Why should I join the PTO?

The PTO Our annual budget is raised solely through membership dues. Every dollar of each membership purchased helps augment our children’s school experience and supports our educators in fulfilling their vision. We urge all families with children attending the Weston Public Schools to join as PTO members each school year.

I know that some communities don’t charge a fee to join their school’s PTO. Why does the Weston PTO charge $50?

Some communities offer a complimentary membership, but still need to supplement PTO activities through other means.  For example, in these communities, parents are asked to sell candy bars, wrapping paper, candles, or other items throughout the year.  The Weston PTO believes that offering an annual membership fee relieves parents of those time-consuming fundraising responsibilities. We also offer a fee waiver for families that request it.

What does it mean to join the PTO? Am I required to go to meetings or volunteer?

There is no obligation to volunteer or attend meetings.  One of the wonderful things about joining the PTO is that families decide how they wish to participate.  Some families choose to volunteer on the board, in the classroom, or at events, while others choose to simply purchase a membership.  We take great pride in the strength of our PTO and encourage you to learn more about our programs and get involved in any of the many volunteer opportunities that work with your interests and schedule.

What is the difference between the role of PTO vs. WEEFC?

WEEFC solicits donations and award enrichment grants for programming which falls outside of the annual school budget, as requested by administrators, teachers, and students, subject to School Committee approval.  PTO often provides volunteers to help source and execute the programming and WEEFC provides the curriculum based funding. In such cases, PTO and WEEFC work collaboratively. However, there are many WEEFC grants that do not involve PTO and there are several activities and events that PTO sponsors that do not require external funding from WEEFC.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

There are a few different ways to volunteer.  When you join or renew your PTO membership, you will have the opportunity to view and select volunteer opportunities in My School Anywhere at that time.  Later, a reminder e-mail will be sent to all PTO members highlighting once again these volunteer opportunities and instructions on how to sign up.  Finally, throughout the school year, the schools will have periodic opportunities seeking volunteers for various tasks that might not have been included in the My School Anywhere options. These are usually communicated through the school PTO chairs or room parents in the elementary schools and class parents in the middle and high schools.