Dear Snarky – Field Day Dumb Assery

Dear Snarky,

 I feel like I’m being extorted! There are two moms at my children’s school who think running Field Day is right up there with curing cancer. The emails and group texts have been insane.

 Right before Field Day we got a lot of rain so the day of Field Day a large portion of the playground area had huge party tents set up like you would see at a wedding reception. My first thought was that it was dumb because why wouldn’t you just move Field Day inside to the gym. The thing that has me seeing red is that the next day an email was sent to all the parents assessing us $50 each to cover the tent rentals.

Are you kidding me? My kids go to a public school so I was curious how they could “assess” the parents and the reason I got was that Field Day is run by the PTA so it’s a PTA assessment that is not school related. Also, if they assess every family $50 the PTA would be bringing in about $15,000!

How do I stop this insanity?

 Signed, Pissed Off

 Dear Pissed,

 What is it about Field Day that can make some parents go cray? And yes the Field Day organizers at your kid’s school have lost their grasp on reality. No one that is fully compos mentis would rent large tents to in order to keep the playground area dry for a school event. A sane person would do as you suggested and move the Field Day indoors.

 Now, onto the egregious move of charging parents to cover the cost of the tents – let’s just call BS on that shady move. You are under no obligation to pay the $50. Being a member of PTA is voluntary and doesn’t subject you to underwriting Field Day cost overruns.

 Furthermore, the principal of the school could shut this down. The PTA while operating independently of the school still has ties to the principal and he or she could object to this whole assessment nonsense. So I’m going to have to say shame on your principal. 

 That said, the fact that any PTA funds will be used to cover the cost of tents is tragic. The funds raised are supposed to go directly to improving your children’s educational experience not to pay for tents to keep the playground dry so some self important PTA member won’t have their dream field day soiled by Mother Nature.

 I advise you to not pay the $50 assessment and to work vigorously to see that no PTA funds are not used to pay for the tent expenses and instead stay earmarked for educational enrichment.

If you have a question for Dear Snarky – Advice With An Attitude  – please email me at snarkyinthesuburbs@gmail.com. 😉

4 thoughts on “Dear Snarky – Field Day Dumb Assery

  1. Mindy says:

    DO NOT pay the $50! The PTA has a lot of balls asking families to cover the cost of tents when the whole thing could just be moved indoors or the date could have been changed due to the weather. I would be livid!!!!!

  2. Ms. Teacher says:

    I’m a teacher and it makes my blood boil to think that money raised by parents and kids (cookie dough sale, magazines sale, fall festival etc) would be spent on expensive tents that weren’t needed in lieu of going to educational support.

  3. Jolene Grant says:

    You KNOW that there is a PlanB, which would be field day INDOORS or moved to another day. Some PTA mothers think they are in control. Let THEM pay for it since THEY ordered it to be put up.

  4. Darcelle Carlson says:

    Where did the PTA get every parents email? It sounds like someone from the school released the info or forwarded the demand. It wasn’t budgeted, it sounds like it wasn’t voted on by the general membership, therefore the the people who ordered the tents should pay for the tents. The PTA and it members are not liable.

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