Committees are formed to plan, promote, and implement the activities of the Bixby PTA. There are two kinds of committees at Bixby, standing committees are established to perform a continuing function and meet year-round. A special committee has a definite purpose and meets until that purpose is concluded. Joining a committee is a great way to get involved with Bixby PTA, if you are interested, please contact the committee chair.
A: A PTA Committee is a group of volunteer parents, guardians, and school staff who want to help put together an event or activity at Bixby. Some Committees are established annual events that are well-organized and may already have dedicated binders full of info to help the assigned Committee Chair manage the event. Committee Chairs work with the PTA Executive Board and the Principal for event details and approval.
A1: The Committee CHAIR is the primary leader of a Committee. Note: Some Committees may have CO-CHAIRS – two or more people taking leadership responsibility for the event or activity. The Chair is in charge of reaching out/recruiting other Bixby parents to help with their particular committee; maintaining regular communication with the PTA Board and Committee Members; making sure that everyone is clear on committee details and arrangements, meeting times, etc.
A2: Committee MEMBERS are those people who volunteer to help out with a particular committee. Depending on the event and the needs of the Committee Chair, members may volunteer to be responsible for one particular part of the event, or for overall support. The more committee members for an event, the lighter the workload for everyone!
The Arts committee plans monthly art programs in partnership with Bixby teachers, school administrators, and other key stakeholders. The mission of the Arts committee is to inform and educate the PTA membership, school community, and community at large about the importance of an integrated arts curriculum in the education of the whole child.
Chair: Peter Hanink
This Communication committee oversees the platforms that PTA uses to communicate, sharing PTA and school information via the PTA website, social media platforms, e-newsletter, etc. The mission of the Communication committee is to help PTA members and the general public understand that PTA positively impacts the lives of all children and families and is a relevant, inclusive, and influential volunteer-powered association working for the well-being of children and youth.
Chair: Marisol Tejeda-Salgado
The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging committee facilitates regular programming to reflect the rich diversity of our PTA membership and community. The mission of the DEI+B is to promote an enriching and supporting climate with a racial, gender and social equity lens that allows all members of the Bixby community to thrive and succeed.
Chair: Jessica McAfee
The 5th Grade Promotion committee develops a budget that will support the 5th grade promotion of Bixby students. The promotion programming includes raising money for the ceremony and a special promoting experience for students moving on to middle school.
Chairs: Jennifer Melancon and Jessica Cochran
The Health and Fitness committee develops programs and events that help families live healthier lives. Events this committee has done in the past are a Fit A Thon, virtual race and walk and roll Wednesdays.
The Membership committee plans the annual membership campaign. Each year, the committee provides a theme to be approved by the PTA and launches a year of activities to promote membership.
Chair: Tia Gau
The Teacher Appreciation committee is responsible for planning and executing a week of events in May each year that recognizes Teacher and Staff appreciation.
Chair: Anda Leonard
The Ways and Means committee creates an annual calendar with monthly “Dining for Dollars” fundraisers. These PTA Fundraisers a collaboration with local restaurants that provide proceeds from the revenues they obtain by hosting a Bixby dining day at their establishment. The funds that are generated by the Ways and Means committee are used to subsidize programs and events for our Bixby community.
Chair: Heather Chavez
The Garden committee maintains the school garden for use by students, teachers, and the Bixby community. Members of the garden committee meet monthly on Saturday to keep our garden plants healthy and thriving.
Chair: Traci Vaughan