Are PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) fees required to attend Key?
No, the annual PTO dues are suggested amounts. Even if you cannot pay this full amount, please contribute what you can. You may also pay the dues over a period of time. The dues are important! The mission of the PTO is to support the students, teachers, and community involved with Key Elementary School. Only a $5 minimum is required to vote on PTO business and take advantage of PTO-sponsored activities, including KEHP (before- and aftercare).
How are PTO funds used?
All of the PTO funds go toward supplementing programs and funding for critical programs that make Key School the superior neighborhood school that it is. The funds supplement programs such as providing additional teacher aide salaries, classroom set-up and teacher funds, KEHP before- and aftercare, the science fair and science program support, library books and reading and math resource materials, and capital improvements and supplemental technology upgrades. Without your contributions these programs wouldn’t exist at Key because, unfortunately, the DCPS budget cannot — and does not — support all the costs associated with our excellent academic program.
Who determines the PTO dues?
The dues amount and any future increases are suggested by the executive committee of the PTO and are voted on by the body of the entire PTO, based on the needs of the school. This is why it’s important to attend PTO meetings!
What is the required amount to join the PTO?
A $5 minimum is required to vote on PTO business and take advantage of PTO-sponsored activities, including KEHP (before- and aftercare).
What are Bulk Supplies?
Key School parents do not need to spend time purchasing school supplies. The shopping — and saving — has already been done for us by the Bulk Supplies Committee. The supplies for the entire year, specified by the teachers, are ready and waiting for our students and teachers on the first day of school. The amount due is a fixed amount that reflects a great deal of savings.
Are the Bulk Supplies fees required?
We ask that this fee be paid by every family to cover your child’s school supplies, regardless of whether the family joins the PTO. The fee is $75 per child.
What is the Technology Fund, and why am I being asked to pay money to it?
The fact is technology upgrades are always needed before funding comes in through the DCPS budget. For our technology to stay relevant and upgraded, we ask you to make a contribution toward this program.
What is the Art Fund?
The Art Fund provides support to the arts program at Key, which is currently run by the Fillmore Arts Center.
What is the Equity Team?
The Equity Team consists of Key staff and parents dedicated to viewing all aspects of the school and the community around it through an equity lens. The group provides perspective and guidance on school policies, curriculum, events, and engagement, just to name a few. Its goal is to promote and ensure that Key is a safe, inclusive, and affirmative environment for every person that walks through its doors.
What is the “Additional Contribution” line item?
This is just extra money you would like to see go to the PTO. Some families just round up the total to the nearest whole number and that extra money goes straight to help fund our programs. This is entirely at your discretions and, as with all contributions, very much appreciated! It also supports the scholarships we offer for our families in need.