AISB Parent-Teacher Organization
We are sure you are all looking forward to an amazing year for us and for our kids. The PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) would like to welcome you to AISB!
The PTO is an organization of parents and teachers whose goal is to support the education of AISB students by fostering relationships among the school, parents, and teachers. The PTO strives for continued parental involvement to help build a better educational environment for our children.
We provide resources to assist teachers and administration in doing their best work. Through fundraising, the PTO is able to donate funds to purchase equipment for the school. We are also involved in efforts to help the local community.
What you do matters! Especially to your kid!
Our community is blessed with a very enthusiastic and hands-on PTO organization that believes our children are our greatest investment in life! Our Organization supports the education of AISB students by fostering relationships among the school, parents, and teachers, activities and communication between different parts of our community.
Diversity, versatility, multi cultures, enthusiasm, vivacity, high expectations, high participations of our kids and of our valuable volunteers, and many other aspects of our community motivate us even more to enjoy from being active part of such a unique environment, such as the AISB. Blessed even more to be in such a wonderful country like Romania – with its rich cultural heritage, wonderful country side, wonderful people!
Every AISB parent is automatically a member of PTO. There are no membership fees. There are endless possibilities in ways you can help – as much or as little as you like! We need each and every one of our community members to be part of this magic! Whatever time you have to volunteer, help and have fun, it’s going to be of great fun and great help to all: to the community, to you, to your child. Please consider volunteering – we need your ideas and energy.
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OUR 2017-2018 PTO EXECUTIVE TEAM
Thank you very much to the 2016-2017 PTO Executive Team for their hard work this past year: Sorina Muresan-Tulea (President), Marion Siekierski (EC VP), Dawn Kovacs (ES VP), Jema Rahat (MS VP), Fabiana Papastefani (HS VP), Sian Ashenden (Secretary), Despina Szavuj (Treasurer).
Thank you very much to those parents of our community who accepted their nominations and volunteered their time and energy for the upcoming school year. As there was only one candidate nomination per position, the new PTO Executive Committee was selected without an election. We would like to offer our congratulations to the new team
My name is Sian Ashenden and I am the mother of a 12th grade daughter. Our family joined the AISB community in 2013.
I have been active in various roles at AISB over the past 4 years: last year I was the Secretary of the PTO and before that I helped to organize volunteers for events such as the Harvest Festival, Festival of Lights and International Day as the United States’ Nationality Liaison.
I am honored to be the President of the PTO and a member of the Executive Team at AISB. I will do everything I can to encourage parent participation, contribute to a positive environment, and to support the teachers, staff and administration of the school. We are here to act as a conduit between the school and families and want to hear from you.
I graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Ga. Tech) with a B.S. in Industrial Management with an emphasis on Computer Science and Accounting. For many years I worked in Higher Education in various computer-related positions. I also worked as a Special Education assistant for 7 years. I have also volunteered for the United Way and was a Girl Scout troop leader.
The Vice Presidents help formulate the PTO’s long range plan, work out issues as they arise and participate in executive discussions and decision making. Each Vice President also helps coordinate activities specific to, and is the key contact person for the: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School and High School.
My name is Neeta Agnani, mother of an amazing 3 year old daughter. Fairly new to Bucharest and AISB.
I am from India and have been living an expat life for over 17 years. I have a post graduate degree in Early Childhood and worked as a Kindergarten teacher for 10 years. So I have seen the world of education from the perspective of a student, teacher and now a mom. It was not long before I realized, with my outgoing personality, I wanted to do more and try something new. That is when I went on to acquire my degree in Public Relations, Mass Media and Communication. It helped me hone my interpersonal & communication skills that helped me to take on key roles & responsibilities in major global events such as Dubai International Film Festival.
As a ‘had been’ teacher and a mother of a toddler who has just started to settle in to her new surroundings and environment, I believe PTO representatives play an important role by not just being a conduit between parents and school management but also they help keep efficient communication and be a go-to person for new student parents to learn from their experience and also help parents to come together as a community.
My vision is to help not only children but parents feel that school is an enjoyable fun and a safe place to come to and to get parents more involved with the children’s activities at school.
I am originally from the United States, but my home is here in Europe. I have 3 children, currently 7th grade, 4th grade and a 5 year old. I served on the PTO last year as Elementary School Representative and a Classroom Representative. I enjoy being involved and would like to continue in my role as Elementary Representative. As a PTO representative I would like to continue to help parents stay informed of school events, enjoy their time in Romania and become involved in our community. AISB is the place to be!
My name is Jema Rahat. Married, have one daughter in 7th grade.
This is my 6th year with AISB, and during these years I’ve been an active member of the PTO community and served for 3 years as ES Vice President and last year as MS Vice President.
Prior to AISB experience I served as the IWA Treasurer, having degree in economics and more than 15 years’ experience in this field.
I help and volunteer for many different NGO programs.
Proud to be a part of the current PTO executive team and looking forward to a successful cooperation and a fruitful year ahead!
Together we can make the world a better place!
I am Fabiana Papastefani, a mother of one child at the school, currently in grade 12. I am from Italy, but have been moving around the world since 21 years now. I have a Political Sciences and teaching degree, and have worked for many years with various International Organizations and several governments in the Balkans, as well as teaching as a substitute teacher in the International schools where I have moved. I was the PTO President for two years, the High School Representative the last two years, and have been Co-chair for the PTO Gala for the last few years as well. I want to continue to bring prosperity to our PTO through the executive team as the High School Representative since my daughter is there and will be graduating this year.
My name is Justine Christianopoulos, I have been lucky enough to have been part of the AISB community for 5 years. My 2 sons were graduates from AISB in 2015 and 2016 and my daughter will be a 2018 graduate. One son is currently studying engineering at university in the UK and the other son is studying business at university in the USA. We are dual Australian and Greek citizens and have lived in Australia, the Middle East as well as here in Europe.
This will be my final year as a parent at AISB and I hope to, along with the rest of the PTO Committee, strengthen our community spirit and encourage parents to become involved with the school so that our PTO remains strong into the future.
-Brief personal background:
I came to AISB 8 years ago, when my son started 3rd grade.
For the past 26 years, I have worked as an accountant at the German Embassy.
-Board, PTO or volunteer experience:
I have been an active member of the PTO for the last 7 years.
I have been a PTO Executive member – Treasurer – for the past 5 years.
I am an EPC member.
I was a homeroom parent when my son was in grades 3, 4 and 5.
I was involved in Destination Imagination between 2012-2016. As team manager, I accompanied my team to the Global Finals in the US in 2013 and 2014.
I have worked as a volunteer in most of the school/PTO related events.
-Why do you want to serve the AISB community in the capacity of the PTO?
I have the knowledge to serve the community in the capacity of the PTO Treasurer. All the PTO payments so far are done applying the AISB and PTO regulations. There is a clear evidence of the amount of money that was spent and the purpose for which it was spent. I would like to continue my work and lobby more for Grants for teacher and children projects. Also, I would like to keep detailed records of the PTO account.
General Meeting Minutes
Minutes from PTO General Meetings can be accessed by clicking on the date of the meeting. The minutes are intended to inform our community about what we are organizing and discussing at AISB. Meeting minutes will be posted after each meeting. Click to find out what we have been discussing and planning. We encourage you all to participate and welcome you warmheartedly. Please contact us if you need any clarifications about any of the content.
PTO STATUTES AND BYLAWS
The proposed bylaws of the PTO have been approved by a majority of PTO members.
Click to view or download a PDF version of the PTO Bylaws.
The name of the organization shall be the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) of the American International School of Bucharest (AISB).
The PTO is a non-profit, non-political and non-partisan organization.
The purpose of the PTO is to enhance and support the educational and social experience of students at AISB to develop a closer connection between school and home by encouraging parent involvement and to improve the environment at AISB through volunteer and financial support.
Membership shall be automatically granted to all parents and guardians of AISB students, AISB faculty and administrators. There are no membership dues. Members have voting privileges, one vote per household.
The PTO or any member therein, shall refrain from taking part in any activity in the name of the PTO or using the AISB PTO name for personal monetary gain or in any way that may be construed to be political in nature. No individual can solicit sponsorship within the AISB community in the name of the PTO unless previously approved by the PTO Executive Board or the Admissions and Advancement Director.
Executive Board. The elected officers of the PTO (hereby called the Executive Committee) shall be: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary. The school Director, or his/her designee, is a voting member of the Executive Board.
Officers shall be the parent (legal guardian) of students currently enrolled in AISB or a faculty member (teacher or administrator) of AISB. It is preferable to have representation from all levels of the school (Elementary, Middle, High) within the Executive Committee.
Officers shall be elected by ballot of the general membership by electronic poll during May of each school year. An absentee ballot can be obtained by request and will be accepted if received by the time of the vote.
Section 4: The Nominating Process
In March, before an election, the Executive Committee shall appoint the Nominating Committee which will consist of 3 parents of good standing. These members cannot be candidates. All candidates must be a member of the PTO, in good standing and have no conflicts of interest with the school or the organization.
Duties of the Nominating Committee
a) Search for potential candidates
b) Receive names of any persons interested in running for office
c) Present a list of candidates for election to the membership at the April meeting.
When nominations are closed, if there is only one candidate per position the PTO Executive Board will declare these individuals to be appointed on behalf of the community and elections will be cancelled. However, if any position has more than one nominee, elections for that position will be held as scheduled.
Officers shall assume the official duties after a transitional meeting between the current and incoming Executive Committee held in June.
Officers will serve a one-year term and may not be re-elected to the same position for more than 3 consecutive years. Exceptions to this may be granted by majority vote of the PTO membership at the May meeting.
Section 1: Duties
Executive Board: Develops the PTO’s annual budget, establishes and oversees committees to conduct the work of the PTO, establishes fundraising programs and approves by majority vote unbudgeted miscellaneous expenditures of no more than 100 Euros.
Presides at general PTO meetings and Executive Board meetings, coordinates the work of officers and committees of the PTO to ensure that the purpose and objectives of the PTO are fulfilled.
The EPC acts as liaison to the AISB School Board on behalf of the PTO and the Parent Representatives provide regular updates to the Executive Board.
Oversees all PTO community and fundraising activities, plays a role in the day to day operations of the PTO, working out issues as they arise, helps to formulate the long range plan of the PTO. Attends and participates in all Executive Board meetings and general PTO meetings. Assists the President and assumes the functions and responsibilities of the President during his/her absence.
Prepares a budget of the anticipated revenue and expenses for the year, presents current financial statements monthly and as requested by the Executive Board. Has custody of all AISB PTO funds and keeps a full record and accurate account of receipts and expenditures. Makes disbursements as authorized by the Executive Board.
Prepares and distributes the agendas for Executive Board and general PTO meetings. Advertises general PTO meetings. Records the minutes of all meetings and distributes minutes to members as appropriate. Posts the minutes of all general meetings. Maintains current copies of the bylaws and minutes.
Section 2: Board Meetings
The Executive Board shall meet monthly during the school year and at the discretion of the President. The June meeting will consist of the old and the new Board with only the new Board having voting authority.
In the event of a stalemate during an Executive Committee meeting the issue will be brought to the next General Meeting where a vote will be taken among the attendees.
Section 4: Ex Officio Member of the Executive Committee
The previous year’s President shall be advisor to the Executive Committee and may attend Executive Committee Meetings. However, this position is without voting privileges.
Section 5: Removal
An officer or volunteer can be removed from their position for failure to fulfill his/her duties and the PTO goals and purpose, after reasonable notice, by majority vote of the Executive Board.
Section 6: Vacancy
If a vacancy occurs on the Executive Board, the President shall appoint a PTO member to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the officer’s term.
Section 1: General Meetings
General Meetings will be held monthly on the first Thursday excepting scheduling conflicts. The AISB Director and/or Principals will be in attendance.
Minutes will be taken and posted.
Section 2: Voting
Each member in attendance at a PTO meeting is eligible to vote, one vote per household. Absentee and proxy votes are not allowed.
Section 3: Quorum
Seven (7) members of the PTO present and voting constitute a quorum for the purpose of voting.
The fiscal year of the PTO begins August 01 and ends July 31 of the following year.
The monies will be kept in an AISB account and withdrawals will be in the name of the organization on signature of any of the following: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary. A hard copy of any transaction shall be given to the Treasurer.
All financial activity shall be recorded in a computer based or manual accounting system. The Treasurer will reconcile the accounts monthly and report all financial activity monthly to the Executive Board. The PTO’s accounts shall be submitted for auditing on an annual basis by the official AISB auditors. Once the official auditor is satisfied that the Treasurer’s annual report is correct he/she will sign a statement to that fact at the end of the report.
Closing Balance. The PTO shall leave a minimum balance of 2000 Euros in the treasury at the end of each fiscal year.
Amendments to the bylaws may be proposed by any member of the PTO.
Amendments can be passed at any general meeting or extraordinary meeting of the PTO by a two-thirds vote of the general membership present at such a meeting, provided that notice of the proposed amendment has been made available to all members at least 10 days prior to the meeting.
These Statutes and Bylaws shall be reviewed annually by the Executive Committee and a record of their signatures recorded stating such a review has been performed.
In the event of dissolution of the PTO any assets remaining shall be distributed as decreed by the Executive Board.
PTO Grant Request Form
Please click here to download the PTO Grant Request Form