From the Santa Rosa Middle School PFSO (Parent Faculty Student Organization)…
Your student’s entrance into middle school is a big step in their educational and personal development. You are probably wondering how your involvement at middle school should change as your student wants more independence. We hope this article will help in understanding why and how you should continue your involvement at school and encourage your child to become more involved at SRMS.
First, let us welcome you to Santa Rosa Middle School. With only two years at SRMS, it will go by fast, but you will see tremendous growth in your student academically and socially. We have a very dedicated administration and staff. You will be impressed by how much they give of their time and energy to make SRMS a special place for all of our children.
In elementary school, you were familiar and involved with your PFO, PTO, or PTA. In middle school, we have a PFSO (Parent Faculty Student Organization). The addition of the “S” is significant. Students take an active role in their student government called ASB (Associated Student Body). All students are also welcome to attend the monthly PFSO meetings to express their needs for SRMS. We need their insight and are always impressed by their communication skills.
In today’s public school environment, parents often take the initiative to do fundraising to bring additional money to the school to add enrichment programs and other things which make the school experience more complete for the students. Middle school also has needs in this area. However, the students through student government (ASB and 7th & 8th Grade Class) also take the initiative to raise these funds. Of course, parent support is still needed to make the fundraisers successful.
The PFSO also raises the funds to support the Renaissance Academic Recognition program which consists of rallies, recognitions, and prize raffles to encourage and celebrate the academic successes and perfect attendance of our students. It’s a wonderful program!
SRMS celebrates Multicultural Week with assemblies and activities for the students. This past year our celebrations culminated in Multicultural Night at SRMS with fabulous food and entertainment. This wonderful event was funded jointly by PFSO and ASB. Staff, parents, and students joined together to make this week possible at SRMS.
Another important program at SRMS is the Safe School Ambassadors program. Teachers and students are trained to create and foster an environment of respect and caring to all at SRMS. We have been doing this program for years and the results are measured and appreciated by all.
Middle school also increases the amount of Student Activities. From sports to school dances to school spirit rallies to end-of-year events, these are what make middle school exciting and fun for our students. Students and student government take the lead in organizing and funding these activities. The Magazine Sale is the first fundraiser of the year. It is student organized, but we do need some parent help in tallying up the sales and payments. Please give it your full support and encourage your student, too.
Here are some ways to get involved with SRMS PFSO:
· 7th & 8th grade parent involvement is needed with PFSO Committee’s
· Give us your email so you won’t miss important messages about upcoming school events via our Sign Up Genius
· Visit the PFSO Table at 7th & 8th Grade Orientation for more information
· Fill out PFSO Volunteer Interest form, so we know how to contact you to ask for your help
· Visit the PFSO table at Back-to-School Night
· Come to the first PFSO Meeting on Wednesday, September 7th, at 6:30 p.m. (PFSO meetings are the 1st Wednesday of the month in the School Library)
· Make a monetary donation (See Cougar Pride Donation Drive form)
Our ONLY major fundraiser of the year for PFSO comes directly from our Cougar Pride Donation Drive.
Your donation is tax deductible
and our Tax I.D. is: 68-0 153342
Here are some ways to get involved with SRMS PFSO:
SRMS PFSO Board Officers and Committees for 2016-17:
Co-Presidents: Jeanie Kim and Annette Musson
Vice President: Nicole Price
Secretary: Melissa Stewart
Reserve Secretary: Wendy Drafton
Treasurer: Michael Loijos
7th and 8th Grade Volunteer Coordinator: Kelly Grudzien
Logo Wear: Trina Graham, Celia Sedgwick and Victoria Bigelow
Social Media Coordinator: Kristin Hollis
Box Tops Coordinator: Melissa Davis
Hospitality Co-Chairs: Nina Seliga & Lisa Freedman
Bilingual Liaison: Natalie Manning
Book Fair: Victoria Bigelow
Escrip Coordinators: Jennifer Richardson and Nicole Price
Bingo Night Coordinators: Regina Hosier and Jeannette Engel
If you’d like to volunteer, please contact:
Jeanie Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Annette Musson (email@example.com)
Committees are another way to get involved. Please fill out the volunteer interest form, so the volunteer coordinators and committee chairs can contact you. If you would like to chair an open position, please contact the PFSO. Please remember that a committee is more than one person. Working on a committee is a great opportunity to get to know other parents and staff, so please let us know how you can help.
A Better School Means More Cougar Spirit.
It's well documented that the more parent support the school has, the better the school. And a better school means more cougar spirit, which translates to better grades and happier students. And that is what we are all aiming for.
We have Facebook and Instagram Pages. This is a great way to keep up to date daily, weekly, monthly with what is happening at SRMS! J