PTA

Join Us!

We would love to have you join the Dakota Meadows Middle School PTA!

We want to make it easy for you to become a member so pick what method works for you:

  1. Drop off a check at DMMS made out to DMMS PTA for $8 with your name, email and phone number.   
  2. Become a member at   https://dmms.memberhub.com/join/1h7g9w   (copy and paste this link into your browser)
      Go to the "Shop" link any pay via credit card.
  3. Contact a board member such as Karen Rosera (DMMS PTA VP) at karen.rosera@gmail.com and let us know you'd like to sign up.
  4. Come to a meeting and sign up there if you like what you see!   
  5. Stop and see us at entrance conferences at our booth and sign up there!

We are required to have a minimum of 20 members so you can help by just being a member!  Those who pay membership dues are welcome to vote on budget matters and vote in the new executive committee in the spring.  

2019-20 Executive Board:

  • Lynn Schreiner (Pres.)  507-382-5696   lynnschreiner@hotmail.com
  • Karen Rosera (VP)  karen.rosera@gmail.com
  • Renee Willemsen (Treas.)  renee.willemsen@gmail.com
  • Kelli Milbrath (Co-sec.) milbrath2016@gmail.com
  • Brook Devenport (Co-sec.) brook@blindsandmore.org

Welcome to the DMMS PTA!  The tremendous support we receive from parents and teachers at this school is key to driving a positive education. 

The Dakota Meadows PTA mission statement:

To promote the welfare of children in home, school, and the community, to enhance the educational opportunities of our children, to bring closer the relationship of home and school so that parents, teachers, and administrators may cooperate intelligently in the education of the children.

Our PTA supports DMMS activities such as clubs and educational field trips.  We also meet the gap when unique items are not in the district's budget so that teacher's are not using their personal funds to enhance your child's education.

 

Find out more:

DMMS PTA Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/dmmspta

DMMS PTA info: https://dmms.memberhub.com/join/1h7g9w

 

 

 

Meeting Schedule

Dakota Meadows Middle School PTA Meetings for will be held 6:00pm - 7:00pm in the DMMS Office Conference Room, located in the office area. All parents/guardians and teachers of DMMS students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade are welcome to join us at anytime throughout the year! Join us at 5:45pm to socialize!    (You may also sit in on our meetings through our Facebook website if you cannot attend in person.)

DMMS PTA Meetings 2019-20

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

Thursday, May 7th, 2020
 

Events and Donations

To see our events and make donations to our fundraiser please see our Memberhub webpage:   https://dmms.memberhub.com/join/1h7g9w   We graciously accept donations all year long to help support the education of our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at Dakota Meadows Middle School.  It is never too late to make a donation to the Dakota Meadows PTA for non-budgetary school needs and educational enrichment requests (i.e. more outdoor lunch/recess equipment, fine arts resources, fields trips, etc.).  Please consider a charitable donation to the DMMS PTA, a 501(c)-3, by sending a check.

Please write checks out to DMMS PTA.

Mail to:
DMMS PTA
Attn: Renee Willemsen - PTA Treasurer
1900 Howard Dr. W.
North Mankato, MN 56003
 

Easy ways to raise money for DMMS PTA:

  • Box Tops: Download the app and take a picture of your receipt.  It's easy!
  • Amazon Smiles:  Already use Amazon?  Look at Amazon Smiles and select DMMS at a charity for them to donate to!
  • Shutterfly:  Already use Shutterfly?  Use this website instead and we get 8%!  dmms.shutterflystorefront.com
     


Thanks for all your efforts! PTA does so much for our students, so let’s do our part too.

 

The PTA Difference

www.mnpta.org

 

PTA logo

 
Given the longevity and universal name recognition of our organization, it’s easy to understand how “PTA” is commonly used to describe all parent groups, whether or not they are actually affiliated with PTA. Parents, teachers, and even administrators are frequently confused or even unaware of the differences between PTA and other parent organizations. This document has been prepared to help you, the PTA leader, explain what truly differentiates PTA from all other parent groups and to dispel some of the myths that have circulated about our organization.

Defining the difference

  • PTA is the nation’s original parent group in schools, supporting and encouraging millions of parents to get involved in their children’s education. We are the nation’s premier resource for parent involvement.
  • PTA is a national, grassroots, not-for-profit organization; neither the organization nor its leaders make any profit or receive any financial benefit from PTA activities.
  • PTA is composed of nearly 6 million volunteers in 23,000 local units. These units are supported by a national and state system that provides them with information, resources, and training.
  • PTA is run by volunteers and led by volunteers, and we are accountable to our members, parents, and schools. We give parents what they want—a way to help their children succeed.

All parent groups are not the same

  • Although all parent groups have a local component—a way for passionate, dedicated parents to get involved in K–12 schools—many of the other groups focus solely on fundraising.
  • Some parent organizations are actually owned and operated by a privately held for-profit business, making these organizations driven more by profits than by children.
  • Fundraising for items not covered by school budgets is an important component for school groups, but we know that parents are interested and concerned about other school issues as well. In contrast to other parent groups, PTAs have a broader role to play, beyond fundraising, in the education of children.
  • Parents who are knowledgeable on the issues that affect schools and student achievement can more effectively participate in local and district school decisions, and can speak up that our legislators need to allocate more funds for public schools.
  • We at PTA know that advocacy works. If our members choose to get involved by working on issues that affect their children and schools, members receive the information and training they need to work effectively at the local, state, and national levels for school funding, school construction, school safety, high-quality teachers, high nutrition standards in school lunch programs, after-school programs, and more. These efforts benefit all children, including those whose parents are members of non-PTA parent groups.
  • PTA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Other independent parent groups must either complete a complicated process to file for tax-exempt status on their own or file taxes on all revenues received.

PTA membership is open to everyone

  • PTA is an inclusive organization that is open to all adults who care about children and schools.
  • We have learned that the main thing that parents want from schools is to help their children succeed academically, emotionally, and personally. PTA builds bridges between homes and schools. When a parent gets involved with PTA, the child who benefits most is his or her own.
  • We reach out to diverse communities to allow parents to more fully integrate their children into the life of a school. We actively invite all parents to be involved in their children’s education through participation in PTA. We work hard to bring mothers, fathers, teachers, school administrators, grandparents, mentors, foster parents, other caregivers, and community leaders into the organization.

Local PTAs make their own decisions

  • Each of the 23,000 local units selects the programs and activities that it will undertake to address the needs of its local school and children. While National PTA creates many successful programs for local units to use, there are no PTA-mandated programs.
  • State PTAs and National PTA provide support to help local PTAs succeed. For example, when working on local issues such as making a street intersection safer, upgrading school water taps to remove the threat of lead contamination, enhancing reading standards, and other school or district concerns, National PTA is a welcome resource. In most cases, we have probably seen the same challenges elsewhere in the country. We therefore can advise local PTAs on the best practices observed, issues surrounding the problem, and the outcome, and provide them contact information for additional details.
 

MN PTA Defining the Difference

 


 

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