WHAT WE DID IN 2017-2018
250+ VOLUNTEERS AND 10,000 HOURS GIVEN THIS YEAR
We CREATED a sense of community
- Welcomed 92 Kindergarten students and over 70 new families (1st-5th grade) into the RES community through our Welcome Program that includes K playdates and Grades 1-5 welcome folders, welcome/orientation event and parent coffee.
- Hosted Family Fun Nights, including the Back to School Picnic, Halloween Trunk or Treat, Family Dance Night, Movie Night, Bingo Night, Someone Special Bowling, and Someone Special Dance. Still to come: the Talent Show.
- Celebrated diversity at our annual International Potluck Dinner. 230 guests enjoyed an around the world buffet, fashion show, art activities and more.
- Opened our homes and provided an opportunity to make new friends through committee breakfasts and grade-level parent socials.
- Encouraged families to ‘be connected ‘and ‘stay connected’ with the PTO by registering with the ‘MySchoolAnywhere’ Information App.
- Inspired our families to value and cherish the RES building – filling planters with beautiful flowers, hanging seasonal decorations and eye-catching banners, keeping the International Hall alive with new flags, and creative bulletin boards.
- Participated in school events by providing volunteers, time, supplies, advertising and more at Open Houses, Walk to Wayne, Camp Canadensis, Reading Olympics, the flu vaccination clinic, homeroom parties and food tasting sessions.
We SUPPORTED and ENCHANCED the educational experiences of our children
- Coordinating 13 before and after-school clubs for over 550 students:
- These include: Hip Hop, Language, Math, Coding, Robotic, Nature and Yoga.
- PTO Running Club trained 80 students for 6 weeks leading up the SMART Run.
- Musical Theater: this year’s Beauty & the Beast Spring Musical School had 4 sell-out shows and a cast and crew of 100 5th and 4th graders combined. 30+ volunteers spent over 50 hours in the Little Theatre dressing rooms and backstage.
- Chess Club now has its very own RES Chess Team competing in local tournaments.
- Marking International Week with a focus on ITALY ($1,000 given): Activities hosted in daily Specials destinations - Art, Music, Gym, Library and Wellness for all classes and all grades - 600 passports stamped and a trip of a lifetime exploring this country.
- Supporting a diverse Cultural Arts Program ($12,760 given):
- 4th grade Philadelphia School of Circus weeklong residency: 90+ performers hosted the closing assembly ‘The Silly Sock Circus ‘showcasing an array of skills and talent in 12 dazzling acts.
- New this year, Ball in the House a cappella music group delivered an interactive all school assembly. The Allegheny River Indian Dancers, a Native American Dance group performed for 3rd-5th graders.
- 3rd grade enjoyed the Rocks and Minerals assembly and the Bee Man.
- Betsy Ross (1st grade) and Mother Goose (Kindergarten)
- Art Goes to School’s team of parent and community volunteers delivered their annual Art Appreciation Program to every child in the school through 29 teaching sessions. This year’s portfolio included a local Philadelphia mural, abstract and impressionist pieces and Chinese art dating back to 210 BCE.
- Promoting STEM learning ($2,500 given)
- Science Joe visited 4th
- The Science Fair returned bigger and better than ever with 100+ exhibits and judges from Penn Medical Schooland Johnson & Johnson. The Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show was kindly provided by sponsorship from Penn Medicine Radnor.
- Enhancing Field Day ($500 given): we printed 455 T-shirts for - blue for K-4 athletes and green for 5th grade leaders, purchased popsicles and equipment.
- Celebrating Fifth Grade: Activities are in full swing, 88 5th graders bounced at the Get Air Party and still to come is the Pool Party, Year Book and Ceremony for our Class of 2018.
We connected and inspired by acts of KINDNESS
- Donated to monthly Community Outreach drives including School Supply Collection for The Village in Rosemont, Main Line Animal Rescue, Blankenburg Elementary School Book Drive and Pennies for Patients Leukaemia & Lymphoma Society.
- Delivered 3 full carloads of food to Delaware County families via our Thanksgiving Food Drive.
- Made a difference to more than 200 children by providing over 1,000 gifts of toys, clothes, to Family Support Services during the Holiday season.
- 4th graders filled 7 Military Care packages for the sailors on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier in time for Christmas.
- Provided 201 Activity Kits for Bryn Mawr Hospital Paediatric Unit and 266 books were donated as part of the MLK Jr. Day of Service projects ($401 given).
We FUNDRAISED and DONATED to fulfil our mission:
- RES Smart Run: 585 participants – up 122 from 2017! Estimated $10,700
- Pretzel Fridays: $9,300
- Book Fair: $4,860
- “Together We Can’ Annual Fund: $4,335
- Giant A+: Expected $4,500
- My School Anywhere Registrations: $2,000
- Family Fun Nights: $1,087
- Elementary Connections: $812
- Box Tops - 5142 tokens collected so far: $514
- Amazon Smile: $164
- Restaurant Night: $98
Other Donation Highlights
- Annual School Gift: $9,100
Enhanced RES outside space by completing phase 2 of the playground improvements by providing new swings and baseball nets
- Annual Staff Gifts
- Provided 48 gifts for staff to invest in their classrooms or work areas: $6,950
- Staff Appreciation: $2,250
- Student Sponsorship: $1,158
- 10 students at have received financial assistance fir RES clubs or activities
- Grants: $722
- STEM supplies - for 2ndgrade teacher
- Shipping costs - for Military Care packages
- Printing of RES Chess Club T-shirts
Lucy Madden, President