Address: Wellington Elementary School
121 Orchard Street,
Belmont, MA 02478
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The PTO is part of Wellington PTO Inc, a 501c3 charitable organization. As a parent teacher organization, the PTOs primary functions are to sponsor student and community activities and to organize fundraising events that allow us to provide enrichment programs for students as well as professional development for our teachers. The PTO's Mission Statement is to:
The PTO is governed by a board of Wellington parents/caregivers. Our board includes a diverse set of parents with a broad range of backgrounds and professional experience, all coming together to support and enrich our children's education. A slate of new officers is elected at the Annual Membership Meeting each May. In addition to leadership positions on the board, we also have over 60 committee/coordinator positions, and there are many ways to get involved whether in volunteer hours or financial contributions. We encourage you to look at the 'Get Involved' section of our website! Whether you work in or out of the home, have time sporadically or on a regular basis, or you're not sure what skills you have to offer, we have a place for you!
Our children are the primary beneficiaries of all the funds raised by the PTO. Our Programs (Enrichment) team works closely with teachers at each grade level to supplement their classroom curricula needs. At the same time, the PTO offers the parents and caregivers of Wellington students an opportunity to become involved in activities at the school; to meet and work with other parents, staff and faculty; and to contribute to the educational and social growth of our children throughout the year. The PTO also partners with the school guidance department to support families in need in our school community through in-kind donations and gift cards. The PTO holds four member meetings during the school year and strives to include a parent education component at each meeting such as a teacher presentation or an informal Q & A with an administrator.
The PTO raises money through its Annual Fund, BOKS & ASE Clubs, Fun Run, School Picture Day, Scholastic Book Fair, Moira Gavin Bingo Night, Winter Carnival, Box Tops for Education, and AmazonSmile (designate Wellington PTO Inc). The PTO also applies for grants, when appropriate. We try very hard to avoid fundraisers that require students and families to sell stuff - no gift wrap or candy sales here!
The PTO Board votes on an annual budget each year which typically includes allocations for specific recurring annual community programs; classroom supplies and professional development; student enrichment and curriculum supports; and building improvements/supplies. During the year, teachers and administrators may propose a funding request to the PTO Board for consideration; this may include a new recurring expense or a one-time expenditure. The PTO prioritizes initiatives that benefit a broad range of students.
The Wellington PTO’s mission is to enrich our children’s educational experience, build a stronger community, and bridge the communication between home and school. As a member of the PTO you can help with all of those opportunities. Additionally, as a member your family receives one vote at all PTO meetings.
Sign up to be a member using this form.
The PTO coordinates some in-school volunteer opportunities that are scheduled in advance such as Library Volunteer (all grades) and Field Day (3rd & 4th grade). Also, parents may reach out to their child's teacher and let them know that they would like to help. Depending on the classroom, the teacher might have specific opportunities for parents to volunteer. Additionally, the PTO coordinates many family events that do not occur during the school day such as the annual Family Picnics, Movie Night, Bingo Night, Skate Night, Multicultural Night and Science Night. All of these events occur after school hours, in the evening, and are organized, set up/ cleaned up, and attended by many families in our community. The PTO hopes these types of community events will allow families with varying work schedules and needs to spend time together and enjoy each others' company.
Yes, however, the school district requires all parent volunteers to complete a Criminal Offender Record information (CORI) check prior to volunteering. CORI forms are available in the school office and should be submitted in person to the school secretary. In addition to the district CORI check, the PTO runs its own CORI check for all committee/event coordinators who interact with students outside of school hours and all board members.
Since PTOs are, at heart, groups of parents who are interested in supporting education, many situations arise in which the group, or members of the group, may wish to use the organization in support of a particular purpose. As a volunteer non-profit organization, we do not endorse any candidates, referendums, or budgets. Additionally, while our fundraising and programming is for the benefit of the entire community, it would not be appropriate for the PTO to take a stance on issues that impact the entire community as PTO officers are the elected leadership of its members, which is only a portion of the parent community. Consistent with our mission to facilitate and foster communication, any concerns shared with the PTO will be shared with the school administration.
Wellington PTO Inc is a single non-profit entity with two independent governing boards - General Board (PTO) and Student Care Board. Each board is designated certain rights and powers as relates to the members they serve. The PTO is involved with and supports the school day activities, and the Student Care Board is focused on the after school care program. While the co-Presidents of the PTO share one seat on the Student Care Board, they have the same rights as any other board member.