Greeting From the Seaton Parent Teacher Organization President
Greetings fellow STINGERS!
This is my first welcome letter as the incoming PTO president and I am very excited about the school year. First, I want to warmly welcome all new incoming families to Seaton Elementary. It was only a year ago that my son entered Seaton and I am amazed to see his social and academic development, as well as his self-awareness, expand under its teachings and care. It seems like yesterday we were worrying about new teachers, a new large building with expansive hallways filled with lots of older kids, school supply lists and wondering if Seaton Elementary was going to be a good experience or not. All my concern was soon washed away as we became part of one of the best communities of families, teachers and staff in all of DC Public Schools.
I also give thanks to all the returning parents for welcoming my family, and so many other families. Returning families are the lifeblood of Seaton, especially those who have been Seaton families three, four and even six years. You have been giving to and supporting Seaton for years and I thank you for the gifts of your experience.
The Seaton PTO will need the volunteerism of new families and returning families to accomplish its mission to become an integral part of the Seaton family. The Seaton PTO has accomplished much and come a long way since its start in 2015, and we have so many ideas about how we can expand its value to our community, teachers, and families.
Not only do we plan to host more fun events during the school year, such as movie nights and game night socials, but we also want to continue our support of Seaton’s Multicultural Day, book fair, yearbook, website and afterschool programs. We envision yearly fundraising goals of over $25,000 to support teachers and staff and an aftercare program that all of Seaton’s students can attend. We want to rebuild our playground and hire dedicated staff that can support the needs of our children. We want Seaton to be the center of the community.
All of this will take hard work and dedication of our Seaton community members. Each one of us has different skills, talents, and resources that are desperately needed to make Seaton what it is and what Principal Jackson envisions it will become. For some it is volunteering in our classrooms. For others, it is leading or joining a committee that brings something special to our students. We all want the very best education and experience for our children, and that is why we must all individually do whatever we can to make it happen. We expect our community to come together and support our great school in any way possible. Even one hour of time is worth so much. Please get involved and meet other Seaton families. You will not regret it!
Please join me, the PTO board, and our entire community as we embark on the quest to ensure Seaton reaches its greatest potential. It will take a village to fulfill all the wonderful things that happen at Seaton. And with your help, we can strengthen and build our village to unbelievable heights. I’ve included the list of committees and activities for you. If you have any interest in joining a committee, call me at (202) 553-7010 or email me at president.seatonPTO@gmail.com. See you at the first PTO meeting on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m. We look forward to meeting you.
Richard Lambert, Jr.
President, Seaton Elementary School PTO