2021-22 Fundraising Letter

Dear SMS families,

It’s such a joy to have the kids back in school—full time, in person! The Special Music School teachers and leadership did an incredible job over the last 18 months to keep the learning going and the music playing, but there’s no substitute for face-to-face (masked, of course!) learning.

We’re writing from the fundraising committee of the PTA because we want to make sure that our kids have the best, most fulfilling year possible, and to do that, we need your support. PTA funds cover everything from professional development, advanced placement training, technology upgrades, classroom supplies, and more. We are a small community of about 320 families (that’s one of the many things that puts the “special” in Special Music School).  In order for us to raise the funds necessary to cover this year’s budget, we need every family to contribute.  We ask that you consider the following suggested amounts, but please know that no donation is too small! Our most important goal is for each and every family to participate. 

People often ask, “How much should I give?” We’ve created three tiers of suggested contributions per student for the 2021-22 school year:

$400 or $40/month

$800 or $80/month

$1,200 or $120/month

Where do these numbers come from? They are based on the projected expenses of $131,250; our need to replenish the PTA’s reserve fund, which was depleted due to decreased fundraising during the pandemic; the PTA’s goal to provide as much support as possible for SMS students and staff; and our recognition that not every family is in a position to give at this time. Keeping that in mind, we ask that you find an amount you’re comfortable giving. Every donation is deeply and genuinely appreciated. 

As you know, SMS is a unique partnership between the Kaufman Music Center (which provides music programming) and the Department of Education (which provides academic programming). This appeal supports our PTA initiatives. In the coming months, you’ll hear more about how you can support KMC as well.

Please, take a moment to make your contribution by following the information at the bottom of our FUNDRAISING PAGE. Donate today and cross this off your to-do list for the rest of the year!

Thank you so much!

Stephanie Rambler and Mariela Pellegrini

Co-VPs, Fundraising