A Letter From Our Secretary

Dear Sato Families:

What a journey this year has been! I just wanted to take some time to express my gratitude for everyone who has volunteered, helped us get the ball rolling, and offered advice this year as we worked to get our PTO (SECO) up and running! We - a group of women who had almost no idea what they were doing ;-) - have spent countless hours discussing, emailing, and organizing to start this non-profit from the ground up, and honestly, I’m pretty proud of what we were able to accomplish! We could not have done it without the help of so many people, so THANK YOU!

Now, with the end of the school year, the next phase for SECO begins! We’ve done the hard work to put everything in place, but it is now time for a few of us to move on. As such, we have a few positions available on the SECO Board for next year! I know what you’re thinking… “Oh no, that’s not for me” or “You guys seem to have it under control” or “I don’t have much time to help” or even “Doesn’t PTA stand for People To Avoid?” Ha! Hopefully not that last one! Let me say that, personally, joining the SECO Board was very far out of my comfort zone, but I have benefitted so much from putting myself out there and getting to know other parents, and especially the teachers, staff, and principal at Sato. It has made the transition to a new school easier and I’ve felt much more connected to the school during a time where I think most of the parents felt very disconnected. I was able to have a voice this year and could help guide the school toward the community we all want and hope will be strengthened in future years. Building our school community was a main goal for us this year, especially since our school is located so far away from where most of us live. In fact, our school community was so important to us that we decided to name ourselves SECO (Sato Elementary COMMUNITY Organization) instead of Sato PTO, which - let’s face it - is much more fun to say.

That said, building our community is something that requires all of us. I am hopeful that this fantastic group of parents at Sato will continue to answer the call for volunteers for events and programs. You really have made a difference this year! I am also hopeful that some of you will find the time and the desire to join us on the Board for next year. Trust me when I say the hard work is over. We’re in the groove now! We’ve worked to start Sato traditions this year and to streamline the fundraising, funding, and events processes for next year. So we kind of know what we’re doing now. ;-) However, we definitely need more parents to join our team! Talk to your friends and your neighbors and sign up for a board position together. Yes, you can do that! Not sure what position would be a good fit? Nominate yourself for Member-at-Large! Are you terrified of the Fundraising position? Trust me, that’s a team effort and we’ve got your back. By sharing the load, it is easier on all of us.

Whether you are a stay-at-home parent or a working parent, please consider joining the SECO Board. It’s a great way to stay connected to your child’s school, make your voice heard, connect with other parents, and help build the community that YOU want to see at Sato. We hope to continue representing the diversity of our school community and welcome parents from all backgrounds. We’d LOVE to have you join us! Elections are Thursday, May 24th at 6:30pm in the Sato Library. See you there!

April Powers

SECO Secretary