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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by lululu

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Posted by newlywedT

another point to add - I'm obtuse so I probably don't notice, but I don't see any 'benefits' from the donations.

For example there are after school programs - school gets out at 2:50, after school keeps the kids until 5pm. So extra 2 hours of quiet at home.
Its $675 for one day a week for the fall session (plus additional registration fee of course lol), its not like after school is free.

Its not like every kid was given an ipad or computer to use, heck I had to spend $150 per kid for school supplies (we were sent an amazon list of what supplies to buy, it ranged from pencils, notebooks to clorox wipes and hand sanitizer)

so *shrug*



I have to ask- is this school in Queens, LIC to be exact?

Sounds EXACTLY like our old district before we moved (still in NYC Schools). They asked for outrageous amounts to be given as donations and hardly did fundraisers- because that would require work on their behalf. And I never saw the benefit to our children. They OUTSOURCED lunch monitors bc they teachers wouldn't do it and they didn't have enough TAs..so we were paying like $90K a year to that program- for people to come in and bring 3 balls and 2 jumpropes and not even interact nicely with our kids.
Our new school- they ask for $10 to join, a $50 family donation(which is totally optional)- and gets you a school shirt and do fun fundraisers and with that money- we get monthly assemblies, pizza parties, dances, etc etc.



I am sure that it's in the teacher's contracts that they don't have to do lunch duty. We have outside aids for lunch and recess and it was supplemented by parent volunteers, pre covid.



We have aids/paras/other school staff that do it, but at our new schools the teachers do it too.

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by Deeluvsvinny

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Posted by newlywedT

another point to add - I'm obtuse so I probably don't notice, but I don't see any 'benefits' from the donations.

For example there are after school programs - school gets out at 2:50, after school keeps the kids until 5pm. So extra 2 hours of quiet at home.
Its $675 for one day a week for the fall session (plus additional registration fee of course lol), its not like after school is free.

Its not like every kid was given an ipad or computer to use, heck I had to spend $150 per kid for school supplies (we were sent an amazon list of what supplies to buy, it ranged from pencils, notebooks to clorox wipes and hand sanitizer)

so *shrug*



I have to ask- is this school in Queens, LIC to be exact?

Sounds EXACTLY like our old district before we moved (still in NYC Schools). They asked for outrageous amounts to be given as donations and hardly did fundraisers- because that would require work on their behalf. And I never saw the benefit to our children. They OUTSOURCED lunch monitors bc they teachers wouldn't do it and they didn't have enough TAs..so we were paying like $90K a year to that program- for people to come in and bring 3 balls and 2 jumpropes and not even interact nicely with our kids.
Our new school- they ask for $10 to join, a $50 family donation(which is totally optional)- and gets you a school shirt and do fun fundraisers and with that money- we get monthly assemblies, pizza parties, dances, etc etc.



I am sure that it's in the teacher's contracts that they don't have to do lunch duty. We have outside aids for lunch and recess and it was supplemented by parent volunteers, pre covid.



We have aids/paras/other school staff that do it, but at our new schools the teachers do it too.



I am actually shocked teachers would do it. I wonder if they are being paid extra.

Posted 10/13/21 10:30 AM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

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Posted by newlywedT

another point to add - I'm obtuse so I probably don't notice, but I don't see any 'benefits' from the donations.

For example there are after school programs - school gets out at 2:50, after school keeps the kids until 5pm. So extra 2 hours of quiet at home.
Its $675 for one day a week for the fall session (plus additional registration fee of course lol), its not like after school is free.

Its not like every kid was given an ipad or computer to use, heck I had to spend $150 per kid for school supplies (we were sent an amazon list of what supplies to buy, it ranged from pencils, notebooks to clorox wipes and hand sanitizer)

so *shrug*



$675 per month for 1 day a week? Why would anyone pay that unless they are working and can’t get the kid off the bus?
I used to pay I think $11/day so $55 a week for 1 kid, 3 hours/day.



I think he means one day a week for the semester (ie every Monday from Sept through December). I pay about the same and yes, it’s because we both work. We also have no busing in my district.

I have absolutely no idea what my PTA asks for because they hold their meetings in person during the workday and as such, I delete their emails. Since they exclude working parents from participating, they can also exclude us from donating.



I hope so but he wrote per month instead of semester. I hope it’s not because $675 for 4 Monday’s is way too much. Chat Icon



No his post says per session. Windy wrote one month. Or am I losing my mind?



Ahh, ok. Pricey but way better than I thought. LOL

Posted 10/13/21 10:36 AM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by lululu

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by newlywedT

another point to add - I'm obtuse so I probably don't notice, but I don't see any 'benefits' from the donations.

For example there are after school programs - school gets out at 2:50, after school keeps the kids until 5pm. So extra 2 hours of quiet at home.
Its $675 for one day a week for the fall session (plus additional registration fee of course lol), its not like after school is free.

Its not like every kid was given an ipad or computer to use, heck I had to spend $150 per kid for school supplies (we were sent an amazon list of what supplies to buy, it ranged from pencils, notebooks to clorox wipes and hand sanitizer)

so *shrug*



$675 per month for 1 day a week? Why would anyone pay that unless they are working and can’t get the kid off the bus?
I used to pay I think $11/day so $55 a week for 1 kid, 3 hours/day.



It says $675 for the "fall session" so I assume it is probably thru Christmas Break? Still seems like it would be cheaper to hire a babysitter.




Ahhh ok I missed the "fall session" part of it so yeah, Sept-Dec. Still doesn't that come out to $42 per day? Am I figuring that out wrong?

Posted 10/13/21 10:53 AM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by lululu

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by newlywedT

another point to add - I'm obtuse so I probably don't notice, but I don't see any 'benefits' from the donations.

For example there are after school programs - school gets out at 2:50, after school keeps the kids until 5pm. So extra 2 hours of quiet at home.
Its $675 for one day a week for the fall session (plus additional registration fee of course lol), its not like after school is free.

Its not like every kid was given an ipad or computer to use, heck I had to spend $150 per kid for school supplies (we were sent an amazon list of what supplies to buy, it ranged from pencils, notebooks to clorox wipes and hand sanitizer)

so *shrug*



$675 per month for 1 day a week? Why would anyone pay that unless they are working and can’t get the kid off the bus?
I used to pay I think $11/day so $55 a week for 1 kid, 3 hours/day.



It says $675 for the "fall session" so I assume it is probably thru Christmas Break? Still seems like it would be cheaper to hire a babysitter.




Ahhh ok I missed the "fall session" part of it so yeah, Sept-Dec. Still doesn't that come out to $42 per day? Am I figuring that out wrong?



Yes - still seems pretty expensive.

Posted 10/13/21 11:02 AM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by lululu

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by lululu

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by newlywedT

another point to add - I'm obtuse so I probably don't notice, but I don't see any 'benefits' from the donations.

For example there are after school programs - school gets out at 2:50, after school keeps the kids until 5pm. So extra 2 hours of quiet at home.
Its $675 for one day a week for the fall session (plus additional registration fee of course lol), its not like after school is free.

Its not like every kid was given an ipad or computer to use, heck I had to spend $150 per kid for school supplies (we were sent an amazon list of what supplies to buy, it ranged from pencils, notebooks to clorox wipes and hand sanitizer)

so *shrug*



$675 per month for 1 day a week? Why would anyone pay that unless they are working and can’t get the kid off the bus?
I used to pay I think $11/day so $55 a week for 1 kid, 3 hours/day.



It says $675 for the "fall session" so I assume it is probably thru Christmas Break? Still seems like it would be cheaper to hire a babysitter.




Ahhh ok I missed the "fall session" part of it so yeah, Sept-Dec. Still doesn't that come out to $42 per day? Am I figuring that out wrong?



Yes - still seems pretty expensive.



I know I am going back quite a few years but I think the highest then was $15/day.

I don't get the "extra time" for the parents if you don't work too as you have 7 hours in a day away from the kids to do things.

Posted 10/13/21 11:16 AM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by lululu

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by lululu

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by newlywedT

another point to add - I'm obtuse so I probably don't notice, but I don't see any 'benefits' from the donations.

For example there are after school programs - school gets out at 2:50, after school keeps the kids until 5pm. So extra 2 hours of quiet at home.
Its $675 for one day a week for the fall session (plus additional registration fee of course lol), its not like after school is free.

Its not like every kid was given an ipad or computer to use, heck I had to spend $150 per kid for school supplies (we were sent an amazon list of what supplies to buy, it ranged from pencils, notebooks to clorox wipes and hand sanitizer)

so *shrug*



$675 per month for 1 day a week? Why would anyone pay that unless they are working and can’t get the kid off the bus?
I used to pay I think $11/day so $55 a week for 1 kid, 3 hours/day.



It says $675 for the "fall session" so I assume it is probably thru Christmas Break? Still seems like it would be cheaper to hire a babysitter.




Ahhh ok I missed the "fall session" part of it so yeah, Sept-Dec. Still doesn't that come out to $42 per day? Am I figuring that out wrong?



Yes - still seems pretty expensive.



I know I am going back quite a few years but I think the highest then was $15/day.

I don't get the "extra time" for the parents if you don't work too as you have 7 hours in a day away from the kids to do things.



Yeah I would never sign up for it because I only work PT from home. My kids have asked from time to time because it seems fun but I am not spending the money on that!

Posted 10/13/21 11:59 AM
 

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PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

the cost of the after school is for one day for the semester (fall/winter semester, through December I believe).

the school is in NYC/Manhattan.

The school is a bit 'unique', I posted in the past about it (such as when they said "if you request kids to be put in the same class next year, we will make sure they are NOT put together")

Another thing, the kids currently get cold lunches (sandwiches) only. There's a problem with the gas. When I asked when its going to be resolved I was told "Thats between the DOE and Con Ed" (that was from the principal)
I'm assuming its the kitchen line because they will need heat during the winter.

Posted 10/13/21 1:04 PM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

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the cost of the after school is for one day for the semester (fall/winter semester, through December I believe).

the school is in NYC/Manhattan.

The school is a bit 'unique', I posted in the past about it (such as when they said "if you request kids to be put in the same class next year, we will make sure they are NOT put together")

Another thing, the kids currently get cold lunches (sandwiches) only. There's a problem with the gas. When I asked when its going to be resolved I was told "Thats between the DOE and Con Ed" (that was from the principal)
I'm assuming its the kitchen line because they will need heat during the winter.




Wow that is really expensive but for the price people pay for rent in the city, I can see them charging that much.

Yeah the kids together thing has been like that for years. Especially siblings they won’t do it.

Wow about the hot lunches. Doesn’t anyone complain?

Posted 10/13/21 1:16 PM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by windyweather21
Yeah the kids together thing has been like that for years. Especially siblings they won’t do it.

Wow about the hot lunches. Doesn’t anyone complain?



I posted in the original thread - I understand about not honoring/doing the requests because logistically it is very tough and at a young age you want them to expand their horizons/friend zones.
What I found weird is the "We'll make sure the opposite happens".
That makes me think of a parent when the kid says "I don't like carrots" - "Oh yeah? then I'll make carrots at every meal"

Not sure if anyone has complained about the lunches, I'm super shy introvert so I don't know or even speak to any other parent.
I want to ask more about it, but when I asked the principal the question she made me feel very self-conscious about asking a question that I'm now gun shy lol.

Posted 10/13/21 1:28 PM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by newlywedT

Posted by windyweather21
Yeah the kids together thing has been like that for years. Especially siblings they won’t do it.

Wow about the hot lunches. Doesn’t anyone complain?



I posted in the original thread - I understand about not honoring/doing the requests because logistically it is very tough and at a young age you want them to expand their horizons/friend zones.
What I found weird is the "We'll make sure the opposite happens".
That makes me think of a parent when the kid says "I don't like carrots" - "Oh yeah? then I'll make carrots at every meal"

Not sure if anyone has complained about the lunches, I'm super shy introvert so I don't know or even speak to any other parent.
I want to ask more about it, but when I asked the principal the question she made me feel very self-conscious about asking a question that I'm now gun shy lol.



My niece is in a NYC public school called Mascota or something like that. To me, it sounds like a hippie progressive school and they do some really whacked out things like what you mentioned.

Posted 10/13/21 1:41 PM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by newlywedT

Posted by windyweather21
Yeah the kids together thing has been like that for years. Especially siblings they won’t do it.

Wow about the hot lunches. Doesn’t anyone complain?



I posted in the original thread - I understand about not honoring/doing the requests because logistically it is very tough and at a young age you want them to expand their horizons/friend zones.
What I found weird is the "We'll make sure the opposite happens".
That makes me think of a parent when the kid says "I don't like carrots" - "Oh yeah? then I'll make carrots at every meal"

Not sure if anyone has complained about the lunches, I'm super shy introvert so I don't know or even speak to any other parent.
I want to ask more about it, but when I asked the principal the question she made me feel very self-conscious about asking a question that I'm now gun shy lol.



I know it's easier said than done, but please fight the feeling of being self conscious about your questions. That's their job! They are responsible for your kids, so they better be available to answer your questions.

As far as the PTA donation, give what you want but never feel bad you didn't give more. It's called a donation for a reason. If you want to give $1,500 do it. If you want to give $50, do that. Every dollar helps - they'll be grateful for anything. I guarantee you that plenty of families are giving nothing at all.

Posted 10/13/21 1:49 PM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by Pomegranate5
I know it's easier said than done, but please fight the feeling of being self conscious about your questions. That's their job! They are responsible for your kids, so they better be available to answer your questions.




When kids are getting ready for dismissal, all the teachers and helpers are outside watching the entrances, etc.

The first week, I went up to her (before the kids started coming out so she was just standing there) and said "Hi, I have a question" - I have multiple kids but they get out at different entrances, so I asked which I should pick up first, etc.

The next week, same thing, I went up and said "Hi, I have a question" - and wanted clarification on pick up time. Because we were told its X (and all the parents are there at that time) but the kids don't come out until X+a few minutes. So she said its between X and X+Y but closer to X+Y

Two days later I went up to her again and said "Hi, I have a question" (this was the question about the hot lunch) - and she said - "You know, you come here every day and you ask questions EVERY day. I'm the principal XYZ, who's your child?"

"I'm newlywedt and my kids are AA and BB...Oh...errrr ok ahhhhh when will there be hot lunch again?" (I was thrown off so I was flustered and did remember my whole question)
"There's a problem with the gas so Thats between the DOE and Con Ed"

maybe I'm being too sensitive

Message edited 10/13/2021 2:08:14 PM.

Posted 10/13/21 2:05 PM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by newlywedT

the cost of the after school is for one day for the semester (fall/winter semester, through December I believe).

the school is in NYC/Manhattan.

The school is a bit 'unique', I posted in the past about it (such as when they said "if you request kids to be put in the same class next year, we will make sure they are NOT put together")

Another thing, the kids currently get cold lunches (sandwiches) only. There's a problem with the gas. When I asked when its going to be resolved I was told "Thats between the DOE and Con Ed" (that was from the principal)
I'm assuming its the kitchen line because they will need heat during the winter.




A lot of schools don't honor requests so that's not quite unique. Our school honors requests for kids to be separated if good enough reason is given but not to have kids put together.

I can see why the Principal got a little snippy though - pick up is quite chaotic usually and if you are asking a lot of questions, it gets frustrating. I would send them via email so they can respond when they have the time to do so. And she's probably annoyed about the lack of hot lunches as well as it seems to be out of her control.



Posted 10/13/21 2:17 PM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by newlywedT

Posted by Pomegranate5
I know it's easier said than done, but please fight the feeling of being self conscious about your questions. That's their job! They are responsible for your kids, so they better be available to answer your questions.




When kids are getting ready for dismissal, all the teachers and helpers are outside watching the entrances, etc.

The first week, I went up to her (before the kids started coming out so she was just standing there) and said "Hi, I have a question" - I have multiple kids but they get out at different entrances, so I asked which I should pick up first, etc.

The next week, same thing, I went up and said "Hi, I have a question" - and wanted clarification on pick up time. Because we were told its X (and all the parents are there at that time) but the kids don't come out until X+a few minutes. So she said its between X and X+Y but closer to X+Y

Two days later I went up to her again and said "Hi, I have a question" (this was the question about the hot lunch) - and she said - "You know, you come here every day and you ask questions EVERY day. I'm the principal XYZ, who's your child?"

"I'm newlywedt and my kids are AA and BB...Oh...errrr ok ahhhhh when will there be hot lunch again?" (I was thrown off so I was flustered and did remember my whole question)
"There's a problem with the gas so Thats between the DOE and Con Ed"

maybe I'm being too sensitive



I don't think you're being too sensitive at all. Yes, end of day pick ups are chaotic and stressful, but she could've addressed you in a different way.
She could've answered your questions and THEN said - listen, if you have any questions, it's better to email them because it's very busy at pick up time.

At my DD's school they make a point saying that no parent should speak to the teachers at pick up because they're so busy.

Posted 10/13/21 2:40 PM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by newlywedT

Posted by windyweather21
Yeah the kids together thing has been like that for years. Especially siblings they won’t do it.

Wow about the hot lunches. Doesn’t anyone complain?



I posted in the original thread - I understand about not honoring/doing the requests because logistically it is very tough and at a young age you want them to expand their horizons/friend zones.
What I found weird is the "We'll make sure the opposite happens".
That makes me think of a parent when the kid says "I don't like carrots" - "Oh yeah? then I'll make carrots at every meal"

Not sure if anyone has complained about the lunches, I'm super shy introvert so I don't know or even speak to any other parent.
I want to ask more about it, but when I asked the principal the question she made me feel very self-conscious about asking a question that I'm now gun shy lol.




True, it is like they are just being spiteful. I get that.

Hopefully other people will speak up or just sent lunch in with their kids and then they make no money. Maybe then they will get on their butts to get it fixed.

Posted 10/13/21 2:51 PM
 

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PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

My DD’s school doesn’t offer hot lunch, either. I never thought anything of it. I pack her lunch.

As for the after school programs, they are a much needed resource in the community and I am happy to pay the fee and also donate on top of the fee if it means kids have a fun, safe place to be after school while their parents are working.

Posted 10/13/21 3:14 PM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by newlywedT

Posted by Pomegranate5
I know it's easier said than done, but please fight the feeling of being self conscious about your questions. That's their job! They are responsible for your kids, so they better be available to answer your questions.




When kids are getting ready for dismissal, all the teachers and helpers are outside watching the entrances, etc.

The first week, I went up to her (before the kids started coming out so she was just standing there) and said "Hi, I have a question" - I have multiple kids but they get out at different entrances, so I asked which I should pick up first, etc.

The next week, same thing, I went up and said "Hi, I have a question" - and wanted clarification on pick up time. Because we were told its X (and all the parents are there at that time) but the kids don't come out until X+a few minutes. So she said its between X and X+Y but closer to X+Y

Two days later I went up to her again and said "Hi, I have a question" (this was the question about the hot lunch) - and she said - "You know, you come here every day and you ask questions EVERY day. I'm the principal XYZ, who's your child?"

"I'm newlywedt and my kids are AA and BB...Oh...errrr ok ahhhhh when will there be hot lunch again?" (I was thrown off so I was flustered and did remember my whole question)
"There's a problem with the gas so Thats between the DOE and Con Ed"

maybe I'm being too sensitive



Pickup and drop off are hectic times, so I'd stick to email for non-urgent questions.

And I'd see it as a good thing that the principal knows who you are and knows who your kids are. She knows you're an involved parent and you will speak up for your kids.

Posted 10/13/21 3:35 PM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

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Posted by Pomegranate5
I know it's easier said than done, but please fight the feeling of being self conscious about your questions. That's their job! They are responsible for your kids, so they better be available to answer your questions.




When kids are getting ready for dismissal, all the teachers and helpers are outside watching the entrances, etc.

The first week, I went up to her (before the kids started coming out so she was just standing there) and said "Hi, I have a question" - I have multiple kids but they get out at different entrances, so I asked which I should pick up first, etc.

The next week, same thing, I went up and said "Hi, I have a question" - and wanted clarification on pick up time. Because we were told its X (and all the parents are there at that time) but the kids don't come out until X+a few minutes. So she said its between X and X+Y but closer to X+Y

Two days later I went up to her again and said "Hi, I have a question" (this was the question about the hot lunch) - and she said - "You know, you come here every day and you ask questions EVERY day. I'm the principal XYZ, who's your child?"

"I'm newlywedt and my kids are AA and BB...Oh...errrr ok ahhhhh when will there be hot lunch again?" (I was thrown off so I was flustered and did remember my whole question)
"There's a problem with the gas so Thats between the DOE and Con Ed"

maybe I'm being too sensitive



You actually sound more outgoing than you think you are Chat Icon

I would shoot an email also like others have suggested. Just think when you are working and if you got interrupted. Sometimes it is just too difficult to have a full conversation.

Posted 10/14/21 8:06 AM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

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Posted by newlywedT

I don't think the money is for joining the PTA, its a donation to the PTA.
The kids go to school in a public NYC school.

Who knows what the money is really going for, probably like most charities where 2% goes to stuff and then 98% goes to "operating expenses" :)



So I'll be the odd man out. When DD went to school in NYC the PTA suggested donation per child was in that range. She went to a school where the PTA was EXTREMELY active and did a lot for the school. They would use that money for stuff like music lessons at some bougie school in the village, Halloween parties, random events, activities, free after school, etc. The school was pretty economically diverse with some higher income families mixed with lower income families so I'm sure not everyone met the contribution requirement but those that did help fund for those that couldn't. I
t was just a suggested amount and they encouraged any giving even $5 so no I don't think that's so off at least not for NYC where a lot of the extra curricular stuff is not paid for by tax dollars.
Side note but this is also why in the city you will see a HUGE difference in school benefits depending where you live. Public schools in desirable neighborhoods usually have many many amenities for kids that you won't find in a public school where there are mainly lower income folks.




When DS was in a NYC public school, we were also asked for a suggested amount for the annual appeal. We were never asked for money to join the PTA, because being parents we were automatically joining. We were asked around $800, if I remember well. They didn't expect everybody to contribute that amount, but they wanted for all the families to participate, even if it was $10. They also did fundraising throughout the year. TBH, the school had many resources that we happily contributed whatever we could. They had many programs that weren't founded by the DOE, like Spanish, music, computer science (I don't remember all of them). During the monthly meetings, the budget and expenses were explained, so I never doubted where the contributions were going to.

Posted 10/14/21 10:00 AM
 

Mrs213
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PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Excuse me???

Posted 10/14/21 12:14 PM
 

KarenK122
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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by lululu

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by lululu

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by newlywedT

another point to add - I'm obtuse so I probably don't notice, but I don't see any 'benefits' from the donations.

For example there are after school programs - school gets out at 2:50, after school keeps the kids until 5pm. So extra 2 hours of quiet at home.
Its $675 for one day a week for the fall session (plus additional registration fee of course lol), its not like after school is free.

Its not like every kid was given an ipad or computer to use, heck I had to spend $150 per kid for school supplies (we were sent an amazon list of what supplies to buy, it ranged from pencils, notebooks to clorox wipes and hand sanitizer)

so *shrug*



$675 per month for 1 day a week? Why would anyone pay that unless they are working and can’t get the kid off the bus?
I used to pay I think $11/day so $55 a week for 1 kid, 3 hours/day.



It says $675 for the "fall session" so I assume it is probably thru Christmas Break? Still seems like it would be cheaper to hire a babysitter.




Ahhh ok I missed the "fall session" part of it so yeah, Sept-Dec. Still doesn't that come out to $42 per day? Am I figuring that out wrong?



Yes - still seems pretty expensive.



I know I am going back quite a few years but I think the highest then was $15/day.

I don't get the "extra time" for the parents if you don't work too as you have 7 hours in a day away from the kids to do things.



Many of my friends paid for aftercare and it really wasn't to get away from the kids more but more for socialization for the children, especially if they were not involved in sports or other activities. They really aren't socializing with children during the day, except for those in their direct classes so many kids looked forward to getting together for some organized play.

Posted 10/14/21 3:30 PM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by KarenK122

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by lululu

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by lululu

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by newlywedT

another point to add - I'm obtuse so I probably don't notice, but I don't see any 'benefits' from the donations.

For example there are after school programs - school gets out at 2:50, after school keeps the kids until 5pm. So extra 2 hours of quiet at home.
Its $675 for one day a week for the fall session (plus additional registration fee of course lol), its not like after school is free.

Its not like every kid was given an ipad or computer to use, heck I had to spend $150 per kid for school supplies (we were sent an amazon list of what supplies to buy, it ranged from pencils, notebooks to clorox wipes and hand sanitizer)

so *shrug*



$675 per month for 1 day a week? Why would anyone pay that unless they are working and can’t get the kid off the bus?
I used to pay I think $11/day so $55 a week for 1 kid, 3 hours/day.



It says $675 for the "fall session" so I assume it is probably thru Christmas Break? Still seems like it would be cheaper to hire a babysitter.




Ahhh ok I missed the "fall session" part of it so yeah, Sept-Dec. Still doesn't that come out to $42 per day? Am I figuring that out wrong?



Yes - still seems pretty expensive.



I know I am going back quite a few years but I think the highest then was $15/day.

I don't get the "extra time" for the parents if you don't work too as you have 7 hours in a day away from the kids to do things.



Many of my friends paid for aftercare and it really wasn't to get away from the kids more but more for socialization for the children, especially if they were not involved in sports or other activities. They really aren't socializing with children during the day, except for those in their direct classes so many kids looked forward to getting together for some organized play.



I can see that if you can afford it. The original poster made it sound like it was more of a benefit of the parent:

For example there are after school programs - school gets out at 2:50, after school keeps the kids until 5pm. So extra 2 hours of quiet at home.

Posted 10/14/21 3:40 PM
 

KarenK122
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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by KarenK122

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by lululu

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by lululu

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by newlywedT

another point to add - I'm obtuse so I probably don't notice, but I don't see any 'benefits' from the donations.

For example there are after school programs - school gets out at 2:50, after school keeps the kids until 5pm. So extra 2 hours of quiet at home.
Its $675 for one day a week for the fall session (plus additional registration fee of course lol), its not like after school is free.

Its not like every kid was given an ipad or computer to use, heck I had to spend $150 per kid for school supplies (we were sent an amazon list of what supplies to buy, it ranged from pencils, notebooks to clorox wipes and hand sanitizer)

so *shrug*



$675 per month for 1 day a week? Why would anyone pay that unless they are working and can’t get the kid off the bus?
I used to pay I think $11/day so $55 a week for 1 kid, 3 hours/day.



It says $675 for the "fall session" so I assume it is probably thru Christmas Break? Still seems like it would be cheaper to hire a babysitter.




Ahhh ok I missed the "fall session" part of it so yeah, Sept-Dec. Still doesn't that come out to $42 per day? Am I figuring that out wrong?



Yes - still seems pretty expensive.



I know I am going back quite a few years but I think the highest then was $15/day.

I don't get the "extra time" for the parents if you don't work too as you have 7 hours in a day away from the kids to do things.



Many of my friends paid for aftercare and it really wasn't to get away from the kids more but more for socialization for the children, especially if they were not involved in sports or other activities. They really aren't socializing with children during the day, except for those in their direct classes so many kids looked forward to getting together for some organized play.



I can see that if you can afford it. The original poster made it sound like it was more of a benefit of the parent:

For example there are after school programs - school gets out at 2:50, after school keeps the kids until 5pm. So extra 2 hours of quiet at home.



I took the comment more tongue in cheek. Like when I complain to my friends that I have to go pick up the kids already and I know all I did all day was watch criminal minds and eat cheese doodles. But regardless, it's a great option for some kids.

Posted 10/14/21 3:58 PM
 

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Re: PTA donations - does your school suggest an amount?

Posted by KarenK122

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by KarenK122

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by lululu

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by lululu

Posted by windyweather21

Posted by newlywedT

another point to add - I'm obtuse so I probably don't notice, but I don't see any 'benefits' from the donations.

For example there are after school programs - school gets out at 2:50, after school keeps the kids until 5pm. So extra 2 hours of quiet at home.
Its $675 for one day a week for the fall session (plus additional registration fee of course lol), its not like after school is free.

Its not like every kid was given an ipad or computer to use, heck I had to spend $150 per kid for school supplies (we were sent an amazon list of what supplies to buy, it ranged from pencils, notebooks to clorox wipes and hand sanitizer)

so *shrug*



$675 per month for 1 day a week? Why would anyone pay that unless they are working and can’t get the kid off the bus?
I used to pay I think $11/day so $55 a week for 1 kid, 3 hours/day.



It says $675 for the "fall session" so I assume it is probably thru Christmas Break? Still seems like it would be cheaper to hire a babysitter.




Ahhh ok I missed the "fall session" part of it so yeah, Sept-Dec. Still doesn't that come out to $42 per day? Am I figuring that out wrong?



Yes - still seems pretty expensive.



I know I am going back quite a few years but I think the highest then was $15/day.

I don't get the "extra time" for the parents if you don't work too as you have 7 hours in a day away from the kids to do things.



Many of my friends paid for aftercare and it really wasn't to get away from the kids more but more for socialization for the children, especially if they were not involved in sports or other activities. They really aren't socializing with children during the day, except for those in their direct classes so many kids looked forward to getting together for some organized play.



I can see that if you can afford it. The original poster made it sound like it was more of a benefit of the parent:

For example there are after school programs - school gets out at 2:50, after school keeps the kids until 5pm. So extra 2 hours of quiet at home.



I took the comment more tongue in cheek. Like when I complain to my friends that I have to go pick up the kids already and I know all I did all day was watch criminal minds and eat cheese doodles. But regardless, it's a great option for some kids.



Oh I agree, it is great for some that can't get the socialization otherwise.

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