parent association

Welcome to Puddletown Parent Association! Our mission is to support Puddletown School by providing opportunities for parent participation that directly benefit the children and staff, as well as strengthen the Puddletown community.

PARENT ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Parent Association Executive Committee organizes a variety of activities and events. The Executive Committee is comprised of a group of Puddletown parent volunteers; each member oversees a focus area, including:

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Organizes 1-3 donation drives throughout the year.

MATERIAL MAKING/FACILITY

Organize material making events several times a year and one school-wide work party for upkeep of classrooms and grounds. Recruit volunteers for projects needed in classrooms (building, handiwork, etc).

FUNDRAISING

Assist in organizing and promoting our fall and spring fundraisers.  Proceeds from the events fund the Puddletown scholarship. Photos of past events are posted here and here.

FAMILY SUPPORT

Help out families that are going through life events – births, deaths, illness, etc. The coordinator checks in with the families to find out if they need extra support such as carpooling, childcare or meals.

GOING OUT

Organize and invite all families for activities on school in-service days.

PARENT COFFEES

Plans weekly parent coffee meetings to build community amongst parents.

MENTOR FAMILIES

Connect new families with returning families for before school meet ups and questions.

We encourage parents to join the Executive Committee or volunteer to help with events.

EVENTS and ACTIVITES

See calendar for event dates.

WORK-A-THON

Each year Puddletown children and families work at a local park cleaning, raking, painting and more. The children earn sponsorship dollars for their work that goes towards the scholarship fund.

PUDDLETOWN HALL

An adult evening out with delicious food, amazing silent auction items, live music and merriment. All fund raised go towards the scholarship fund and programs at Puddletown.

MATERIAL MAKING GATHERINGS

Meet in the office after morning drop off to help make the wonderful materials our children use everyday in the classroom. It’s a great opportunity for parents to chat and get to know each other. Andrea or Sam will be present at most of these gatherings and available for open discussions. It’s also a great way to become familiar with the materials your child works with in the classroom. (And it’s a HUGE help to the teachers!). Meets monthly.

SPRING WORK PARTY

Bring your cleaning and gardening supplies to help spruce up the classrooms and grounds. It’s a fun, parent-only event that leaves the facility looking great for our kids! Our hope is that one or both parents from each family can participate for 2 hours during at least one of the work parties.

PUDDLETOWN PLAYDATES

Each month an activity will be announced such as swimming, roller-skating, seeing a play, etc. These activities typically fall on a weekend or a day the school is closed. It’s a good opportunity to enjoy a Portland children’s activity, while knowing that some of your child’s classmates will also be there.

PARENT COFFEES

Parents get together each Friday after drop off at a neighborhood coffee shop. Announcements made in the google group.

ELEMENTARY SOCIAL

A back to school get together in late summer for new and returning elementary students and their families.

END OF THE YEAR PICNIC

On the last day of school all families are invited to Berkeley Park for a graduation ceremony, singing and a whole school picnic.

PUDDLETOWN COMMUNITY RESOURCES

GOOGLE GROUP

Information about upcoming Puddletown events, activities, etc is announced via the Puddletown School Google group. We encourage parents to use the Google group to communicate with other parents: share resources, ask advice, initiate a group Puddletownplaydate at a park, the zoo, or whatever activity or event you have in mind.

MENTOR FAMILIES FOR FAMILIES NEW TO PUDDLETOWN

Families new to Puddletown will be connected with a current Puddletown family, prior to their child’s start date. The goal is to assist new families in feeling welcome and supported as their child’s makes this new, big step. By the time the new child has his or her first day at Puddletown, they will already have a buddy from their new classroom.