Welcome to vallemar
Dear Vallemar Families,
We are co-presidents which has also made us fast friends. That’s probably the best part about Vallemar, lots of ways to make instant friends. We are more than a school community, we are a family. Whether you serve on the board or not, we all make up the Vallemar PTO and our goal is to hear from everyone and make decisions that better the entire school community. This school year looks like no other, no denying that. However we are still just as determined to make sure we reach our Vallemar families and do our part to exude a sense of community, equity and most importantly support for all.
Our PTO is charged with raising about $100,000 per year, that’s roughly $250 per student, in order to offer and support programs like art, physical education, music, library, vAcademy and many more. Through PTO funds, we have purchased new printers for each classroom, multiple sets of iPads and Chromebooks for entire classrooms to utilize, and have funded class grants so that teachers can offer field trips, replace equipment and supplement helpful teaching materials throughout the year. We have always been able to provide these opportunities through a variety of thoughtful, community based fundraisers throughout the year with our most basic fundraiser being our direct ask to parents and families. Bottom line is your direct donation goes straight to programs and equipment that round out your child’s education. This year will be different in many ways. And in-person fundraisers may not be possible for some time, making direct donations more important than ever. That does not make us any less determined to raise money for our deserving students. We just have to be creative and I believe with this strong group, we are up to the challenge.
Our focus doesn’t stop at monetary needs. In fact, we’d like to say, over the years, we’ve made an even bigger movement, maintaining a positive, enriching community-based atmosphere. By eliminating tedious fundraisers, and creating opportunities for families to gather, and learn together, we have made more successful school family relationships, set a foundation for future growing and collaborating, and encouraged our children to find positive ways to interact. We will continue those efforts this year through transparency and communication, virtual meeting platforms like Facebook groups, Zoom and Google Meet and partnering with our amazing principal and leader, Ms. Lobao, to reach families and support students.
If ever you have any questions about PTO, Vallemar or how to get involved, we are here for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out.
Charlotte Allen and Sarah Benavides (Vallemar PTO Co-Presidents)