PTO Frequently Asked Questions
What is the PTO?
The PTO is an organization of parents and teachers whose goal is to help the teachers do their job of educating our children.
Who can join the PTO?
Are you are a parent, guardian, protector, grandparent and/or a person who works at AGW?
If you can answer YES, then you are invited to join us as a member.
Please see our forms section for a membership form or pick one up at school.
Does it cost anything to become a member and do I get anything with my membership?
The cost is $10.00 per family to join for the year. The cost goes towards printing the calendars and towards the PTO mission.
You will receive the PTO calendar that includes all X & Y days, sports events, school events, days off, early dismissals and of course, all PTO events. The calendar also comes with the Stafford County calendar and the handy AGW Middle School Survival Guide.
Knowing X & Y days is important due to the way classes are scheduled in Middle School. Certain classes are held only on X days or Y days and keeping track of which class to go to is invaluable. Also, if your student is absent or when we have snow days, knowing X & Y days saves a lot of frustration.
You will also receive PTO Parent emails throughout the year that will keep you up to date with all PTO events.
If I join the PTO, do I have to volunteer?
No, joining the PTO does not mean you will automatically be a volunteer. We understand that many families in Stafford spend a lot of time commuting or engaging in activities. Joining the PTO will simply help you stay informed of school and PTO events, as well as keeping track of X & Y days, especially in the event of snow days.
What is the Mission and Vision of the PTO?
The primary mission as a PTO is to provide our school with funds, programs, resources and services that will enrich and maximize the education of every student and support the teachers so that the school will benefit.
The PTO vision is to support A. G. Wright's goal to move instruction into the 21st Century by integrating technology into every English class by providing each student with a Chromebook to use in class.
How does AGW PTO support their Mission and Vision?
In order to get funding for the mission and vision, the PTO does a main fundraiser each year. The PTO also hosts Spirit Nights and events that include the surrounding community.
What type of fundraising does the PTO do?
The A.G. Wright PTO offers direct donation as its fundraising option. Traditional fundraising is eliminated and parents simply give a direct, tax deductible donation. This way, our school receives 100% of the monies!
So, just what will you do with my fundraising money?
Here are just a few programs that the PTO sponsors and/or supports:
Field trip scholarships
Fulfill teacher requests for non budget educational items
Provides student rewards and SOL incentives
Supports student clubs
Teacher/staff appreciation activities
Supplies candy for "A" day
Supports the 8th grade picnic
MUCH MUCH MORE!
Can I volunteer with the PTO and why should I?
Absolutely! We LOVE our volunteers. We can always use help.
One reason you might want to volunteer is that we are a small, but busy group. Some of our events need many hands to make them a success.
Another reason is to show support for your student and our school.
Or, perhaps you might want to become more involved with the PTO and want to get a better idea of what we do.
The PTO is a team effort in which we cannot succeed on our own.
What would I have to do as a volunteer?
We have many events that we need help with:
Get the word out about Spirit Nights
Donate or help prepare and serve food at teacher events, such as at Staff Appreciation lunch
Set up and/or clean up at events
Gathering ideas and creating Staff Appreciation gifts
Seek out community business donations for Staff Appreciation gifts
Help the PTO and Administration staff at "A" day. We have 6 lunches to cover with "A" Day
Help with Holiday Grams
SOL Donut Day
SOL Incentive party
8th grade picnic
How do I volunteer?
If you are a PTO Parent, simply respond to a PTO Parent email requesting volunteers.
Contact the PTO at firstname.lastname@example.org
Call us at 540-658-6240 ext. 15111
What if I don't have time to do any of those activities?
You can still help the PTO by posting or sharing events such as Spirit Nights on Facebook or Twitter, or telling to your neighbors and friends.