Activities

As a result of its fundraising efforts and volunteerism, the CTE PTO is able to provide and/or support an impressive array of learning enhancements, supplies, curriculum materials, technologies, programs, clubs and events to enhance the student experience at CTE. Below are details about some of our recent offerings.

Educational Support

  • BizTown Curriculum Materials and Supplies:  CTE fifth graders participate in the Junior Achievement BizTown program. BizTown is a teacher-led curriculum that enhances student understanding of work ethic, economics, leadership, and teamwork. The PTO pays for each student’s BizTown curriculum materials
     
  • Classroom Supplies:  Annually, each CTE teacher is given a monetary sum with which he/she may purchase supplies for his/her classroom.
     
  • MakerSpace:  In 2015, the PTO decided to fund the creation of a MakerSpace at CTE.  Each CTE student has an opportunity to explore the MakerSpace during his/her weekly Media Center time. The MakerSpace is intended to: inspire creativity and innovation, foster collaboration and a “growth mindset,” increase student interest in science and math, and help students become “producers.” Proposed MakerSpace equipment includes: iPads, littleBits, K’NEX, Snap Circuits, Makedo Cardboard Construction, LEGOs, art supplies, Roominate, a green screen, various robotics, 3-D printing pens and more.  
     
  • Special School Projects:  CTE and the PTO work together to identify projects for the betterment of the school. These projects are approved by CTE, funded by the PTO, and meet applicable Carmel Clay School District guidelines. Past projects have included the purchase of a rockwall for the CTE gymnasium, the creation of a collaborative art project for the CTE hallways, and adding a walking/running path onto CTE property.
     
  • Student Council Supplies:  The PTO provides funding to the CTE student council (which consists of fourth and fifth graders) for requested supplies. Additionally, the PTO supports the student council’s annual fundraiser (i.e., Riley Walk-A-Thon).
     
  • BrainPOP Online Learning:  The PTO pays for 24-hour access to this award-winning online educational resource for CTE students.  
     
  • Literary Subscriptions:  The PTO works with CTE teachers and staff to purchase educational magazine subscriptions that can be used in the classroom.  Each CTE teacher chooses the magazine appropriate for his/her class.  Recent purchases have included National Geographic Young Explorer, Scholastic News, Storyworks, and TIME for Kids.
     
  • Raz-Kids:  The PTO pays for students’ access (at home and in school) to this online leveled reading program.

PTO Events & Programs

PTO Events

Book Fair

Each year, the CTE Media Center hosts the Scholastic Book Fair.  All proceeds from the Book Fair go directly to the CTE Media Center. The PTO plans, organizes, advertises, sets up, tears down, and provides all on-site management and accounting services for the Book Fair in an effort to support the CTE Media Center and foster a love of reading in our students. Typically, the Book Fair begins the week before Thanksgiving Break and ends on the last school day before Thanksgiving Break.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival (CBF) is an indoor festival held at CTE this November with games, prizes, food, a raffle, and a silent auction. 

Classroom Parties

Each K-5 classroom holds two classroom parties per year - a Fall Party and a Valentine’s Party. The PTO purchases the supplies for these parties, organizes the activities and snacks, and organizes the parent volunteers.  

Family Fun Nights

The PTO plans, organizes and hosts two evening events each year that are fun for the entire family. Past family fun nights have included (among other things): programs facilitated by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, a family dance, a family fitness night, a BINGO night, and a fall tailgate event. These events typically are free to all CTE families.  

FIfth Grade Recognition Ceremony

The PTO sponsors and organizes a recognition ceremony on the last day of school for CTE fifth graders. The PTO provides refreshments and supplies/decorations for the ceremony. Additionally, the PTO works with the CTE Art Teacher to purchase supplies for a commemorative banner and prepares a slide show that highlights each graduate.

GRAND-Persons Breakfast

On two mornings prior to Thanksgiving Break, the PTO sponsors and organizes a breakfast for the GRAND-Persons in the lives of CTE students. During the breakfast, the CTE Music Teacher leads performances by the CTE Choralaires and the CTE Orff Ensemble. 

Ice Cream Social

The PTO sponsors, organizes and manages the annual back-to-school Ice Cream Social at CTE. At the Ice Cream Social, CTE families enjoy eating ice cream, dunking teachers and staff in the free dunk tank, purchasing spirit wear, and reconnecting with CTE friends.

Parents and Pastries Breakfast

Each October, parents and CTE students are given the opportunity to enjoy breakfast together in the CTE cafeteria. The Parents and Pastries event is sponsored and organized by the PTO.

Science Fair

The PTO sponsors, organizes and runs the annual CTE Science Fair. The Science Fair is a great way to cultivate students’ curiosity and enthusiasm for science and allow them to question, explore, discover, test, and share their newfound knowledge with others. The Science Fair typically takes place in February. 

The PTO also sponsors, organizes and runs optional mentoring sessions to assist Science Fair participants with choosing a Science Fair project, following the scientific method, honing their presentation skills, participating in the judging process and addressing other needs. Typically, the mentoring sessions take place after school on Tuesdays during January and are open to CTE students (grades 3-5). 

Spring Fundraiser

Our spring fundraiser is an evening Adult Night Out event featuring food, drinks, entertainment, and a silent auction. 

PTO Programs

After School Clubs

While offerings vary from year-to-year, the PTO often runs or helps support after-school clubs for students. In the past few years, these clubs have included Lego Club, Math Club, and assorted Teacher Fun Clubs.

Artist in Residence (AinR)

The PTO sponsors and organizes an annual in-school arts program that strives to give each CTE student “up-close” exposure to a professional in the arts. The artist is chosen by the Special Teachers on a rotating basis (below). The AinR Program typically takes place during the fall semester.
      • 2015-16 – Media Center
      • 2016-17 – Art
      • 2017-18 – Music
      • 2018-19 – Physical Education

Elf Workshop

On select dates in early December, the PTO organizes and runs an after-school winter craft workshop during which CTE students (grades K-5) can participate in a craft and/or service project for a minimal fee.    

Wellness Wednesdays

On select Wednesdays throughout the school year, CTE PTO volunteers deliver, offer, and serve unique fruits and vegetables to CTE students during their lunch periods.

Other Services

  • Classroom Helpers:  The PTO Classroom Coordinators designate a lead classroom parent for each K-5 classroom via a lottery system.  The lead classroom parents organize volunteers to (i) run the Winter and Valentine’s Parties and (ii) perform other tasks, as requested by the applicable teacher.
     
  • Display Cases:  PTO volunteers create display case exhibits throughout CTE in an effort to brighten the hallways, increase awareness, and encourage school spirit.
     
  • Families in Need:  The PTO assists CTE families in need, as determined by the CTE Nurse and/or the CTE Student Services Coordinator, by paying for expenses such as clothes, school-sponsored field trip fees, and snacks for after-school programs.   
     
  • Fifth Grade T-Shirts:  The CTE PTO organizes and purchases commemorative t-shirts for each fifth grade student to wear on field trips (e.g., Jamestown and BizTown) throughout the school year.  
     
  • Front Office Support:  From time to time, CTE staff needs assistance with special projects or administrative tasks.  The PTO strives to fulfill those needs.   
     
  • ISTEP+ Snacks:  During certain standardized testing weeks, the PTO provides and delivers healthy snacks (e.g., fruits and mints) to student test takers.  
     
  • Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast:  Each year the Kindergarten classes enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast sponsored by the CTE PTO.  
     
  • Media Center Volunteers:  Under the direction of CTE’s Media Center Specialist, approximately fifty PTO volunteers help keep the Media Center running smoothly throughout the year.
     
  • Newcomer Programs & Services:  The PTO Newcomers Committee leads building tours in early August, provides informational materials at the Ice Cream Social and Kindergarten Orientation, and assists the principal in planning and sponsoring a newcomers coffee for families joining CTE midyear.
     
  • Newsletter and Publicity:  The PTO publishes an electronic monthly newsletter (The Chatter) in an effort to keep CTE families aware of current happenings. The PTO also works with the Carmel Clay School District’s Community Relations Liaison to publicize CTE PTO-supported initiatives, programs and events.  
     
  • Nurse Support:  The CTE PTO supports the CTE Nurse when assistance is needed with wellness initiatives and the purchase of clinic supplies.  
     
  • School Board Liaisons:  Designated PTO volunteers attend bimonthly meetings and workshops of the Carmel Clay School Board in an effort to keep CTE families aware of relevant issues and happenings.  
     
  • Spirit Wear Sales:  Each fall, the PTO organizes a CTE and Carmel spirit wear sale. These items are now available throughout the school year.
     
  • Student Council Support:  The PTO manages and supports a water station during the student council’s annual fundraiser (i.e., Riley Walk-A-Thon). 
     
  • Teacher & Staff Appreciation and Hospitality:  Throughout the school year, the PTO shows appreciation for CTE teachers and staff members by providing them gifts of appreciation and hosting three luncheons and a pancake breakfast. Among those included in these acts of recognition are the principal, assistant principal, nurse, student services coordinator, custodial and maintenance staff, bus drivers and bus aids, support staff, food services staff, instructional assistants, and teachers. Our Staff Appreciation page includes the recognition calendar for this year and a spreadsheet of "Favorite Things" for our CTE teachers and staff!
     
  • Teacher Wish List Grants:  The PTO sponsors the purchase of special classroom items upon a teacher’s request and subject to the principal’s approval. 
     
  • Wellness Initiatives:  The PTO provides funds to purchase prizes for certain students in the CTE running/walking club.
     
  • Recess Equipment:  The PTO regularly funds the purchase of new and replacement recess equipment for all grades.