Welcome to the RGMS PTSA
The Parent Teacher Student Association for
Robert Goddard Montessori School
Dear RGMS Family,
Welcome to a new year of school, a new year of PTSA and a new world of normal. I truly wish I could start my first year as PTSA President by shaking your hands and welcoming you to the 2020-2021 school year with a smile and friendly “Hello.” Instead, we will have to settle for virtual high fives and digital check-ins. Over these last few months we hopefully have all learned to better navigate our new virtual landscape. These unprecedented times have challenged us to find imaginative and innovative ways to meet the needs of our children and connect with family and friends. The PTSA has also put on our thinking caps to transform our regularly scheduled programs into the digital space.
Our Fall lineup hopes to include
“Dancing with Dudes” a dance video contest starring students and the men in their lives
“Family Recipe Top Chef” a cooking challenge featuring student family recipes
“Community Chalk Art Contest” a team building art competition connecting our families to our local community
“Careers in the Community” a student-led interview series that showcases local professionals
We need your help and participation to make these events successful! Since digital learning limits our children’s ability to make memories in person, we can at least foster connections through shared creative experiences and opportunities for fun conversation starters.
This is your PTSA, and you are welcome and encouraged to attend all of our meetings and events, or volunteer your time to ensure our collective success. Our goal is to advocate for the education, safety and well-being of our children. Collectively we have pushed to replace our school’s drinking fountains, demand appropriate bus scheduling, and financially support classroom materials for teachers and out of classroom experiences for students. The RGMS PTSA is a local chapter of the National PTA, which is America’s largest children’s advocacy association and by joining our organization, you show your child that you are engaged and you care! Research shows that regardless of income or background, when parents are involved, students are more likely to earn higher grades, enroll in higher-level programs, attend school regularly, have better social skills, graduate, and go on to postsecondary education.
The mission of the RGMS PTSA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all our children by espousing the values of Collaboration, Commitment, Diversity, Respect and Accountability. We know that most members of our community are African American, and we condemn the inequitable and brutal treatment of all African Americans in this country. This ongoing problem of injustice continues to have profound effects on communities of color. We must do better and our PTSA is committed to promote diversity and inclusivity to ensure voices of color are heard. The first step towards this is simply getting to know each other and engaging our full RGMS family. I encourage you to connect with the parents of your classroom, on your bus route, in your neighborhood and through PTSA events. Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and reach out to a parent with whom you have never conversed. These interactions are definitely easier in person and often awkward at first, particularly during the age of COVID. This fall will pose a challenge to many of our families, for many different reasons. Let us join together as the RGMS PTSA family and strengthen our relationships with each other.
I look forward to the day when we can all see each other again. Meanwhile, let us give a special thank you to our essential worker families, and to everyone, stay safe and wear your masks!
“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
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