Frequently Asked Questions
Where does PTO get the money to purchase items for Monroe?
The PTO coordinates several fundraisers throughout the school year, and the profits from those fundraisers go directly to enriching the education of Monroe students. Learn more about our fundraisers here
. We also welcome corporate matching donations (see below) and direct donations from families, staff, and/or community members.
Does the PTO accept corporate matching donations?
Yes. Many employers have a Corporate Matching Gift Program that will match donations made to not-for-profit organizations like the Monroe PTO. If you are not sure if your company participates, please contact your employer’s human resources department.
Below is the information that you will need to apply for the corporate matching gift programs:
Our organization Name: Monroe Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization PTO
IRS Tax exempt 501(c)(3): 31-1503562
Address of donation: 901 Brookdale Drive N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444
Phone of donation: 763-506-3600
Where does the money from the fundraisers go?
The Monroe PTO funds a wide variety of supplies and programs. Learn more about how PTO dollars are spent here.
Why aren't taxes and school levy dollars used for these types of purchases?
The laws are very specific on what state dollars and levy dollars can go towards. In addition, those sources just do not provide enough dollars to purchase some of the "extras" that make a school special. Learn more about how PTO dollars are spent here
What does the PTO do besides fundraising and making purchases to benefit students?
The PTO organizes several Family Fun events each year at Monroe. In the past, the have held movie nights, roller skating at Cheapskate, Reading Night, fall dances, and more. We also provide conference meals for our teachers, organize special treats and a staff breakfast during Staff Appreciation week in May, and help with Open House, Fun & Fitness day, Art Adventure, the Scholastic Book Fair, and other school events.
How do I become a member of the PTO?
All Monroe parents and staff are automatically a part of the PTO—no registration or dues required. You decide how active you would like to be. You can help the Monroe PTO by attending monthly meetings
in the school, and supporting our fundraisers
. Any amount of involvement is appreciated and helps Monroe!
What if I don't have much time to be involved or can't make it to every meeting?
We appreciate your help and involvement in any amount, whether you have a little time or a lot. There are a number of ways to be involved and on a variety of levels. Check out the volunteer
pages to find opportunities that work for you, your family, and your schedule. Our monthly meetings are a great way to stay informed and be involved, and we would love to have you join us. Whether you can come monthly or just a couple times a year, you are welcome and encouraged to come!
Where do I get PTO updates?
To receive electronic PTO updates and information, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can also attend a meeting
, watch for PTO flyers going home in your student's take home folder, see the PTO section of the monthly school newsletter, or “like” Monroe on Facebook. Our website
and the PTO bulletin board near the office will also be regularly updated with new events calendar and volunteer opportunities.
How can I contact the PTO?
You are always welcome to attend a meeting and speak to us in person. You can also send us an email at email@example.com
or use our mailbox in the main office for submitting forms or other paper communications.
What are the PTO bylaws?
Bylaws are the operating instructions for our organization. They generally cover topics such as the purpose of the organization, who are its members, how directors are elected, how meetings are conducted, and what officers the organization will have and a description of their duties. Click here
to read the PTO's bylaws.
How do I request funds or get reimburses from the PTO budget?
Fill out the Monroe PTO's Request for Funds form
and submit it to the PTO in person, electronically, or place it in the PTO mailbox in the office.
What is Art Adventure and how can I become a picture person?
for more information about this rewarding program at Monroe.