How Can You Share Your Talents With West U Elementary?
GET INVOLVED WITH THE PTO IN 2023–2024
The West University Elementary School PTO is always looking for new volunteers to help out with special projects; educational event nights like Math/Science Night and Art Night; Boo Bash Carnival; Auction Party; Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dances, etc. We would love to have you volunteer! Contact a current Board Member or committee chair if you have additional questions about their specific events. Or, for generic inquiries, please feel free to reach out to the PTO President.
2023–2024 West University PTO
Executive Board and Activity Chair Positions
President: Oversees and helps coordinate all PTO activities and general PTO meetings; represents WUES at HISD meetings; works regularly with WUES staff; an ex-officio member of SDMC and West U Foundation.
President-Elect: Presides over the PTO in the absence of the President; assists the President; an ex-officio member of SDMC and West U Foundation. This is a two-year commitment as after the first year it steps into the President role.
Treasurer – EXPENSE: Administers day-to-day financial operations with regard to payments owed by the PTO; reviews reimbursement forms and manages all check requests and payment requests.
Treasurer – INCOME: Administers day-to-day financial operations pertaining to income raised by the PTO; manages all deposits of funds raised as well as reconciles monthly financials.
VP Fundraising: Plans strategy and provides oversight for all the fundraising committees noted below; oversees corporate underwriting campaigns and helps manage corporate sponsor relationships.
Boo Bash Carnival
Color Run Dances
Birthday Book Club
West U Gear
VP Service: Plans and oversees service projects with the school administration, including the Day of Service, Souper Bowl of Caring, and two additional service events. Also works with the Recycling Committee.
VP Curriculum Enrichment: Plans, oversees, and helps coordinate enrichment programs with teachers and school staff, including:
Name That Book
Odyssey of the Mind
Positive Behavior Program
No Place for Hate
VP Instructional Support: Assists in developing and coordinating instructional support programs for the school in conjunction with WUES staff. This includes coordination of school supplies and agenda ordering prior to school starting, as well as helping with the lost and found.
VP Budget and Finance: Prepares and manages the budget; reviews and presents budgetary requests from staff and PTO members/Chairs; monitors expenses; and distributes budget to all respective Chairs each year with periodic updates.
VP Membership and Volunteers: Assists in acquiring volunteers for school-led events like photo day, school programs, orientation, etc.; oversees Hospitality Committee for school events and teacher appreciation, including Fantastic Friday lunches. Also oversees the PTO membership drive and ensures PTO members receive their benefits.
Hospitality Committee (for WUES Staff)
Back to School Bash
New Families Welcome Committee
West U 101/Orientation
VP Room Representative: Plans and coordinates the efforts of grade-level representatives and room parents; prepares room parent shared folder and sites; ensures that HISD and school policies are communicated to room parents, as well as all school-wide events.
Grade Level Representatives (one or two per grade)
VP Communications: Coordinates all communications and publicity for the organization including the PTO website, Mustang News e-blasts, and social media.
Mustang News Coordinator
Grade-Level Photo Representatives
Secretary: Prepares and distributes the agendas and minutes for general PTO and executive board meetings. Coordinates the design and ordering for the Monday folders, and the printing and distribution of the first-day packets with WUES staff.
Appointed PTO Executive Board Positions
Parliamentarian: Advises on parliamentary procedure, ensures that the bylaws are upheld, and chairs the Nominating Committee. Also responsible for selecting the Nominating Committee and ensuring they are voted on at the February general PTO meeting.
HISD Liaison: Represents WUES at HISD FACE/parent meetings and events, as requested, and communicates with school staff and PTO membership regarding HISD activities and policies that will impact the school. Also ensures HISD security are scheduled at every after hours PTO-sponsored activity.
Other Appointed Positions
Shared Decision-Making Committee (SDMC): PTO President appoints two to three parent members. The goal of this committee is to review the district’s educational goals, objectives, and major district-wide classroom instructional programs. This Committee is led by the WUES Principal and also includes WUES staff, teachers, and community members.
West U Foundation Trustees Appointed Members: PTO President appoints five trustees. Members serve up to a five-year term.