Neff PTA Newsletter

Every Child. One Voice.

Issue 5, March 1, 2017

We are now 203 members strong! Texas PTA recently awarded our PTA with the Welcome Back Award for signing up 30+ members in the month of January. Our next goal is to reach 250+ members. Help us build an even stronger network of parents, teachers and community members. Encourage your friends to Join Neff PTA today!

In this newsletter, there is information about:

  • Art Reflections Recognition
  • Neff WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)
  • WATCH D.O.G.S. Coordinator Position Available
  • Join the 2017-18 Executive Board
  • April PTA General Meeting - Review the Proposed Bylaws and Standing Rules
  • Join our Picnic Planning Committee
  • Environmental Sustainability Fair - March 8, 5:30-7:00 pm
  • Popcorn Fundraiser - March 20-24, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Spring Dance - April 21, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Upcoming PTA and School Events
  • Neff PTA Sponsors

Thank you for supporting Neff PTA!

Maricela Arias-Cantu

Neff PTA President

Art Reflections Recognition!

We received some great news from Northside ISD Council of PTAs! Congratulations to our Neff students who will receive awards at the Northside ISD Council of PTAs Art Reflections Ceremony!

· Reyli Cortes, Overall Award of Excellence

· Kailey Busby, Honorable Mention

The Council Reflections Ceremony is on April 6, 7:00 pm at Marshall High School. Plan to attend to show them your support and Texan Pride!


Neff WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) started on February 1st and we have had many dads volunteering and making a difference. Thank you to all of the dads who have volunteered so far! This program encourages fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other father-figures to volunteer at least one day. We welcome moms to volunteer as well! We are looking for more role models, so please volunteer for this worthwhile program that makes a difference in our students' lives.

​- Get Started -
1. Complete the NISD Volunteer Background Form
​2. Sign up today! Sign up now for March
3. Order your official WATCH D.O.G.S. T-shirt ($15)

Read our recent testimonials!

"I am LOVING the extra support by our Watch DOGS! The kids are so comfortable with their presence in our room, & it even challenges them to do their best on those days to showcase themselves to our guest. Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to host Watch DOGS in our room; we really enjoy it!" - Ms. Garretson, 7th Grade ELA

"It was a pleasure to have Mr. Johnson in class yesterday. Third period is very boisterous and it was good to have an extra pair of eyes. Mr. Johnson made quite a presence and took the opportunity to speak with a couple of male students." - Ms. Fonseca, 6th Grade History

"WATCH D.O.G.S. are AWESOME! I loved having Mr. Garcia in my second period and he has a band background! It was great! I hope he comes back and if he does, I would like to have him again, if he's up for it." -Ms. Castillo, Assistant Band Director

WATCH D.O.G.S. Coordinator Position Available

Volunteer to lead our core team and program and really make a difference!

Duties include:

  • Oversee and organize the WATCH D.O.G.S. program;
  • Engage male involvement to provide a safe school environment, provide positive male role models for the students and encourage student success;
  • Communicate with WATCH D.O.G.S. program volunteers;
  • Represent WATCH D.O.G.S. at PTA and school-related events; and
  • Evaluate and set benchmarks to measure the success of this program.
  • Serve on the Neff PTA Executive Board

Contact Maricela Arias-Cantu if you are interested.

Make a Difference - Serve on our 2017-18 Neff PTA Executive Board!

​​If you are interested in serving on the 2017-18 Neff PTA Executive Board, please contact our Nominating Committee. Every year, all positions are available, in order to ensure a fair process. Help us make a difference by volunteering to serve as one of the following leaders:

VP - Membership
VP - Fundraising
VP - Parent Volunteers
Find out the duties for these positions.

The Nominating Committee includes:
Art Martinez
Gabriela Martinez

Nora Olivares
Yvette Lopez

April PTA General Meeting - Review the Proposed Bylaws and Standing Rules

Come to our next General PTA Meeting on April 19, 6:00 pm. We will elect our 2017-18 Executive Board and vote on the Bylaws Proposed Amendments and New Standing Rules. Per Texas PTA and our current Bylaws, we are posting the amendments for your review at least 30 days before our next general meeting. Come to our April general meeting and let your voice be heard! Your vote will impact all 1,200+ students.

Join our Picnic Planning Committee

We need 3-4 more volunteers to serve on our Picnic Planning Committee. We are meeting on Monday, March 20, 5:00-6:00 pm. We will be planning the details of the End-of-the-Year Picnic on May 31, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Check out what we have planned so far! Come and be a part of this fun initiative. Many hands make light work!

Environmental Sustainability Fair

The school is hosting an Environmental Sustainability Fair on March 8th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. This is an amazing opportunity for our campus community to participate in activities and enjoy presentations hosted by several San Antonio organizations who promote environmental awareness and sustainability. For more information, please contact Mrs. Jaramillo

Popcorn Fundraiser – March 20-24, 3:30-4:30 pm

Help support our student programs by helping us sell popcorn! If you are there for student pickup, come on over to help! Signing up is quick and easy. Sign up for only 1 hour and you can help us get funds for our upcoming End of the Year Picnic. Any questions about volunteering, contact Chasidy Busby at

Spring Dance

Friday, April 21st, 6pm

Pat Neff Middle School, Evers Road, San Antonio, TX, United States, Cafeteria/Gym

All Neff Students are invited to the Spring Dance. DJ Pablo will be back to play some awesome music! Snacks, drinks and glow items on sale for $1 each.

Wristbands go on sale -

Thursday, 4/20, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Friday, 4/21, 7:30 - 8:20 am

Friday, 4/21, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

We are looking for help with selling concessions and chaperoning. If you can help, contact Chasidy at

3/3 - Jeans Day and Early Release, school is out at 12:30 pm
  • Students can wear jeans for a $1 donation.
3/20-3/24 - Popcorn fundraiser, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

4/5 - PTA Family Fun Spirit Night at Bush's Chicken, 7137 Bandera Rd.
4/19 - PTA General Meeting, 6:00 pm (Cafeteria)
4/21 - Spring Dance, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Cafeteria/Gym)

  • Wristbands will go on sale on 4/21 during breakfast and lunch.

5/4 - Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5/5 - Jeans Day and Early Release, school is out at 12:30 pm
Students can wear jeans for a $1 donation.
5/16 - PTA General Meeting, 6:00 pm (Cafeteria)
5/31 - End of the School Year Picnic, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

6/2 - Volunteer Recognition

Neff PTA Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for contributing your donations and products toward our student programs.

About Neff PTA

​Pat Neff Middle School PTA welcomes all parents, grandparents, faculty and community members. We support ALL Pat Neff MIddle School students by providing various student programs and activites, such as WATCH D.O.G.S., Art Reflections, End of the Year Picnic, Jeans Day, Fall/Valentine's Day/Spring dances and Jack C. Jordan Scholarship Penny Drive.