FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


What is PTO?

The FitzGerald Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization made up of parents who volunteer their time, services, or provide monetary donations to enhance the learning environment for students and teachers. All monetary donations are tax deductible with the majority of funding spent in the same school year.  PTO works with administrators to support learning tools that make school fun and exciting!

Why do we need a PTO?

The FitzGerald PTO raises money to purchase in school programs, additional school resources, supplement field trip activities and provide family fun events throughout the year. We provide extra opportunities our students and teachers need to continue enjoying the outstanding learning environment we may take for granted here at FitzGerald School.

What is the purpose of PTO?

The purpose of the Parent Teacher Organization at the Fitzgerald school is to bring school personnel and parents together to best serve the student population of the school.  Two primary ways in which this is done is through fundraising and events, which both help to improve the climate of the school and bring together the whole school community for the purpose of positive and enriching events.

TheFitzGerald PTO has 3 primary goals:

  • Provide a voice for all families at the school.
  • Fundraise to support teachers to provide enriching programs for students.
  • Provide events for the whole school community to come together.

What are PTO’s expenses?

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS – PTO supports academic programs at all grade levels. These programs are designed to entertain, educate, and enrich student life at FitzGerald School. Look under Enrichment Tab to see a list of programing provided each year.

Special Fund- PTO provides the Principal with a $2500.00 discretionary fund to help support supply needs of the staff, and school.

COMMUNITY BUILDING EVENTS –PTO provides the funding for events that build our FitzGerald community. These events include the First Day of School Welcome Breakfast, the annual Talent Show, the Science Fair, and Field Day.

How can I support PTO?

The first step is to JOIN PTO. Membership is $10 per family and includes a FREE student directory.

Next, VOLUNTEER. PTO is always looking for volunteers! Parents can offer their time or services to support our Organization.

Last, SUPPORT PTO fundraisers like Fall Fundraiser, Fitzy-Wear, Vendor Boutique, Restaurant Nights, Musical, Teacher Raffle, Talent Show, and the Spring Fundraiser.

I don’t have a ton of extra time for volunteering should I still join the FitzGerald PTO?

Yes! Your dues go to support enrichment of your child’s education. We would love to have you volunteer but understand that some schedules do not allow for it. Please join and give as little or as much time as you can!

I don’t have a ton of extra time for volunteering should I still join the FitzGerald PTO?

-Yes! Your dues go to support enrichment of your child’s education. We would love to have you volunteer but understand that some schedules do not allow for it. Please join and give as little or as much time as you can!

How can I get involved?

-We are always looking for volunteers to help out at events from set-up to clean-up! If you are a parent and have a local business that could donate supplies or a raffle item to the PTO. Interested in joining a committee click here.

I heard that I need to get fingerprinted to attend a field trip? Where do I get more information on this?

-You can visit the Waltham Public Schools website for more information and updates on this topic.