There are lots of ways for parents (and grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) to get involved at Withers. It is truly this combination of time and talents that make our school such a wonderful place. It is the hope that every family will find a way to share their gifts with the school.
Below are a list of main outlets for volunteerism.
Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
The PTA plays an active role in building the community at Withers through fundraising, planning events like Take Your Family to School Week the Fall Variety Show, and countless hours of volunteer work both on and off campus. General meetings are typically held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. These meetings consist of a brief overview of upcoming PTA activities, followed by a speaker presentation or student group performance. The Latin Advisory Council (LAC) sells pizza at the school before-hand, and the whole family is encouraged to attend. Executive Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of most months at 7:00 p.m. in the library. These meetings are a time when information is shared and decisions are made regarding PTA programs. Everyone is invited to attend these meetings.
The cost to join the PTA is $10.00 for one parent or $18.00 for the family. In addition to supporting efforts at the school, the dues go toward the school phone directory, newsletter, this website, and other overhead costs to support PTA sponsored programs. These programs include Take Your Family to School Week, the Boo-Hoo Breakfast for Kindergarten Parents, the Kindergarten Step-up program, the Variety Show, Paw Paw Pachanga, Little Bookworms, Art Day and Field Day.
To sign up, simply complete the membership form and return it and your dues to the PTA mail slot in the front office of the school. Checks are to be made payable to Withers PTA.
If you are interested in helping with a specific program or event, please send your contact information to the PTA mail slot in the front office of the school and someone from the committee will get in touch with you.
PTA President: Kelli Love firstname.lastname@example.org
Dads’ Club (Club de Papas)
The Dads’ Club at Withers literally does the heavy lifting in the volunteer department. They sponsor a Back to School picnic, the Fall Carnival and help organize the Spring Auction. They also work with PTA and LAC on several other school events and activities. The Dads’ Club meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the school auditorium. There is no cost to join the Dads’ Club. If you have questions, please send a note with your contact information to the Dads’ Club mail slot in the front office, or come to a meeting.
Dads’ Club President: Travis Blakeslee email@example.com
Latin Advisory Committee (LAC)
This organization consists of Spanish speaking family members who want to volunteer at the school. Working in conjunction with the PTA, the LAC helps to raise funds and provide volunteers at school functions. The LAC plays a vital role in communicating the needs of the Spanish speaking families and their students. They sponsor the Cinco de Mayo luncheon during Teacher Appreciation Week, organize the Holiday Basket Raffle, sell tamales, and volunteer at school events such as Field Day in the spring. The LAC meets on rotating dates. Please contact the school for further information. If you are interested in joining the LAC, please attend a meeting, or send a note with your contact information to the LAC mail slot in the front office.
Site Based Decision Making Committee
This committee includes the principal, parents, teachers, community members and campus staff. There are no dues. This committee is required by the state of Texas, and all minute and agendas are posted in the front office. The objective of the committee is to improve student performance and to enhance accountability. The committee works together to assess the educational outcomes of all students, determine goals and strategies, and ensure that strategies are implemented and adjusted to improve student achievement. This is a great place for volunteers who want to help make decisions that will improve the campus. This group meets on the last Tuesday of every month in the Library from 4:30 – 5:30. Everyone is welcome; including community members that do not have children at the school. This group promises to have fun while working.
Chairman (of the SDBM committee): Brooke Viallba – For questions, contact Principal Wendy Miller, 972-794-5000
Classroom and Grade Level Volunteers
Each classroom needs a room parent. Typically, people have signed up for those spots during Meet The Teacher day. However, there are still plenty of opportunities to help with the students including holiday parties, field trips, Field Day, and Variety Show. The lower grades may also need more hands-on assistance during the regular day, ie: cafeteria assistance for kindergarten students. If you are interested in helping in the classroom, please make sure you have completed the DISD Volunteer registration, VOLY. Additionally, please send a note with your contact information and the type of help you’d like to provide to your home room teacher. It will be forwarded to the room parent. Then, when classroom needs arise, you will be “in the loop”.