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Our hope for The Clifton School is to cultivate a community full of wonder, dreams and possibilities: a unique place where we value diversity and progressive education based on research.
PTA membership is open to all parents and guardians. We encourage you to join in and attend meetings, which occur quarterly. Meetings will be announced via email and posted on this website. For any questions, please feel free to email: email@example.com
PTA Meetings Schedule for 2022-2023:
PTA meetings are open to all families and will be held via Zoom at 12:00pm and 8:00pm on the dates below. Links will be sent to families via email. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Want to help? The PTA needs you! Have you ever wondered how you can help your child’s classroom teachers? Do you want to help make The Clifton School an even better place for our children to grow and learn? Are you jealous of all the fun your kids have at school (“Water Play Day” does sound like a lot of fun)? If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, please consider volunteering!
- Be a Room Representative! Being a room representative is one of the easiest ways to get involved. We HIGHLY recommend having two or more room representatives to help share the love. If you’d like to volunteer, please Sign Up Here.
- Contribute to the Staff and Teacher Appreciation Campaign: STAC is an annual event that allows families to generously thank all Clifton School teachers (both part and full-time) and non-administrative staff for their daily dedication to the loving care and enrichment of our children. Each fall, money is raised from voluntary donations given by parents that is pooled and distributed as an end-of-calendar-year gift. This is an easy and anonymous way to make sure all our teachers and staff are recognized.
- Make our Spring Auction a Success! Each Spring the Clifton School PTA hosts an auction to raise funds to support school improvements. The auction is a wonderful event with hand-made art contributed by the students up for the live auction, a silent auction of themed baskets filled with donated items, delicious food, drinks, music, dancing, and fun. The 2016 Auction raised over $8,000 for the Clifton School. Click here to see photos from the 2016 auction.
Clifton School PTA meeting minutes
2023-2024 Clifton School PTA Board
Anjali Khanna-Farber, President – Clairmont Campus
Corie Oliver, President – Clifton Campus
Emilie Mathias, President-Elect – Clifton Campus
Swathi Sekhar, Secretary
Molly Patrick, Treasurer
John Hritz, Communications Chair
Saule Mereke, Board Member
Arlene Morales, Board Member
Christina Scott, Board Member
Uwemedimo “Eazy” Umoumoh, Board Member
Harvest Festival (October 26, 2019)
The Harvest Festival is held every year in October and features activity booths, live music, food, and fun for all Clifton school families, teachers, and staff. The festival is held in the parking lot of the Clifton school’s Clairmont campus. Each classroom pairs with their sister classroom to create an activity booth that parent volunteers set up and staff during the festival. The Harvest Festival is organized by the PTA Board along with one or two parent co-chairs. A team of parent volunteers assist with ticket sales and general set up and clean up the day of the festival. Money generated from ticket sales goes directly to school improvements that benefit both campuses.
Staff and Teacher Appreciation Campaign- STAC (November/December)
The Staff and Teacher Appreciation Campaign (STAC) is an annual event that allows families to generously thank the wonderful Clifton School teachers (part time and full time) and non-administrative staff for their daily loving care and enrichment of our children. Each fall, money is raised from voluntary donations by parents that is pooled and distributed to all non-administrative staff at the school as an end-of-calendar-year gift. The goal of the STAC is to have 100% of Clifton School families give a monetary donation in any amount. One or two parent volunteer co-chairs work with the PTA Board members to market the campaign, determine the amount paid to each teacher and staff member based on the total amount of donations, keep detailed records of donation amounts, send donation receipts for the parents, and prepare the gift checks for the teachers, which are distributed in December at the teacher holiday breakfast.
The Clifton School Art Auction (March 7, 2020)
The Clifton School Art Auction is held every spring and is the largest PTA organized fundraiser for the school. Each class at both campuses creates a unique piece of art that is auctioned off during a live auction lead by a professional auctioneer. There is also a silent auction that includes themed gift baskets donated by each classroom and others generously given by local businesses. A ticket to this fun, exciting, adults-only event includes admission to the auction, dinner, dancing, and drinks! Babysitting during the event is provided at Clifton’s Clairmont campus for a small fee. The auction is organized by the PTA Board members along with parent volunteer co-chairs who organize the venue, catering, silent auction donations, and marketing/finance. Proceeds from the auction help to fund school improvements made to both campuses.
Spirit Nights (throughout the year)
The PTA partners with various local restaurants for a “Spirit Night.” Families are encouraged to eat at a given restaurant on a pre-determined day, and in turn, that restaurant gives the PTA a percentage of the sales.
Moms Night Out (throughout the year)
The PTA Board organizes Moms Night Out at a local restaurant where hard working Clifton School moms can meet for a relaxing evening of fun. This is an excellent way to meet other Clifton school moms in order to network, arrange play dates, and get valuable advice on any mommy/kid related topics!
How do I become a member of the PTA?
Any parent or guardian of children currently enrolled at The Clifton School are automatically members of the PTA.
Are there dues?
There are no dues associated with the PTA.
What does the PTA fundraising pay for?
The PTA funds are used to purchase various items “over and above” the general basic needs of the school. The items are meant to enhance the school environment and are chosen by a parent volunteer committee at each campus. Examples of items PTA funds have purchased: wifi for both campuses, new playground equipment, new furniture for staff lounges, indoor play equipment for the piazzas, courtyard gazebos, and a mosaic water wall.
Are the PTA Executive Board members paid?
No, all Executive Board Member are parents that have volunteered their time.
How can I contact the PTA Executive Board?
What do I do if I have an issue or concern?
The PTA is always available to be the conduit between the parents and administration. In some instances, it might be best to utilize your room reps or teachers for classroom issues. Any immediate safety concerns should go straight to administration.
How do I become a member of the PTA Executive Board?
Email us and let us know you are interested! We are always looking for new recruits. Even if all of the Board positions are filled, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with various committees and projects.
What are the responsibilities of a room rep?