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Were you at Panda Express?

Thank you to all the families that participated in this year’s first Family Restaurant Night at Panda Express. We are grateful for our partnership with Panda Express and hope that you found your food and time with other Burcham families enjoyable.  This event is a win-win for Burcham PTA. You get a tasty meal and we get 20% back on all purchases (made with the flyer). Look for more Family Restaurant Nights coming soon. We plan to have one every month during the school year. A special thank you to Anna S. for coordinating this event! Thanks, Anna!



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Take the “Three For Me” Challenge

Parent Involvement!

David Burcham PTA is making a concerted effort to increase parent involvement! Research has shown that when parents are involved, students have:

  • Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates
  • Increased motivation, higher level of self-esteem
  • Better school attendance

In an effort to promote parent involvement, we are implementing a parent volunteer program endorsed by the National Parent Teacher Association, Three For Me.

What Is Three For Me?

Three For Me is a program in which parents commit to volunteering at least three hours over the course of the school year to support school & PTA initiatives.

 Your Challenge

Over the course of this school year, at least one Burcham parent or family member per student is asked to commit at least three volunteer hours. Volunteer opportunities are many and vary from things that can be done on campus or at home, during the day, night and even over the weekend. You will be pleasantly surprised to see how easy it is to volunteer. See examples below.

How will I know what the needs are?

More information, including volunteer opportunities, will be communicated via our weekly email newsletter.

 Make Your Pledge today!

Click on “JOIN” above to take the challenge or complete the Promise Form sent home with your child. Do either of these and you become a Three For Me volunteer. It’s that simple!

 

Examples of volunteer opportunities:

At Home

  • Help the teacher or PTA with preparations and projects (copying, cutting, stapling, sorting supplies)
  • Help create the class roster, PTA flyers, signs or contribute to PTA newsletter
  • Purchase items to be used in the classroom or at a PTA event
  • Translate letters to parents and other materials

At School

  • Volunteer for PTA family events (Trunk-or-Treat, Carnival, Pancake Breakfast, etc)
  • Serve treats or drinks at a school or PTA event, help with setup and cleanup for events
  • Serve as a Room Parent or other classroom volunteer
  • Help with a PTA fundraiser (e.g. sort & organize material)

In the Community

  • Secure donations of supplies for the school & prizes for raffle events
  • Ask your employer to allow parents to go to the school during the day to help out in the classroom
  • Help create community partnerships with local businesses and organizations
  • Look for community members who can share their talents with the school


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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to all returning families and a BIG WELCOME to all new families. The PTA is excited for what lies ahead as we start this new school year together. We have many wonderful things planned but this year, more than ever, the PTA needs YOU! With budget cuts, larger class sizes and other notable changes… family participation is essential!

What’s new this year?

We have some exciting programs rolling out this year. We will be launching our new email-based newsletter, our brand-new PTA website and Facebook page later this month. We’ll also have an innovative volunteer program called “3 for Me”! You’ll hear about this program and more at Back-To-School Night on September 21st. You don’t want to miss this night so, mark your calendars now!

What can I do?

The very first thing you can do is become a PTA member today by completing the attached registration form. After you join, consider asking grandparents, aunts, uncles & cousins to also join. We have a lofty goal of getting 400 PTA members this year! Help us reach our goal and prove that Burcham families and teachers care about our students and their education! Next, stay informed and meet other Burcham families by attending our monthly PTA meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:00pm on campus. Our first PTA meeting will be October 13th.

Thank You!

Thank you, in advance, for lending your time, energy and skills to make a difference in your child’s life. We promise the time you give to the PTA will be worth your while – and even fun! If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at burchamk8pta@gmail.com.  On behalf of the Burcham PTA Board, I welcome you and look forward to a fun and memorable school year together!



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