As a PTSA we've had a year of transition.  We moved from being the primary fundraising organization of the school, into supporting our newly created Roland Park Foundation in its fundraising efforts, while turning our attention to Programs and Advocacy. 
Advocacy, led by Chair Kristina O'Kelley, has made inroads with representatives from across our district.  Kristina will attend the PTSA Legislative session in Tallahassee in March where she will continue to advocate on the behalf of our students and students across Hillsborough County.  Look for information about what we, as parents, can continue to do to support public education throughout the district and the state.
We have also focused on our many wonderful programs at Roland Park.  Our Seasons of Giving Program, chaired by Meghan Hinson, continues to grow and expand.  Each month, a new theme provides items needed by families within our own school community. 
Our PTSA Reflections Program, chaired by Maggie Fuller, had over 40 fine arts entries representing every grade level at Roland Park.  Three of our students will move on from the County Competition to the State Competition on May 4.  We have such talented Dragons at Roland Park!  Look for many of the amazing student PTSA Reflections entries on display at the Evening of IB April 11.
And of course our Discovery Garden is not only beautiful and thriving, but it continues to be a source of learning for every grade level at Roland Park thanks to the hard work of parent volunteer Kerrie Rigberg and her team.  These are just some of the many programs the PTSA and its dedicated volunteers bring to the families at Roland Park.  
On Friday, April 5 we have our School Wide Spring Picnic.  Complementary food and drinks will be sponsored by the PTSA and we will have many of our PTSA club vendors on hand to answer questions about the many clubs offered at Roland Park. 
Mark your calendars for our Be Internet Awesome Family Program (Sponsored by Google) Thursday, May 2.  We are excited to bring tips and information about how you can create an internet safety plan for you and your family.  Childcare and dinner will be provided free of charge by the PTSA and we will have a special raffle for those who participate in this informative event.
We invite you to join us on this Journey.  Attend one of our many programs, become a PTSA member or consider volunteering!  
Kathy Massing