FAQs

How do I join the Hope Valley Elementary PTA?

What is the benefit of being a Hope Valley Elementary PTA member?

What is the function of the Hope Valley Elementary PTA?

Do I need to be a dues-paying member to volunteer at Hope Valley Elementary PTA events or to receive the Hope Valley Elementary PTA e-newsletter?

How do I stay informed about Hope Valley Elementary PTA activities and news?

How can I support the Hope Valley Elementary PTA?

When are Hope Valley Elementary PTA meetings?

How do I join the Hope Valley Elementary PTA?

You can join the PTA at any time. We do a membership drive at our Open House that occurs sometime in the week before the first day of school and during Bring Your Parents to School Night  in September. To join, you will fill out a simple form or fill out the online form. PTA fees are $5.00 per person, the large majority of which is used to pay our dues to the NC PTA.

What is the benefit of being a Hope Valley Elementary PTA member?

As a member of the PTA, you are eligible to run for a board position, vote for officers, and approve the yearly budget.  Your dues will support the National PTA, NC PTA, and the Hope Valley PTA.

What is the function of the Hope Valley Elementary PTA?

The main goal of our PTA is to support teachers and students throughout the school year.  The bulk of our income is used for school supplies and arts programs for our students, which, along with self-supporting programs like Family Marathon, Family Fun Fest, Book Fairs, Field Day, and Odyssey of the Mind, help to supplement the academic mission of Hope Valley Elementary School and provide a little fun as well!

Each teacher is eligible for a PTA-sponsored $100 reimbursement for classroom supplies that they personally purchase.  The PTA supplements other classroom supplies for teachers who don’t seek reimbursement.

The PTA allocates money for the Creative Arts in Public Schools (CAPS) program. CAPS is a partnership between the Durham Arts Council and Durham Public Schools to support integrating arts into the curriculum.  Teachers pick programs that compliment what they are teaching.  Programs are chosen by each grade level; for example, when third grade students were working on a poetry unit, the group Poetry Alive! performed for students and conducted an in-class poetry workshop.

In addition, the PTA sponsors events, such as Family Fun Fest (our Spring carnival) and the Family Marathon, and organizes Teacher Appreciation Week events.

Do I need to be a dues-paying member to volunteer at Hope Valley Elementary PTA events?

No! You are always welcomed and encouraged to volunteer at any PTA event.

How do I stay informed about Hope Valley Elementary PTA activities and news?

We communicate in several ways! When you sign up for a membership via the link above you are automatically subscribed to our monthly newsletter. We have a facebook page and use whatsapp. If you’re interested in joining our whatsapp group please email hopevalleypta@gmail.com and indicate your interest. We have both english and spanish whatsapp groups! Periodically we send home fliers with your children to advertise specific events.

How can I support the Hope Valley Elementary PTA?

You can support the PTA both by donating funds to support our mission and by donating your time.

There will be a variety of fundraisers throughout the year – please donate whatever you can – every penny counts.  The funds raised annually are used to pay for PTA activities in that year.  The budget is set to the fundraising goal so whatever we raise is what will be available to spend to support teachers and students in a given school year.

There will also be several opportunities to volunteer for PTA events throughout the year.  Typically, these requests are made through the PTA e-newsletter and include links to online sign-up tools.  Please sign up to help if you can.  It is a great way to meet other parents and become more involved in the school.  There are day-time and evening opportunities and the shifts are typically an hour or less.

We also have immediate needs for help in PTA committees. We can work with any interest, skill and time-commitment levels! Many of these opportunities can be done from home, at night or on the weekends. If you are interested in serving in this way, please email hopevalleypta@gmail.com and we will figure out a great fit for you. Potential areas of need are translation, managing social media, assisting with financial audits, planning events and much more. If you have fifteen minutes a week, we can use you.

When are Hope Valley Elementary PTA meetings?

The PTA Board meets the first Thursday each month at 6pm. All are welcome, however, these meetings will be focused on the organization of events and activities rather than the distribution of information. School-wide PTA meetings are held quarterly. The next general meeting will be held 11/4 at 2:30pm in the HVE gym.