PTA VP Community Marla Johnson
Morningside Elementary strives to be an inclusive community that actively cultivates and supports respectful relationships among our students, parents, caregivers,, teachers, staff and administration. This year, although different, we will continue to focus on building and strengthening our school's culture through engagement, collaboration and activism - both within our local neighborhoods and across the APS district.
In coordination with teachers and administrators, the PTA assembled and distributed about 900 Dolphin Toolkits before the start of school in 2020. Designed to ensure student success and create excitement for the first nine weeks of virtual learning, these toolkits were customized by grade level and included workbooks, textbooks, supplemental items to enhance the curriculum (e.g. math manipulatives and novels) and MES spirit swag.
Room Parents and Social Chairs
Continuing efforts to support our teachers in the classroom, Room Parents assist with the instructional needs of an individual class and act as liaison between the teacher and parents within a class. They support and help recognize your child’s teacher in a variety of ways: assist filling class-based needs/roles as determined by the teacher, coordinate teacher birthday celebrations and holiday/end-of-year gift collections, Teacher Appreciation Week, etc. Room parents help communicate information to parents, as received from your teacher and/or the PTA.
This year there will be two room parents per class. They can share and divide the role in any way that works best for them. In addition to teacher support and communication, they will plan activities wtihin a class that provide students and parents the opportunity to connect, get to know each other better, learn from each other, and celebrate together (e.g., winter break and end-of-year parties).
Two Social Chairs per grade level support larger, grade-level needs and collaborate to plan activities that build community and strengthen relationships amongst students and parents for an entire grade. For instance, organize at least one social opportunity per quarter for children and families to meet and socialize (park playdate, parent night out, etc.).
For volunteer opportunities please contact Family Engagement Chair Amber Hahn.
The Teacher Appreciation committee works throughout the year to celebrate and support our teachers. Typically, they would provide monthly breakfasts and/or lunches at school during the year. However, this year the Teacher Appreciation committee will focus on providing small gifts whenever possible. Their efforts culminate in Teacher Appreciation week, usually celebrated in May, with a host of ways to recognize all the exceptional work our teachers have done this year.
The PTA will organize service projects with goals of giving back to our Morningside Elementary community and our larger Atlanta Public School community. We plan to look for opportunities that can be done safely with physical distancing, as well as opportunities for small groups that can be done to build relationships among homeroom classrooms and grade-level groups. As there are opportunities to get involved, look for announcements and links in the Digital Dolphin, the MES Facebook page and from your Room Parents.
For questions about Community Service contact Molly Scott.