer? No, although parent volunteering is very important to the success of Ehrhardt activities, your membership does not obligate you to volunteer at Ehrhardt. You will have opportunities to sign up to volunteer at the Volunteer breakfast, Open House and many others.

How do I get information between meetings?
An Ehrhardt newsletter gets e-mailed out and posted to the school website. It will contain all of the important dates for the upcoming month, budget updates, student news, and information on upcoming events. You may also sign-up to receive email updates by including a current email address on your PTO membership form.

PTO Mythbusters:

Myth:  The PTO is just for stay-at-home moms.
FACT:  The PTO is for everyone!  Our volunteers are mothers, fathers and those who fill those roles.  We have a wide range of volunteers who:  
            stay-at-home; work part-time to full-time; have little ones at home, preschoolers, high schoolers and/or college students; are
            continuing their own education; and more.

Myth:  The PTO has all the help they need.

FACT:  The PTO welcomes everyone and continues to need volunteers for various events, fundraisers, and committees year-round.  We need you!

 Myth:  Volunteering for the PTO takes too much time.

FACT:  Only YOU can decide how much time you can give.  Even if you can help at just one event or handle one task per year, it would be greatly appreciated. 

Myth:  PTO volunteers need to be at the school during the day.

FACT:   Much of the PTO work can be done from home on your own schedule, or at events at night or weekends.  Yes, there is volunteering during the school day if you are able to do so.  But no one does it all, so choose what works best for you.

 Myth:  The PTO has the same volunteers year after year and everyone knows each other. 

FACT:  While we are fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who return, we also welcome new ones every year.  We do strike up friendships and enjoy getting to know one another.  This year, we already have several new Committee Chairs and volunteers, and we have not all met each other yet.  Our volunteers range from Kindergarten to 8th grade parents, so it’s a great chance to get to know parents from other grades you may not have met otherwise.

 Myth:  The PTO is all set with their activities and events for the year.

FACT:  Each year, the PTO brings back favorites and tries new activities, fundraisers and events.   Those new ideas come from volunteers.  For example, a volunteer thought it would be great to have a school store and made it happen this year.  While we try to plan ahead, it’s only the beginning of the school year and there’s still plenty of time to do even more for the students and school this year.  And we want you to be a part of it all!