About Us

We are a Parent-Teacher Organization, or PTO.  Unlike a PTA, there are no dues to be a part of this organization.  If you would like to learn more about the PTO or participate, please attend a meeting or contact any board member to express your desires to volunteer for any of our activities or committees!  We sponsor several activities throughout the school-year and welcome and appreciate ALL of our parent and teacher volunteers.  Welcome to Hiawatha PTO!

2017-2018 School Year PTO Board

President: Maria Peck
Vice President: Teresa Wilkes & Tonya Trudo
Treasuer: Gina Strife
Secretary: Lisa Klostermann

Volunteering & Committees

Several committees exist for the numerous activities that occur throughout the school year.  There are several members on each of these committees, and it is a great way to meet other parents and help the school at the same time.  It takes many individuals with a variety of talents and resources to make the activities successful.  For example: donating food/drinks, stuffing envelopes to be mailed to businesses for donations, working a time slot during an event, or being a committee chair.  We are always looking for more help.   Feel free to contact us and we’ll find something that fits you.

Hiawatha Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO): Q&A

What is a PTO?
Wikipedia.com says: “A PTO is a formal organization that consists of parents, teachers and school staff. The organization‟s goals may vary from organization to organization, but essentially the goals may include volunteerism of parents, encouragement of teachers and students, community involvement, and welfare of students and families.”

What are the goals of the Hiawatha PTO?
The Hiawatha Parent-Teacher Organization has several objectives (as written in the bylaws):

  1. To enrich the lives of children and youth in home, school and community
  2. To encourage a positive home and school life
  3. To facilitate teachers and parents working together for the enrichment of children
  4. To build a partnership within our Hiawatha community that will encourage the growth and development of our children

What are the PTO activities that support the goals?
The Hiawatha PTO has several programs ranging from fundraising, to family events at the school, to providing teachers with funds for classroom enrichment for the children. Please see the “fundraising” tabs for more information.

Why should I attend PTO meetings?
The meetings provide the opportunity to learn more about what is occurring in the school. Regular agenda items include an update from the principal on current topics e.g. Iowa Assessment scores, teacher activities and special programs occurring for the kids, as well as updates on the PTO budget and programs. In addition, speakers are invited to certain meetings for special topic presentations e.g. internet safety, running club, diversity in the school, internet sites to support student learning.

Is it required that I attend the meetings to be part of the PTO?
No. Every parent/guardian of children attending Hiawatha Elementary School are members of the school’s PTO. There are no membership fees. There are several ways that you can be actively involved and help enrich the school and the kids’ experience. It takes many individuals with a variety of talents and resources to make it happen. Whether it is providing food for conference meals, filling cups of water at the Cougar Chase, working a shift of games at the Spring Carnival or contacting businesses for donations from home – there is something for everyone.

How can I become a member of the PTO?
You already are! The general members of the PTO are parents, step-parents or guardians of students as well as all other interested extended family members of students attending Hiawatha Elementary. General members also include all Hiawatha teachers, administrators and support staff.