After a 5th day of counting, the good news is that we have just slightly more than half our cards back. We have just 5 more days to go and as you’ll recall, we want 100% of the cards back.
Right now we have a 53% overall participation rate. That’s terrific, because it means that we have already heard back from half of the school, but we can’t rest on our laurels.
No doubt you are wondering: “Why does the Annual Campaign keep bugging us about the orange cards?” It is no secret — we want the whole Bryant community involved. Just by sending your child’s orange card in, you are helping us reach this goal.
Of course, it would be terrific if every card came back with our “ask” of $325 per kid, or even something above or below that, because your contributions make it possible for the PTSA to continue to do the good work it does at Bryant. Our over-riding goal, however, is 100% participation, which means we get every card back, with a donation or not. This has not ever happened in Annual Campaign history but, as any Cubs fan will tell you, 2016 is already a magical year, so this might be our best shot.
If your child’s card has gone missing, please let us, or your teacher, know. We will get you a new one. Or, you can pick one up at school, or download a form today.
Just in case you are curious about what grade is getting closest to translating “participation” into “party”, the third grade has taken over the lead as the grade with the highest level of participation. Way to go 3rd graders!
K – 60%
1st – 48%
2nd – 50%
3rd – 62%
4th – 56%
5th – 38%
Here are some thoughts on how parents can help the annual campaign:
1. If you sent your card to school with your child already, thank you.
It might be worth double-checking with them that they gave their card to their teacher. Oddly, the older the child, the harder it sometimes is for them to remember to extract an orange card from their backpack.
2. If you have multiple kids at the school and you sent in a check for all of them, thank you.
Please make sure that you sent an orange pledge card back with each and every child, though. That way we can make certain that your family’s participation is registered at each grade level.
3. If you have been meaning to send back your card, but have been too busy, or preoccupied with football, or soccer, or baseball, or politics, or opera, your darling children, or what have you, no problem, there is still time.
However, please don’t delay! Friday is our deadline for accepting cards that can count towards our participation goal. We will, of course, be happy to accept PTSA donations after that, but we won’t be sending out any more gentle reminders. Much better to get it done now.
Please contact Rachel Gleeson or Kim Larsen, PTSA Fundraising Co-chairs