Teachers and staff are offered an opportunity to also apply for grants that enhance or extend the student experience. Priority will be given to grants whose impact will be felt by as many students as possible. Collaboration between teachers, both in the same grade and across grades and languages, is highly encouraged. Money can be used for guest speakers, field trips, equipment, materials, as well as professional development opportunities that specifically address the needs and interests of our international school community. To maximize the impact of the grants, priority will also be given to proposals that align with the goals articulated in McDonald’s CSIP,as well as to proposals supporting the school’s mission to challenge stereotypes and promote social justice.
o Gap Closing goal: By Spring 2020 the percentage of K-2 ELLs who are below grade levels in reading according to the F&P assessment will decrease by 10%. .
o Grade Level Goal: The percentage of 5th grade students meeting standard on the SBA in MATH will increase from 80% in 2018-2019 to 85% in 2019-2020.
o Whole School Goal: By Spring 2020 80% of students in K-5 will make adequate growth in oral language acquisition in Spanish or Japanese, according to the McDonald International teacher created assessment and rubric
o School Culture Goal: By Spring 2020, 80% of students will state, “I belong to a group of friends at school.”
Grant requests will be reviewed by a committee made up of the PTA Parent Representatives, and additional parent committee members from the Spanish and Japanese tracks. The committee may elect to send back the application for revisions or clarifications. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis and should be spent within the 2019-2020 school year. Applications will be accepted through May 1, 2020. Applications received after that date will not be considered for funding. Any questions about the granting process can be brought to the PTA BLT representatives & PTA grants committee or the PTA Board. PTA BLT representatives will make a yearly report to the PTA board on the grants made for the academic year. Information about projects funded by the grants will occasionally be included in the PTA Newsletter.
PTA Grant Process:
Fill out online application.
The principal reviews and gives any comments about the application to the PTA BLT reps & Grants Committee.
The Grants Committee reviews the application and approves or denies the request based on majority vote, ideally within two weeks of submission. The committee may send back the application for revisions or clarifications.
Upon notification of grant approval, the applicant can spend the money and submit receipts to the PTA treasurer.
Any materials or equipment bought with PTA money should display a PTA sticker, available in the office.