PTO Reference Guide

Glen Arden’s Website, PTO Facebook, eNewsletters:


GAES Website:  The school website contains a variety of information, including a staff directory, the student handbook, curriculum information by grade, the lunch menu, and a link to the PTO web page.

PTO Facebook Page:  “Like Us” at the Glen Arden Elementary PTO Facebook page.

eNewsletters “Tuesday TelegRam”:  Make sure the school has your email address so you can receive our Tuesday newsletters sent to all parents with email addresses.


PTO Mission, Goals, Contact Info:

PTO Purpose

The Glen Arden PTO (GAPTO) is organized for the purpose of supporting the education of children at Glen Arden Elementary School and by fostering relationships among the school, parents, and teachers and having fun while doing it!


PTO Goals

The goals of GAES PTO are to hold events that complement the school’s curriculum, foster a sense of community at the school and help provide items identified by the staff that allows them to teach the children better.  Look for our free family fun events this year!


Last year, the PTO raised $50,000 to put back into the school from various fundraisers.  We were able to purchase a laptop computer to go with the new Smartboards in each room, provide classroom support for supplies (there is no other funding source for this as well as funding for a portion of the reading specialist and much, much more.  This year, we would like the $45,000 budget to fund:  Technology (iPads for classrooms), Classroom Support including Specials (PE, Art, Music, Guidance, etc.), and School Support (Weekly Readers, School Enrichment, PBIS, etc.)

The PTO is an organization, organized exclusively for the charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future federal tax code (hereinafter “Internal Revenue Code”).

The Glen Arden PTO welcomes your involvement, your feedback, suggestions, and fun new ideas!!  Even if we can’t get to them this year, we can start planning for the next year.  We look forward to forging a mutually respectful and beneficial partnership among parents and teachers.  Please do not hesitate to contact any of us or collectively at .


4.      PTO Membership Form and Dues Information:

Given our lofty goals for the year, we welcome your involvement through your “Time, Talent, and/or Treasure.”  Our hope is that every parent is able to do what they can to be involved this year.

The first step is by becoming a PTO member.  Your voice and your vote counts, so please become a PTO member and be involved so your opinions can be heard.

PTO Annual Dues:  $5.00 per family.  Register to become a PTO member at the school cafeteria on “Meet The Teacher Day” or anytime at the front office.

5.      PTO General Assembly Meeting

6.      Volunteering

“When parents are involved in their children’s education at home, they do better in school.  And when parents are involved in school, children go farther in school and the schools they go to are better.”  A New Generation of Evidence:  The Family Is Critical to Student Achievement (Anne Henderson & Nancy Berla)

Glen Arden Elementary is a special and fun place to learn and grow because of its loving people and our community.  We are grateful for our amazing, dedicated teachers, awesome administration/staff, thoughtful students, involved parents, and generous community sponsors.

GOAL:  to have every family volunteer 4-6 hours a year.  We want to make volunteering FUN and engage parents to get involved in the school whether it is in the classroom, an event, a one time project, or an activity you can do from home. For further information on volunteering, e-mail

In order to be eligible to volunteer in the school, you must also complete the Buncombe County School Volunteer Form (Click here!).  There are also opportunities available for volunteering the the classroom.  See your child’s teacher about these opportunities.


7.      Glen Arden Logistics for New Families:

Check Student handbook found on website for procedures concerning:

·         Regular School Hours

·         Morning Arrival

·         Afternoon Departures

·         Buses

·         Car Riders (drop off & pick up)

·         Walkers

·         Cafeteria

·         Room Parents


Thank YOU again for your support and cooperation.  We look forward to having another successful year at Glen Arden Elementary.  Please help us be the BEST school we can be!