Dear Commodore Sloat Families:

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year at Commodore Sloat! On behalf of the Commodore Sloat Parent’s Club (PCO), we are inviting you to be part of a very important effort: “The Annual Cash Appeal Campaign”.  For parents who are new to our school, this is one of the crucial ways we keep valuable programs and activities alive at Commodore Sloat. The money we collect during the Annual Cash Appeal Campaign represents 35% of the total $200,000 we will need to raise for this school year, so you can see how important this campaign is to us.  Again let me stress the PCO needs to raise $200,000 with all its fundraising efforts.





We continue to be a top performing school without any extra funding or support from the district. Please join us in preserving our longstanding track-record of providing all of our children with an outstanding educational experience. The PCO works very hard to support important enrichment opportunities for our children, from the learning garden to field trips, poetry, PE and the need to increase support staff within the classrooms. In this new reality of public school education, these programs and services would not be possible without the support of our school community.  The PCO is a non-profit organization and your donations are fully tax-deductible so please make your donation to the 2016-2017 Annual Cash Appeal Campaign today!

What’s our goal for the Cash Appeal Campaign? Our goal this year is to raise $70,000 – or at least $300 for every student. HOWEVER we have to remember not everyone is able to contribute at that level so if you have the ability to give more, please do. The money we raise throughout the year will ensure that we can continue these programs even in today’s challenging environment:

  • Additional P.E. for every student
  • Learning garden for all grades
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Extra staff in the classroom
  • Additional yard staff and lunch monitors
  • Poetry
  • Computer equipment
  • Software licenses for students and teachers
  • Teacher and classroom supplies
  • Multi-cultural assemblies
  • School-wide field trips for all grades including an unforgettable 5th grade overnight trip
  • And most importantly: Being able to say “YES!” when teachers come to the PCO with a special request to benefit the classroom or the school.

So get out your checkbook or click on PayPal via our website under the donate tab and give or pledge!  Checks should be made payable to “COMMODORE SLOAT SCHOOL FUND”.

You can also check with your company’s HR department to see if they support a company match. This means for every dollar you donate, your company will either match it or donate a percentage.  We collected over $19,000 in company matches last year.

Let’s aim for 100% participation: We are always shooting for 100% participation during the Annual Cash Appeal Campaign from all the families, whether your donation is $20, $50, $100, $300, $500, $750 or $1000. This strong showing will help us leverage support from other funding sources (funders usually ask what percent of our community members contribute!) and will ensure that our children have a well-rounded and inspiring year.

How much should we give? One of the things that makes our school special is that we have a diverse range of families with different resources that they can offer.  Each family should give whatever they can to help support the exemplary education your child receives at Commodore Sloat.  If a lump sum of $300 per child is difficult (much less than many likely paid for one month of preschool) then pledge $30 per month per child for ten months and pay monthly. (We have several parents who setup automatic monthly deductions from their checking accounts).

Even if you can only give a little, we encourage you to participate in some way as doing so demonstrates a shared commitment to our school community. We also appreciate the time and energy you as parents put in to our school – volunteer hours and efforts have a huge impact on our school’s success. Unfortunately, time doesn’t pay for the computers, art, or P.E. teachers, just to name a few of the items funded out of the PCO budget. We need your financial support as well.  Yes, we’re asking for both!

Thank you for your crucial support!  Together we can do this!

Diane Free

Annual Cash Appeal Campaign Chairperson