Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) of the International School of Dakar is a voluntary service organization managed by the parents and teachers of ISD that works in support of the school. PTO is a great way to meet other parents and quickly become involved in your child’s school.
At a place like ISD, where students, teachers, and administrators are always on the move, we feel it is particularly important to create a strong sense of community among our families. Your participation with PTO not only allows you to learn more about your child’s school environment, it gives you an immediate way to make new friends and learn about the different cultures represented at ISD.
What We Do
Fundraising: By coordinating events such as our Book Fairs and the December Santa Sale, the PTO raises money each year to support a variety of projects and requests at ISD. Our funding committee solicits grant applications from teachers and student groups, reviews them, and allocates funds available.
Over the years, PTO fundraising has paid for the visits of writers and musicians to the school, djembes and guitars for the music room, sports banners for the Athletic Department, pre-school playground equipment, field trips, a mascot costume for the ISD Jaguars, as well as other items.
Community-Building Events: PTO organizes many evening events throughout the year. These include welcome-back receptions, family potluck dinners and desserts, and the Soirée Littéraire, an evening of dinner parties hosted by ISD families that ends with dancing and dessert at the school. This event is both community-building and fundraising. Soirée Littéraire events over the last two years have raised several thousand dollars to create a library for ISD’s sister school in Pikine, a suburb of Dakar, and to fund other literacy projects benefitting ISD students and local institutions.
The PTO is made up of volunteer parents and teachers affiliated with ISD. Members of the ISD PTO can support activities without becoming officers or attending meetings on a full-time basis. We always need parents to help as volunteers with specific activities or events throughout the year, such as our Book Fairs, the December Santa Sale, or the Soiree Litteraire. You can also join us simply by serving as a room parent, helping your child’s teacher as needed.The Association is led by an elected Committee that includes: Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, three voting sub-committee members and three Teacher Representatives. Members of the Committee are elected at the first PTO meeting of every academic year. The PTO Chairperson sits on the School Board as a non-voting member. PTO meetings are held once a month and are open to all parents and teachers. We hope to see you there!
Major PTO activities at ISD are managed by volunteer sub-committees, including those found below:
- Book Fair Committee: We hold several book fairs during the year, and in recent years, have coordinated the students ordering their own books from Scholastic flyers.
- Santa Sale Committee: Locally-made items are sold before the winter break so that kids can easily buy gifts for friends and family back home.
- Soirée Littéraire Committee: An evening of simultaneous, book-themed dinner parties hosted by ISD community members in their homes (you do NOT need to have read the book, it's just for fun!). After dinner, everyone comes together at ISD for live music and dessert outside under the stars.