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:

PTO Update 04-28-19

Happy spring to everyone! Here is a little update on what the PTO is working on!

  • The Mother Daughter Soiree is scheduled! Visit here to register! Only $10 per person!
  • Stay tuned for information on the Mother Son event!
  • We still need help with the golf tournament!!
  • Spring Book Fair – scheduled for April 30th – May 3rd!
  • Teacher Appreciation Week (week of May 6th) – We have a great week planned:
    • Monday: special breakfast
    • Tuesday: “Night at the Movies”
    • Wednesday: Thanks a Lot treat day
    • Thursday: GoPasta and wine dinner
    • Friday: Chair massages

We may not have another formal meeting before the end of the school year, so please email the PTO @ pto@monsignorclarkeschool.org with any questions or comments!

March PTO Update

Hi to everyone! I hope you are all surviving the winter and looking forward to spring!

We had two successful PTO events in March – the father / daughter event and family ice skating at Boss Arena! We had about 100 people join in the fun at the “O” club and Lauren Maines and Melissa Wray did a fantastic job coordinating the event! We had about 20 families join in on the skating fun at Boss, so great community engagement in March!

We have three big events left for the year – the mother / son event, the mother / daughter event and the golf tournament! Please stay tuned for more info on all of these!  The PTO will also be working on Teacher Appreciation Week for the beginning of May!

Please email us @ pto@monsignorclarkeschool.org with any questions or comments!

PTO Meeting Minutes 02-27-19

  • Welcome & Opening Prayer
  • PTO Sponsored Social Events –
    • Completed events:
      • URI Basketball – recap from Diana McLaughlin:
        • Successful event held early Feb, will look to do again next year – feedback: determine meeting point prior to event next year
    • Upcoming events:
      • Father Daughter Dance – update from Lauren Maines:
        • Fri March 8th @ 6-9PM Quonset O Club N Kingstown, price is $30 adults, $25 children incl. buffet, DJ, photo booth, formal photographer (pkgs additional)
        • Registration is live, being sent out in parent newsletter, room parents to push event
        • Paper registration available on request in office
      • Family Ice Skating – update from Diana McLaughlin:
        • Sat March 16th @ 1-2:50 URI Boss Arena
        • Registration open online, tickets are $13pp for skating and skate rental or $8pp for just skating
        • Update front office on where to meet/how to get physical tickets once registered online
        • Suggested to arrive early
      • Middle School Rock Spot – update from Diana McLaughlin:
        • Discussion held to change date or take off schedule for this year – agreed to wait until next year
        • Suggested time to do during Fall or hold middle school event at Clark Farms to coincide with the fall family event
      • Mother Daughter – update from Susan Stuart:
        • Looking to hold event at school with simple fare like a high tea theme
        • Date not set yet, needs to check on track schedule
        • Event will focus on girls’ accomplishments
        • Few alumni may be invited to attend
      • Mother Son – update from Anna Selwyn:
        • Looking to hold event end of April
        • Open to ideas, discussion included Ninja Warrior course, kickball and pizza, bowling
      • New event idea – Ice cream social at Mel’s Downtown Creamery in Pawcatuck, looking to schedule end of April
  • PTO Sponsored Fundraising Events –
    • Upcoming events:
      • Golf Tournament – update from Jared Goodwin
        • Registration is open! Postcards were mailed to all families with the registration link and all information will be available on the school website and weekly updates from Dr. Lisi. We’d like to get over 100 golfers this year. The last few years we’ve been below that number so please register! Anyone can register as a single, pair, etc. It does not need to be a foursome. Also, you don’t have to be an experienced golfer to play!
        • Tuition Raffle – we’re going to try a new raffle this year. Sell 100 tickets for $100 each with one winner. If we sell all 100 tickets, the winner would get a year’s tuition for one child. The raffle money would cover the tuition and still make a profit of approximately $3000. If we sell less than 100 tickets, it’s a straight 50/50 raffle. If we sell more than 100 tickets the first 100 would be the tuition raffle and the remaining would be a 50/50. For instances, if we sold 150 tickets numbers 101 through 150 would have a chance to win $2500.
        • Donations – We need donations for the auctions and raffles (e.g. booze, gift certificates, vacation homes, etc.). But the biggest thing we need is families/businesses to buy tee signs. This money goes straight to the bottom line.
        • Teacher and Staff “Donations” – in addition to the Principal for the Day, we need to ask Dr. Lisi to ask if staff want to donate “something”? For example, a night of
          babysitting, come to read them a bedtime story, etc. New suggestion of “outing with teachers” – could be lunch / limo with a couple of families (Julio suggestion).
        • Volunteers – If you’d like volunteer for anything or ask questions about what’s needed just email Jared at jaredxgoodwin@gmail.com
        • Dinner – the post tournament dinner is going to be sort of a Parents Night Out event. Please consider coming to mingle with other MCS families.
        • Next committee meeting is Mon March 4th @ 8:00 Tavern on the Main, all welcome.
      • Spring Book Fair: Chair in Training Needed!
        • Martha Whittier volunteered to be new chair
        • Discussion on changing Spring fair from Scholastic to Wakefield Books – WB can get summer reading lists from teachers and have books available for purchase, MCS gets percentage of sale, supporting local business
  • Other PTO Sponsored Events –
    • Field Day –
      • Possible date set as Fri May 31st, need to confirm
      • It is believed that the Chairs from last year will do it again (Brenda Mottola and Jaye Simmons), need to confirm
    • Teacher Appreciation Week –
      • Date set as May 6-10, ideas suggested and discussed
      • Lauren Maines and Melissa Wray offered to help organize activities and Martha Whittier, Julio Andrade and Renee Ebere all offered to assist as well.
  • Update from Administration –
    • Announcements from Buff Wessman:
      • Families still needed to host NET Ministry Retreat members Tues March 19th – Sat March 23rd
      • Looking to see about interest in Parent Sleep Out on April 12th with concepts following lines of student Sleep Out
    • Update from Sara Marshall:
      • Enrollment going well with re enrollment at 169 students and 16 new students signed up, LA program thriving and more student interest steadily coming in
      • Mary working on prizes for the Spring School Raffle, Donna can pull report to see who has paid for tickets through FACTS
      • Annual Fund doing well, focusing on nonfiction book purchases for library, campaign details to be rolled out soon
      • Calendar for 2019-2020 school year being discussed and working with other schools, February vacation discussion to cut back or eliminate, survey to be sent out at later date
      • Uniforms – working with Lands End to set up preliminary website, in school fittings and size runs being discussed
  • Next meeting date: TBD

Where Did January Go?!

If you blink, you might just miss a whole month! It’s hard to believe the kiddos have been back in school after the Christmas break for an entire month and we’re getting ready for February vacation! The PTO has been quiet in January, but there are a lot of things on the horizon! We have a group heading to URI this Saturday to cheer on the Rams and the kids get a special “tunnel” experience!  The next PTO meeting will be right after Feb break – the 27th @ 7pm. Planning is also underway for the remaining parent / child events (or bring someone special) and the golf tournament, so let us know if you want to help out!! We are also planning to have a MCS skate at Boss Arena and the middle school event has been rescheduled for the end of March. Lots of fun things coming up, so we hope to see you out and about!!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to the MCS community! It’s hard to believe the holiday season is behind us and we’re heading into the 2nd half of the year. The PTO has a lot of things planned, so stay tuned for details on the following events:

  • MCS Family Day at URI Basketball – February 2nd @ 4pm! Register now!
  • Middle school students only! Rock Spot Climbing / Whalers for Parents event! Re-scheduled for March 31st!
  • Father / daughter dance information coming soon!

We’d also love to hear from you about frequency of meetings. We are struggling with finding the right balance, as we know everyone is just so busy. Drop us an email at pto@monsignorclarkeschool.org!


The Christmas Season…

… is upon us!! We hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season so far. Thank you to all who helped to make our Christmas Festival another success. There were  many people who contributed to the event success, namely Cassie Barbato, Audrey Scott, Jodi Keramidas, Susan Stuart, Ann Borke, Heather Mayo, Keri Catero, Kristen DiSanto and so many others. Please look out for an online survey to help us make the event even better next year.

Remember – if you’re shopping online, help out MCS at the same time!

  • SchoolStore  – Simply visit our merchant page  before you shop at many popular online retailers. A percentage of your purchase comes to MCS when you click on the store logo from that page!!
  • Amazon Smile  – A portion of your sales go to MCS! Instructions for set up are on the right hand side of the PTO web page.
  • Great American store  –  Visit the store  and sign up – we are #2692796. They have holiday items, jewelry and other great gifts!! 

Lastly, there are several festive activities happening at the school – drama’s performance of Beauty and the Beast on the 14th / 15th and the annual Christmas Concert on the 20th. We hope to see you there!

Christmas Festival – Sunday, December 2nd

Please come join us at the MCS Christmas Festival of 2018! On Sunday, December 2nd, MCS will host its annual Christmas Festival, one of our biggest fundraisers. Local vendors and artisans sell their goods from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Their goods are amazing and make wonderful Christmas gifts for family and friends ( or yourself…because you’ve been good !) In addition, the PTO holds several other fundraising efforts during the event – a Gift Basket Sale; a Book Fair; a Raffle of Themed Prize Packages (including a high demand “Golden Ticket” raffle items); and an Hourly Raffle of vendor-donated items. In addition, we sell lunch, snacks and drinks in the Kitchen as well as delicious baked goods during the event.

Are there activities for the kids?  Yes! The cafeteria is transformed into a kid’s play area with games and a mini candy store. The campus ministry room will be transformed into Santa’s Workshop where there will be crafts and most importantly, a chance to visit with Santa Claus and have a family festive photo taken for $5! We will send the images out digitally so you can print them at your discretion!
Hope to see everyone there!