The Monsignor Clarke School PTO Mission
The mission of the Monsignor Clarke School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is to build a sense of community among our families, teachers and staff. Through volunteering and developing opportunities for funding, we strive to address school needs and support enrichment activities in order to provide the best educational experience for our children.
2018 – 2019 PTO Board Members
I’m Kate Smith and I am the MCS PTO’s new President. This is my 6th year at the school and I’m really looking forward to getting to know a wider range of families and working to make the PTO mission come to fruition. When I’m not helping with the PTO, I work at Hasbro, leading the team that develops and manages all of Hasbro’s web sites!
I live in Charlestown, RI with my husband, Mike, our 3 children, 3 dogs, 1 cat and 2 tree frogs! And, oh, my mother, Deb, lives with us, too! Our oldest son, Reid, is in 3rd grade, our daughter Cassie is in 1st and Gabe is in Kindergarten. As you can imagine, we have a crazy schedule, but try to spend time together on our boat, playing and watching sports, playing board games and traveling.
Hi! I’m Melissa Wray and I am MCS PTO’s new Room Parent Coordinator. I live in Charlestown, RI with my husband, Bill, our 4 children and our dog Echo. Our kids are William (8, 3rd grade), Quinn (6, 1st Grade), Silas (3) and Pierce (2). As a family we love to spend time together outdoors, traveling, playing games, and we really love MCS! I am a stay at home Mom and am looking forward to the new year and excited to be a part of your PTO!
I’m Diana McLaughlin and the Social Coordinator for the MCS PTO. I am the mother to Adelaide (Grade 3) and Connor (Grade K) and am married to Steven McLaughlin (Owner & Executive Chef of Eddie’s BBQ restaurant and food truck) and we belong to the St. Thomas More parish in Narragansett. I am a Science Teacher at The Prout School (Oceanography and IB Biology) and went to Immanuel Lutheran in St. Charles, MO; St. Charles High School, MO and the University of Missouri-Columbia (B.S. Biochemistry).
My favorite food is ice cream 😁 and my hobbies… “Haha, that’s funny, what are hobbies?” says every parent!!! …. but seriously, my hobbies are reading (Harry Potter or anything Science related!!), enjoying the beach (Chair 5 at 5 all summer!) and sadly I think folding laundry takes up enough time it has now reached “hobby” status!!
Hi, I’m Lauren Maines and I am MCS PTO’s Communications Coordinator. I work with the school and the PTO to get information out to families. I am looking forward to working hard in this new position and getting to know our MCS families more. I live in Kingston, RI with my husband and two children. My daughter, Adrianna, is 8 and in the 3rd grade, and my son, Casey, is 2. I am a stay at home mom but can often be found around town or in the school, kids in tow! My family and I like to go on nature walks, enjoy boating and beaching, and pretty much anything coastal living!
I served as the PTO President from July 2016 to June 2018. I’m originally from Philadelphia and ended up moving to Rhode Island with my wife, Dr. Cameron Goodwin, and our kids Madeleine (Maddi) and Harrison (Harry) just before the 2103 school year. I spent 14 years in the Navy and traveled all around the world but Rhode Island is definitely where we call home.
Over the years, PTO fundraising has had a direct impact on improving the MCS environment. Funds have helped install the science lab, purchase ChromeBooks for student use, supply bibles to our middle school children and improve security throughout the school.
This year, there is no shortage of wishes and needs – additional security measures, air conditioning for the gym, school beautification and even a bus!
We will keep the community apprised of what our fundraising efforts help support and please feel free to share additional ideas with the PTO for consideration!