ARTICLE III - PURPOSES
Section 1. The Purposes of the Seward Montessori PTA in common with those of the National PTA and the Minnesota PTSA are:
To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship.
To raise the standards of home life.
To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.
To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth.
To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education.
Section 2. The Purposes of the National PTA, the Minnesota PTSA, and the Seward Montessori PTA are promoted through advocacy and educational programs directed toward parents, teachers, and the general public; are developed through conferences, committees, projects and programs; and are governed and qualified by the basic policies set forth in Article IV.
ARTICLE IV - BASIC POLICIES
The following are basic policies of the Seward Montessori PTA in common with those of the National PTA and the Minnesota PTSA:
The organization shall be noncommercial, nonsectarian, and nonpartisan.
The organization shall work to promote the health and welfare of children and youth and shall seek to promote collaboration between parents, schools, and the community at large.
The organization or members in their official capacities shall not, directly or indirectly, participate or intervene (in any way, including the publishing or distributing of statements) in any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office; or devote more than an insubstantial part of their activities to attempting to influence legislation by propaganda or otherwise.
The organization shall work with the schools to provide quality education for all children and youth and shall seek to participate in the decision-making process establishing school policy, recognizing that the legal responsibility to make decisions has been delegated by the people to boards of education, state education authorities, and local education authorities.
Fundraising Committee: The Fundraising Co-Chairs and this committee plan and conduct PTA-sponsored fundraisers for Seward Montessori for the purpose of providing funds for programs, projects and materials that enhance education for all students. This committee includes coordinators of each of the fundraisers and others who are interested in decision-making around fundraising.
Special Events Committee: Led by the Special Event Co-Chairs, this committee plans and conducts several special events for the purpose of strengthening family involvement at Seward. These include the Fall Potluck, the Spring Festival, and the Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Middle School Parent Group: The Seward Middle School Parent Group includes parents, teachers, and administration. Our goal is to positively impact the Seward Middle School Community by providing deeper conversations between staff & parents, and generate new ideas to meet needs.
Budget and Grant Review Committee: Chaired by the Treasurer, this committee creates the PTA budget that is approved by PTA members each Fall. This committee works with Fundraising to estimate expected income, and estimates funds available for disbursement through the Grants Review Process. This group reviews Grant requests, the Principal is consulted as needed, and funding recommendations are made to the PTA Board for final approval.
Communication Committee: This committee is responsible for promoting effective communications among Seward families regarding school events, activities, meetings, policies, news, student recognition, volunteer recognition, etc. Communication channels include the Splash newsletter, online Seward Updates, Room Parents, the school and PTA’s websites, and social media like Facebook and Twitter.