Dear incoming BSI parents and guardians!
The BSI Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) welcomes you! We are so excited to have your family join our unique city-wide school community! BSI is an incredible place for your children to learn, be challenged, and grow emotionally, and for your whole family to find a community of friends!
What is the PTO? The PTO is an organization, made up of BSI parents, that works to enhance our school community by raising money, organizing events and educational programs, and providing information to parents. An executive board of parent volunteers, elected yearly, oversees the PTO’s activities. All BSI parents/guardians are automatically members of the PTO (not just the board members!).
What does the PTO do? Mainly two very important things! With your help, we raise much needed money for our school and build our school committee by organizing super fun events!!!
Fundraising is one of the PTO’s most important functions. Here at BSI, we want our kids to have an enriched educational experience, as well as a low teacher:student ratio, so every year we set high fundraising goals and work hard to meet them. BSI’s robust enrichment program, provided to all our students sets it apart among public schools. Here are some of the fantastic enrichments that are paid for directly by the PTO:
- Music, Chess, Debate, Art, a dedicated SCIENCE teacher, teacher’s assistants in lower grades, Coding Space, Architecture Design, Math Club supplies, Robotics, Musical/Stage Crew supplies, after school Band, and MORE!!
The PTO traditionally holds many events throughout the year with the main goal of building school community, as well as fundraising. These are all run by, staffed by, and enjoyed by YOU, BSI families! The pandemic has required us to be flexible, and hold more virtual events than in-person over the past 18 months. But this year, we’re hoping to get as many in person events safely up and running as possible. Some events to look forward to include:
Ice Cream Social – September. Especially geared towards welcoming new families.
Harvest Fest – October
BSI Book Fair at the Center for Fiction – November
Read-A-Thon – Winter break and beyond
Chess Festival – February
BSI Gala and Auction – May or June. The party of the year!
Get involved!! We need your help to pull off all this fun stuff! Donating time is just as valuable as donating money!! Look out for more information coming soon about volunteer opportunities for the 2021-2022 school year. And please join us at our first PTO events in September: PTO Meeting via Zoom (tentative date Sept 23rd at 7pm) and the Ice Cream Social (tentative date September 26th in the afternoon).
Stay Informed!! BSI uses a private communication tool, Konstella, for most school-wide PTO communications and committee sign ups. Everything shared on Konstella is only accessible to our parents, teachers, and staff. Instructions on how to join Konstella will be sent out via school administration.
You may also contact the board anytime by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We truly look forward to getting to know you and your family better!
The BSI PTO Executive Board