PTO End of October Update

Last Chance for Clark Farms – This Weekend!! –
  • Saturday, October 26th: 6:30pm – 9:00pm – MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY – Register Now
  • Sunday, October 27th: 1:00pm – 4:00pm – FAMILY DAY – Register Now

Halloween Spooktacular Success!
We would like to give a shout out to everyone who attended our Halloween event! We had great attendance and everyone looked to be having a great time.
A special thank you to our event chairs, Cassie Barbato and Martha Whittier, and all of the volunteers who assisted with set up, helping at the event and clean up. In addition, the Eddleston family put together another fantastic haunted hallway. Thank you, thank you! Without all of you, we can’t make this event happen!
We’d love to hear from you about the event… even if you didn’t attend! Please take a couple of minutes to fill out our short and quick survey. Thanks!

Parents Night Out – November 2nd
What’s more fun than a night out with friends? A night of bowling, dinner, drinks, catching up with old friends, and making new friends!! Come join PTO for this year’s first Parent’s Night Out (PNO) at Old Mountain Lanes from 6:30pm – 8:30pm on Saturday, November 2nd. 
Dinner is included with 2 hours of bowling, along with 2 drink tickets per person (mixed drinks will have a slight upcharge). Cost: $36 per person.

Next PTO Meeting – November 14th

Please join us from 7pm – 8pm for our next PTO meeting!
We will spend the 1st 15 minutes on PTO updates and the rest of the meeting will be dedicated to Christmas Festival planning. We need lots of volunteers to make this fundraiser successful, so please come to help plan!
Also, if you know of any vendors, please direct them to us! They can email mcschristmas@monsignorclarkeschool.org for more information!

Father / Son Event – November 15th (or bring someone special)
Dodge, dip, dive, duck, and dodge at the MCS Father / Son Dodgeball Tournament! Enjoy some old fashioned fun, pizza, drinks and music! $8 per person.
Teams: 6 on 6 Father vs. Son round and a 12 on 12 General Melee. Make your own teams or they’ll be set up that night.
Dodgeball isn’t your thing? Come cheer on the fun anyway! There are guaranteed to be a lot of laughs! Remember – if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!

Save the Date – Friday, November 22nd – Family Game Night!
Free family game night, set up by 8th grader, Marco Petteruti for his service project. Gamewrite will come in and set up games for families to play; games are then available for purchase with some of the proceeds going to school / charity. Teachers can make wish lists for classroom purchases. More info to come!

PTO Fundraisers
  • SchoolStore – Magazines, gift cards, and other unique items available for purchase. There are some very cute Christmas gifts available!
  • Amazon Smile – Select MCS, the school gets a percentage of the purchase price at no cost to you. Sign up now!! Tell your friends & family!!
  • Stop & Shop Rewards – Register your rewards card for A+ points, the school gets a percentage at no cost to you. Tell your friends & family!!
  • Box Tops – We are still collecting physical box tops, but they are being phased out over time. Please download the app that allows you to scan your receipt for qualifying purchases.

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

 

October Events

MCS is busy in October… please join us!

 

Thursday, October 10th
6pm to 7pm

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Christmas Festival Planning

Join us as we plan this fantastic fundraiser!
We need your help!! Can’t make it?
Email the PTO or Michelle Main with comments or ideas!
Saturday, October 19th
6pm to 9pm

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Halloween Spooktacular

Join us for Trunk O’Treating, dancing, games and treats! And don’t forget the epic haunted hallway!!

— Sign Up Your Family Today! —

Truck O’Treating – 6pm – 7pm
Decorate your trunk and win family prize packs for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place!!

Register Your Trunk

Donations Needed!
We need a few donations to help our event be a success!

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Parent Volunteers… we need you!!
We promise not to tie you up for the entire evening as we want you to enjoy your time as well!

Volunteer Now!

Middle School Students… we need you, too!!
Looking for community service hours? Please sign up to volunteer for the event!

— Volunteer Now! —

Saturday, October 26th
6:30p to 9pm

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Night Corn Maze @ Clark Farms – Middle School Only!

What’s more fun than a corn maze during the day? A corn maze at night!!! Join your friends as you navigate the Clark Farms corn maze with just the moonlight (and your flashlight – be sure to bring one!!). Hayrides run until dusk, then a campfire starts and snacks can be purchased until 8:30pm.

Register Now!

Sunday, October 27th
1pm to 4pm
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Family Day @ Clark Farms

Admission includes access to the corn maze, hay rides, corn cannons, petting zoo, mountain slide, pedal powered go-karts and much more. Cost is $11 per person, kids under 3 are free.

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PTO Meeting Minutes 09-26-19

Thank you to those of you who attended / called into our 1st PTO meeting of the year!

Opening – Welcome / Prayer / Board Intros

Board Introduction

  • Kate Smith: President
  • Diana McLaughlin: Social Chair
  • Lauren Maines: Communications Coordinator
  • Melissa Wray: Room Parent Coordinator

PTO Small Fundraisers

SchoolStore – Magazines, gift cards, and other unique items available for purchase. There are some very cute Christmas gifts available!
* Update: $3,000 in gift cards have been purchased for teachers already!

Amazon Smile – Select MCS, the school gets a percentage of the purchase price at no cost to you. Tell your friends & family!!

Stop & Shop Rewards – Register your rewards card for A+ points, the school gets a percentage at no cost to you. Tell your friends & family!!

Box Tops – We are still collecting physical box tops, but they are being phased out over time. Please download the app that allows you to scan your receipt for qualifying purchases.

* We are looking for a new Box Top Coordinator *


Halloween Spooktacular Update

  • Saturday October 19th from 6:00p – 9:00p at MCS
  • Family fun event: $5/pp, $15/family maximum
  • Schedule of events (subject to change):
    • 6:00 – 7:00: “Trunk or Treating” in front parking lot
    • 6:30: Inside activities start (Haunted hallway, games, crafts)
    • 6:30 – 7:30: Haunted Hallway for Little Angels through grade 4
    • Short break for actors/volunteers
    • 8:00 – 9:00: Haunted Hallway resumes for 5th grade and up
  • Donations will be accepted for candy, water, juice, etc. shortly with each class assigned a needed item
  • Adult volunteers needed for various areas (registration, crafts, hallway, clean up etc.)
    • Middle school volunteers needed and will receive service hours; see Cassie Barbato, Martha Whittier or email the PTO if interested

Next planning meeting – Monday, September 30th @ 7:00pm


Christmas Festival update

  • Family event open to the public set for Sunday, December 15th
    • Change of date due to the way the calendar falls this year (December 1st is on Thanksgiving weekend, the 8th is a Holy Day, and local competing activities on other possible dates)
  • Michelle Main is our new festival chair
  • 37 vendors signed up; please see Audrey Scott or email the PTO if you know of anyone interested in having a booth
  • Discussion on baskets and bake sale to be held at planning meeting

Next planning meeting – Thursday, October 10th @ 6:00pm


Upcoming events

  • Saturday, October 26th, 6:30pm – 9:00pm – MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY Clark Farms event (bring flashlight for corn maze). Cider, cocoa and s’mores will be available in addition to plenty of fun activities. More info to come
  • Sunday, October 27th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm – ALL AGES Clark Farms Family Fun Day (discounted price for admission includes corn maze, kernel pit, corn cannon, slide, animals, and pedal carts). More info to come
  • Saturday, November 2nd – date set for Parents Night Out. Adult only activity: some ideas are bowling, batting cages, Escape Room – see Diana McLaughlin or email the PTO with ideas and suggestions!
  • Friday, November 15th – Father (or bring someone special) / son event. Dodgeball, pizza at MCS; volunteers needed – see Mike Smith or email the PTO
  • Friday, November 22nd – Free family game night, set up by 8th grader, Marco Petteruti for his service project. Gamewrite will come in and set up games for families to play; games are then available for purchase with some of the proceeds going to school / charity. Teachers can make wish lists for classroom purchases. More info to come

School administrative update (Dr. Lisi / Sara Marshall)

  • State of the School Meeting set for Thursday, November 21st. Finances, upcoming events and other information will be provided
  • MCS now has its own bus! See Dr. Lisi if you’re interested in being a driver
  • Enrollment is doing well; our goal was 245, we are at 244 with Sara still actively conducing tours
    • Due to increase in middle school enrollment, all grades (6th, 7th, 8th) have two sections and new classes have been added
  • Adopt a Classroom campaign is going very well – classrooms can be adopted more than once!
  • Dr. Lisi and Sara met with 67 new students and had them complete new student surveys (grades 3rd – 8th). Data will be shared, there was a lot of positive feedback re: students, teachers, learning
  • We are working with URI to house interns in various areas, including Little Angels
  • Taste and Sea event – discussion on changes made (moving event inside, mobile bidding); attendance was down, potentially looking at offsite venue for next year; see Sara if interested in volunteering
  • Sara is working with a Maryland-based company to produce an online video tour to help spread the school’s message and reach new families. Sara is asking for PTO support – PTO needs financial information
  • Other PTO requests – sound system for the gym; playground expansion / improvements, including asphalt area for 4-square and basketball hoop in elementary area, additional basketball hoop and paint striping for court in middle school area. PTO need financial information
  • Discussion help about continuous improvements to back fence (needs repair) and brush clearing efforts. If any parents have fencing connections, please see Dr. Lisi!!

Closing –

  • Golf committee chair needed! Please email the PTO if interested
  • This is the last year for the current PTO board. Please consider volunteering for next year’s board… feel free to ask any board members what is involved!
  • Watch for the next PTO meeting (to be scheduled soon) in November!

We welcome feedback at any time!

Please email us with questions, comments and ideas!

PTO Meeting Agenda for 9/26/19

Please find below the agenda for the PTO meeting on Thursday, September 26th:

  • Opening – Welcome / Prayer / Board Intros (10 minutes)
  • Halloween update (10 minutes)
  • Christmas Festival update (5 minutes)
  • Upcoming events (10 minutes)
  • Father / Son (or bring someone special) event update  (5 minutes)
  • School administrative update (10 minutes)
  • Closing – ideas / topics not covered for next meeting; golf chair / next year’s board (10 minutes)

Please email the PTO with any questions! Hope to see you Thursday!

Can’t make it in person? You can call in!! First call your Dial-In Number: (712) 770-4700 and then enter your Access Code: 312565.

PTO Newsletter – September 2019


Hello to the MCS community! We hope the return to school went well for everyone and all had a great first week!

The PTO board has been working to schedule out the first few months of school, so please read on about what we have planned and we hope to see you soon!

Save These Dates!

Confirmed events –
  • September 26th – PTO Meeting 7p – 8p
  • September 29th – Friends of the Poor Walk with MCS Cares | Learn More | MCS Team Page
  • October 19th – Halloween Spooktacular
  • December 15th – MCS Christmas Festival
We are still working to confirm these dates, but please mark them in your calendar and stay tuned for more information!
  • Weekend of October 25th – Family Day at Clark Farms, including a special middle school event
  • November 2nd – Parents Night Out (PNO)
  • November 15th – Father / Son Event

PTO Meeting Rules of Engagement

We know that everyone’s time is precious, so we are committed to running an efficient and effective PTO meeting – they will not be more than an hour!!

Please send us items by September 20th you would like to discuss and we will put together an agenda with time slots for each item and share the agenda prior to the meeting. If we cannot completely cover a topic in the allotted time, we will do one of the following:

  • Agree to table the item until the next PTO meeting
  • Schedule a special meeting if the topic is critical
  • Assign a subcommittee to further investigate the topic and report back to the PTO
We thank you in advance for adhering to these guidelines and look forward to hearing about what you’d like to discuss!

Ways to Help Raise $$ for MCS

schoolstore_support-mcsSchoolStore

Each year, we do just one campaign-type of fundraiser through the SchoolStore. You can purchase gift cards for teachers and shop the bookstore to earn money for the school, but you can also support MCS when you shop at popular retailers!

Please take a look through the packet that will be coming home the week of September 16th to see how you can help… your kids can win some cool prizes, too!
 

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Stop & Shop Rewards

Help MCS earn CASH! REGISTER your card using our ID #05778 or call 877-366-2668 OPTION #1.
When you shop using your Stop & Shop Card, you earn A+ Points. These points become CASH for MCS! Tell your friends and family!

box-topsBox Tops for Education

Box Tops is going digital!! Install the app and scan your receipt!! No more clipping!! It’s SO EASY to do!!! You can also see how much we are raising for the school in real time!
 
Also, Box Tops is running a promotion where 5 schools will win 25,000 bonus box tops! Please
enter MCS into the contest!


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

PTO Newsletter – August 2019

MCS PTO

Hello to the MCS community from the PTO! We hope everyone’s summers are finishing strong and you’re looking forward to the start of school!

We’d like to thank Tina Monaco for donating her PTO Survey Raffle prize back to the PTO. Thank you, Tina!!


Fundraising Update

We committed to you to provide more information about how PTO fundraising helps the school. We are happy to provide a list of items we have approved for the beginning of the school year and will continue to provide updates as the year goes along!

  • New water fountain for the cafe
  • Security upgrades – cameras and supporting hardware as well as ProCare / Kids Notes for Little Angels 
  • Playground sand for Little Angels / PreK sandboxes 
  • Support for the installation of air conditioning in the Campus Ministry room 
  • 12 Chromebooks 
  • Athletic banners for the gym to represent additional 7 championship teams since 2006 
  • Bibles for our middle school students

Upcoming PTO Events

Stay tuned for an event schedule for the 1st half of the school year! It will include our 1st PTO meeting, MCS Family Day @ Clark Farms, our annual Halloween event and at least one of our parent / child events!

Halloween

Cassie Barbato has graciously volunteered to be the Halloween event chair once again this year, but would like a co-chair!

Please email the PTO if you are interested!


Easy Ways to Help MCS Raise $$

stop-and-shopStop & Shop Rewards

Help MCS earn CASH! REGISTER your card using our ID #05778 or call 877-366-2668 OPTION #1.
When you shop using your Stop & Shop Card, you earn A+ Points. These points become CASH for MCS! Tell your friends and family!

 

box-topsBox Tops for Education

Box Tops is going digital!! Install the app and scan your receipt!! No more clipping!! It’s SO EASY to do!!!
Also, Box Tops is running a promotion where 5 schools will win 25,000 bonus box tops! Please enter MCS into the contest!

READ MORE HERE!!


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



Results from the PTO End of Year Survey

MCS Parents,

First of all, on behalf of the PTO board, I want to thank the 35 people who took the time to take our general PTO survey. The winner of our raffle was Tina Monaco. Congratulations! As with any organization, professional or volunteer, we are seeking feedback to improve. While those who responded were very frank and honest with their feedback, I’d like to take this opportunity to summarize the results, as well as share out some information in response to some of the comments. If your comment isn’t specifically mentioned, please know we read them all! I also acknowledge this is on the long side, but please take the time to read it in its entirety. It shouldn’t take more than 4 minutes of your time!

There is clearly a wide range of opinions about the PTO and its involvement with the school, ranging from, “I know all about it” to “I have no idea what the PTO does.” This means that for those of you who know all about us, you will be getting more information this year that you may not need, but for those of you who don’t know about us and what we do, hopefully we will do a better job communicating.

Biggest takeaways / comments:

1. Communications – There should be emails directly from the PTO or a website. Perhaps use text. Engage new parents better.

  • We introduced a PTO website at the beginning of the school year last year, which was included in every weekly update from Dr. Lisi for the first half of the year. The website housed information about the board members, a calendar of all scheduled events, ways to support the school as well as posted meeting minutes and other blog posts with PTO news.
  • This year, we will send monthly emails from the PTO directly. As a reference point, we had stopped doing this, because people complained about too much email from the school and instead had combined our news with Dr. Lisi’s update and directed people to the PTO website.
  • We can talk to the school administration about texting (which we did use on very rare occasions), but this again goes back to how much people want to be communicated with and by what means. Everyone has different opinions.
  • As for new parents, the board can do a better job at reaching out to them specifically, as well as partner with the partner ambassador program. We will work to be better this year.

2. Event scheduling – People would like to have things scheduled for the whole year ahead of time. Have a Back to School night table with events / volunteer opportunities listed.

  • Unfortunately, we cannot promise a complete schedule by the start of school, as we have to wait for athletic event schedules for some of our events. As soon as we scheduled an event, it was promoted in Dr. Lisi’s update as well as added to the PTO website’s calendar. We will work to plan and communicate as early as possible.
  • We did have a table at the Back to School night, as well as at other various times throughout the year, with most of our events listed. We will try to be more obvious this year.

3. Volunteering – Make volunteer hours mandatory for parents each year. Assign an event to a class. Tie events to community service. Personal calls to drive engagement.

  • There were several suggestions along this vein. We will discuss with administration, because this needs to be formalized with the school if we wanted to do it. Assigning an event to one class may be difficult, especially with a small class, but we will look into it.
  • Please look for us at Back to School night – we will have all events listed with as many dates secured as possible. Also, please email the PTO at any time to volunteer (pto@monsignorclarkeschool.org).
  • We can look into opportunities to tie events to community service activities. Please keep in mind that our mission is to bring families together through fun events and do some fundraising for the school.
  • Personal calls is a great suggestion, but we also need help to make that happen!

4. Fundraising – There needs to be better transparency about what the funds are for.

  • We completely agree and pledge to do a better job at communicating what the funds are being used for. Last year, the PTO funds supported parking lot and security improvements, as well as bibles for the middle school. There are some larger items that we are currently investigating, such as A/C for the gym, keyless door locks and safety glass installations. There may also be a need to replace some of the computers used for classroom time.

5. Meetings – There wasn’t a lot of communication about meetings. I don’t have time for meetings.

  • I will take full responsibility for this. In true transparency mode, we had two meetings in the fall, with the 1st being fairly well attended and the 2nd was tied to the State of the School. We had one meeting after the holiday break with 3 people in attendance. I understand that people are busy and have commitments, but it does not seem to be a worthwhile use of time to have a meeting that no one attends, so we instead had Dr. Lisi send out a link to our spring updates posted on the website. We are going to try some things differently this year, so please stay tuned.
  • Some have suggested using the call-in number more. We did have the line open for all of the meetings. Knowing how hard it is to hear and contribute, I think we can continue to use it, but need to explore other options as well.
  • Some suggested meetings after school, before school or on the weekends. We can certainly look at all of these options, but please understand that there is not one option that will work for everyone; it’s difficult enough to find times that work for all board members.
  • I am committed to hour long meetings and staying to the agenda. Anything more than that starts to deteriorate.

6. Events – More child centric events. More social gatherings for parents.

  • We would love to hear more feedback on this comment. We had many events throughout last year that were child focused – back to school ice cream social, Clark Farms day, Halloween trunk or treat, ice skating, URI basketball game and the parent / child events.
  • We can certainly try to schedule more parent-type gatherings this year. The calendar fills up fast, so we are trying to work around a lot of commitments.

7. Feedback – Listen to feedback more.

  • We sincerely apologize if you feel like your feedback was not heard. To be honest, we did not receive many suggestions this year, but if you have some, please email pto@monsignorclarkeschool.org or contact the administration if you would like your feedback to be anonymous. They can pass it along for you.

I’d like to close by saying we’d love you all to consider being more involved this year to help make this the best year ever! Being on the PTO board is an extra commitment and we all have very busy lives, but if everyone could help out with an event or two, it would really distribute the work across the community. Also, we will be looking for new board members for the 20 – 21 school year, so if you are interested or have any nominations, please let us know! 

Best regards,

Kate Smith, PTO President

End of Year PTO Survey

The PTO would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you as we complete another fantastic school year. We had such support in many different ways – from the people who stepped up to chair an event to donations you sent in to simply sharing our SchoolStore site or signing up for Stop & Shop Rewards. We know that everyone is extremely busy and it’s sometimes hard to find time to attend a meeting or volunteer for an event, but please know that even small contributions can help tremendously. 

That being said, we need your help!! Please take 2 minutes to fill out  one more survey  for us! It can be anonymous, but if you choose to include your name, you will be entered into a raffle for a $250 cash prize!! Because everyone is so busy, we need to think creatively about how to get news, events and ideas out to you. Meetings were not well attended and the website had some promising results at times, but also did not seem to reach everyone. We really appreciate your input!

Click here for the survey!! (open until June 30th)

Also, we wanted to thank everyone who took the time to fill out our golf survey. Key takeaways:

  • Keep the tournament
  • Move it either to summer or early fall
  • Move it to a course closer to the school
  • Improve communications
  • Target a specific item(s) we are raising money for
  • Make the tournament more inclusive, not just to golfers – definitely open to ideas here!

We need to start planning in the fall for next year, so please  email the PTO  if you are interested being on the committee and more importantly, if you would like to chair this event! 

Thanks again for everything and best wishes for a terrific summer.

See you in the fall!

– Your MCS PTO Board

Golf Survey! We Need Your Input!

Hello, MCS Families!

I’d like to thank everyone that helped with and contributed to another successful Golf Tournament this year which raised close to $17,000! We’ll be working with the school in the coming weeks to determine where best to utilize this money to support our children’s education and experience at MCS.

To improve upon our golf tournament for next year we’d like get your input via a simple survey that should take less than 5 minutes to complete. We’re going to use the feedback you provide to discuss with the school administration and come up with our plan for next year. The survey will stay open until Friday, May 31st, so please take some time to fill this out for us. Even if you don’t golf or participate in the event, we’d like your feedback.

Take the survey now!

Thank you,

Kate Smith
PTO President

TAW & the End of the Year is Coming Fast!

And just like that, the year is coming to an end! It’s hard to believe that we are nearing June, but alas here we are. We just celebrated our wonderful teachers with a terrific Teachers Appreciation Week (TAW), put together by the boards’ own Melissa Wray and Lauren Maines! The teachers were treated to a week of Hollywood glam, complete with their own “walk of fame” stars! The week consisted of the following:

– Monday: Teacher breakfast with fruit, danish, bagels and cream cheese, coffee, juice and muffins.   
– Tuesday: A “Night at the Movies” swag bag – a tote bag with microwave popcorn, bottle of H2O, movie candy, and a red box promo code.
– Wednesday: Thanks A Lot treat day!  Teachers and staff all got a box of Thanks A Lot girl scout cookies.  Everyone also got a small potted plant with a cute saying in it.
– Thursday: GoPasta dinner and wine day!  Teachers and staff picked a meal from GoPasta and a bottle of wine to take home.
– Friday: Teachers were offered chair massages in the campus ministry room for a little relaxation!

We still have a lot of activities planned for you! Upcoming events: