ACM's PTA Annual Programs and Events
Your ACM PTA is proud to support and sponsor so many of the programs and events that help make our school great! They benefit our school at large, parents, teachers and even our community. Thank you to all who contribute to making our school the amazing community it is!
1. Back-to-School Activities
We help get your children ready for back-to-school with school supply kit sales, used uniform donations, and the Back-to-School (aka Meet-the-Teacher) Night. But it's not just for the kids – parents are invited to Boo Hoo's & Woo Hoo's on the first day of school. And we encourage everyone to join the PTA and get your information registered on our website www.acmpta.org so that you're included in the directory and stay in touch with all things ACM.
2. Spirit Wear & Items
Every Friday is Spirit Shirt Day at ACM! Spirit Wear clothing and items are on sale at the beginning of each school year. It's a great way for both students and parents to show your school pride! Our PTA Board members are also provided a shirt to wear to events.
3. School Supply Packs
Every year, ACM PTA’s School Supply chair works with our principal to set a list of supplies each grade requires and sets up online ordering and delivery to classrooms so parents can avoid the hassle of tracking down and bringing in all the items on the lists. PTA doesn't profit on school supply sales. It is done as a service to faculty and families because we know teachers prefer to have their class supplies ready to go on the first day of school.
4. RHS Homecoming Parade
It is so fun to see ACM’s Kinder kids waving on ACM’s float during the Richardson High School Homecoming parade. Email email@example.com to join the fun of brainstorming for and building the float.
5. Falcon Pride Donation Drive
The Falcon Pride Donation Drive is a cash donation drive that funds the many programs and services ACM’s PTA provides to our kids, families, and faculty. The drive allows us to get fundraising for PTA’s annual budget done at the start of the year, so we can focus on serving ACM’s students, families and faculty for the remainder of the year. It also keeps us from having to sell catalog items and 100% of donations benefit ACM! Families, friends, and local businesses are all invited to support the drive! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Falcon Pride page for details!
In conjunction with the school's Storybook Pumpkin Contest, the PTA and faculty host a Trunk-or-Treat night for students and families to enjoy! Email email@example.com for more details.
7. Fall Family Festival
Always a highlight of the year, ACM PTA’s Fall Family Festival is loaded with fun and open to the whole community. Come for food, games, and entertainment - all for FREE! This event always needs volunteers - email firstname.lastname@example.org to help out.
8. Homeroom Support & Class Parties
ACM’s PTA organizes Homeroom Parents for each class and sets aside a money for to fund class parties. In addition, homeroom parents arrange for a teacher birthday gift and communicate with class parents when needed. Email email@example.com to join in the fun!
9. Reflections Art Contest (District event supported by PTA)
ACM students express their artistic talents in the RISD Council of PTA's annual Reflections Contest in the categories of dance choreography, musical competition, photography, visual arts, film production, and literature. Participation in all grades is encouraged. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
10. Red Ribbon Week (School event supported by PTA)
Red Ribbon Week focuses on drug prevention education & advocacy. The mission is to lead and support families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug free youth. The PTA helps to communicate the dress-up themes for the week as well as decorate the school! They also provide necessary items for the school nurse and counselor. Email email@example.com if you would like to help!
11. Community Outreach - Fall Food Drive & Holiday Giving Tree
The ACM PTA Community Outreach I Chair manages the Fall Food Drive and supports the Holiday Giving Tree. Both events support ACM families and staff who otherwise wouldn't be able to provide a holiday meal or gifts and is done completely anonymously. The food drive happens annually each November - families can donate from the list of requested items according and sometimes even win a contest during the drive. The PTA provides the turkeys, and you help with the rest! In December, ACM’s front office staff collects a list of holiday wishes and places them on a tree just inside the office with ornaments noting the item and age & gender of the recipient. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the committee.
12. Sunshine Committee
The PTA Community Outreach Committee II Chair is aptly nicknamed the "Sunshine Committee" Chair. This person works with a team to support ACM families who need a little sunshine to brighten their day - whether it's a meal train, notes of encouragement, gift cards, or personal help, the Sunshine Committee is ready to show some ACM love. If you know a family or student who could benefit, email email@example.com.
13. Field Trips (School event supported by PTA)
Whether it's to the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Zoo, Crayola Experience, the Dallas Arboretum, or other fun & educational locations, the PTA supports every child going on one field trip per year.
14. Pastries with Parents
Family of all types - parents, grandparents, aunts & uncles, siblings - are invited to a before school treat. Spend some extra time with your child and start your day off with a smile while enjoying donuts, fruit, coffee (please bring your own mug) and juice at this FREE event.
15. STEM Fair Support (District event supported by PTA)
RISD has not yet announced the replacement activity for the Science Fair, but when they do the PTA is here and ready to help! With an assigned chair, we help communicate the details of the event and provide support for students as needed.
16. School Musical (School event supported by PTA)
Students in grades 4th-6th have an opportunity to audition, perform and/or work backstage through the ACM Theatre Department’s annual show! ACM PTA’s Theatre Chair and Committee supports ACM lead
faculty through communications and arranging for parent volunteers. Tickets are sold in advance on ACMPTA.org, or after school.
The PTA Yearbook chair works hard to collect photos, design, publish and sell the annual yearbook. Make sure to send those school photos to firstname.lastname@example.org throughout the year and support this precious book of memories for your child and family.
18. Principal's Fund
We provide a fund for Mrs. Strickland to use towards teacher support, appreciation, and to provide scholarships for children when needed.
19. Field Day (School event supported by PTA)
A highlight for ACM students, this is a day filled with outdoor fun organized by our wonderful ACM Coaches Martinez and Norris and supported by ACM’s PTA and Arapabros. This event requires a lot of parent volunteer support so watch the ACM PTA FB page and Falcon Flyer for opportunities to volunteer.
20. ACM Senior Breakfast (School event supported by PTA)
Graduating High School Seniors who attended ACM are invited to return to the school where they spent the majority of their school years for a breakfast in their honor organized by ACM PTA’s Hospitality committee. Teachers enjoy coming back to see their students and graduates marvel at how small everything is!
21. Talent Show (School event supported by PTA)
Kinder, 2nd, 4th & 6th GRADERS show off their talents at this annual performance. Email our ACM PTA Talent Show chair at email@example.com
22. Environmental Awareness
The PTA Environmental chair helps to coordinate National Walk and Bike to School Day, Earth Day, and other environmental awareness activities for our kids.
23. Skating 101
The PTA covers the cost for the upper grades to participate in this program during their PE hour.
24. Calendar of Events
ACM PTA’s website will have the most up-to-date information regarding ACM PTA sponsored events and general school info.
Make sure you’re subscribed to ACM PTA’s monthly e-newsletter, the Falcon Flyer. You’ll receive information about what to expect in the coming months.
26. Teacher Appreciation & Support
ACM PTA’s Faculty Appreciation committee does a great job showing our amazing faculty just how grateful we all are that our kids are in their care. Appreciation efforts cover, not only classroom teachers and specials, but also office staff, nurse, counselor, principals, clerk, librarian, kitchen staff, custodians, etc. In addition to all the above joy, funds are budgeted for every grade and specials teachers to be spent however they wish for their classroom needs.
27. PTA Assemblies and Programs
The PTA is proud to sponsor assemblies to educate and entertain the students! Previous years have seen programs by “Oceans Rock”, Shakespeare Dallas, Dinosaur Dan, and Critterman. The ACM PTA also offers education to our parents. Many of our monthly PTA meetings offer speakers to keep you informed.
28. ACM Acres
ACM PTA funds a part time Garden Educator who creates curriculum that not only encourages healthy eating and knowledge about earth sciences, but also enhances other classroom curriculum (for ex. measuring perimeter and area of planting beds). There are lots of opportunities for ACM families to volunteer in the garden (and those volunteers are welcome to take any ripe herbs/vegetables as a reward!).
29. ACM PTA Council Delegates
ACM PTA’s Council delegates attend monthly RISD Council of PTA's meetings to make sure parents at ACM are informed about matters that are happening at the district level. They also work to support grade level concerts/performances and the RISD Used Book Fair that funds scholarships for RISD graduates.
30. Clothes Closet
ACM PTA’s Clothes Closet Chair manages the Used Uniform Donations and works with the RISD Council of PTA's Clothes Closet to support their district level Clothes Closet, which provides for any students who are in urgent need of, but unable to afford, clothing for school.
31. Library Support
ACM PTA’s Library Chair works closely with Mrs. Walker to arrange volunteers to help shelve books, and support for things like the summer reading program, the literacy library, the Scholastic Book Fair and more.
32. Inclusiveness Committee
ACM’s cultural diversity is one of our biggest assets. The PTA Inclusiveness Chair works to promote awareness, inclusion and engagement of the diverse populations represented in the ACM community. They encourage PTA’s membership, leadership, programs, and printed materials to reflect the diversity of the community. Finally, the committee identifies and addresses barriers that would hinder inclusivity including recruiting volunteers to translate PTA communications when needed.
33. Multicultural Night
The Inclusiveness Committee also puts on Multicultural Night! Enjoy this night of live music, dancing, traditional ceremonies, arts, crafts, food and more from cultures around the world. Does your child have a cultural talent or tradition they would like to share with others that night? Please contact the multicultural chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
34. SAGE (District level effort supported by PTA)
The RISD SAGE Committee fulfills PTAs mission of “Every Child, One Voice” by ensuring that the specific educational needs of students with disabilities and learning differences are represented and included in PTA support and activities. SAGE (Special and Gifted Education) Committee is committed to supporting the students, teachers, and families of students with all special needs, diagnoses, and learning differences. If you would like to be part of this committee, email email@example.com
ACM PTA’s Volunteer chair encourages widespread volunteering and tracks the large amount of volunteer hours ACM’s community gives to ACM. Want to get involved? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
Your PTA also works with the Science Camp chair to support the fundraising efforts for the annual 5th grade Science Camp trip. We also support (and are supported by) the Arapabros - the dads of ACM - who help make the community so great and help many events happen that wouldn't without their involvement!
Beyond the importance of supporting this long list of things ACM’s PTA does for the ACM community, joining the PTA has perks! You can find more information here https://www.txpta.org/member-perks.