Editor’s Note: A similar note was sent home to the families of Bethesda last week Friday in the weekly newsletter. This note has been modified with my personal comments.
Last night was the 5th grade Completion Ceremony. It was a great event and Luke is looking forward to heading to Central next year. I am pretty sure he believes that this will lead to more trips to Taco Johns some how.
I am stepping down from the position of co-PTO President. I have been extremely lucky to have a wonderful executive board to work with on the many events and functions over the years. A huge THANK YOU to my co-President the past two years, Jana Manning, the treasurer team of Paul Hetzel and Dan Demo, and the secretaries of Kim Hartzler and Sally Bomberg.
I remember the day I filled out the volunteer form, and Kim called me back and said you said you wanted to be PTO President? Funny moment that I will never forget.
I also want to thank all our event chairs and volunteers who put in countless hours to make sure we had fun, diverse activities that have followed the Mission Statement of the PTO. This year, like every other year, was a busy one! We had the New Family Picnic, Open House, Cheers and Tears, Book Fairs, Cookie Dough Sale, Scrapbook Day, Box Top Contests, Family Fun Night, and the Walk. These were the ones off the top of my head.
With the introduction of the two big fundraisers, Cookie Dough in the fall and the Walk in the spring, we have been able to make some tremendous strides in supporting the Bobcats. This year alone the PTO has spent over $60,000 on a wide number of things this school year that include:
New 5th grade furniture – a super addition in a spot that really needed it
Grade Level Teaching Supplies
Project Based Learning materials
A per student allocation per classroom that is larger than last years by almost 40%
Playground Games Organizer
Numerous Field Trips
These are just the larger items that we supported. There is a great deal of smaller items that we supported that included purchasing the Home Folders, supporting all of the Musical Programs, Bethesda Hall of Fame, etc. This list could go on and on.
That dollar amount is an increase of almost $20,000 over the past two years. I wish I could list all the names of all the wonderful parents and community members who have stepped up this year, and the past three years. Without all of your support for the school, Mr. Kunkel and Teaching Staff, and the PTO, this would not be possible.
On a personal note, my family has been part of Bethesda for the past 9 years. It has been a great time and I know that what my family has experienced at this school with the great people has been something that we will always remember. It is what makes Bethesda Elementary a strong piece of the community. The short list of great things they encountered would include: solo songs at Musica;s, Town Hall, Behavior Hall of Fame, Optimist Swim Meet, Science Fair, Talent Show, Invent America, Safety Patrol, Chess Club, Yearbook, School Store….wow, that is a ton of stuff.
But we are on the way out! This new groups will be excellent with a new principal in Melissa Yow, and new co-PTO Presidents in Kristin Yoder and Sally Bomberg, and Vice President Amy Kukla, and new secretary Carrie Ziebell.
I wish the Bethesda Family all the best heading forward!