ABOUT THE PTO
We are fortunate to have a wealth of talented, enthusiastic parent volunteers. The Upham Parent Teacher Organization is committed to fostering a spirit of cooperation and communication between parents, teachers, and staff, which enriches and augments our children’s education.
The PTO sponsors many programs and events throughout the school year. Some events are designed purely for fun and to heighten school spirit, such as the Ice Cream Social in September, while others are strictly fundraisers such as the Auction and Sports Carnival. Other programs, such as Creative Arts and Sciences, enrich the curriculum by arranging for dance, music and theater performances and science-based programs, while events like the Day of Imagineering and Variety Night showcase the talent and creativity of our children. Other events, such as the Auction and Sports Carnival, raise significant funds while involving many parent volunteers and providing a social opportunity for the members of our community.
The PTO also supports a number of events designed to celebrate our sense of community. The New Families Coordinator warmly welcomes new families over the summer, in September and throughout the year. PTO volunteers host a Teachers’ Welcome Back Breakfast during the first week of school and a Teacher's Appreciation Luncheon in the spring.
We encourage each of our families to become involved with the PTO. Not all PTO activities occur during the day, and the responsibilities of several PTO positions can be fulfilled when convenient for the volunteer. There are many ways that one can contribute to a child’s education and learn more about what happens in our school. The PTO holds regular meetings where issues affecting the school are discussed, in addition to guest speakers and special presentations. All parents are encouraged to attend PTO events.