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2013-2014 PTO Committee Descriptions

New Family Welcoming Committee: (Sept-June) Liaison: Tamara Maniscalco
Committee Co-Chairs: Sushil and Neeti Bhakatan

  • Be a contact person for a family as they move into or relocate within Burlington and join Francis Wyman Elementary; and
  • Provide information about the town, school activities, PTO, etc.

Student Enrichment Program: (Sept - Dec - June) Liaison: Susan Astone

  • Work with administration and staff to research and arrange student enrichment programs throughout the year. These programs include but are not limited to visits with authors and/or artists as well as assembly performance programs;
  • Approximately 4 events every year;
  • Notify teachers, Principal, PTO Co-Presidents, and Community of dates, times and locations of programs;
  • Liaison with presenter/performer or company; and
  • Work with PTO Treasurer on projecting and tracking program expenses.

E-News & PTO Promotion: (Sept-Nov-Feb-May) Liaison: Cheryl Johnson
Committee Chair: Cathi Myer

  • Submit articles/information to newspapers and BCAT (Burlington Cable), and call photographer as requested from Staff and PTO;
  • Research and develop new communication vehicles to promote and publicize the school and PTO; and
  • Collect information (from staff, administration and PTO), type, publish and distribute newsletter to families and staff. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter, please fill out the following form:
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Fundraising (Sub-Committees): (Sept-June) Liaison: Rose Hatch
Coordinators vary based upon events

  • Wrap/Gift Drive(Oct)
  • Coupon Book (Nov)
  • Spring Fundraiser (Apr)
  • SCRIP Fundraiser (Oct - May) - Denise Griffin
  • Box Tops for Education (Sept-June)- Cheryl Koczur
  • Shop.com (Sept-June) - Liz DeVito and Andrea Gray
  • Target -Take Charge of Education® (Sept-June)

Welcoming/Kindergarten Orientation: (Sept-June) Liaison: Cheryl Johnson
Committee Chair: Carol Flett

  • Organize PTO welcoming table at Kindergarten Orientation (two sessions) held in September;
  • Help assist PTO in welcoming members; and
  • Organize the activity for the Kindergarten Story Hours (three in the spring)

5th Grade Yearbook/Activities: (Sept-June) Liaison: TBD
Committee Chair: Jacki Pazzia (see Guidelines, adopted September 2002)

  • Active throughout the year;
  • Organize, design and publish a book of memories for the 5th grade class;
  • Organize cake/refreshments for yearbook signing party held in June; and
  • Coordinate design, purchase and distribution of 5th grade T-shirts to be worn at the beach day field trip in June.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon: (April-May) Liaison: Tamara Maniscalco
Committee Chair: TBD

  • Organize and oversee a luncheon, tea or breakfast for all the staff held in May (Teacher Appreciation Day);
  • Send out invitations, set up, serve and clean up function;
  • Send notices to parents for volunteers to supply baked goods and provide recess/lunch duty for the event; and
  • Purchase small token/gift for staff.

Family Carnival Planning Committee: (Oct-March) Liaison: Rose Hatch
Committee Co-Chairs: TBD

  • Organize and oversee an annual event for the purpose of having a family-oriented gathering at the school;
  • Coordinate the parent and teacher volunteers for the event and
  • Committee sub chairs:
    • Calling - Natalie Brehm and Kristin Marshall
    • Shopping - Yanna Valenin and Kristin Marshall
    • Games - Rose Hatch and Joel Weltzman
    • Cake Walk - Tracey Stevens
    • Prizes - Julie Marino
    • Volunteer Coordinators - Urvi Agarwalla and Joey Weltzman
    • Raffle Donations - Deb Cote and Neeti Bhakaran
    • Food - Debbie Dew

Fall Marketplace: (Sept-Nov) Liaison: Cheryl Johnson
Committee Co-Chairs: Jeanne McDonald and Andrea Gray

  • Organize and oversee an annual event that includes crafters for the purpose of having a community fair;
  • Coordinate the parent volunteer for the event; and
  • Help set up and break down of the event.

Field Day: (June) Liaison: Cheryl Johnson
Committee Chair: Steve Melo

  • Assist Phys. Ed. Department with necessities for event, including set-up of tents and water distribution centers; and
  • Coordinate the parent volunteers for the event

Library/Bookstore: (Sept-June) Liaison: Rose Hatch
Committee Co-Chairs: Carol Flett

  • Participants in this committee volunteer during the day in the library and at the school's "Used Bookstore";
  • Coordinate volunteers to assist the Librarian for possible Book Fair event; and
  • Organize library volunteers.

Other Volunteer Opportunities: Liaison: Rose Hatch

  • For this committee there is no pressure to commit to a particular event, but you can indicate what you would be willing to do based on your availability.
  • You may be willing to be placed "on call" for special occasions in which a little help is needed.
  • Perhaps you could help out by sharing a special talent. For example if you sew, you might be willing to help with costumes for the musical shows.
  • Photocopying for PTO flyer distribution and/or teacher projects.

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