PTA Information

Why join the PTA?

The number-one reason to join the Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school. But there are many more advantages. Here are just a few

Get Connected:
Know what’s happening in your school.

Discover Great Resources:
The PTA offers a variety of programs designed for parents as well as students.

Tap into a Network:
PTA functions provide opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, build rapport and discuss parenting issues that are on your mind.
Watch Yourself Grow:

By volunteering with your PTA, you gain valuable experiences and personal confidence. It’s an opportunity to put your skills and hobbies to good use for a good cause.

Speak Up:

Because PTA is a forum for exchanging ideas, you are encouraged to make suggestions and more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.

Help Your Child Succeed:

PTA fosters parent involvement. Parent involvement has been proven by three decades of research to be the greatest predictor of student success.

Witness Improvement:

By getting involved at your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution, helping to make positive changes. Local PTAs play an important role in fundraising to provide building improvements, curriculum-based programs, and social events – all vital to a school’s success.

Be a Role Model:

By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.

What does the PTA do?

Simply, we are committed to the enrichment of our school. 

The PTA provides parents and teachers with a way to share their experience and knowledge about children. PTA members support public education and work to improve children's health and safety. PTAs speak on behalf of children--who can't effect change for themselves--at local, state and national government levels.

We work independently to promote the welfare of children in our school and community. We work together with our principal, superintendent, school board and other community leaders to make sure your concerns are heard and needs are met. Our State PTAs coordinate programs throughout the state on behalf of children. They organize volunteers to represent PTA views in your legislature and Washington, DC.

In addition, the PTA funds a variety of programs designed for students, parents and teachers.  Below is a partial list of the many things that the Sussex PTA has done and continues to do for our school.


The PTA has provided scholarships of up to $500 to past Sussex students graduating from 12th grade.

Teachers' Fund:
The provide each teacher with an annual allotment to partially reimburse the teachers for personal funds spent to supplement classroom materials and otherwise directly benefit our students.

Ballroom Dance Lessons:
The PTA has paid for the 5th graders to take a weeklong class on ballroom dancing.

5th Grade End of Year Program:
The PTA has donated $1,000 on a yearly basis to help fund the end of year activities for the 5th graders.

School Store:
The PTA funds the school store.

Golden Egg Reward Cart:
The PTA purchases prizes for the Golden Egg Reward Cart.

In addition to the above, the PTA purchases books for the school library, purchases items for the physical education department, co-organizes and funds Donuts with Dads and Munchkins with Moms.  The PTA has purchased items for the school, including the umbrella bags in the school lobby.  We have provided bottled water and snowballs for Field Day.  The PTA has made it possible for families to purchase discount tickets to local theme parks. 

We provide a back to school lunch for the teachers/staff as well as provide lunch and other goodies during Teacher Appreciation Week.

The PTA pays for volunteer gifts and an annual breakfast.

When does the PTA meet?

The PTA meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month at 4:00 p.m. in the school library.  The meetings will last no longer than 60 minutes.  All are welcome to attend.  Light refreshments will be served.

An educational workshop on topics requested by you will be presented in conjunction with the PTA meetings.  Watch for the bright yellow flyers in your child’s Thursday folder or check the website soon for more details.

Meetings for the 2013 - 2014 school year will be held on the following dates:

October 8

December 10

February 11

April 8

June 10

PTA meetings give you an opportunity to network and build relationships with other parents and teachers.  Please join us!

How do I join the PTA?

Membership dues are $7.00/year for one person or $12.00/year for two (both members must reside in the same household).   Click here to download the membership form.  Completed forms along with your dues payment should be sent to the PTA via your child’s teacher. 

Who can I contact for more information?

Cathy Brooks, PTA President, can be reached via email at  Additionally, Mrs. Brooks is in the office most days at 3:30 p.m.  You may leave a message for her at 410-887-0182.