As we get ready to celebrate our RES community members, new and old, at tonight’s Open House, it’s a great time to talk about how the PTA facilitates community.
No matter how long you’ve lived in Redding, having your child start school is a new experience — and it’s unique for each child, as well. It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with parents you know from the wider community and meet new families. My own mother is still going on ladies’ weekends with the mom of my 3rd grade best friend, so these relationships can last a lifetime!
The RES PTA has events both big and small to help families make connections. Families new to the school or the community might begin with our twice-yearly Newcomer Coffee — the first of which will be held at 9am on September 26 at the Mark Twain Library. Families who are old hat to the world of RES are also welcome to come and share their insights and tips!
In addition to our Newcomer Coffee and the upcoming Room Parents’ Training Session (scheduled once Room Parents are assigned), there will be events serving our wider PTA community. We will host some family fun nights — in past years, we’ve done family game nights and ice skating outings, and we’re always looking for other great suggestions. We will again host our Ladies Night Out, an event that is both a fundraiser and a chance for the women of our community to come together and enjoy each other’s company. (More details will be coming soon, along with information about how to buy your tickets.) We also will be hosting special events like the Sweetheart Dance in February — a wonderful event for dads or male role models to have a special evening with kids; and the dodgeball tournament, which offers moms or female role models a chance to enjoy a night of pizza and competition with the kids in their lives!
Probably the greatest community-building events we do, though, are our volunteering and membership activities! As we take on more and more awesome program challenges to enrich life at RES, we need more and more awesome volunteers. We know that working parents and stay-at-home parents have different needs when it comes to volunteering, so don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know what your interests and ability to commit are, and we can find you a team of interesting, fun Redding parents to work with! We also are working towards making our PTA meetings (and our very informative Conversations with the Principal series, which kicks off each PTA meeting) more accessible to anyone who can’t come to RES by streaming our meetings, as well as offering entertainment for little brothers and sisters during the PTA meetings so childcare isn’t an obstacle. Every family is welcome.
All this is thanks to the help of our PTA members. Still need to join? Sign up here, using the code REDDINGELEMENTARY. If membership isn’t for you, consider signing up to receive our emails and updates using the same link.