PTO News

We hope this update finds you all well and hanging in there. We wanted to provide an update on what’s been happening and what’s to come!

Celebrate the Successes!

Teacher Appreciation Week –


While we certainly couldn’t do what typically occurs, we still celebrated our teachers in style!! Melissa Wray worked tirelessly to deliver special gift bags to our teachers and staff and if you haven’t had the chance, please watch the Teacher Prayer video, starring MCS students!!


Mother / Son Scavenger Hunt –

We had a beautiful afternoon and 23 families participate in our remote mother / son event! Photos and videos were posted of the fun, which you can view here .

We would like to send our congratulations to our winners:

  • 1st Place – Jill & Istvan Sabo (4th grade)
  • 2nd Place – Tristy & Marco Petteruti (8th grade)
  • 3rd place (tied) – Anna, Logan & Riley Selwyn (8th & 5th grade) and Kerry & Luca Trombino (6th grade)

 We had so many awesome photos posted that we wanted to mention a few award-winning ones:

  • Best superhero picture – Caighlan & Konnor Perrin (8th grade)
  • Best “Multiple items with child in one combo shot” – Brittany Green & Ryan Branconnier (2nd grade)
  • Funniest Foreign Language book – Jill & Istvan Sabo (4th grade)
  • Coolest reflection pictures – Erin, Wilson, & Holden Meunier Mott (3rd & 1st grade); Jill & Istvan Sabo (4th grade); Elizabeth & Nathan Sekscenski (2nd grade)
  • Funniest “Favorite spot” photo – Melissa, William & Silas Wray (4th grade & PreK)
  • Best “Both Feet off Ground” Jump pictures – Bonnie & Max Wallace (7th grade); Kate, Reid, & Gabe Smith (4th & 1st grade); Anna, Logan, & Riley Selwyn (8th & 5th Grade); Elizabeth & Nathan Sekscenski (2nd grade) (this was a tough one as there were tons of great jumping shots!!)
  • Scariest spider – Rebekah & Jack Pharo (3rd grade); Kate, Reid, & Gabe Smith (4th & 1st grade)
  • Funniest Baby Bottle pictures – Kristen & Matthew DiSanto (4th grade); Cassie & Gabe Barbato (6th grade); Melissa, William, & Silas Wray (4th grade & PreK)
  • Best Montage and Live Action Video posts – Kristen & Matthew DiSanto (4th grade); Joanne & Theo Dursin (Kindergarten)

Thank you to all who participated! We hope you had a blast!

Upcoming PTO Events

  • Mother / Daughter Arts & Crafts – Coming up this weekend! We are looking forward to this special time with the ladies!
  • Parents Night Out – It’s scheduled!! Tuesday, May 19th @ 8pm. Join us for BINGO fun!! It’s free, but we still need you to register!!
  • Field Day – Save the date – Friday, June 5th! We are planning to go forward with a remote Field Day. We are almost done finalizing the details, so please be on the look out for more information soon!
  • MCS Golf Tournament – We are investigating the possibility of still playing the tournament on June 6th with a “meal to go” (no dinner afterwards). Stay tuned for confirmation!

PTO Fundraising

We know this is a challenging financial time for many of you, but wanted to share a couple of updates about fundraising –
  • MCS Spirit T-Shirts – Design coming this week!! Watch for how you can buy!!
  • MCS Jewelry – We are very excited about this and will be revealing the first design soon!
  • Shutterfly – We have now partnered with Shutterfly to earn 8% for the school on purchases. Bookmark and use the MCS Storefront!!!
  • Box Tops – This has been easy money for the school in the past and with the physical box tops being phased out, we are seeing a 50% decrease in funding. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE download the app and scan your receipt for qualifying purchases. You can even do your online purchases!!
  • Amazon Smile – Please make sure you are set to MCS for your Amazon purchases.
  • Stop & Shop A+ Rewards – This is still valid, so please make sure to have your card registered today!!
We welcome feedback at any time!
Please email us with questions and comments!

PTO Remote News

There is no denying that this is probably the most difficult period in most of our lifetimes with still so much uncertainty ahead. We have moments of normalcy, swapped out for feelings of sadness, isolation, maybe even panic. The best thing we can all do is try to remain calm and support our loved ones and extended family members, like our MCS community, during this time.

We, the PTO board, have been working behind the scenes to figure out how we can bring some fun to the MCS community, even from our homes! Please read below about what we have planned and reach out at any time!

Stay safe, everyone!

Upcoming PTO Events

Yes, you read that right!! We are planning to carry out some of our events remotely and we hope you will join in the fun!!

Teacher Appreciation Week –
While scaled back from our normal in-school events, we will still be appreciating our teachers! Please see emails from your room parents for details. If you did not receive an email, reach out to the PTO ! Even our students are getting involved in TAW!! 🙂

  • Mother / Daughter – As you will recall, we had an arts & crafts night planned, which had to be cancelled. However, a modified version will occur mid-May. Click here for details – due to shipping times, any orders for the activity will need to be placed by Tuesday, May 5th!!!
  • Mother / Son Event – While we won’t be able to carry out an AdventureLand type of event (which led the survey), we have devised another event which will get you all up and around having a grand time!! Click here for details!
  • Parents Night Out – We are planning to have a PNO remotely! It’ll be bring your own… well, everything, but we can still have fun! Stay tuned!
  • Field Day – We have some ideas for a scaled down, remote version of the kids’ favorite day. Details will be dependent upon when and how the stay-at-home restrictions are lifted. More to come…
  • MCS Golf Tournament – Several of you have asked about this event. The honest answer is we don’t know yet. This is a large fundraiser for MCS and we know the school could use the funding right now. However, we wouldn’t imagine asking for donations and sponsorships from small businesses. We are examining our possibilities and will share more soon.

PTO Fundraising

We know this is a challenging financial time for many of you, but wanted to share a couple of updates about fundraising –
  • MCS Spirit T-Shirts – We are considering MCS t-shirts to allow us to look fondly back at these times! 🙂
  • MCS Jewelry– We are looking into some extra ways you can show your MCS spirit!
  • Box Tops – This has been easy money for the school in the past and with the physical box tops being phased out, we are seeing a 50% decrease in funding. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE download the app and scan your receipt for qualifying purchases. You can even do your online purchases!!
  • Amazon Smile – Please make sure you are set to MCS for your Amazon purchases.
  • Stop & Shop A+ Rewards – This is still valid, so please make sure to have your card registered today!!

Good News to Share!

Some of you may remember that the MCS greenhouse was destroyed by a storm and left is unusable.

The PTO approved funding to replace it and thanks to the Chris, Addison and Jake Daigle, it is ready for action! We hope it will see some new plantings soon!







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

PTO Updates

Father / Daughter Dance
LAST CHANCE to register!!
Friday, February 28th from 6pm – 9pm @ the Quonset O Club!
Mother / Daughter event 
Thanks for responding to our survey! Some type of craft event & luncheon were the clear winners, so the PTO is working on this now! Stay tuned!
Mother / Son event 
The PTO has some ideas, but would like your feedback!! Please take this quick survey to let us know what you would prefer!   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RWDXNLW  
GOLF TOURNAMENT 
The PTO and MCS needs your help!! We have secured the date and location, but need a few volunteers to help drive sponsorships and donations. You don’t need golf knowledge for this!!    Email the PTO to help today!!
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, June 6th – Golf Tournament

Mother / Daughter Event – We Need Your Help!

Over the past few years, we have heard anecdotal feedback that the girls would like to do something different from the traditional luncheon. Please respond to the survey below by clicking on the link, so the PTO can plan appropriately! We would like to have the survey completed by Sunday, the 16th of February. Thank you for your help!

Take the survey now!

Save the Date – Golf

The PTO has secured Saturday, June 6th for the 2020 MCS Golf Tournament.
We are looking for help. So please contact the PTO if interested!! Come on! It will be fun!!

Happy New Year from the PTO

The PTO board would like to wish the entire MCS community a very Happy New Year!! We hope 2020 brings you peace, love, health, and happiness!


Christmas Festival Recap

As you have heard, the Christmas Festival is one of the school’s biggest fundraisers. We are happy to report that the festival made just over $10,000 this year. We will be looking to invest this in some of the ideas you have been hearing about, namely playground enhancements and additional security initiatives.
The PTO board would like to thank all of our volunteers who helped to set up and clean up, run stations and everything in between. In particular, Michelle Main (1st grade parent) deserves a big round of applause as 1st year chair for doing a fantastic job. Her main crew of Audrey Scott, Cassie Barbato, Anna Selwyn, Steve McLaughlin, Rayleen LaRue, the Borkes and Kristen DiSanto were absolute rockstars (as usual). A special thanks to Kari Catero for organizing the book fair once again and to the front office and Mr. Z. for supporting the entire event. Apologies if anyone was omitted; we can’t do it without help from everyone!
If you have any specific thoughts or suggestions for next year, please email the PTO !
If you placed a Christmas Festival sign, please return it to the school for reuse.

Upcoming PTO Events
Due to crazy schedules of the PTO board, we will most likely not have a meeting until after February vacation. However, rest assured that we are still busy planning many fun things! Coming up will be –
  • Boss Arena Skating Day – tentatively scheduled for February 1st; additional info coming soon
  • URI Women’s Basketball Game – save the date: February 16th; stay tuned for details and registration information
  • Father Daughter Dance – We are looking at February 28th, so save the date! Additional info coming soon
Other events we are planning –

PTO Fundraisers

box-tops
We are still collecting physical box tops, but they are being phased out. Download the app and scan your receipt for qualifying purchases.
Don’t want to download the app? Send in your receipts and we will scan them for you! You don’t need to know if you have a qualifying purchase!
schoolstore_support-mcs
SchoolStore  – Magazines, gift cards, and other unique items available for purchase.
stop-and-shop
Register your rewards card for A+ points, the school gets a percentage at no cost to you. Tell your friends & family!!
Select MCS, the school gets a percentage of the purchase price at no cost to you. Sign up now!! Tell your friends & family!!

 

 

PTO Meeting Notes & Festival Update

Please find below information about the Christmas Festival as well as notes from last week’s PTO meeting. Email the PTO with any questions or comments.


Christmas Festival – December 15th, 2019

— How You Can Help —

  • Attend the next planning meeting – Monday, November 25th @ 6pm in the conference room
  • Contribute to the PTO fund to purchase supplies and items needed for gift baskets and the kitchen! (Feel free to send in cash or a check, too!)
  • Volunteer!
  • Provide a baked good to sell at the festival!
  • Spread the word! Pick up flyers and lawn signs in the office!
  • Come to the event and support the vendors and MCS!

— General Information —

What is the Christmas Festival?
It’s 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, there is a Gift Basket Sale, a Book Fair and a Raffle of Themed Prize Packages! Eddie’s BBQ will have a pop up kitchen with items to sell along drinks and delicious baked goods during the event.
Are there activities for the kids?
Absolutely! We have a kid play area with games and a mini candy store, along with a Santa’s Workshop with craft making and most importantly, a chance to visit with Santa Claus and have a family festive photo taken for $5!

PTO 11/14/19 Meeting Notes
— General PTO Notes —
  • The bowling Parent Night Out was cancelled due to lack of participation…BUT: informal parent get together THIS FRIDAY! Stop by the ChopHouse Grill, starting at 7:45! 
  • Upcoming family social events – PTO is working on a URI basketball game in January once again. This was well attended and a lot of fun last year. Also, we will be looking to schedule a family ice skating time at Boss Arena for February / March.
  • Father / Son Dodgeball event was very well attended – over 80 participants!! Thanks for coming out!
  • Father / Daughter event – Lauren Maines and Melissa Wray are the co-chairs. More information coming soon.
  • Mother / Son & Mother / Daughter – more information will be coming soon. Considering a survey for mother / daughter to see what type of event girls would be interested in. Email the PTO if you would like to help!
  • Book fair will be the week of December 9th! Purchase some books and sign up to volunteer!
  • Administrative Update –
    • Sara reported update enrollment numbers.
    • Proposed the PTO help bridge the financial gap for the Gaga Pit service project – PTO is open to the idea, we need additional information to vote.
    • Playground committee needed! We want to support a playground refresh (paved area for 4-square, basketball area upgrade, etc.) but need volunteers. Email the PTO if interested!!
    • A.M. Finlay and Amanda DeSantis have been working on a proposal for the PTO to purchase playground equipment (balls, goals, etc.). MCS Administration to discuss logistics of maintain equipment between recesses.

— Christmas Festival Notes —

  • Vendors – We currently have 77 vendors signed up. 
  • We are in need of a Vendor Manager for the weekend of the actual event (with set up being available on Friday now, instead of Saturday, this is no longer needed).
  • Additional yard signs will be ordered. The replacement fence banner will be here Monday.
  • The Keramidas family has agreed to provide Subway again for the vendors.
  • Sara will submit to parish bulletins a blurb about festival.
  • Santa will be available 1:30 – 3pm that day. PTO will ask Chad Borke to take pics again.
  • Kids craft station – Ann Borke has agreed to run the craft area once again. It is planned for the Campus Ministry Room.
  • Cassie Barbato will run a Life Expression holiday workshop for gifts. A portion of the proceeds will go back to MCS.
  • Hourly raffle – this will be Heather Mayo’s last year; PTO will ask Rachel Tenuta to shadow (done and she has agreed).
  • Baskets – Rayleen LaRue has been gathering donations for baskets. We will make a limited number of baskets to sell. PTO will ask families for cash donations and will purchase items to make class baskets and gift baskets.
  • We will bring back the bake sale. Will ask Anna Selwyn if she will chair this once again.
  • Kitchen – Steve McLaughlin will run with Eddie’s BBQ. Need kitchen volunteers.
  • Gift wrapping station – need to determine if we want to do this; may be too much.
  • Plan to do Golden Ticket; need to figure out item.
  • Next meeting – Monday, November 25th @ 6pm in the conference room.

PTO Fundraisers

We are still collecting physical box tops, but they are being phased out. Download the appand scan your receipt for qualifying purchases.
Don’t want to download the app? Send in your receiptsand we will scan them for you! You don’t need to know if you have a qualifying purchase!
SchoolStore– Magazines, gift cards, and other unique items available for purchase. There are some very cute Christmas gifts available!
Register your rewards cardfor A+ points, the school gets a percentage at no cost to you. Tell your friends & family!!
Select MCS, the school gets a percentage of the purchase price at no cost to you. Sign up now!!Tell your friends & family!!

PTO November Events

PTO Meeting – November 14th

Join us from 7pm – 8pm for our next PTO meeting!

The majority of this meeting will be dedicated to Christmas Festival planning. We need a lot of volunteers to make this successful, so please come and help plan!

Can’t make it in person? Call (712) 770-4700; Access Code: 312565


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.

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!


Family Game Night! – 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.


PTO Fundraisers
  • 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.
  • 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!!

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

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.

— Register Now! —