The PTO provides funding and coordinates volunteers for a number of programs designed to help our children learn outside of their normal curriculum.
- Smiley Face Math
- In-school programs (previously Otter Jon, Getty the Gecko, High Touch High Tech, BMX Trickstars, etc.)
- Read for the Record
- Provide snacks during testing week
- Provide cheese sandwiches to kids that do not have lunch or lunch money
- Provide agendas for students
- Purchase technology equipment
Smiley Face Math
What is Smiley Face Math? Smiley Face Math is a program that is offered to students at Ramblewood Elementary. It is a program designed to enhance your child’s journey through mathematics. It will help students develop problem-solving skills, and critical and creative thinking. The program is run by teachers and PTO parents and is available to students from Kindergarten through 5th grade who want to try, regardless of prior success in mathematics. We encourage involvement in the program through positive feedback and incentive rewards.
How does it work? Teachers will send students home with a worksheet home on Mondays to work on during the week and return on Friday. Worksheets will be graded and returned to the students the following Monday so they can see what they accomplished and see how many smiley faces they have earned. Each problem is ranked accordingly to the level of difficulty. The number of smiley faces you see beside a problem indicates its level. As the number of smiley faces increases, so does the level of difficulty.
When does it start? TBD for 2018-2019 school year.
Is my child supposed to complete every problem? It is not expected that students know the answer to every problem on every worksheet. The process of interpreting, understanding, and trying different strategies is valuable in the attainment of mathematical power.
Can I help my child with the answers? Your role in Smiley Face Math will be to encourage and facilitate problem solving. Feel free to offer guidance toward certain strategies and read the problems to your child, but please do not give the answer. In order for this program to be effective, the thinking should be done by the student.
If you have additional questions or would like to assist as a Smiley Face Math grader, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read for the Record
Celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience!
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® campaign mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience. Join us on October 25, 2018, as we read together in big cities, small towns, and everywhere in between to put children first by shining a spotlight on the importance of high-quality early education.
Locally, the Children’s Services Council of Broward County and Broward County Public Schools are coordinating Broward Reads for the Record. On October 25 between 8:00 AM and 12 noon, volunteers are needed at area child care centers and elementary schools to read “Maybe Something Beautiful,” to 40,000 students in 500 VPK centers, 225 schools and 1,500 classrooms throughout Broward County!