The PTSA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. Many programs we see in our schools today (e.g., kindergarten, pre-school, hot and healthy lunches, arts in education, etc.) are the result of PTSA advocacy efforts. To learn more more about the advocacy work we are doing in 2020-2021, visit our advocacy page.
Supports our School and Community:
The PTSA provides grants to teachers and specialists every year, funds a significant portion of all field trips at Bell (approx. $6-$8K per year), funds the Artist in Residence Program (i.e., Art with Mrs. Lustgarten), offers support in the school via volunteerism, supports the Pantry Packs program, provides support to our Bell families in need, organizes holiday gift drives and teacher appreciation events, and much more! The PTSA recently funded the following:
o $3,500 to fund a library book expansion program
o $2,500 for art supplies needed for the Deep Space Sparkle art curriculum
o $2,000 for 12 EDU breakout kits (problem solving/ critical thinking educational games)
While we don’t know what the rest of this year will look like, we have historically had many events each year that bring our community together (e.g., back to school picnic, multi-cultural night, talent show, art walk, monthly Bulldog dine-outs, etc.). We are very much looking forward to a time when we can do in-person community-building events once again. In the interim, we will continue to find creative ways to stay connected virtually (e.g., the Spooktacular pumpkin decorating contest).
Again, this year looks very different; however, we are continuing to fund the Artist in Residence program. Go to our Art. With Mrs. Lustgarten page to access the lessons. Additionally, most of the vendors we work with for our before and after school enrichment program are offering virtual lessons. When we are back to in-person learning and it is safe to do so, we will continue our wonderful before and after-school enrichment classes (e.g., chess, Spanish, guitar, tennis, Snapology, art, etc.). We will also sponsor and organize a S.T.E.M. Night, Science Day, the school play, and a number of other educational enrichment activities.