PTO Meeting Minutes 09-09-21

PTO Board Introductions

  • John Ball- President
  • Amanda Desantis- Room Parent Coordinator
  • Julie Johnson- Social Chair
  • Lisa Stanelun-Fundraising chair
  • Nicole Paliotti- Communications/Parent Engagement

Dr Lisi – opening remarks.

1 week in, students are still enrolling. Highest enrollment since 2013. We are off to a great start and looking forward to a great year.

President’s Update (John):

Focus on community, do as many events as possible in person. Please reach out if you want to participate on any subcommittee or help with school projects.

Parent Engagement/Communications Coordinator Update (Nicole):

Funny4Funds event, September 30th @ The Rathskeller. Doors open at 6pm. Show starts @ 7pm. We are looking for sponsorships (thru the website) and raffle prizes. Please send into the office.

Social Chair Update (Julie):

  • Fall/Halloween Spooktacular Outdoor event October 16th, 100% outdoors. Cassie Barbato has volunteered to chair the event. Thank you Cassie!    Ideas: Trunk or treat, scarecrow making, games, donut eating, DJ. All MCS families welcome.
  • Middle School Clarke Farm event: Able to accommodate October 23rd, 5-9pm . Looking for folks to volunteer. Please contact Lisa.
  • Other Events:
    • Christmas Drive thru nativity
    • Holiday raffle calendar

Room Parent Update (Amanda)

Thank you to new room parents, as well as veteran room parents. We are teaming up in some grades. Still working on a few classes. Class lists will be coming out this week.  Amanda and Nicole to work on School Directory once class lists are finalized. Hope to have done in October.


Fundraising for specific items: Face lift for cafeteria and front bathrooms

Open Discussion:

Michelle Main: Holiday raffle fundraiser- do we want to stay within the school community or go out to local businesses for raffle prizes? Holiday bazaar vendors aren’t on board to make donations. Lisa- we would have to reach out to the community for donations.

Thanks to all for attending!

September PTO Updates

September 2021 | Issue 1

Upcoming Events

PTO meetings will be hosted in the library or via Zoom the 2nd Thursday of each month @ 7pm.

  • 1st PTO meeting: September 9th @ 7pm
  • Parent’s Night Out: September 30th
  • Fall Festival: Oct 16th (Rain date Oct 17th)

Open Volunteer Positions

We are currently looking for parent volunteers to help with the following projects. Please contact if you would like to help.

  • Fall festival subcommittee
  • Fall Book Fair
  • Christmas festival subcommittee
  • Paint the cafeteria
  • Give the front foyer bathrooms a “facelift”

2021-2022 PTO Board Members

    • PTO President: John Ball
    • Social Chair: Julie Johnson
    • Fundraising Chair: Lisa Stanelun
  • Communications/Parent Engagement Coordinator: Nicole Paliotti
  • Room Parent Coordinator: Amanda DeSantis

Be sure to Join Us for Parent’s Night Out!

A Funny4Funds event @The Rathskeller September 30th

It’s been awhile since we have been able to host a Parent’s night out. Come meet up with other MCS parents for a good cause. Tickets are $25 and there will be a cash bar and the al carte Burger bar will be open down back @ The Rathskeller. Event is outside under the tent.


Welcome Back from the MCS PTO!

Welcome New & Returning MCS Families!

MCS has been fortunate to have a strong parent and teacher network dedicated to building a sense of community as well as providing volunteers and funds to meet school needs and support enrichment activities. Over the years, the PTO has helped fund the science lab, playground equipment, retreat space, smart boards, tablets, and ChromeBooks. These efforts directly impact our education and school environment.

Last year was unusual, with little opportunity to host in person events, and students and families suffering from Zoom fatigue. A main goal of the PTO this year is to rebuild and reinforce the sense of community for which MCS is known. To relaunch and re energize the PTO, we are asking for your support and involvement more than ever, and are seeking volunteers to fill open board positions. We look forward to getting to know you and we welcome your ideas and suggestions.

PTO Board Open Positions

Social Chair: Responsible for organizing and establishing committees for PTO social events to get the school community together, including oversight or management of parent/child events. 

Fundraising Chair: Works closely with the Social Chair and is primarily responsible for the school’s small fundraisers and oversees the chairs of the large events. 

Room Parent Coordinator: Responsible for communicating all important information to Room Parents and following up. Takes board meeting notes and disseminates them to Room Parents. Assists in social/fundraising activities as needed. 

Communications & Engagement Ambassador: Responsible for helping to build PTO involvement outreach to families, including the PTO newsletter, website, and bulletin board. Ideally would have the flexibility to be at school during times where they could engage with families face to face. (ex: pick-up line, school events) Needs to be outgoing and energetic.

If you are interested in serving in one of these roles, or have further questions, please send an email to the PTO or contact Sara Marshall.

Have an idea for the PTO?

The PTO would love to have your ideas and opinions. Historically, the PTO has coordinated several large events during the year, including the Halloween Spooktacular, Christmas Festival, and Golf Tournament, as well as smaller fundraising events. We would love to hear from you about things you have seen that work! We encourage you to provide suggestions for additional fundraisers or social events.

Information for PTO Meetings & Events

First PTO Meeting will be Thursday, September 2 at 7pm. For the 2021/2022 school year, we will have general PTO meetings every other month to discuss our larger initiatives, and will work in subcommittees to plan specific events.  We are also asking for event involvement by class by (a) asking class parents (or their alternate) to attend all general meetings to represent the views of class; and (b) ‘sponsoring’ specific events by assisting in the planning and/or providing volunteers for the event.

New Family Ice Cream Social – Sunday, August 29th, 2021 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm @ MCS Playground. Hosted by MCS Admissions & Parent Ambassador Team

How can you support the PTO?

The PTO is a team effort!  Our success depends on active participation by parents, guardians, and other family members, as well as our dedicated teachers and staff. Studies have shown that students who have involved parents do better academically. We have opportunities to match the amount of time you can give. Just a few hours of your time will help us reach our goals.

Share Your Opinions & Expertise

Get involved! Attend general PTO meetings to learn about upcoming events and become part of the decision making process. Our first meeting will be held on Thursday, September 2 at 7pm.  We will offer a Zoom option to increase participation and involvement. More information will be sent a week before this meeting.