• Monroe Elementary PTO

    Monroe PTO logoWorking together, we make a difference! Learning is required: Get in gear. Getting excellent academic results for all students.

    Monroe PTO seeks to support the objectives of the administration and staff of Monroe Elementary in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Every parent and teacher within the school has an opportunity to be a member of this organization by attending meetings, with no dues for membership being required.

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      Board Members

      • Co President-Heather Swanson
        Co President-Jui Gadade
        Treasurer-Sarah Koch
        Secretary-Shawna Audette

      Meeting Dates and Location

      • Monroe PTO general meeting at 6:30pm at school (in person) on the following dates:

        December 12, 2022
        February 6, 2023
        April 3, 2023

        PTO Board meets (virtually) most last Mondays of the month.

      Contact Information

      Forms and FAQ

      • Forms 
         
         
         
        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
        If you have any additional questions, please contact the PTO at monroepto13@gmail.com.
         
        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, volunteering 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 and fundraising 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 monroepto13@gmail.com.  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 monroepto13@gmail.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?
        Click here for more information about this rewarding program at Monroe.

      Bylaws

      • The PTO board provides the leadership for the PTO and acts in accordance to our written bylaws. What do we do?
         
        President-Preside at all meetings of the PTO; maintain order in the PTO meeting; prepare meeting agenda; check and distribute the PTO's mail; represent the PTO at school and other functions (when necessary); serve as the principal's primary parent group contact; coordinate the work of the officers and committees, in order that the objectives and programs may be accomplished; and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the bylaws or assigned to him/her by the PTO.

        Vice President-Act as an aide to the president and shall perform the duties of the president in the absence or inability of that officer to serve; perform such other duties assigned to him/her by the PTO.

        Secretary-Record minutes and take attendance of all meetings of the PTO; perform other such duties as may be delegated.

        Treasurer-Receive all monies of the organization; keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures; pay out funds in accordance with the approved budget and other miscellaneous bills as authorized by the organization; present a financial statement at every meeting of the PTO, and shall make all accounts available at other times, as requested by the organization.

        Member-at-Large-Provides a fifth vote and assists other board members as needed.

         

        Have you ever thought about serving on the PTO board? Each position is a 1 year term and elections are held every spring. Come to the monthly PTO meetings to learn more about what we do and if this fun and rewarding leadership opportunity is right for you! 
      • PTOs, booster clubs and nonprofits

        Anoka-Hennepin Parent Involvement provides helpful management information to parent-teacher organizations (PTOs), advisory councils, partnership teams, booster clubs and other nonprofit organizations that help students. 

        Topics include:
        • Leadership
        • Establishing non-profit organization (501c3) status
        • Non-profit organization and volunteer management
        • Financial and organizational management
        • Recruitment and retention of members
        • Partnership practices and networking
         
        Services include:
        • Consultations - Parent Involvement provides one-on-one or small group consultations regarding most topics related to managing parent organizations. 
        • Document retention - Parent Involvement will keep duplicates of crucial documents on file for district parent organizations (PTOs, PTAs, home and school associations, and booster clubs).
        • Leadership workshops & Special Events - are offered on a periodic basis. Topics typically covered include member recruitment and retention, publicity, communications, tips for treasurers and obtaining or maintaining (501c3) nonprofit status with the IRS. Visit the PTO and booster club workshop page to register for free trainings.
        • Partnership refresher - An annual training and networking event for members of Anoka-Hennepin's Partnership Teams is facilitated by Parent Involvement. This event assists teams in fulfilling their self-directed goals to boost student achievement and help schools in other ways. 
         
        To check out or browse book titles on all aspects of nonprofit management, visit the Anoka-Hennepin Parent Resource Center
        Use Library Name: AHPRC
        No Password is required. 
         

        Contact

         
        Anoka-Hennepin Parent Involvement, 2727 N Ferry St., Anoka, MN 55303
        Supervisor: Liz Burgard, elizabeth.burgard@ahschools.us
        Phone: 763-506-1282