Parent Teacher Organization
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 $17,850 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:
Mrs. Ozlanski, Art Teacher:
I am so grateful for my Sandpiper Teacher Grant! As an art teacher in a growing school, I really appreciate the extra financial assistance of my classroom grant. With that money, I buy classroom decorations, special art supplies like google eyes, colored Sharpies 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 or watercolors, 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!
Miss Adam, 4th Grade Teacher:
The money PTO gives me has given me the chance to purchase reading materials in Spanish to support learning and to help students achieve reading goals in that language. Books, classroom decor, accessible Spanish materials and hands-on learning are necessary for a quality education, therefore, this grant helps me to buy Spanish resources for science, social studies and math curriculum. Student success and self-confidence is the key to achieve success and these materials have allowed my students to feel more confident and comfortable when learning.
Sra. Little, Kindergarten Teacher:
Thanks to PTO, I decorated my classroom with Spanish words and posters. I've also purchased new Spanish games and number puzzles. I organized one of my cubbies with color-coded tubs for easier access for my students. I've also purchased Spanish materials from Teachers pay Teachers. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making life easier. I greatly appreciate it!
Mrs. Emch, 1st Grade Teacher:
The Teacher Grant allows me to create fun, educational lessons for the students. I use my Teacher Grant for books, puzzles, educational words games, puppets for story time, jump ropes, balls, hula hoops, toys for treasure box, props for stories and Teachers Pay Teachers for lessons and activities. Thank you PTO!
Mrs. Cochell, 2nd Grade Teacher:
I have used part of my grant each year to add new books to my classroom library. Having the newest, latest, and greatest books in my library has helped my students become excited about books, and grow a love for reading that can last a lifetime. Thank you PTO!
Sra. Giardina, 1st Grade Teacher:
I used the money to buy math manipulatives and "games" to facilitate math concepts. I also used the Grant money to buy Spanish bulletin boards and Science materials. Thank you so much!
Miss Rossow, 4th Grade Teacher:
Thanks to the PTO I was able to get a variety of flexible seating choices, such as stools, risers to make my tables higher for taller stools or standing, and stands for my yoga balls. I was also able to get organizational bins for each of my tables for the students to keep their supplies in. It's been very helpful to have these things thanks to the PTO.
I'm really appreciative of the PTO for helping cover the cost of enrollment to attend the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University during the summer. Since I was able to attend, I was able to bring back a large amount of knowledge on teaching writing, and am able to incorporate that into my classroom as well as train other teachers.
Sra. Stewart, 3rd Grade Teacher:
I used my grant money last year to purchase the online program BrainPOP in Spanish. This program has lessons that teacher math, social studies, science, technology, health, art, and Spanish. I use this program to teach or review lessons. The program uses fun and creative methods to get students involved. THANKS!
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 $44,776!
While we are so proud of every class for raising money, we'd like to recognize 2nd grade for raising the most money overall! As a grade, they raised $9,574! For collecting the most donations, every 2nd grade teacher will receive a $50 grant to use in their classrooms, and all 2nd grade students get a pizza party!
If you didn't have a chance to donate during our Direct Giving Week, but would still like to donate to Sandpiper, we'd love your support! We ask that you donate directly to the PTO to support the many needs of our school and students.
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!
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!
ANY and ALL amounts are appreciated, regardless of size! If every student could collect $100 we would reach our fundraising goal for the year! ALL donation amounts will be confidential!
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.
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!
Direct Giving to Sandpiper
100% of your tax-deductible donation will go directly back to Sandpiper!