PTA

Welcome to the Parent-Teacher Association!

The goal of the King PTA is to positively impact the lives of all King students and their families.
We do this by:

Join

Minimum $10

Become a PTA member with voting rights


Friends of King

Help the PTA provide essential elements of your child’s education! Contribute to the Friends of King Campaign today!

  1. Building and strengthening community ties among King families and between King families, teachers and staff
  2. Increasing parent and caregiver connections to King school
  3. Raising funds to support programs and initiatives for student success, and to support the PTA’s in strengthening connections community

GIVE TO KING!
VOLUNTEER

The invaluable gifts of your time and energy are some of the most important ways you can give to King! With a parent population of over 1,500, we are proud that almost a third of our parents sign up to volunteer in some capacity during the year.

King’s PTA budget is over $165,000 raised through the Friends of King fundraising campaign, and events such as the spring Run-a-Thon. We also raise money through small grants. Grant awards vary from year to year.

Some PTA funded programs include

  • Cooking and gardening teachers for the Edible Schoolyard
  • Technology support for all school computers
  • Lifeguards for the swimming program
  • After school sports
  • 6th Grade Welcome Dinners
  • 7th Grade science programming
  • 8th Grade graduation dance
  • Classroom libraries
  • Parent Education presentations
  • P.E. equipment (such as basketballs and basketball hoops)
  • Classroom supplies
  • Special science classroom supplies
  • Field trips
  • Art supplies
  • Student planners

We are very conscientious in using the funds entrusted to us, adhering to budgeting and accounting practices that ensure PTA monies are secure and accounted for and spent in accordance with the priorities of the school and the parent community.

We welcome your participation as a leader or volunteer and your donations to the Friends of King Campaign. Thank you in advance for your participation at King!

 

PTA Leadership and PTA Contacts

2020-2021 King PTA Contacts
Leadership
PTA Co-Presidents Yael   Galinson & Anna Fogelman
ptapresident@mlkmiddleschool.org
VP of Communication Joann Marshall
ptavicepresidentcomm@mlkmiddleschool.org
VP of Outreach and Parent Education Caitlin Higginbotham
 ptavicepresidentedu@mlkmiddleschool.org
Secretary Robin Candler
ptasecretary@mlkmiddleschool.org
Treasurer Mat Slingsby
ptatreasurer@mlkmiddleschool.org
Financial Secretary Nicole Fitzhugh
ptafinancialsecretary@mlkmiddleschool.org  
Auditor Bridgett Bernhard
auditor@mlkmiddleschool.org
 
Other PTA Contacts
Webmaster Curtis Draves
webmaster@mlkmiddleschool.org  
 Web Content Editor Judy Li
webcontentadmin@mlkmiddleschool.org  
Friends of King TBD
 ptafundraising@mlkmiddleschool.org
Hospitality Patrick Hamill & Kelly Marston
6th Grade Welcome Dinners & Room Parent Coordinator Jackie Murillo
Welcome Fair Yael   Galinson & Anna Fogelman
Tours Anna Giske
kingschooltours@mlkmiddleschool.org  
Emergency Preparedness Michael Fitzhugh
Run-a-Thon TBD
Logo Wear Elizabeth Barry
onlinepurchases@mlkmiddleschool.org  

 

Meetings and Parent Education

PTA meetings typically occur on the first Tuesday of the month and are held in the Teachers’ Lounge off of the main courtyard. PTA Executive Board meetings are from 6:00-6:30pm, PTA general meetings are from 6:30-7:00pm, and Parent Education presentations are from 7:00-8:00pm. Check E-Tree postings for the most up-to-date information about Parent Education topics. Meetings will be held virtually when in-person gatherings are not possible.

 

Calendar of Meetings

You can view upcoming meetings and other events on the King calendar at: http://www.mlkmiddleschool.org/coming-up-at-king/  or by looking at the embedded calendar at the end of this page. The calendar can also be added to your google account.

 

Current Projects and Activities – Get Involved!

Find an opportunity that fits your interests, skills, and availability.

6th Grade Room Parents

Sixth Grade Homeroom classes have Room Parents who support teachers with field trips, in-class parent participation, communications, and community building among 6th grade families. It is vital that each homeroom have at least one dedicated room parent (co-room parents are fine!) to help make the kids’ first year at King a happy and memorable one. Contact Jackie Murillo if you are interested in becoming a room parent or getting involved in supporting the 6th grade community. Jackie and the team of 6th grade room parents will be sharing ways to connect during the time of distance learning.

Fundraising

Fundraising is an absolutely critical component of our school’s success and can only flourish with the help of our community members. Our two biggest fundraising efforts are the Friends of King campaign and the spring Run-A-Thon. If you would like to help with the Friends of King campaign or the annual Run-A-Thon, contact PTA presidents.

Grants

The PTA has a grant writing team and submits proposals to support teachers and to fund special school initiatives. If you have grant-writing experience and would like to get involved, please contact Jane Sperling Wise.

Hospitality

Food is at the heart of King’s efforts to build community and show thanks to our teachers and staff. The Hospitality Team coordinates food for school events and staff appreciation meals. Parent volunteers and the Hospitality PTA members can always use help at events to set-up, decorate, serve, and cleanup. For staff appreciation meals, the PTA usually purchases main dishes, with sides dishes and desserts donated by parents. The hospitality team is finding ways to support and show appreciation for teachers and staff from a distance. If you’d like to get involved, contact Patrick Hamill or Kelly Marston.

King Tours

King organizes tours and information sessions for prospective families. Tours and information sessions are offered each year by the PTA and will be held virtually until in-person tours are allowed. If you are an organized parent who enjoys outreach to potential new students and families, please contact Anna Giske for more info.