Cottage Lake Elementary PTA

Endowment

Grants
Grants

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Awards & Grants
This committee oversees the distribution of grant monies from the Curriculum Enhancement Fund in the Cottage Lake Elementary PTA budget. All teachers and staff are invited to apply to the PTA for monies for materials and programs that supplement classroom instruction.

The Grants expense line item is one of the largest in the PTA budget. You can play a role in deciding where our money goes. Three or four meetings a year will be held to review grant requests.

Awards
Awards

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Awards

This committee solicits nominations for recipients of both the Golden Acorn Award (awarded to the CL teacher of the year) and the Golden Sailboat Award (awarded to the CL volunteer of the year). You can play a role in recognizing the outstanding people in our school community.

Grant Writing
Grant Writing

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(none)

This committee is in charge of writing grants to secure additional funding for our school.

There is lots of money out there, and this is one way we can raise money for Cottage Lake programs and/or equipment without asking parents to foot the bill! There is no specific time commitment or timeline necessary to get started. Any deadlines for grant request submissions would be set by the benefactors.
Audit Committee
Audit Committee

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Three volunteers are needed from which to coordinate two audits of the PTA financial information. Audits are required in January and in June. This is a one-time commitment of a few hours to go through a checklist provided by the State PTA and verify the integrity of the Cottage Lake PTA financial reporting. Meeting times are flexible. Financial and/or accounting experience is not necessary because the PTA checklist is a great guide! We are required by our insurance company to have three people share this task. Please offer us a few hours of your time!

General

Membership
Membership

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This committee defines for the community the benefits of membership in the PTA and actively recruits members.

PTA supports the goals of educators and helps foster a sense of community at Cottage Lake Elementary. Through numerous fundraising efforts, CLPTA supplements district approved curriculum with extra programs, materials, books and equipment.
CLPTA helps families connect to school through school enhancement activities, volunteering opportunities, and community events.

This committee plans and implements a membership drive, complete with a theme, incentives, rewards, etc. There are many, many resources available online from the State PTA Website to help with this. (It’s simpler than it sounds!) The committee is also responsible for online registration of all Cottage Lake PTA members and maintenance of the membership roster, membership forms and distributing membership cards and directories. A fun committee to be on!

We are striving for 100% membership!
Nominating Committee
Nominating Committee

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(none)

This is a crucial job within the Cottage Lake PTA. The nominating committee selects nominees for the incoming PTA Executive Committee each year. Positions on the Executive Committee include: President, Vice-President of Events, Vice-President of Communications, Secretary, and Treasurer. Each of these roles is required for any PTA to function well and be in compliance with insurance requirements.

If you're good at networking and want a short-term commitment in the spring, this is the volunteer position for you.
Legislative Committee
Legislative Committee

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The Legislative Committee works to provide PTA members with information about educational issues in Washington State. The committee educates members about how both the State and National PTA are working to advance educational issues in the legislature.

Information can be disseminated through the PTA newsletters and at PTA meetings. One or two representatives are invited to attend the State PTA legislative assembly in October and the Education Focus Day in Olympia in February. If you want to be involved in the big picture, this is the committee for you!

Morale

Popcorn
Popcorn

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The Popcorn Committee oversees the distribution of popcorn during recess every other Friday, orders popcorn supplies, and is responsible for maintenance of the popcorn machine. Popcorn Fridays are free for all students and very popular at Cottage Lake!
Testing (SBA) Snacks
Testing (SBA) Snacks

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This committee will solicit contributions, purchase healthy snacks, and arrange delivery of the snacks to students during the standardized SBA testing that occurs in the spring for 3rd-6th graders.
Outreach/ Social Services Committee
Outreach/ Social Services Committee

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Outreach Committee
This committee reaches out to Cottage Lake families who are going through trials of many kinds. Please consider volunteering to help with sending cards to those who are sick and meals to families in crisis. Time commitment will vary as needs arise. Additionally, this committee organizes supplies and food for families in our school community that need assistance.

The committee also works with HopeLink and the student council to coordinate a holiday toy drive and/or food drive and usually a coin drive in the spring. Other social service projects may be undertaken at the discretion of the committee.
Staff Appreciation
Staff Appreciation

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This committee coordinates Staff Appreciation events throughout the year to honor the sacrifice and dedication of all Cottage Lake Staff members. This includes quarterly lunches, recognition of staff birthdays, and staff appreciation week (typically in May). This committee is always looking for fun and creative ways to show the CLE staff how much we value their efforts and dedication to our children. Join this team and help us demonstrate how much we truly appreciate the investment the Cottage Lake staff makes in our families!

Enrichment

Science Fair
Science Fair

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We have a fabulous science program at Cottage Lake Elementary which includes science docents for each K-6 teacher, a school-wide participant science fair, as well as science club classes through our enrichment program. The science program chairs oversee the PTA science budget which includes scheduling school approved science related programs including assemblies and classroom presentations. Some past activities have included assemblies, Nature Vision, and Audubon visits.

Art Docent
Art Docent

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Each classroom needs two volunteers to teach art! As an art docent, you will be in your child’s classroom once a month to help students gain an appreciation for art by leading a class discussion and art project. We will help to train you and there is a pre-planned curriculum at your disposal. You do not have to be an art scholar or renowned artist; anyone can do this! To do this job, you simply must love art and love kids! This requires 30-60 minutes of classroom time each month in addition to some planning time. This is a FANTASTIC way to get to know the students in your child’s class and the kids always love Art Docent days!

School Play
School Play

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Each year the Missoula Children's Theater comes to Cottage Lake and puts on a play starring our students! The MCT group handles all of the creative work--auditions, costumes, sets, rehearsals, etc. Volunteers are needed to assist the MCT team with the logistics of rehearsals and performances.
Enrichment Classes
Enrichment Classes

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Full School Year

The Enrichment Learning committee develops and manages a schedule of optional before and after school classes for Cottage Lake students in areas such as art, creative writing, drama, gardening, physical fitness, and second language learning. Enrichment class instructors include adults in our community as well as Cottage Lake parents. Volunteers can help with supervision, scheduling, record keeping, and many other components of this program.
Art Reflections
Art Reflections

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Each year, the PTA Reflections Program challenges students to create art inspired by a specific theme, and students submit entries to a local PTA or PTSA. Nationally, the program has six arts areas—dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts—and four grade divisions—primary, intermediate, middle/junior, and senior. Awards include scholarship monies, district, state, or national recognition.

All students at Cottage Lake are invited to participate!

This committee will promote the program, set deadlines, offer a workshop or two for kids to create entries, and arrange for local judging, recognition of participants, and meet deadlines of PTA council judging.

Events

Paint and PJs Party
Paint and PJs Party

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Monster Mash
Monster Mash

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The Monster Mash is an annual fall community night sponsored by the CLPTA. Held at the end of October, kids and parents are invited to come to the event in costume (no scary costumes, please!), enjoy some treats, meet other families, dance, and have fun.

This committee is responsible for planning the event and coordinating volunteers for the event.
Follies
Follies

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This committee will work to put on our annual Cottage Lake Follies, the spring talent show that packs the house! Volunteers will be needed to help with paperwork, rehearsals, decorations, promotion, back-stage management of the performers, etc. This is a great opportunity to work with the kids & have fun!

The Follies committee encourages all students, no matter what level of talent, to participate and perform!

Environment

Box Tops and Labels for Education
Box Tops and Labels for Education

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The Green Team and Rebate, Reuse, Recycle Committee are merging together to form the SUPER Green Team! This committee will discuss and implement simple ways we can reduce the carbon footprint of our school. This committee manages the Box Tops and Labels for Education programs, as well as TerraCycle (an innovative recycling program in the school cafeteria which accepts used Capris Sun pouches, chip bags and candy wrappers and turns them into to folders, backpacks, pencils, etc). Responsibilities for this program include educating students on proper recycling practices, overseeing the sorting and shipping of recycled material, and involving the Cottage Lake Student Council in the sorting. Recycled material must be removed from cafeteria each Friday. Help us keep our school clean and green!

There is a lot of flexibility with this committee. If you have new green ideas you'd like to see implemented on the Cottage Lake campus, we want to hear about them!
Gardening Committee
Gardening Committee

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The Gardening Committee will work with students and teachers to develop and maintain student gardens and the Waterwise Garden on the Cottage Lake campus. The student gardens are located in the raised beds between the gym and Building B. We’ll work with teachers and students on fun projects utilizing the garden space. You can work with students or simply garden. There are lots of things to do! Design and planting ideas welcome!

Parent Programs

Parent Education
Parent Education

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(none)

This committee plans and implements speakers for our parent population. Past Parent Education programs have included Love and Logic, Birds+Bees+Kids, Skin Cancer Education, Math Homework Help for Parents and many others. Parent Education Programs are supported through the PTA yearly budget.

Other

Assemblies Committee
Assemblies Committee

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Full School Year

This committee coordinates several assemblies for the school throughout the year. Working with local organizations, Cottage Lake staff and the PTA, this committee works to provide educational, and CLE staff-approved entertainment that aligns with instructional goals of the school.
Yearbook
Yearbook

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This committee handles the design, coordination, sales, and distribution of the yearbook at the end of the year. You will capture memories and collect photos from school and PTA events throughout the year, coordinating with other parent photographers and completing a layout for the yearbook.

Fundraising

Auction Committee
Auction Committee

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The Auction committee is responsible for procuring items for the CLPTA annual auction. Additionally, this committee will package and prepare items for display at the auction, and run the event itself. This event is our biggest fundraiser of the year!

Safety

Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness

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The Cottage Lake PTA contributes monies and equipment to the school for emergency preparedness. Being prepared is the best defense against an emergency. Frequently in the Northwest, we experience unexpected, unpredictable weather patterns that can quickly cause emergency scenarios. Help this committee by maintaining the emergency supplies kept on school grounds in a container car. The CLPTA maintains 3 days of supplies in the event that students are unable to be picked up by parents.

This committee is responsible for inventory of all emergency supplies and for educating parents and staff regarding emergency procedures.