Parent Association (PAs) can take many forms, from informed to highly organized groups. Every group has a different purpose; generally PTOs are intended to increase parent involvement and facilitate parent-teacher communications.
The purpose of parent involvement in PA is to fill in that crucial role in student spirit and school environment. According to PTO Today, when parents are involved in a child’s education, both at home and at school, children do better academically. This includes higher grades and test scores, better attendance, better social skills, fewer behavior problems, and a tenancy to graduate and continue their education.
The Al-Salam Day School PA is a nonprofit parent/teacher organization whose membership includes all parents, legal guardians and staff at Al-Salam Day School. The PA mission is to promote open communication and understanding between parents and staff of Al-Salam Day School. Our effort serve to enhance and maximize the education of every child while aiding them in achieving their highest potential. The PTO sponsors assistance to teachers in classroom setting, holds fund-raisers for supplemental educational materials and experiences, supports school and family social interaction, and provides a non-biased forum for sharing information on issues that impact our children. It is our belief that the team effort of a parent-teacher organization offers the best possible learning environment for our children.
Parent Association generally consists of a board. These members may include a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. They may also include various specialty positions, such as hospitality or programs. The board typically governs the PA by creating and voting on meeting dates.
PA Board Members (2018-2019)
○ President: Saiha
○ Vice President: Sadia
○ Treasurer: Taiba Mohamed
○ Secretary: Dalal Ihmoud
PA encourages parent, teacher and community involvement by providing programs that facilitate these connections. These activities may include drug awareness, energy conservation, reading, math, science, art, and extracurricular programs.
Parent Association gets involved by supporting their students, teachers and staff. Parents can volunteer to assist with class parties or field trips. They can help set up at annual bazaars or they can help teachers and staff by with other work.
For teachers and staff
Teachers and staff may become involved by helping to plan events that encourage the education of the students. These may include workshops, tutoring or special family nights (art night, movie night).
The students reap the benefits by the involvement and support of all the adults involved in the PA. The PA supports the educational goals of Al-Salam Day School, thus extending those goals to the students.