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SMS PTA/Special Education PTA

Due to COVID-19 and the new school schedule, the PTA will hold all student and family events, programs, and meetings virtually. This change is no way lessens our mission or dedication to supporting students and their families.

With the new school structure and daily routines, now is the time to become a PTA member to stay involved and learn about what is happening within the school day including remote instruction. We provide you an avenue to bring forward questions, concerns and ideas about learning in this new environment. In addition, we are working on providing programs and resources to help you better understand the new learning experience.

PTA Mission

Our mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by providing opportunities for them to grow personally and socially and to invite families to participate in their child’s educational experience. We are committed to enhancing and enriching the education of our children and fostering a sense of community within our schools. We seek to keep parents connected and informed by facilitating a closer relationship between school and home and to strengthen communication between the two.

Enrolling in the PTA

The cost is $10 per member and any family member, community member, and student can join. We strongly encourage students to join and attend meetings on a regular basis to give a voice to their experiences and needs.

You can enroll online (you will pay a fee of about $0.85 for online enrollment) or you can download and print the enrollment form.

If you have any questions, please email the PTA at

2020-21 PTA Meeting Schedule

Meetings will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom:

  • 9/23/2020
  • 10/28/2020
  • 11/18/2020
  • 1/20/2021
  • 3/17/2021
  • 4/21/2021
  • 5/26/2021 (final meeting)

The following information is applicable to the more traditional school years when activities were numerous and in person. We will continue to offer some of these events online and will keep you informed about when they will occur.

Junior Idol Event

We purchase decorations, concessions, prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as small gifts for our judges and teacher coordinators. We spend about $400 on this event.

Book Fairs

These are extremely popular with our students. We spend approximately $50 annually for advertising and student raffles.

Zero Point Student Celebrations

Twice a year a special breakfast is held for students who do not receive any violations per the student handbook. Annually we contribute $1,000 toward these events.

Student Hall Competition Prizes

We contribute to the celebration of any student hall competitions up to $700 per year.

8th Grade Graduation Gift

As the 8th graders leave middle school and move into the high school, we provide a $250 gift for their class. In the high school, each class is responsible for raising their own money for field trips and proms and this gift helps to get them started.

Teacher Appreciation Lunch

We happily provide lunch to our tremendous teachers and school staff who work tirelessly for our children. On average we contribute $1,400 toward this special luncheon.

Annual Movie License Expense

We are required to have a special license in order to show movies as entertainment or we risk receiving a fine. The annual cost of the license through Swank Motion Pictures to show movies indoors only is $435.

Annual PTA Insurance

To keep our PTA in good standing, we are required to renew our insurance coverage annually through AIM in the amount of $300.

NYS and National PTA Dues

As part of the membership fee to join the PTA, the NYS and National PTA Organizations receive a total portion of 4%.

PTA Administrative Expenses

We spend approximately $200 per year on expenses to help us run the PTA such as printing services, supplies, our Zoom account, and upkeep of our website.

How do we raise money?

Membership Dues

Each membership costs $10. We keep $6, and $4 is sent to the National and NYS PTA Organizations.

Apparel Sales

During each school year, 2-3 sales are held to allow families to purchase Shaker apparel. The PTA receives a monetary portion of all sales placed.

Book Fairs

All book fairs in our district are set up through Scholastic, Inc. The fall book fair provides an opportunity for the PTA to earn money if sales reach $2,000. If we do not reach this sales threshold, we receive “scholastic dollars” which can be used to purchase books to help restock the library. The spring book fair is the best sale of the school year! All items are buy one, get one for free. The PTA does not earn any money from this sale.

Friendship Lollipop Sales

This sale allows students to purchase small lollipops for themselves and/or friends. Very little money is raised from this sale but the true value is giving students an opportunity to do nice things for one another.

Passive Fundraisers

These are available for the entire year, not just a certain period of time. You can shop at Amazon or Shutterfly and earn money for the PTA.

Restaurant Nights

We work with local restaurants to designate a specific night where we earn a certain % for every SJHS family that eats at their establishment. This is a nice way to support our local businesses and the PTA.

Junior Idol

This fantastic event is a singing contest that showcases our students amazing voices. We have a panel of judges and provide prizes to the first, second, and third place contestants. We sell tickets and concessions to spectators.

Family Movie Nights

We purchased a special movie license so we can host family movie nights. We charge just a couple of dollars per ticket and sell concessions as well.

Event Concession Sales

During the spring musical, we sell concessions during all shows. Parents are kind enough to donate the concession items and we are able to keep the profit.

Guptill’s Skate & Dance Night

This is a special Friday night event where the total cost to roller skate and then dance at Secrets is just $5 per ticket (not including skate rental)! This is a huge discount compared to prices at the door and saves each person approximately $25.

Box Tops for Education

This program evolved from a completely paper process to a simple method of taking a photo of your grocery receipt using the BTE app on your phone. We receive quarterly checks for any money earned through this program.

Shaker Middle School PTA is a non-profit organization serving all children and families within our school.

Moving on after elementary school

Elementary years are some of the best school years for children and parents. These years provide a chance for parents to be present in their child’s school day often for events such as birthday parties, special celebrations, dress up days, field days, movie nights, parades, and so much more. These opportunities would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the many volunteers and the support of PTA members.

By the time middle school comes along, parents and children are ready to move away from elementary celebrations and hours of volunteering. But, that doesn’t mean that parental involvement isn’t important. After elementary school, parents can stay involved by joining the junior high PTA and attending meetings. Staying involved in your child’s educational experience is important and a great way to show your child that you’re still interested in their education and success.

In the Shaker Middle School PTA, we don’t ask you to volunteer time for activities, unless you’d like to. Our greatest desire is for you to attend our meetings to learn about your child’s school experience, to ask questions, express concerns, and give us your ideas. You will have a chance to get to know other parents, school administration, and teachers. We strive to provide information to let you know what the school experience is like at SMS. Our goal is to provide a strong connection between home life and school so we hope you will consider joining the PTA.

Special Education Parent-Teacher Association

The North Colonie Special Education PTA was chartered on January 15, 2008, with 31 members. The North Colonie Special Education PTA is the first of its kind in our region. It serves special education and gifted students in grades preK–12. New members are welcome to join by attending upcoming meetings or by contacting the president.

Visit the Special Education Parent-Teacher Association home page.