Letter from the MWPTA President

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August 16, 2016

To all new and returning Mt. Washington Elementary Families,

The MWPTA welcomes you to the 2016-17 school year. It is shaping up to be a great one.

Please peruse our website- it is stuffed full of information about our plans, programs and events for the coming year.

Why does Mt. Washington Elementary need a PTA?

If you have been at MWE for any length of time, even just an hour on a school tour, then you understand that our children are privileged to attend one of the best public elementary schools in Los Angeles. We truly are the jewel on the hill. We have extraordinary, talented, caring teachers. We have kind, dedicated staff, and a principal, Georgina Gravino, who never stops advocating for our students and will come to know every one of our 431 students by name.

We also have a passionate and involved community of parents, grandparents and neighbors who invest in our children’s education. This is where the PTA comes in.

The PTA is the bridge between the school and the families that it serves. When there is a gap in funding, the PTA raises money to provide essential underfunded instruction for our children such as arts education, physical education and Teacher’s Aides in the classroom.

It is parents like you who organize and support our annual Pancake Breakfast and Mt. Washington Made Crafts Fair, our Book Fair (this year for the first time in collaboration with independent bookseller Skylight Books) and our fabulously delicious Progressive Dinner. It is parents like you who organize our after school enrichment classes and our wildly popular Arts Collective After School workshops. It is parents like you who contribute to our Canned Food and Holiday Toy Drives, ensuring that local families don’t go hungry around the holidays, that children in shelters have toys, and engaging MWE children in what community means.

But schools like ours do not happen by accident. They happen by design, and by involvement.

So I ask you to get involved. Become a PTA member. Volunteer for a PTA event (even if it’s just for an hour.) Donate money to our Annual Give Challenge. Help out whenever and wherever you can. Our children’s education will be richer for it. Our school will be better for it. Our community will be stronger for it.

Here’s to a great start of a stellar year,

Julia Schachter

President, Mt. Washington PTA