This week we will be wrapping up our informal back to school series. Today it’s time to celebrate Sheila Rice and her accomplishments as PTO president of Ocean Palms Elementary for 2016-2017. Ocean Palms continues to grow while still maintaining it’s warm and fuzzy environment. Below are some of Sheila’s “need to know” thoughts on OPE.
What’s the most impressive thing about your school?
The collaboration between our top notch teachers, dedicated administration and staff, supportive parents, and partners in education that work together to create a wonderful educational environment for our children.
What would you consider areas of improvement?
Our school has grown over 22% in just the last year and we are expected to continue to grow until the new school opens at Twenty Mile in Nocatee for the 2018-2019 school year. With a rapidly growing student population, our biggest challenge is to maintain our tight knit community.
Do you have a particular goal in mind this year for PTO dollars?
Our goal is to utilize our fundraising dollars to replace and update our technology, maintain software and hardware, previously purchased by our PTO, continue to support professional development for our teachers and faculty, and create a new outdoor learning space for our children.
How much $$ did your school raise last year?
What’s one thing a new parent in the community should know about your school?
Ocean Palms is not only a top performing school in the district but also is warm and welcoming.
What does the PTO expect from its members?
Support. Joining the PTO is a monetary contribution and not a commitment to volunteer. A PTO membership is a pledge to assist your school to fund projects that benefit our school community. However, we would also welcome anyone that would like to volunteer, as many hands make for light work!
Ocean Palms is an amazing school where every child’s academic, social and emotional growth are priorities. If you are new to the OPE community, please join us by pledging a PTO membership, volunteering at school, and engaging with your school community.