10.22.2020 | PTO Meeting Minutes

I. Welcome (7:05PM) – John

II. Old business and approval of last meeting’s minutes

III. Introduction of new Board Members –  All new board members 🙂

John Ball, PTO President
Kate Smith, PTO past President
Amanda Andrade, Room Parent Coordinator
Stephanie Barnaba, Social Event Chair
Nicole Paliotti, Fundraising Chair

IV. Social Events Report – Halloween Picture Contest (Stephanie)

○ Virtual Costume Contest
○ Students/Families/Pets can dress up, pose for a picture, and submit it to the padlet for the school community to vote
○ Open now; winners will be announced Nov. 8th – https://padlet.com/bernabastephanie/VirtualCostumeContest2020

V. Future Social Events

○ Cocoa “bombs”/pottery
○ Twas the night before Christmas/Advent Event

VI. Fundraising Update (Nicole)

○ School store
○ Squad Locker – Nicole is reviewing Squad Locker as we speak and will be including items that are approved by the Administration. We intend to include: apparel, mugs, chairs, etc.
○ Virtual book fair – Via Wakefield Books (website, in-person, or call and order). Will be promoted after Halloween. Nov 27 – 29th. MCS will get 20% of the proceeds.
○ Family restaurant nights – Hoping to do it monthly!
○ Shopping programs (Amazon Smiles, Stop and Shop A+ rewards, Box tops)
○ Reorder masks and water bottles – Selling now – https://mcspto.itemorder.com/sale

VII. Principal’s Report (Dr. Lisi)

○ Thank you to all who attended and to the Board
○ It’s a different year for us as some of the traditional fundraising opportunities/events will not be possible (Christmas Festival/Golf Tournament/etc.)
○ Annual Fund has been successful
○ This is an expensive year for MCS due to the need for PPE, cleaning equipment, etc.
○ Dr. Lisi would love for us to think of creative ways for us to support teachers. This new environment puts a lot of stress and added pressures on the teachers. Due to constant caution and trying to keep the students healthy.
▪ IDEAS: Gift card rally, luncheons, can teacher appreciation be spaced out or done earlier/maybe we do something 1x per month vs. 1 week in the Spring, have a food truck visit, have the students write thank you notes/draw pictures

VIII. PTO Goals for the Year

○ Sense of community (finding opportunities to come together virtually) – Parents Night in, finding ways to bring new families together, etc.
○ Supporting Teachers
○ Fundraising
○ Laminator needed for the teachers –> $1,500 – 2,500 — Ask the Catholic School Office to see if they have a bulk purchasing idea
○ Air filtration for the classrooms (Sara is looking into Corporate Sponsorships)

IX. Open Discussion, Q&A Group

○ A.M. Finlay
○ Shared an idea for GeoCashe
○ Online Internet Escape Room (escaperoom.com)
○ Michelle Main/Audrey Scott/Cassie – Christmas Festival is not possible; however, should we close the loop with vendors and give them a “Save the Date” for next year (1st Sunday of December). Audrey is happy to inquire to see if vendors could be interested in donating items for an auction/raffle in exchange for advertisement.
○ Kate Smith – Idea (!) – Daily “Calendar” Raffle with vendor donations as a fundraiser or create a silent auction/fundraising site. We can advertise for them on the PTO website. Minimum – $25/Send picture.
○ John Ball – Idea (!) – Zoom raffle live on the 1st Sunday of December
○ Diana McLaughlin – Advertise the Christmas Festival vendors etsy shops
Decision : Audrey Scott will go forward with the Daily “Calendar” Raffle. Sara is going to help with verbiage on the email.
○ Nicole – Virtual Jog – a – thon/road race – can be tracked by an app
○ Sara – Mr. JP would like to do a Living Nativity/drive thru at the school (ask for donations). Consider doing that the 1st Sunday of December.

Adjourned at 7:57PM

MCS Virtual Costume Contest

Are you ready for a freakishly good time? Join the MCS PTO for MCS’s Virtual Costume Contest! Gather your family (and maybe your pet!), and snap a hair-raising photo to upload to our Virtual Costume Board! Five spooky, silly, or startling winners will receive $25 Amazon gift cards! Upload your photos here!

Join our First PTO Meeting of the School Year!

This year promises to be like no other.

Please join our first PTO meeting of the school year via Zoom on October 22nd at 7 pm to meet the new board members and to discuss how we can all help support one another during the pandemic.

We want to identify some new ways that the PTO can continue fostering our tight-knit school community in an era of social distancing and limited events.

Check your email for the Zoom information!

Agenda –

– Welcome
– Old business and approval of last meeting’s minutes
– Introduction of new Board members
– Social Events Report
– Fundraising Update
– Principal’s Report
– Open Discussion, Q & A
– Adjournment

Board Announcement and Last Call for Jewelry & Masks!

We can’t believe the end of the summer is upon us and we will all be together once again at MCS to kick off another great school year! Yes, this year will look different, but we know the MCS community will be strong and persevere whatever challenges are ahead as always.

In our last update, we put out the call for replacement board members, as our current term was to end in June, and we are extremely happy to announce our new MCS PTO President! John Ball, parent of a 1st grader, PreK student and a future MCS student, has stepped up to the plate and will be taking over presidential duties. Please join me in congratulating him and supporting him by volunteering to fill our remaining positions:

  • Social chair – Responsible for organizing or establishing committees for PTO social events to get the school community together, including oversight or management of parent / child events
  • Fundraising – Works closely with the Social chair but is primarily responsible for the school’s small fundraisers and oversees the chairs of the Christmas Festival, Golf Tournament or any other large event
  • Room parent coordinator – Responsible for communicating all important information to Room Parents and follow up. Takes board meetings notes and disseminates to Room Parents. Assists in social / fundraising activities as needed 
Please consider a role and email us for any information!

Last Call for Masks and Jewelry!!!

As mentioned in the last PTO update, we were forced to cancel our Annual Golf Open in the spring, which is one of the largest fundraisers for the school. It is doubtful that the 2020 Christmas Festival, another huge fundraiser, will be allowed to occur either.

We have two small fundraisers which are ending on Monday, August 31st:

MCS Custom Jewelry please view the locally crafted, beautiful jewelry here and consider a purchase!! Share on social media to your friends and family! While it is the MCS cross in the design, the pieces can represent any religious sentiment!

View and Order now!!

MCS Children’s Masks – This is the nicest quality mask we have seen. The face mask provides 3 layers of protection and has adjustable straps to fit all heads.

MCS’ own social chair AND science teacher, Diana McLaughlin, had a chance to evaluate the mask. Check out her assessment here!!!

Don’t forget you can help MCS with these small actions!!
  • Shutterfly – Shop at the MCS Storefront and MCS gets 8% of your purchase!
  • Box Tops – Download the app from the app store and scan your receipts!! We desperately need help with this as we have seen a significant drop in Box Tops funding coming back to MCS!
  • Stop & Shop Rewards – Help MCS earn CASH! REGISTER your Stop & Shop Card using our ID #05778 or call 877-366-2668 OPTION #1.
  • Amazon Smile –  Visit Amazon, go to the “Your Accounts & Lists” menu, look under the “Your Account” section for “Your AmazonSmile.” Select MCS!

We welcome feedback at any time!
Please email us with questions and comments!