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Fundraising

At Catharine Blaine, we are Many Families; One Community.

We are excited to announce the kickoff of our school’s Annual Giving Campaign-the PTA’s PRIMARY fundraiser, held October 9th through 27th.

Our total annual fundraising goal for 2017-2018 is $250K.

We are asking for $365 per student during the Giving Campaign to help reach that goal.  A dollar a day.

Click here for more information about Giving Campaign and to make your online donation.

Everything you need to know about all fundraising at Catharine Blaine, including PTA Fundraisers.

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FAQs – Our goal as a PTA is to provide transparency in our fundraising efforts and in all of the work we do to support the students and staff at Catharine Blaine. Here are some frequently asked questions:

Q: What is the mission of the Catharine Blaine PTA?

Catharine Blaine PTA joins the staff, families, and community of Catharine Blaine K-8 School with a common vision of a creative, student-centered school environment.  We strive to encourage the means for every child to develop a love of learning, to appreciate diversity and to reach his or her highest potential intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally.

Q: What is the size of the Catharine Blaine PTA budget?

In the 2017-18 school year, the PTA budget will be $225,800.

Q: Where does PTA money come from?

100% of funding is provided by the parents of Catharine Blaine K-8 and community supporters. There are three PTA fundraising efforts: Giving Campaign (historically $110-$120K), Auction (nets $50-60K), and Move-a-thon (about $20-25K). Other fundraising activities include “Shop for Blaine” events, “Dine out for Blaine” events, corporate matching programs, and scrip programs such as AmazonSmile (totaling about $5K).

To cover this year’s budget, the PTA anticipates drawing on reserve funds of about $67K (which went towards paying for additional teacher support for our students.) This practice of drawing from reserves is not sustainable, therefore, our options going forward after this school year will be either a reduction in our PTA budget or increased fundraising revenue.

How have recent changes in state education funding affected Catharine Blaine?

Since the landmark McCleary decision in 2012, the legislature has added additional funds for education each biennial budget cycle. After the 2017 legislative session, Seattle Public Schools suggested that the budget put forward by the Legislature does not achieve the state’s paramount duty to fully fund education.

Here are the three points the district wants you to know about the legislature’s budget plan:

  • Seattle taxpayers will be paying more to the state, but will see little benefit in our schools. State revenue generated by Seattle homeowners will be used to improve education across Washington state, but less dollars will flow locally.
  • The state will cap the amount per student we can raise through local tax levies starting in January 2019. Despite increased home values, we will be limited to $2,500 per student. This will be a significant loss of education funding for Seattle.
  • The state budget will not fully cover Seattle’s basic education expenses such as teacher salaries, special education and English Language Learner (ELL) supports and services. Education revenue from the state and what the district will be permitted to raise locally will fall short of what we currently spend on education to date.

The loss of local levies coupled with the fewer dollars flowing locally to our community from the state makes the money raised by our PTA vitally important to fund some of our basic education needs right here at Catharine Blaine.

How will the PTA spend its budget in 2017-18?
INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT:
In the 2017-18 school year, over 57% of the PTA budget will go towards instructional and staff support. This includes a $104,250 contribution to the teacher salary budget.  This significant portion of our budget prevents staff layoffs and the strain of split-grade classrooms throughout K-8. The balance provides for our two recess monitors and ongoing teacher professional development courses.

ARTS, ATHLETICS, & TECHNOLOGY: 15% enhances our Arts, Athletics and Technology budgets,  including excellent programs like Middle School Band and 4th/5th Grade Instrumental Music, funds for Middle School Athletics, updates to P.E. equipment, and new technology throughout the school. Additional funds from the 2017 Spring Auction’s Raise the Paddle of about $18K are earmarked to further supplement the Arts at Blaine.

STUDENT ENRICHMENT & COMMUNITY-BUILDING: 14% provides enriching experiences for our students as well as community-building events. This category includes student assemblies like phone and internet safety and family nights like Cultural Night at Blaine. Enrichment funds pay for our T.I.G.E.R. Traits Recognition program, Tiger Trails Running Club, and $200/teacher reimbursements for teachers to cover enhancements in their classrooms. The balance of the “enrichment” funding covers updates to our school library collections and valuable resources dedicated to families in need.

CLASSROOM BASICS: Just under 12% covers basic classroom and school supplies as well as special funding called “Mini-Grants” teachers can apply for to cover the costs of larger classroom improvements like new rugs, project based learning, additional classroom tech or special software resources.

MISCELLANEOUS ADMINISTRATIVE: The remaining 1.7% covers administrative costs like website fees and various insurance coverages carried by the PTA.

Our family may be redistricted when Magnolia School eventually opens. Why should I give to Catharine Blaine?

At this point, the District has postponed the opening of the Magnolia School until, at least, the 2019-2020 school year. We are unlikely to know the boundaries for another school year. Generally, funds raised this year cover next year’s expenses, so the Magnolia School opening will not draw families from Blaine in this school year or next.

Our Giving Campaign theme this year is “Many Families; One Community” and our school intends to act on that sentiment as we anticipate the opening of a new neighborhood school in the next couple of years. Once the boundaries are clear and the opening is officially scheduled, Catharine Blaine PTA intends to “seed” the new PTA with an appropriate percentage of money raised in the preceding school year, as per common practices in PTAs nationwide.

How is the PTA budget set?

The PTA budget process begins in March of each year, when the PTA Board Budget committee (President, VP, Treasurer, Fundraising) meets with the Building Leadership Team (BLT). Here, the BLT, composed of the administration as well as representative staff members, give feedback about how the support of the PTA can be best used to serve the goals of the school. This is incorporated into the overall funding priorities and recurring expenses of the PTA. With this information, the budget committee holds three to four meetings to discuss the details of the budget. This includes setting fundraising goals to determine the amount of revenue as well as setting spending priorities to determine the level of expense. This information is summarized into a budget that is presented at the April meetings of the PTA Board and full association.


When does the PTA meet?

The PTA meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month, in the months of September, October, November, January, March, April and May. Childcare for potty trained and older kids is always provided. The PTA is at its best when we have a broad representation of parents and teachers sharing their thoughts and opinions. We hope you can make it.


Questions about fundraising? Email fundraising@blainepta.com.