The Origins of Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month in the United States is celebrated in March and grew out of a weeklong celebration of women’s contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California, in 1978. Presentations were given at dozens of schools, hundreds of students participated in a “Real Woman” essay contest and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa. A few years later, the idea had caught on within communities, school districts and organizations across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. Six years later, the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women, took place for the first time on March 8, 1911. Many countries around the world celebrate the holiday with demonstrations, educational initiatives and customs such as presenting women with gifts and flowers. The United Nations has sponsored International Women’s Day since 1975. When adopting its resolution on the observance of International Women’s Day, the United Nations General Assembly cited the following reasons: “To recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.”
Lent is the 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday until Easter. It is a period observed by Christians as preparation for Easter, involving fasting and penitence. In non-Catholic denominations, Lent runs until Easter Saturday, while in the Catholic Church Lent runs until the Thursday before Easter (Holy Thursday)
Dr. W. Murphy
Remember to keep clipping your Box Tops!!
Planning for next year will be beginning for next year. The PTO is in need of volunteers to help plan, organize, and execute the events. Below is a listing of the board positions. A meeting will be scheduled on Monday, March 11th at 7 pm in the Cafeteria. For the last couple of years I have been organizing the events and programs and then with the help of the office and volunteers running them. It is past time to regroup and rebuild the board.
PTO stands for Parent-Teacher Organization, consisting of parents and teachers working together to support and enrich all students. We support school staff, help promote student self-esteem, and assist in efforts to solve school needs through volunteering and funding. But, in order to do all that we need the support of the parents.
Below is the outline for the board roles. Outline of PTO Board and Roles
President: The president shall preside over meetings of the organization and executive board, serve as the primary contact for the principal, represent the organization at meetings outside the organization, serve as an ex officio member of all committees except the nominating committee, and coordinate the work of all the officers and committees so that the purpose of the organization is served.
Vice President: The vice president shall assist the president and carry out the president’s duties in his or her absence or inability to serve.
Secretary: The secretary shall keep all records of the organization, take and record minutes, prepare the agenda, handle correspondence, and send notices of meetings to the membership. The secretary also keeps a copy of the minutes book, bylaws, rules, membership list, and any other necessary supplies, and brings them to meetings.
Treasurer: The treasurer shall keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures, and pay out funds in accordance with the approval of the executive board for the organization. He or she will present a financial statement at every meeting and at other times of the year when requested by the executive board, and make a full report at the end of the year. The treasurer will present a proposed budget for the current year to the PTO Executive Board for approval at the August Meeting.
Ways and Means: The ways and means coordinator shall be in charge of any and all fundraising projects to be sponsored by the organization. This includes timelines, dates, expected costs, and projected revenues. They shall coordinate activities of the fundraising committee.
Administrative Representative: An administrative representative, designated by the principal, will serve as the liaison between the PTO Executive Board and the administration.