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About Us

Welcome to the PTO! 

We are parents who are joining together to make a difference at Banks Elementary School! We will support our children's school by participating in and volunteering for events such as Meet the Teacher, Open House, Book Fair, School Beautification, Family Dances, Love of Reading, Veteran's Day Celebration, Science Night, Career Day and the Turkey Trot. 

The PTO will help fund some of these events by doing small fundraisers like Popcorn Sales, selling Smencils, Candy Grams and Banks' Spirit T-Shirts. 

We need YOU! Join the Banks' PTO today! Contact Mr. Wilken for more information. 

Mr. Sean Wilken (Principal) sean.wilken@tusd1.org 
Mrs. Rachel Stevens (Curriculum Service Provider)
rachel.stevens@tusd1.org 
Ms. Ashley Hult (Counselor) ashley.hult@tusd1.org
Ms. Elisa Vaughn (Communications Liaison) elisa.vaughn@gmail.com

Phone Number: 520-908-5700

Events ... Mark your Calendar!

May 7 PTO Meeting 3:30

May 6-10 Book Fair - Buy One, Get One Free! Parent Volunteers needed - please return form or call to schedule a time

May 3 Mother/Son Bowling Event 5:00-7 at Cactus Bowl on 16th 

May 3 (tentative) Walk/Roll to School Day - will reschedule in the Fall

April 26 6-8 pm Daddy / Daughter Dance, $15 presales, $20 at the door

April 18th Peter Piper Night 5:30-7:30 at the Spectrum

April 2 PTO Meeting 3:30

March 12 PTO Planning Meeting 2:30

March 4 PTO Meeting 3:30

February 19 5:00-7:00 Science Night

February 11-14 Valentine Gram Sales .50¢ each

February 4-8 Book Fair - Volunteers Welcome (see Jodie in Library)

February 4 PTO Meeting 3:30

January 14 PTO Meeting 3:30

December 3 PTO Meeting 3:30

November 5 PTO Meeting 3:30

October 31 Trick & Treat Parade 1:00 

October 1-29  Send in candy donations for Trick & Treat Parade!

October 16 PTO Meeting 3:30

September 25 McDonald's Night Ajo & Kinney Rd. 5:00-7:00 pm

September 14 Copper Corn Fundraiser forms and payment due

September 10 - 14 - Book Fair - Need Parent Volunteers!

September 4  PTO Meeting 3:30

August 31 Copper Corn Fundraiser begins

August 14 Open House

Announcements and Updates

- April 2 Meeting highlights: Peter Piper Night April 18 5:30-7:30; flyers to go home ... Daddy/Daughter Dance April 26, 6-8 pm, $15 presales, $20 at the door ... looking into Mother/Son Play Date at Funtastics; tentative date May 3 (more info to follow) ... Waiting for information from TUSD facilities about bench project ... click on April 2 meeting for complete details.

-Friday, 3/8/19, is the deadline to turn in the PTO Executive Board Interest forms ... We need YOU! March 12 at 2:30 PTO will get together to plan the Father-Daughter Dance and the Mother-Son Night. Please join us with your thoughts and ideas ... See minutes from the March 4 meeting for details on these items and on all other upcoming events!

-Highlights from the February meeting: PTO officer elections will be held in March, voting in April ... New bylaws, guidelines, and code of conduct are being developed ... looking for volunteers to sell candy grams (Feb 8-14) and to help with Science Night (Feb 19 5:00-7:00) ... PTO will move ahead with having some benches installed in parent pick-up area - cost $2700 ... coming events: Father/Daughter dance April 26 and Mother/Son game night May 3 ... click on PTO February meeting for all the details!

-Coming up ... School Beautification project, Valentine Grams, Science Night - see minutes from 1-14-19 meeting for details. We will be looking for Parents who are interested in PTO leadership roles for 2019-2020. Mr. Wilken or Mrs. Stevens can answer questions - we will also discuss this matter at the February 4th meeting.

-Pre-order forms for Spirit Wear are due Friday, December 7th

-PTO will sell Holiday Grams December 10th - 14th at .50 cents each

-PTO will begin to sell "SMENCILS" every Friday in November...contact Mrs. Stevens if you would like to volunteer

-Check out TUSD Family Resources - click on this link for upcoming events, classes and more! http://tusd1.schooldesk.net/Departments/Family-Centers.

-Join us for the Trick & Treat Parade on Wednesday, October 31 at 1:00 pm ... Costumes allowed (no weapons or blood)

-Halloween Candy Grams were sold October 22-26 ... over 1000 candy grams were sold!

-Our Banks Night at McDonald's helped us earn over $380 toward student activities! Thanks for supporting this event.

-Join us for BANK'S NIGHT at MCDONALDS!! Tuesday, September 25th, from 5:00-7:00 at McDonalds Ajo & Kinney Road - A portion of all sales will be given to Banks Elementary to support student activities! Time for some FOOD and FUN!

-We are gearing up for the Book Fair September 10th - 14th ... Please call 908-5700 if you can help volunteer at the fair, setting up books, helping children find books, clean up, etc. We will have several time slots, so there is a time for everyone!

-We had a great meeting on September 4 - click on date to see meeting minutes

-Our next PTO meeting will be on September 4th at 3:30. We hope to see YOU there!

-Looking ahead, we will be kicking off our two-week fundraiser with Copper Corn, starting August 31st. Our goal is to raise enough money to build a half wall for students to sit on in the parent pick-up area. Watch for information and order sheets to be sent home.

-The Banks spirit T-Shirts are in! If you pre-ordered one, please stop by the office to get it. We did order a few extra, which are on sale for $10 / cash. 

-The 'PTO Tree of Helping Hands' is now up in the front hall with all our member's names on helping-hand leafs. 

-Since our first event at 'Meet the Teacher' we have recruited forty-three members. We want YOU and your enthusiasm, ideas and support. Call 908-5700 and ask how you can join the PTO today!

-Open House was a success! A big shout out to Selena, Irma, Lissette, Denise, Jessica, Angel, Sharon, Sarah, Genevieve, Ashley, Rachel and Mr. Wilken for making bookmarks and signs, manning our recruiting booth and cleaning up. Thank you!

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