Message from the Manoa PTO Board

Dear Mustang Family!

As we start out with the 2017/18 school year I wanted to reach out on behalf of the Manoa PTO board with news, updates and insight!

~ President – since the end of the last school year the board has been working closely together but without a President. We feel that the school year is still off to a great start and the remaining board members, their families and existing event chairs are working a little bit harder to make that possible. The ideal plan moving forward would be to conduct an election and install a new PTO president. If this is not possible for any reason the board will continue to work closely with other active Manoa community members to ensure we all have a great school year!

~ Dues – (part 1) – PTO dues are now $20 per family, regardless of the number of children you have attending Manoa. These dues have increased from $10 due to the annual financial deficit the PTO was operating at, losing somewhere in the region of between $3-$4k each year. We feel these dues are still great value and represent the smallest outlay in the Haverford school district.

~ Dues – (part 2) – the PTO dues go towards a number of fun and educational activities, including, but not limited to, all assembly programs, young writers day, bingo night, classroom parties, field day gifts, ongoing community events and much more!

~ Homeroom Money – following along from the overall financial situation, homeroom parents will be given a budget based upon dues collected rather than a flat predetermined amount. Children in every classroom will still enjoy the same fun events and celebrations throughout the school year, rest assured!

~ Registry – our school wide registry will no longer be printed and physically handed out. Instead it will be made available online in a password protected format and will be available to each family when dues have been paid. The board feels this is a progressive change that allows the registry to be updated regularly if necessary and accessed easily by everyone.
In the interests of complete transparency the board will continue to communicate through monthly board meetings and also ongoing social media posts and our website. Please never hesitate to reach out with questions, thoughts or feedback. Our next monthly board meeting will be held on Tuesday September 19th @ 7pm in the school library. All are welcome to attend! We encourage you all to attend!!

As acting president and current vice president, and on behalf of the entire PTO board, I look forward to seeing many of you this week as we kick off the 2017/18 school year with our amazing faculty, principal, custodians and all other members of the Mustang family!

Best wishes,
Iain McClements

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon was great success!

The Teacher Appreciation Luncheon was a great success on Friday, May 5th! The teachers and staff had a great time and were most thankful and gracious. Thank you to all who donated. A special thanks to Primos in Havertown for their hoagie tray donation, Toni Roni’s in Havertown for their tomato pie donation, and Giant in Havertown for their monetary donation. It is always wonderful to have these community businesses show their support for our school community.

May 5th – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon and Fun Fair Bake Sale

On Friday, May 5th, the PTO will provide lunch for all Manoa teachers and staff. Additionally, the Fun Fair will be from 5-8 PM that evening. The PTO is asking for some items for the luncheon and for the Fun Fair Bake Sale.

If you would like to contribute, please access this link to sign up to donate a food item.

Please send in all donations with your child or drop off in the main office by 10am. All bake sale items should be packaged individually.

All items should feed up to 10 people.

Feel free to sign up for one or both of these events.

Any questions or comments, please contact Michelle Scullin at mscullin@salvorogers.com

We thank you in advance for your donations.

Family Reading Night Donations

Thank you so much for sharing your love of reading with your children at Family Reading Night and with your donations of gently used books. We are donating the books to a local organization called Social FUNdraising and Gatherings. They are collecting books for Edward Gideon school in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia. They currently have no library at their school (and no librarian). All of the books collected are going to help build this school library. The books will be leveled and placed on shelves. The same group recently finished building an 80,000 book library for the Richard Wright school just down the street from Edward Gideon. If you’d like to get more involved, please follow Social FUNdraising and Gatherings on Facebook.

Here’s a look at all of the donated books! We have picture books, chapter books, books about princesses and superheroes, biographies, informational books about all kinds of animals, and some classic children’s literature all being donated to the Edward Gideon school library. Thank you for your generosity!