The committees of the PTO are the heart and soul of our organization. Without the dedication of so many of our parents, we would not be able to give the support we do to our school and children. There are opportunities for all, no matter how much time you have to give. We are strong because of the diverse background and talents of our parents. While our unifying purpose is to work for our school, the individual benefits of volunteerism are immense. The strong bonds of friendship created through work for BGE is the core of our community.
The Annual Giving campaign communicates the importance of giving to our PTO general fund. Without theAnn generosity of our community we would not be able to provide the funding for the variety of programs. These include the International Baccalaureate PYP program, security initiatives, curriculum, teacher training and so much more.
This committee serves to plan, coordinate and promote the school’s annual spring auction. The auction is an evening fundraiser where parents and teachers come together to celebrate Briargrove and raise funds for the school. The majority of the work is done before the auction; decor, coordinating donations, catering and managing vendors. Set up and tear down is also required of the whole committee. Join us is planning the one of the best nights of the year at BGE!
The Book Fair Committee is committed to fostering the love of reading and empowering all children with the ability to read by building home libraries. Reading increases awareness of the world around you and can take you anywhere you want to go. Volunteers for the Book Fair will be needed in August and September in preparing and hosting this one of a kind experience. This committee also aids the librarian in Camp Read-a-lot in early March. If you want to be part of the excitement of a child choosing and owning their own books while supporting your kids’ teachers and school then this is the committee for you!
The Capital Improvement committee helps research and execute capital improvements for our school. We are focused on exterior improvements to maximize outdoor learning and recreation for our children. This committee works closely with the Security and the PTO Board.
This committee serves to help plan and coordinate annual Fall Carnival, a long traditional at BGE. We will be meeting a few times before August and throughout the month of October. We will need our committee to work during the event, including set up and tear down. This committee is a lot of fun and a great way to meet other parents while giving back to Briargrove! (Unfortunately we had to cancel for Fall 2020 and hope to bring it back in some form for Fall 2021)
Responsible for the multiple channels of communications with our parents and community. These include our website, directory, graphic design, newsletter and other tools to support our community. This committee involves the Secretary and also sends out Thank You notes to all our vendors and sponsors throughout the year.
A key component of our fundraising, this position brings together the local businesses to support our school. Do you have a business you would like to advertise to our community? Reach out today and discover the variety of options we have promote your business.
20 years ago, the Briargrove Dads Club was established on a very simple premise, which still holds true to this day. We’re here to help the school grow and develop strong students, while building comradery with dads in the community. The Dad’s Club participates in multiple work days throughout the year, sponsors the carnival raffle, builds the popular haunted house at carnival, provides support to the staff on busy days, plans some community events and hosts monthly meetings to discuss key items. Over the years, the Dad’s Club has raised over $500,000 in funds that has gone directly to the school to fund special projects and initiatives. Even though we’re a serious group that does a lot of good for the school, we also celebrate the importance of comradery amongst fellow dads.
Fifth Grade Committee
We love to celebrate our students last year at BGE! The fifth grade committee helps plan and execute a variety of events and activities throughout the year. Our “seniors” will experience some long-standing traditions and new fun events each year.
An annual fundraiser that gets our kids active in a philanthropic and physical way. Students seek out pledges for the laps they run and get to enjoy a sense of pride that they are giving back to their school. Included in this week are a variety of character-building lessons and prizes given. The week is capped off with the main event, a fun filled day of running and comradery with their class. Join us to help cheer on our kids! (Unfortunately, this event was canceled in Spring of 2019 & 2020)
Briargrove has a variety of gardens throughout our campus aimed to help promote outdoor learning. We have focused on creating a safe space for monarch butterflies through their migration process to and from Central America. The students love seeing the life-cycle of the butterflies up close and personal. Do you have a green thumb? We love having extra sets of hands to help us maintain and grow our gardens!
We work with the teachers, faculty and PTO to enhance the partnership and communication between the families and teachers in our classrooms. Our primary goal is to provide resourcing and support within the class through the school year — such as supporting teacher supply and communication requests, promoting school wide activities, coordinating classroom events, mobilizing volunteers, and raising funds if needed.
The International Committee plans an annual week long International Festival for students, parents, teachers, and faculty to celebrate our outstanding diversity at Briargrove Elementary. Our goal is to promote CommUNITY involvement and to cultivate awareness & appreciation of our diverse cultures through art, music, dance, culinary, and curriculum.
We seek committee members, volunteers, future sponsors, Family underwriters, and corporate donors who will participate in the planning, promotion, and execution of the International Festival.
Works closely with the Auction Committee. Coordinates and oversees the online auction platform, teacher activities, descriptions of donated items and communication of online auction. The committee will also manage auction won events after the event. This committee is mainly virtual with some meetings prior to events date.
This committee facilitates the selling of the school’s merchandise throughout the year, such as clothing, birthday marquee, tickets, etc. Committee Members will be responsible for sales at specific events and through the online school store.
We take our kids safety very seriously at BGE. This committee coordinates the Police officers at drop off and dismissal as well as other community events. The PTO has also committed to upgrading security measures to ensure that we maintain a secure but welcoming campus.
Teacher Appreciation committee is in charge of making our teachers feel appreciated by thanking our teachers throughout the year for all their hard work!