2021-2022 Welcome Packet

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2021-2022 WELCOME PACKET

Dear Daniel Boone Families,

From all of us on the Daniel Boone PTO Executive Board we want to say welcome back to school! And if you’re new this year, welcome to DB, you’ll love it here. As we leave our swimsuits and flip flops behind and enter into the 2021-2022 school year we are filled with excitement and anticipation for what this school year will bring. In this packet you will find information about our PTO, calendar, volunteer and ongoing fundraising opportunities and more. Please look it over and don’t hesitate to reach out to us any time! 

WHAT IS THE PTO AND WHO CAN BE A MEMBER?

This packet contains some very important information about the 2021-2022 school year, but before we dive into all that, we’d like to take a moment to explain what we are all about. Our organization, which is made up of parents, teachers and administrators, provides support to and communication with parents, teachers, students, administrators and the surrounding community. Our group is made up of many people with varied backgrounds, personalities, strengths and schedules. 

We have a pretty active PTO and as a result we have a lot of information to share. In an effort to reach all of our families we send home paper flyers. We also share information via e-news and on the Facebook group Daniel Boone PTO. With these three methods of communication, we believe we will effectively reach every family. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with us, we are a volunteer organization made up of parents, teachers, administrators, and support staff who are all dedicated to the successful education of our children. Daniel Boone Elementary PTO strives to provide educational and cultural support for the Daniel Boone Elementary School student body, as well as provide social opportunities for the whole community.

Did you know that you’re already a member of the PTO? If you have kiddos at DB you are automatically a member of our PTO. There’s nothing to join, no dues…just by virtue of being a part of our DB family, you are a part of our PTO family. And that’s really what we have here. If you’re a returning DB family, you already know this. If you are new this year, you’ll find this out. Our DB community is indeed a family, which is one of the greatest perks of small town living. We know each other, we help each other. And who better to help than our children and the people who are educating them and shaping them into the wonderful young adults they’ll soon become. We have lots of fun events, activities and projects planned this year and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend and/or help out with them. An old adage holds true here, the more the merrier!

Our PTO is a great organization to get involved with. Did you know that the PTO helps the school by providing books for our library, fund school beautification efforts, and helps fund the school’s technology needs? We sponsor many social events, including the Boohoo/Yahoo breakfast, Bubble Run, Trunk or Treat, Trivia Night, MAP Carnival, Teacher Appreciation Week and more!

None of this is possible, however, without continued parent involvement! We need YOU! Your support is critical to the success of our PTO and there are many ways in which you can be involved. In addition to these volunteer opportunities, we would like to encourage your support in our many fundraising events. Finally, we hope to see you at our meetings! This is a great way to meet the board and our principal, Mr. Armour, and to voice your questions and/or concerns. As stated above, every DB parent is a PTO member, many of us have made lasting friendships through the PTO, and we look forward to meeting you!

Our monthly PTO meetings are scheduled as follows, all meetings are at 6:30 pm and will be held virtually.  The zoom information will be posted on the Daniel Boone PTO Facebook page and in the enews sent out via email from the school. All dates are tentative.

08/25
09/15
10/20
11/17
12/15
01/19
02/16
03/16
04/20
05/18

PTO PROGRAMS & FUNDRAISING

Our primary objective as a PTO is to provide our school with funds, programs, resources and services that will enrich and maximize the education of every child. To meet this important objective, and afford services that aren’t covered by our school budget, we must fundraise. Though it may not be our favorite responsibility, it is a necessary one. Our school community must raise money if we want to provide our children with the intervention resources, STEAM related activities, flexible furniture, 21st century learning and better home and school coordination that will help them do their best. We are excited about the potential our school has to achieve these goals and would appreciate your help in reaching them. 

Just like last year we hope to reach our fundraising goal with just a couple smaller fundraisers like Spirit Wear and Penny Wars and a few fun, larger events as mentioned above.

We hope to make supporting our children’s school as easy as possible. In fact, a couple of our ongoing fundraising programs are as easy as scanning receipts and shopping online. And if selling and fundraising simply are not your thing, we have something just for you, be sure to check out our Alternative Fundraising page!  **Please see the list of events and dates at the end of this packet**

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

We are a busy group and we could definitely use your help!  Not only do we greatly appreciate your help, our children need it. Over 500 independent studies on parent involvement show that when parents get involved in their children’s education grades go up, test scores improve, children are more likely to attend better schools after high school, they have fewer discipline problems and they’re less likely to use drugs and alcohol. We have a wonderful community here at Daniel Boone and with your help it can be even better!

Volunteering doesn’t have to mean a huge time commitment. We understand it is increasingly more difficult to find time to give, whatever your time schedule allows, we will take it! We have tasks that can be performed in the evenings, during the day, or that don’t even involve coming to the school at all. If you’re interested in volunteering, please click on https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1q87jaWzbzyaGANkovCjUMgQU6WwmzKnPtmHdTolv6GU/edit

and fill out the volunteer form or sign up using the Sign Up Genius links that will be provided for each event at a later date. Any and all time you can spare is greatly appreciated! 

IN CONCLUSION

Our parent group is certainly about more than bake sales!  We’re about families working together toward a common goal. That goal, simply stated, is creating a better school and a better educational experience for our children. We strive to create an atmosphere where teachers, administrators, support staff and our children can do their best work. There is so much more that can be done and we need your help. We invite you to contact any of the board members below if you’d like more information or just want to chat about the PTO. 

On behalf of the Daniel Boone PTO we would once again like to extend a warm welcome and best wishes for a successful and fun school year!  Please contact us at danielbooneraccoonspto@gmail.com or using the email addresses below with questions or comments.  

Sincerely,

The Daniel Boone PTO Executive Committee


PTO EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 President

Gina Ackermann – gina.e.ackermann@gmail.com

Vice Presidents

Erin Goris – eringoris@hotmail.com

Kristen Huff – Klhuff23@gmail.com

Secretaries

Cari Heintzelman – carideann@gmail.com

Angie Simon – angie.simon.@sbcglobal.net

Treasurer

Jill Brakensiek – farmerjill01@hotmail.com

ONGOING FUNDRAISERS

Below you’ll find some fundraisers you can easily do throughout the year, from quickly scanning receipts to shopping on Amazon. They’re easy and worth it…win, win! 

MATCHING GIFT PROGRAMS

There are many companies in the St. Louis area that offer matching gift programs. Please check with your human resources or personnel department to see if they offer donation matching. Many companies allow their employees or retirees to direct their charitable giving programs through matching gifts. When an employee notifies the company that he/she has made a charitable donation to Daniel Boone Elementary, the company will make a gift of usually the same amount. Any financial gifts to Daniel Boone Elementary or donations made through our Trivia Night Silent Auction are eligible to be matched. It is extremely easy to process. 

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at https://smile.amazon.com/, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select the Daniel Boone located in Wentzville to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. After that you’re signed up! Just make sure to go to AmazonSmile when placing orders. Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping App to all AmazonSmile customers using supported Android devices. See below for instructions to turn on AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping App and generate donations for Daniel Boone PTO.

1.    Open the Amazon Shopping App on your Android or Apple device.

2.    View Settings and select AmazonSmile.

3.    Follow the instructions in the Amazon Shopping App to complete the process.


BOX TOPS

Box Tops is an easy way to help our kids succeed – and all those Box Tops add up fast. There’s now a mobile app that makes “clipping” easier than ever. 

How the Box Tops for Education Bonus App works:

  1. FIND  Browse and select offers within the App; then purchase those participating products at any store.
  2. SCAN  Upload your receipt using the App.
  3. EARN  We’ll confirm your purchase via e-mail and credit your school’s account for any offers you selected and qualified for. 

You can view the credits you’ve earned for your school by visiting the ‘My Activity” tab in the App or on the “School Earnings” page at www.BTFE.com.

Note: You must be – or become – a member of Box Tops for Education in order to use the BTFE App so that we know which participating school you’d like us to award the Bonus Box Tops you earn! Register in the BTFE App or visit www.BTFE.com to become a member.

Keep an eye out for contests throughout the school year!