Letter from the President: October 25, 2017
Letter from the LTES PTA President
Thank you so much for all your help this week! It has been quite a busy and fun-filled week (Book Fair, PTA Meeting, Picture Day, Field Trips, and International Night). Whew! I am tired just thinking about it! I and the entire PTA team send our sincerest THANK YOU for ALL that you did to help make these events enjoyable, memorable, and a HUGE success!
If you missed the PTA meeting, there is one thing I would like to highlight. The 2017-18 LTES PTA budget that was approved at the September 26th meeting was approved with a small error in calculation. As a result, our current operating budget is approx. –$12,000. That means, if we raise the amount we hope to raise (~$54,000), and spend what we plan to spend on programs and equipment for our children (~$66,000), we will be ~$12,000 over spent. (YIKES!)
It is our desire to maintain all the programs, activities, and technology resource needs planned for the year. In order to do so, we need to raise ~$67,000.
So, we will be ramping up our fall fundraising this year with a few additional fundraising events. In addition to the Spirit Nights at area restaurants and the Silent Auction (Dec. 1), we will be hosting a Holiday Bazaar and an 'Armchair' fundraiser. I'm not a fan of selling baked goods, candy, candles, and wrapping paper so in lieu of 'selling stuff' we are asking family and friends to donate the same amount they would have spent on the 'stuff'. That way we get 100% of the proceeds rather than 20%-35%.
We are always collecting BoxTops and donations via Amazon Smile. So keep buying on Amazon via https://smile.amazon.com/ and a percentage of your purchase will be sent to London Towne PTA when you select London Towne Elem PTA as the organization you are supporting.
In December, the Finance Committee will revisit the budget and see if we need to find ways to raise more money or cut expenses. So, if you have ideas on how to help us raise funds, please contact our Finance Chair, Liz Neuenschwander at email@example.com or me at firstname.lastname@example.org.