Parent Support Organization (PSO)
The parents and families of our students are integral to the success of North Florida School of Special Education. We believe in the power of a strong support system, and therefore encourage parents and families to be actively involved in their child’s school experience through the Parent Support Organization (PSO).
Mission Statement: The Parent Support Organization is designed for the purpose of supporting the families and students at NFSSE by fostering relationships among the school and families. This support is fulﬁlled by participation and involvement in social, school events and programs that generate resources and community for our school.
Any parent or guardian of a student at NFSSE is automatically a member of the Parent Support Organization. There are currently no fees or other requirements. Our PSO provides volunteer (and ﬁnancial support) to the students and staﬀ throughout the year according to their interests and schedules — from Grandparent’s Day, Field Day, Berry Good Farms Weekend Festival, and more.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to not only join the North Florida School of Special Education Facebook page, but also the “NFSSE-PSO Facebook Group.” Parents can receive regular updates about the school schedule and events. It is also a parent-only space where parents can ask questions and find answers from one another.
We meet the FIRST TUESDAY of the month at 9:15AM in the Board Room and on Microsoft Teams throughout the school year. A representative from the administrative staﬀ of NFSSE will be present at the meetings as well along with all available parents who would like to be present. We will discuss upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Please check emails from the school as well as your Teams calendar and the PSO Facebook page for reminders about upcoming meetings.
Communications: Collaborate with Director of Family and Student Activities to prepare and distribute PSO activities on social media and Microsoft Teams posts.
Classroom Liaisons: Facilitate communications between PSO, school and classroom parents; help plan celebrations and recruit parent volunteers when needed.
Staﬀ appreciation: Provide lunch coverage at various times during the school year/assist at PSO Staff Breakfast in May.
Welcoming: Contact new families to welcome them and answer questions.
Library Volunteers: Assist with re-shelving books and tidying up the library.
Special Events: Be on the lookout for special events like Turkey Games, Reindeer Games and Field Day where you can volunteer and be part of the fun!
Book Fair: Assist with decorating and volunteering during the Scholastic Book Fair in January.
Prom: Work with staff to help decorate for the prom in the spring.
PSO Socials and Resource Nights: Collaborate with Director of Family and Student Activities to plan social events and parent resource nights for families throughout the year.
PSO Coordinator – Dawn Dixon
Communications Chair – Kim Hardwick
Communications Assistant – Jennifer Gainey
Event Volunteer Coordinator – Jennifer Roper
Secretary – Kathryn Anderson
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