New as of Spring 2021: When you join the PTA on-line, you will be asked to create an account on Memberplanet. Membership dues are $15 per member and need to be renewed each year. Scholarships are always available. If you have any questions or would like to request a scholarship, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Memberplanet?
Memberplanet is the new management software used by PTAs. The account that you create on Memberplanet allows you to purchase or renew a membership, update your profile, save payment information for future purchases (for donations, spirit wear, etc.), view your payment history, and view the directory of other OVPTA members.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why join the Olympic View PTA?
PTA offers all parents and caregivers the opportunity to be engaged in their child’s potential. Being a member of PTA means that you are part of a powerful association and action plan that is focused on programs and initiatives that strengthen your child’s education. Join PTA for your child because increasing our membership, even by one, makes it possible to provide important educational resources, speak up on important issues and create a stronger school community.
Member benefits are offered to all PTA members. To learn more, please click here to visit the Member Benefits page on the WSPTA Website.
Does PTA membership require volunteering and attending meetings?
The only thing required of you to be a member of PTA is to pay the annual membership dues ($15; scholarships always available). Beyond that, however you choose to PTA is up to you. Opportunities include attending quarterly PTA meetings and providing input and voting on PTA initiatives, volunteering at PTA events and fundraisers, participating in advocacy efforts, and holding PTA leadership roles – the level of involvement is up to you. There is no wrong way to PTA!
Where does my money go when I pay membership dues?
PTA dues directly support your child. PTA dues help fund essential school resources and curriculum needs. A portion of PTA dues go to the Seattle Council PTSA, Washington State PTA, and National PTA to support advocacy efforts impacting decisions affecting your child’s health, safety and quality of education. PTA dues support our work to strengthen connections between our families by hosting events such as the Fall Festival, Potluck, Movie Nights, and Arts/Science Night. PTA dues support programs and activities for all students such as Art Docent, smART Fridays, Artists in Residency, Choir, Field Day, and the Spring Musical.
Isn’t PTA a social club for stay-at-home moms?
First and foremost, PTA is for every family who has a child at the school. PTA is for moms, dads, caregivers, grandparents, teachers and the broader community!
While some of the work done by PTA may appear purely social – including family events like the Fall Festival that are organized to strengthen the school community – much of PTA’s work focuses on funding essential school resources and curriculum needs, as well as advocating at the local, state and national levels, impacting decisions affecting your child’s health, safety and quality of education. Please click here to visit our Programs and Activities page to learn more.
How does PTA ensure it represents every child and family at the school?
We encourage every family in the school to become a PTA member to support the success of their child. We want a diverse membership base that reflects all of the families and needs of students at the school. PTA strengthens connections between your family, your child’s classmates and their families and teachers to build a thriving and inclusive community for everyone.
How do you advocate at the national, state and local levels and why is it important to my child?
PTA is active at the local, state and national levels, impacting decisions affecting your child’s health, safety and quality of education. During the past 120 years, PTA’s national advocacy efforts have helped establish universal kindergarten and the National School Lunch Program, the juvenile justice system, and anti-child labor laws. Please click here to visit our Advocacy page to learn more.