PTSA is the only group whose exclusive interest is the health, welfare, safety, and education of your children. Children cannot vote and do not participate in the legislative process. Thus, they have no say in creating the policies that affect their lives and well-being. PTSA allows you to speak for the interest of your children when you cannot be there yourself. Whether in Washington D.C., Olympia, or in your own city government offices, everywhere decisions are made that affect your children. PTSA is speaking on behalf of your children. This has always been and always will be the central focus of PTSA. 

 

Perhaps, most importantly, though, your membership in PTSA has a direct impact on your children and the quality of their school. PTSA has the ability, more than any other organization, to make a school a better place for your children to learn. PTSAs do this by addressing the needs of their individual schools. By becoming a PTSA member, you can help identify those needs and develop solutions that may include making the school safer, becoming more technologically advanced, being more inclusive to students of all abilities, and bringing enriched educational opportunities to the school.

 


Advocacy​:

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 this year, 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. $8K per year), funds numerous educational enrichment opportunities including our 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​ ​$10,000 to fund a library book expansion program
o​ ​$10,000 for fund a digging pit as part of the playground project scheduled for the summer of 2021

o​ ​Nearly $5,000 in teacher grants has been provided to Bell teachers this year (and more are coming in!)

 

Community Building:

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, Bell's Garden of Friendship, Book Exchange, Bell Community Clean-Up, etc.)

 

Educational Enrichment:

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, we are offering multiple virtual enrichment opportunities to Bell students. 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.