What does the PTA do?

The Walker PTA is committed to building a sense of community at Walker School, supporting equity work in both our school and the Evanston/Skokie community, and supporting our school, families, & staff. We carry this out by planning a number of events, at least one per month, that are all noted in our printed and online calendar. Some of these events are fundraisers and a number of them are free events. We never want cost to be a barrier for a student or family to participate in a Walker PTA event. Scholarships or sliding scale fees are always available and are managed as discreetly as possible. The PTA also supports the Walker Angel Fund each year. The Angel Fund is used for various student scholarships throughout the school year and is managed by the principal.

We have a number of exciting events planned for this year, including school dances, restaurant nights, movie nights, family BINGO, STEAM Night, community service events, 4th & 5th grade team sports, 2nd & 5th grade art residency programs, WalkerFest (this event raises money for the Angel Fund), and Parents Night Out (raises money for the art residencies). We also have a number of committees that are hard at work including: our Enrichment Committee is working hard to organize before and after school classes and clubs for our students, our Green Team is getting Walker on its way to being a better steward to our planet, our Yearbook Committee is getting started documenting the school year, our Equity committee is organizing equity and diversity trainings for all our community members, and our Teacher Appreciation committee will soon be sending out information about how you can make our staff feel appreciated by contributing to a
potluck during conferences. The PTA also manages the school supply program. The goal of this program is to provide the most equitable experience for all our students and reduce waste by allowing teachers to order exactly what they need for each of their classrooms.

Our hope is to bring Walker families together to build relationships and connections. We hope you’ll join us at our events and we also hope you’ll consider becoming a member of our PTA. Here you can find a membership application. Parents, caregivers, and teachers are all eligible to become PTA members. You DO NOT need to be a PTA member to participate in any of our events, however, being a PTA member allows you to vote on issues during our meetings and allows you to help determine how we spend the money we raise each year. The most current projects that were passed by member vote were the purchase of three 12-foot picnic tables for the school grounds and paying off the outstanding lunch debt for all 2018-2019 Walker students. PTA members have also recently voted to join the Next Steps Equity Training this school year.

The cost of a PTA membership covers the per member fee we have to pay to the National PTA Organization. We do not want cost to be a barrier to any adult in our Walker community joining the PTA. If you would like to join us as a Walker PTA member and you are able to pay the full fee, that’s great! If you would like to join us as a Walker PTA member and you are able to pay less, including $0, that’s great too! We welcome the
addition of all the parents, caregivers, and teachers in our Walker community.
We hope you’ll consider joining our membership roster and, regardless, we hope to see you at all of our upcoming PTA events!

Excited to share a wonderful year with the Walker community!
Inbal Fraiman & Erin Sacluti (PTA Co-Presidents)
Darlena Simmons (PTA Secretary)
Terry Velan (PTA Treasurer)

Please feel free to reach us at walkerptagroup@gmail.com
For reminders about our upcoming events join the Walker Elementary School PTA facebook page