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Frequently Asked Questions | Timber Lakes Elementary PTA

Frequently Asked Questions

Becoming a member of the PTA can be a brand new experience to many parents. Here are a list of some common questions that we usually hear from new parents curious about getting involved. If there is anything here that we didn’t cover, please feel free to send us an email and we’ll be happy to answer any questions that you might have.

How can I participate in the PTA?
There are several ways to participate in the PTA. One easy way is to attend the meetings. Additionally, on your PTA registration form, you can indicate committees you would be interested in assisting with throughout the year. You can run for the PTA Executive Board. The Executive Board is comprised of 5 officers, President, 2 Vice Presidents, Treasurer and Secretary. Elections are held in the late spring of each year. Names are submitted to a nominating committee and elections are held at the May PTA meeting.
When are SAC/PTA meetings?
SAC meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of the month at 6:00PM and PTA meetings at 7:00PM
What is the difference between SAC and PTA?
School Advisory Council (SAC) is a team of people representing various segments of the community–parents, teachers, students, administrators, support staff, business/ industry people and other interested community members. The purpose of a SAC is to assist in the preparation and evaluation (developing and evaluating) of the results of the school improvement plan and to assist the principal with the annual school budget. Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a group whose members include parents, teachers, and staff. The members work together to make our children's education the best possible and fundraising ideas for our school.
What are the fundraisers?
Fall Festival/ Silent Auction
The Fall Festival/ Silent Auction is an after school fundraiser in which we invite family and friends to come and participate in this wonderful event. In past years, this fundraiser consisted of bounce houses, teacher/staff dunk tank, cake walk and many other activities. Each year the fundraiser will introduce new and exciting activites for the children to enjoy. The Silent Auction portion of the fundraiser are baskets that are prepared by the Room Parent with the asistance of the PTA. In the past, each class has been assigned a theme and parents are able to donate items in the theme (e.g., home and garden, dining, UCF). In addition, local businesses donate items as well.
Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair event happens each year to raise funds for our library.
May Drawing of Chance
This is a daily drawing during the month of May in which the students will be selling tickets for $10 and a calendar would be provided with the daily gifts. The $10 ticket will allow you to be entered into the drawing for the complete month of May.
Box Tops for Education
This is an informal fundraiser. Throughout the year parents clip Box Tops from products, like Kleenex, Cheerios, Ziploc, etc.
Labels for Education
This is an informal fundraiser. Throughout the year parents clip labels from Campbell’s and other participating products. Labels are redeemed for points for the school to receive various items to assist the school.
When are Early Release Days?
Early release days are on Wednesday of each week. Students are dismissed from school starting at 1:45PM.
What is the 30/30 rule?
The district’s Weather Delayed Dismissal procedures require that the nationally recognized “30-30 Rule” be enacted by schools if thunder is heard within 30 seconds of lightning strike. Students will not be dismissed until 30 minutes has passed from the last sound of thunder.However, parents and guardians will be allowed to sign their child out during these situations at the main school office. Read more about the 30/30 rule.
Where does the money go that is raised by our fundraisers throughout the year?
Every year the funds that are raised by the PTA are used to improve different areas within our school. In years past, the PTA has donated funds to our Media Center to purchase books, PE department to purchase equipment, Media and Art department for tools and training, and several other areas. This school year, 2014-2015, we are donating our funds towards improving our reading system. In addition to our large donations to all of these areas, we also help fund students to attend field trips, sponsor the spelling bee, assist with fundraising for the 5th grade party, and so much more!
Who can I contact about volunteering for a certain committee?
You can contact our PTA by emailing us @ president@timberlakespta.com, vicepresident1@timberlakespta.com, or by calling 407-249-6177, EXT 4232243 and leave a detailed message and someone will be in contact with you.
How can I donate funds to our PTA?
You can donate to the PTA by sending in a check in an envelope to your student’s teacher addressed to the PTA and we will send a receipt for your generous donation.
Where and when can I purchase shirts?
The Helping Hands room located in the first grade hallway at the half waypoint. T-shirt order form, which can be sent in to your child’s teacher. The T-shirts would be delivered to your child’s classroom. Click here for the Timber Lakes T-Shirt Pre-Order form. We will also be selling shirts during other school events such as Open House and our Annual Fall Festival. If you have questions in reference to your T-shirt order, please feel free to send an email to vicepresident1@timberlakespta.com, call 407-249-6177, EXT 423224 or stop by the Helping Hands room during normal school hours.