Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I join the PTA?
The number-one reason to join Westlake's PTA is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school. Research shows that students do better when their families are involved both at home and at school. Grades are higher. Test scores rise. Self-esteem grows. Schools improve.
Being active on the PTA is also a fantastic way to get to know teachers, staff, and other parents. Your membership helps create a louder voice for state and national PTA as they advocate and lobby for our children and schools. Whether you are here for only 1 or 5 years, we welcome you to our community of learners! Our events are funded annually, so your child will directly benefit from your support.
Do I receive any benefits?
When you join, you receive several benefits, plus offers available from State and National PTA. Some of these include:
I joined last year – do I need to join again?
Yes. We ask all parents and teachers/staff to renew each year, as we run our PTA programs on an annual basis.
I donated to the Annual Giving Campaign, do I still need to pay? Thank you for your support! If you have given to this campaign, your PTA membership dues are covered.
Does joining mean I’m required to volunteer or attend meetings?
No, joining does not obligate you to do anything more than that. Please join and show that you care and are invested in the welfare of our children. You are not required to donate, volunteer or attend PTA meetings – but we’d love it if you did!
What if I’ve already joined PTA at my other child’s school? Do I need to join twice?
We ask that you please join the PTA at each school you have a child attending. Each school runs an independent PTA program that supports the students at that particular school. PTA's run programs based on the volunteers and funds provided annually by their individual members. Westlake PTA supports all children at Westlake Elementary, regardless of whether their parents join.
We are striving for 100% membership to share support for your child across all families - every dollar or hour you spend with Westlake PTA goes directly to your child this school year.
I already have a PTA login id – have I joined?
You should renew your PTA membership annually. Your PTA login credentials will remain the same each year. Access to restricted content such as the online directory is renewed each year after joining.
Why do I need to pay to renew?
Our membership dues cover the cost of the California State PTA and help offset some administrative costs. PTA Programs at Westlake are made possible through our fundraising efforts, not membership dues. Membership dues are 100% tax deductible.
For information on California State PTA, please click here to find out more.
Ask away! Contact the PTA Executive Board at westlake.ptapresident (at) gmail.com. We’re here to support you and answer any questions you may have.