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 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


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!


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!

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