The Devon PTO assists in many ways to strengthen communication between home and school and promote Devon spirit within our school community.
First Day Packet
These are the packets that are sent home with each child on the first day of school and include information about the school, emergency contact information request forms, etc. Work in this area begins before the start of school and involves collecting flyers from different divisions in the school to include in the packets, making copies and assembling the packets.
At some schools in the T/E district, parents must pay for a directory each year. Here at Devon, due to the efforts of the PTO volunteers, we are able to provide the directory free of charge to all Devon families. The directory is published once a year and the work (layout, student & district data gathering, securing advertising) generally begins late in August and is completed with the printing in early October.
Homeroom parents play a vital role at the school as they are responsible for coordinating communications between teachers and classroom parents. Homeroom parents work with teachers to organize volunteers for ongoing classroom activities, holiday parties, and special projects. The homeroom parent chair serves as the “starting point” for mass emails that are sent to all parents in the school. Organization skills and good communications skills needed.
The school store is operated by fourth graders three mornings per week in the front lobby before the start of school. The store sells small trinkets and some school supplies and provides a great opportunity for fourth grade students to learn the basics of operating a business while making it fun for all students to do some shopping on a small scale. School store parent volunteers help to run the store, train students, and maintain inventory.
The Devon Book Fair is held once a year in the fall. Students come to the Fair during their scheduled library period to choose and purchase books. Parents are also invited to the Book Fair during school or after-school hours. Volunteers coordinate book selection with the book vendor, help children with their selections and order forms, work the “register,” and help fill any backorders.
Field Day is a day of friendly, outdoor competition for all students in early June. Volunteers assist the Physical Education teacher with purchasing refreshments and running the competitions for this fun spring-time event.
Creative Kids Project
Students’ artwork is reproduced onto items that are then sold to parents at cost. It encourages children to express themselves artistically and then enjoy the pride of being able to share their artwork with loved ones. Historically the artwork has been reproduced onto stationery and notepads, but t-shirts, mugs, or other items can certainly be considered by the chair. This usually takes place in the fall so that parents can purchase gift items for the holiday season. Work can be done from home.
Devon logo sportswear and accessories are sold at school events or through special order, usually once per year.
Students at Devon are given the exciting opportunity to write and illustrate their own books. The publishing center coordinates, assembles and binds these books, which are then presented to the students to take home. Another copy is made for the library. This endeavor helps to foster the love of reading and pride of authorship among the participants. The majority of the work takes place in the spring – there are tasks that can be done from home as well as the actual binding process which takes place at the school.
A non-profit dental clinic at the T/E Middle School for children in the T/E and Great Valley school districts. PTO volunteers provide transportation for students to and from the clinic as needed. The chair is in contact with the district Dental Clinic Committee, school nurse and student clients.
The Devon Dispatch is a twice-monthly newsletter that is emailed all students. PTO volunteers coordinate with principal, school secretary, and PTO activity chairs to collect content for the newsletter. Editing, word-processing, flexibility, and good communication skills are necessary.
PTO volunteers design & construct occasional displays for the lobby bulletin board to coordinate with school activities. This would be a terrific opportunity to showcase creative skills!
Volunteers assist school nurses with annual student health screening held in September.
Volunteers assist photographers and teachers on individual picture day (fall) and class picture day (spring)
First Grade First Week Lunch
Parents are needed to assist children during their lunchtime during the first few days of school.
Fathers who are willing to help and assist with games, repairing fair booths and heavy lifting at events throughout the year.
Parents are needed to organize neighborhoods to create raffle baskets for the Friendraiser event in the Spring.