Parent Teacher Student Association
What is a PTSA?
The national Parent Teacher Association (PTA) upholds that each “PTA’s mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.”
At LP we’ve taken it one step further and involved our students so that they may have a voice, that is why we have an “S” in “PTSA.” Our Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) helps students reach their potential by supporting and enhancing their school experience via community and social events, as well as educational opportunities / assemblies and field trips. Our mission only happens with family support! Through fundraising, volunteering and participating in events, our families help students realize their full potential!
How we support the school
Parent Participation is an expectation at Lincoln Prairie School. Our families are asked to participate as volunteers in the classroom or in relation to events where our school partners with the PTSA. We have countless opportunities for involvement and our administrators value our support.
Research has shown that regardless of income or background, when parents and families are involved, students are more likely to:
- Have a positive attitude toward school
- Finish homework and earn higher grades
- Have better school attendance
- Increased social skills
- Graduate and go on to postsecondary education
Since 1999 …
Our PTSA has been collaborating with administrators, teachers and community members since the beginning.
An innovative group of students, teachers, parents, administrators and community members dreamed of a school that was responsive to the needs of all learners, was respectful of its environment, would provide meaningful, real-life learning experiences, and would give students an opportunity to explore their particular areas of interest. It was through this dreaming, and through our district’s commitment to choice, that Lincoln Prairie was born.
Volunteer-run committees and events
With over 30 different committees (with volunteers and chairs numbering over 100 parents!) and events held throughout the year we help support the mission of Lincoln Prairie and help enhance our students school experience. We assist by offering seasonal and social events, curriculum-related / teacher-supported assemblies, once-weekly hot lunch (for purchase from local business’), monthly treat days, and sometimes, just extra pairs of hands needed by our amazing staff.
Below is a list of some (but actually not all!) of our parent run committees
Alumni, Auction, Boo Hoo Brunch, Book Fair, Box Tops, Curriculum Enhancement, Dad N Me Night, 8th Grade Committee, Field Day, Fun Fair, Gym Jams, Helping Hands, Hospitality, Legislation, Lunch Extreme, Make a Difference, Membership, Middle Level Honors, Multicultural Night, Newsletter, Pancake Breakfast, Parent Social Night, Philanthropy, Read Across America, Reflections, Room Representatives, Scholarship, School Pictures, School Supply Kits, Skate Night, Spirit Wear, Staff Appreciation, Transition to High School, and Treat Day.
Part of an even larger picture
Our PTSA is proud to be a part of District 54 and our local Schaumburg Township Council (STC). Each month, our PTSA partners with all 28 schools in the district to make up the STC in order to share resources and best practices. We further support the STC in is mission and assist in providing scholarships to local students for summer camp and for college.
The LP PTSA is also part of the Illinois PTA Northwest Cook Region 37 which encompasses Elk Grove, Palatine, Schaumburg, Wheeling, and Barrington Townships, plus that part of Lake County, which lies within the Barrington Elementary School District. In short, PTA District 37 currently consists of 62 Local Units and 3 Councils in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.
Together we are a powerful voice for children in Illinois. With the help of local families, we can continue to work toward the PTA’s goal of a quality education and nurturing environment for every child.