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HOMESTEAD ELEMENTARY PTA
Frequently Asked Questions

What it PTA?

The Homestead Elementary Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a group of parents and teachers/staff at Homestead who work together to provide enrichment for all our students.

Some examples of what we fiscally support and volunteer our time to organize are:

Parent/Family Programs: All Pro Dad, Love & Logic Speakers such as Rebecca Fox and Brenda Bird; Tears & Cheers Breakfast; Kinder Registration

Academic Resources: Annual subscription fees for BrainPop and PebbleGo programs and Firm, Fair & Consistent Newsletter

Classrooms: Teachers receive $100 for additional classroom supplies every year; each grade level and the Specials team receives $500 every year to purchase items to encourage, motivate or reward their students; Room Parent program which provides $75 to each classroom for 2 parties (winter and Valentine’s Day) and class birthday celebration for the teacher

Teachers: Refreshments for monthly staff meetings; Catered luncheons for Back-to-School and End-of-Year; Teacher Cookie Exchange; Mini-bundt cakes for birthdays;

Our Community: Annual membership in the LISD Council of PTAs; Annual donations to LISD Dressed to Learn and Acute Care Fund; Annual donation to Hebron Post-Prom event; Homestead banner at Hawk Stadium; Float participant in Hebron Homecoming Parade

Fun!: Back-to-School Night Ice Cream Social & Welcome; Bingo Night Family Event; Variety Show; Field Day snow cones and volunteers; 5th Grade Family Picnic, Pool Party, DVD & Student Gifts; Summer Splash Day (end-of-year party for all grades with water slides and shaved ice)

Fundraising Events/Programs: Fall and spring book fairs; spirit wear; popcorn; wrap packs; Spirit Nights; Family Fun Night & Auction

 

Why should I join?

The number-one reason to join Homestead PTA is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school. Research shows that students do better when their families are involved both at home and at school. Grades are higher. Test scores rise. Self-esteem grows. Schools improve.

Being active on the PTA is also a fantastic way to get to know teachers, staff, and other parents. Your membership helps create a louder voice for state and national PTA as they advocate and lobby for our children and schools. Whether you are here for only a year or for 6 years, we welcome you to our community of learners! Our events and programs are funded annually, so your child will directly benefit from your support.

When you join, you receive several benefits at the local level, plus offers available from Texas PTA and the National PTA:

  • Homestead Directory
  • FREE entry and pizza dinner for your entire family at our annual BINGO Night event in February
  • Discounts on local attractions and businesses, plus discounts on supplies, copy and printing at Staples. Please visit http://www.txpta.org/my-pta/member-benefits/ and http://www.pta.org/benefits for a full listing.
  • Access great resources. State and National PTAs provide information on topics ranging from homework help to bullying prevention to media safety to child health and more.

 

I joined last year – do I need to join again?

 

Yes. We ask all parents and teachers/staff to renew each year, as we run our PTA programs on an annual basis.

 

Does joining mean I’m required to volunteer or attend meetings?

 

Nope. Joining does not obligate you to do anything more than that. Please join and show that you care and are invested in the welfare of our children. You are not required to donate, volunteer or attend PTA meetings – but we’d love it if you did!

 

What if I’ve already joined PTA at my other child’s school? Do I need to join twice?

 

We ask that you please join the PTA at each school you have a child attending. Each school runs an independent PTA program that supports the students at that particular school. PTAs run programs based on the volunteers and funds provided annually by their individual members.
 
Homestead PTA supports all children at Homestead Elementary, regardless of whether their parents join. We are striving for 100% membership to share support for your child across all families - every dollar or hour you spend with Homestead PTA goes directly to your child this school year.

 

Why do I need to pay to renew?

 

Our membership dues cover the cost of the Texas PTA and help offset some administrative costs. PTA Programs at Homestead are made possible through our fundraising efforts, not membership dues.Membership dues are 100% tax deductible.

 

For information on the Texas PTA, please visit their site at http://www.txpta.org/why-pta

 

I attend the annual Family Fun Night & Auction – is this the same as joining PTA?

 

Thank you for your support! Our annual Family Fun Night & Auction is our fundraiser for the year, and the primary source of funding for all our programs this school year.
 

In addition to donating to the PTA, we ask that all parents become a member. The PTA is a voice for students in the education system – and the more members we have, the louder the voice. PTA is the largest child advocacy group in the US and lobbies and protects the interest of our children. One membership adds up to thousands of members, and thousands of voices, all for the kids. Joining PTA also benefits you individually, with access to many benefits from Homestead, Texas PTA and National PTA.

 

How do I join? 
It's easy!  Simply 1) click on "How to Join the PTA" on the left and 2) complete your membership dues ($11) on the E-store tab.That's it!  Once your payment is processed, your membership card will be sent home with your student within 2 weeks.
 
 
More questions?

 

Ask away! Contact our Shanu Sharma, our VP of Membership. We’re here to support you and answer any questions you may have.