The Charter Council and PTA are two independent not-for-profit (NFP) organizations. The Charter Council has established a fully certified 501(c)(3) foundation known as "The Friends of Chesnut Foundation, Inc." for its funding needs. The PTA is a member of the national Parent-Teacher Association and falls under the 501(c)(3) status of the national organization.
The two organizations share a common overall goal: to make the Chesnut school experience the best possible. To accomplish all the curriculum-based enhancements and social development programs, both the Charter Council and the PTA rely on donations and fundraising throughout the academic year.
In the 2012-13 school year, the Charter Council and PTA have one integrated fundraising plan.
The mission of Charter Council is to support the Charter and the Principal in improving student academic achievement.
The three main objectives are to have flexibility with the curriculum, have flexibility to use staff creatively, and promote far-reaching parental involvement.
The Council's work is primarily done through six Action Teams:
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Family Support
In the past year, the Friends of Chesnut foundation funded:
- Continuing education for staff members
- Promethean boards throughout the school
- Accelerated Reader
- Wordly Wise
- Weekly Reader
The mission of the PTA is to provide a means for parents, teachers and administrators to expand the arts, encourage community involvement, and work for a healthy and safe school environment.
A large part of the PTA budget goes to providing cultural arts programs such as:
- Capitol City Opera
- Artist in Residence - working with our CELL class
- Author visits - writer's workshop during literacy week
- Dance Troupes, Mime, Improv groups
PTA also finances:
- Teacher mini-grants
- Academic Awards
- Field trip scholarships
Several family events are funded throughout the year:
- "Get to know you" coffee for our new parents
- Donuts for Dad and Muffins for Mom
- Family Night Bingo
- Family Night Dinner - held in conjunction with book fair and literacy week
- Spring Dance