What We Pay For

We are a volunteer-led organization and 100% of funds raised are used to enhance our children’s education and enrichment, and to fill in gaps where there have been budget cuts or underfunding.

See below for details on ways we plan to further the mission of the PTA through support of our students, teachers, staff, and McDonald Int'l community.

Immersion Program Support:

  • Provide full-time Immersion Assistants or Interns in all of our language immersion classrooms through the Immersion Support Fund

All other funds raised go towards Student Support & Outreach to:

  • Fund vital mini-grants so our teachers can stock their classrooms with materials that the school district is unable to provide (e.g., curriculum supplements, art supplies, leveled reading books in English, Japanese and Spanish, etc.)
  • Fund teacher's special projects and programs in the classroom (like interactive presentations with visiting authors, musicians, and other special guests)
  • Purchase supplemental technology for the classroom (like iPads)
  • Print a student directory for our families to stay connected with their fellow Scottie dogs
  • Fund literacy and math tutors for the students who need them most
  • Organize, fund, and staff Back to School, Move-a-Thon, and other key events
  • Provide scholarships for student field trips so everyone can participate
  • Provide childcare at PTA All Parent & Educational Meetings (4-6 meetings per year)
  • Keep you up-to-date on important McDonald news through our website and weekly eNewsletter communications
  • Fund community-building events like movie or game nights and our annual International Night celebration
  • Pay for Art and Music enrichment for all students (from instruments to instructors)
  • Fund supplemental teaching tools like Type to Learn and IXL
  • Fund part of our part-time school counselor and music teacher (so all grades can receive music instruction)
  • and more!

If you'd like to get involved with PTA activities be sure to check out our volunteer opportunities.

The following chart provides a sample of how the PTA funds can be distributed over the year:

There are two funding categories: the Immersion Support (IS) Fund which pays for Immersion Support in the classroom, and the Student Support & Outreach (SSO) Fund which pays for everything else funded by the PTA.

This year, our school will consist of almost 500 kids (up from 89 in 2010-11, 190 in 2011-12, 300 in 2012-13, and more than 400 in 2013-14).

In April 2015, the PTA General Membership approved this year's budget. The 2015-16 budget will include:

  • Immersion Support Fund (IAs & IIs): $502,000
  • Student Support & Outreach Fund (everything else): $69,300*

*this number doesn't include items like the bulk purchasing program for back to school supplies or Kids Co. childcare at some events, which pay for themselves through direct donations as they're going on.

Full details of the latest budget as approved by the PTA membership can be downloaded above.

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