I value the Teacher Grant money provided to us by PTO so much as it allows me to get creative in my instruction. In first grade, many students are still developing their phonological awareness or ability to identify and manipulate sounds. An activity to help support this in class I like to use is "Listen and Learn." I would only be able to have one student listening at a time if it weren't for the amazing headphone splitters I bought with my grant money this year. Now up to 5 students can share the same ipad and grow their brains at the same time!
Thank you for helping teachers put students first!
Kindergarten Teaching Team (Cara Bennett, Amelia Cho, Marla Cuchiara, Ramona Emch, Sandra Hostetter and Imelda Little):
I have used my grant money to purchase: nonfiction books in Spanish that align with the third grade standards; privacy folders the students use when taking tests and quizzes; plastic bins to organize my classroom library; a wagon for carrying the students' lunch boxes.
Gregg Rosenberg, PE Teacher:
I use my grant money to purchase new equipment (balls, jump ropes, etc.) each year. This year I am purchasing a SabakiBall set so the students can play this popular new sport!
Sandy Brown, STEM Teacher:
I have purchased a wide variety of materials to introduce K-6th grade students to STEM concepts: educational sets to learn about batteries, building sets, materials for experiments and projects.
Whittney Tomczyk, Honors Teacher:
This year, I used my PTO Grant money to purchase stability balls and bases for student flexible seating, class-sets of our whole group novels, including Where the Red Fern Grows, Charlotte's Web, The Secret Garden, Frindle, and Tuck Everlasting, among others. I was also able to create a light-up Growth Mindset/Mindfulness wall and help to stock my classroom library with new high-interest titles in children's and middle-grade literature. I'm so grateful for this grant opportunity to help build the Honors program at Sandpiper!
Professional Development PTO Grant
We also support our teachers with a $3500 Professional Development PTO Grant. Recently, we sent teachers to the Columbia Writing Program training in New York and the Spanish Language Curriculum Conference in California. Without PTO funds, our teachers could not bring these valuable skills and resources to their peers or our students.
Here is what some of our teachers had to say about the Professional Development PTO Grants:
Heidi Rossow, 4th Grade Teacher:
I'm so appreciative of our wonderful PTO for allowing Tani Eley and myself to attend the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project held at Columbia University in New York. This one week training focused on writing has opened my eyes up to a new way of how I teach writing. By meeting teachers from all across the world I was able to learn new ideas that I will also be able to incorporate into the classroom. I can't wait to see the students' words come alive on paper!
Tani Eley, 5th Grade Teacher:
This summer, due to the support of PTO, I was able to attend a writing institute through the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project in New York City at Columbia Teacher’s College. The one-week writing institute drew over 1,400 teachers from all around the world.
Studying with Lucy Calkins, who has written the Units of Study that we will be using as our curriculum, was inspiring. Lucy’s book, Lessons from a Child, was one of the first impactful books I read during my undergraduate program. Lucy has spent over 30 years researching and documenting her work in the field of writing and reading. She continues to work in classrooms, modeling a “workshop” approach in both academic areas, as she trains teachers and supports students.
I am so excited to begin using the Units of Study in 5th grade. It is because of your support that I will more confidently be able to implement this approach in the classroom thanks to this training. Additionally, Ms. Rossow and I will have an opportunity to share what we learned with the 3-6 grade teachers during a professional development day prior to the start of school.
I am confident, that as this approach is more thoroughly integrated into classrooms, you will see an increase in student interest and growth in the area of writing.
Lupita Stewart, 3rd Grade Teacher:
The grant money provided Vicki Saylor and myself the opportunity to attend a language conference in San Diego. The ACTFL (American Council of Teachers Foreign Language) organization supports teachers with many valuable resources for teaching a world language.
We met foreign language instructors from all over the world and learn the many strategies and best practices in foreign language instruction. We brought back valuable information from the workshops and seminars and we shared that information with our FLITE colleagues. We previewed the many vendors that were on site and found two Spanish immersion curriculums that we are adopting here at Sandpiper.
At the conference we attended seminars on accessing students, new methods and programs that can be used at the elementary level. One of the seminars, Real Language demonstrated the use of this program and provided research that supported it's success. We both use this program (thanks to PTO for purchasing it). The format and lessons are enjoyed by the students.
Thank you so much for this opportunity.
Our all volunteer PTO runs all these programs plus offers our Hoe Down, Carnival, and Family Nights. We provide additional supplies to our specials teachers for Art, PE, and Music. We purchase technology for STEM, classroom, and student use.
Please reach out to family and friends and let them know about the amazing school your child attends! Ask them to donate today! We need your continued support to make Sandpiper such a great place to learn!
$20 - Way to Go!
$40 - Double Awesome
$100* - Suggested Donation
$120 - $10 per Month of School in a Year (One-time Payment)
$180 - $1 per Day of School in a Year (One-time Payment)
$500 - Family Sponsor
$1000 - Grade Sponsor
*If every student at Sandpiper was able to raise $100 in donations, the Sandpiper PTO would be able to fully fund all of our programs this school year, as well as both sunshades!
Does your employer offer a company match for any donations you make? If so, contact us and we'd be happy to give you whatever information you need to receive credit for your donation!
Two Ways to Donate:
1) Cash or Check: Send cash in an envelope marked “Sandpiper PTO” or a check made payable to “Sandpiper PTO” to school with your child. Their homeroom teachers will collect these envelopes or you can drop them at the main office.
2) Online Donation: Donate online through the "Donate Button" below. On the next page you'll be able to enter a donation amount. After selecting your payment type, on the following screen, please enter your child's name and teacher where it says "Student's Name and Teacher." Please note, PayPal charges the Sandpiper PTO a processing fee for online donations.
The kindergarten teachers use their grant money to buy stickers and motivational prizes for the kindergarteners. They also purchase educational games and activities to use during centers. To supplement their classroom libraries, they purchase high-interest books and non-fiction titles to support learning in the classroom. They have purchased area rugs, wall decorations, bulletin board decorations and posters to make their classrooms into fun learning environments.
Nicole Liggett, Pre-K Teacher:
100% of your donation goes directly to Sandpiper. Sandpiper PTO is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Donation amounts will be confidential.
***This donation is NOT part of the Tax Credit!***
But it IS Tax Deductible!
Thank you for your support!
Parent Teacher Organization
Because of your generous donations, the Sandpiper PTO is able to FULLY FUND the following:
Educational Programs and Events
The PTO fully funds many educational programs and events to offer them for FREE.
(Family events $2500 + listed)
• BooHoo Breakfast
• Donuts with Dad
• Variety Show
• Sock Hop
• Muffins with Mom
• Bingo Night
• Art Masterpiece
• Read-In Night
In addition, the PTO fully funds these programs:
• Art Show $550
• MARE Week $3000
• Garden Club $500
• Accelerated Reader (AR) $6000
The PTO also provides additional supplies to our specials teachers for Art, PE, and Music. We purchase technology for STEM, classroom and student use.
The PTO funds the Health Office and provides Nurse Wilder with a grant of $1650 to buy supplies, provide health education for all grade levels and fund the substance abuse prevention program for our 6th graders.
The largest single item of the PTO budget goes to our Teacher Grants. Every teacher at Sandpiper is given grant money to reimburse them for necessary items for their classrooms. The district provides very little for our kids' classrooms. With your generous support, we will reimburse $16,500 to our committed teachers to build our classrooms. Our teachers express their deep thanks for this ongoing support.
Here is what some of our teachers had to say about Teacher Grants:
Jodie Ozlanski, Art Teacher:
I am so grateful for my Sandpiper Teacher Grant! As a new teacher to Sandpiper last year, starting up a new art room, I really appreciated the extra financial assistance of my classroom grant. With that money, I bought classroom decorations, organizational containers for each art table, and even 200 pounds of clay to make our beautiful ceramic masterpieces! It's also nice to know, that if I find I unexpectedly run out of basic supplies like markers, I can purchase those on my own any day after school and have them ready for my artists the very next day! I appreciate that extra insurance so much and I know our students do as well. They definitely have what they need in the Sandpiper art room. Thank you PTO from the bottom of my heart!
Kerry Burns, 1st Grade Teacher:
I want to express my gratitude for your generous donations toward our "teacher funds" at Sandpiper this year. Having money allocated towards student and teacher materials allows me to make the best instructional choices for students. This year I have used my teacher money to buy borders and paper to create a welcoming and functional classroom environment for my students. I have also purchased instructional materials on "Teachers Pay Teachers" to make learning more student-centered and hands on. In my past professional experience as a teacher, we did not have the structured support that we have here, so I am even more grateful for all you provide us.
Direct Giving to Sandpiper
Our Sandpiper PTO is brilliant. No running for laps -- which took away valuable learning time. No selling things to friends and family. Just donating what you normally would for those types of things. Our Sandpiper PTO supports so many great programs at school like our AR program, the garden from which students bring home actual fruit and vegetables and more. I personally have been given more money for classroom supplies than I have ever received from any other PTO. I use this money for Spanish materials, our Scholastic magazines, and other manipulatives and crafts for your children.
Lupita Stewart, 3rd Grade Teacher:
Thank you to everyone who donated to Sandpiper last week. We are so appreciative of all of the generous donations!!! Direct Giving Week was a HUGE success! With your help, we were able to raise $38,223!!!!!
While we are so proud of every class for raising money, we'd like to recognize the top 3 classes who collected the most donations:
1st Place- Ms. Rossow $3668
2nd Place- Sra. Stewart $2990
3rd Place- Sra. Fearon $2495
In addition, here are the winners for the daily raffle class prizes:
Extra Recess: Eley and Little
Flashlight Reading Party: Cochell and Benitez
Popcorn and Reading with Ms. Cameron: Fearon and Stewart
Sidewalk Chalk Party: Liggett, Briceno and Holguin
Eat Lunch Outside: Rossow and Perez
If you didn't have a chance to donate last week, we'd still love to have your contribution! Remember, 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go directly to Sandpiper!
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