Pioneer PTO - Frequently Asked Questions
Why join Pioneer PTO?
Every parent is welcome and encouraged to become a PTO Member. Joining the PTO does NOT obligate you to volunteer or participate in any activities. It does however demonstrate your support for our teachers, staff and the best possible well rounded education for your child.
What is the Membership Drive?
The Membership Drive is a direct giving campaign designed to raise as much money as possible at the beginning of the school year. This gives the PTO a strong indicator as to how much more fundraising will need to take place for the remaining balance of the year in order to reach our annual PTO income goal of $120,000. If we are able to make our Membership Goal, there will be no more PTO Fundraisers for the remainder of the year.
Unlike other fundraisers, 100% of your donation will go directly to supporting your children. AND...All donations are 100% tax deductible. Pioneer Middle School PTO is 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization (Tax ID #33-0876156)
Why do we need the Membership Drive? Isn’t this supposed to be a “free” public school education?
Public education in our district covers the basic needs such as classrooms, textbooks, teacher salaries, office staff, one-to-one iPads, some computers, a basic set of library books, and limited office supplies. Unfortunately, there is not the additional funding required for all the extra programs and support that we have come to appreciate and expect at Pioneer. Therefore we must rely heavily on parent donations in order to maintain many of Pioneer’s flagship academic programs and electives, technology support, student benefits and office supplies. None of this would be possible with
our current state allocated budget for Pioneer. Please note that donations to the PTO are completely voluntary, and that every student benefits from our programs and events.
What is a Digital Directory?
The PTO uses a digital directory with access via a phone app. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices. Details about how to access the app will be provided once the membership drive is completed. Our directory allows parents and educators quick access to PTO contact information wherever, whenever you want. Access to the digital directory is ONLY provided to registered users. We will publish only the data that you wish to publish—you are not required to be in the directory. All data is secure and password protected so our information is kept private.
May I donate any amount?
We know that our families are economically diverse. We treasure our diversity and anticipate gifts in varying amounts. We ask you to strongly consider giving the most that you can at a level that is comfortable for your family. The important thing is that each family contributes as much as they can. Since 100% of our students benefit from these programs, it makes sense that 100% of our families should help pay for them. We also welcome corporate "Matching Gifts" or grants, and additional donations from family and friends. We as a community are building a future for our children and our school.
What does the $120,000 PTO budget pay for? Why $175 per student?
Every parent should understand how their financial contributions will be spent, and how the money we raise this year will benefit your child’s education. With over 51% of the PTO budget allocated to Departmental Programs and Elective Classes, and almost 45% to Student, Teacher and Administration Support, EVERY student benefits from the wide variety of enrichment in all subjects and academic programs. The following are just some of the resources and programs that Pioneer PTO will support this year. The list is long!
Elective Programs and Departmental Support - $61,560 (51%)
(AVID, Spanish, Home Ec/Fashion/Culinary, PE, Graphic Design, Art Department, Chorus, Music Program, Math Department, STEM, Science, Robotics, Science Olympiad, Yearbook, ASB, PAL and more)
Teacher & Administration Support - $31,080 (26%)
(PBIS, Teacher Classroom Support, Staff Development, Specialty Staff Training, Emergency Preparedness, Counselor Conference Program, Teacher Copier Support, Teacher/Staff Appreciation and more)
Student Support, Enrichment & Recognition - $22,200 (19%)
(Assemblies, Binder Reminder, Career Day, Student of the Month, Academic Olympics, 8th Grade Promotion Activities, Honor Roll Recognition and more)
General, Administration and Publicity - $5,160 (4%)
Campus Beautification, Website, NTI Phone System, Office Supplies and more)
Our goal is to fund all of the above items. We are asking for a 100% tax-deductible donation of $175 per student. This can be donated as a one-time gift at the beginning of the year.
How do I donate?
Donations can be cash, check or credit card. Click HERE to donate now.
Membership forms should be turned in during registration on August 1st, August 2nd and August 5th or by September 13th, 2019 to the front office.
Will I get a receipt?
Receipts are available upon request by emailing email@example.com Pioneer Middle School PTO is a 501(c) 3 organization and our TAX ID number is 33-0876156.
Can I see the financials/budget for the PTO?
Yes, you may contact our PTO Treasurer with your request to firstname.lastname@example.org