PTO & Volunteering
Welcome to the Westside PTO! We have many fun activities planned throughout the year to make the school year fun! We also do two major fundraisers and some mini-fundraisers to help our school pay for much needed items such as books, art supplies, apps, classroom incentives and even numerous Chromebooks for Mobile Classroom Labs. Last year alone we were able to put $14,000 back into Westside!!
The best ways to make sure you are informed of what’s happening with the PTO throughout the school year are to:
- Get involved – Attend PTO Meetings!!
- Watch for the monthly PTO Newsletter
- Read student planners and Week-At-A-Glance pages
PTO Meeting Schedule
Everyone is invited to our PTO Meetings!! Please come and offer your ideas, opinions, or help! They are held in the Westside Library from 2:15-3:15 every 2nd Friday of the month.
PTO Executive Board
- Caprice Dennert
- Angie Bailey
- Jen Gillespie
Please consider helping out with any of our activities. We can use any and all help that we can get, so even if you can only come for one hour at one activity that’s still GREAT!! Please text or call to Ann Ward 208-346-2500 find out how to get involved.
- F.A.M.E. (The Fine Arts Mini Experience) Program
- Room Parents
- Box-Top collection
- Yearbook Photography
What are the rewards of volunteering? What is it that makes it worthwhile to take time out of busy schedules to help out at school? Parents report the following benefits of volunteering:
- Firsthand Knowledge about the School: Volunteering gives you the opportunity to meet teachers and observe what happens at school. You can then evaluate what your child says (and what other parents tell you) based on your own impressions.
- A Sense of Belonging: Volunteering connects you to the place where your child spends many hours each day.
- Social Opportunities: Volunteers meet other parents and make new friends. Sometimes it is difficult to get to know people in your neighborhood.
- A Sense of Achievement: Volunteering can produce tangible rewards, such as watching a child you tutor grasp a math concept or seeing the new computer purchased with grocery receipts.
- Appreciation from your child: Children like to see visible signs that you care. They enjoy seeing you relate to school staff members. It helps them link home and school.
- Reinforcing the Importance of School: By spending time on school activities, you are letting students know that school is important – you want them to work hard and achieve success.