Parent Teacher Organization | PTO
"Today's Catholic school…is a center in which parents and teachers, guided by the Holy Spirit, collaborate in giving children a complete Catholic education." (National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Teach Them: Statement on Catholic Schools)
The Parent Teacher Organization is comprised of all parents of students attending St. Joseph Catholic School. Parents are an important part of any child’s education and development. At St. Joseph Catholic School, we encourage parents to be involved in their child’s school life. We encourage you to get involved with committees, volunteer in the classroom, and stay connected through different communication channels St. Joseph provides. The PTO provides great support for our school through special events, fundraisers and volunteer opportunities. We look to you, the families of St. Joseph, for support in a number of areas including:
- Volunteering: We have a WIDE variety of volunteer opportunities that can fit anyone’s schedule and skills: even if you have young ones at home, even if you aren’t sure how you can help, even if you only have an hour or an evening… for a little job or a big job.
- Fundraiser Support: The PTO sponsors fundraising activities throughout the year. Through various sales, promotions and events (such as the FIESTA, Spaghetti Dinner, BOX TOPS, SCRIP, etc.) we generate the funds to cover many school wide needs not supported by other school budgets. Our fundraising dollars cover scholarships, enrichment programs and technology development & enhancements in our school.
2016-2017 PTO Officers:
Our children’s learning experience is directly affected by the success of our fundraisers.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK- PENNY SABOTAGE
This all school event is held at the school during Catholic Schools Week for the enjoyment and entertainment of the students. Volunteers are needed to organize the events for students on Friday and assist with collection of pennies.
Our biggest fundraiser of the year. It is a fun adult night filled with great food, silent and live auction and a chance to win a Year of Free Tuition! It’s the event of the year that you don’t want to miss.
PTO- DONATE BY SHOPPING
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
General Mills donates money to our school for each Box Top for Education we submit. These labels are found on many food boxes (including cereal), food storage boxes, as well as plastic cups and utensils. PTO collects these labels for the school. Have your child turn in Box Tops to their teacher.
Do you order Eureka Pizza? On the side of each Pizza box there is a coupon to Clip. Simply cut out the coupon and turn into your child’s teacher.
Purchase Scrip's gift cards to your favorite merchants for everyday purchases and earn rebates for St. Joseph Catholic School at no cost to you!
JR HIGH USED UNIFORM SALE
The Jr. High collects used, outgrown uniforms from St. Joseph families, then offers them “on consignment” and returns the proceeds towards their Washington, D.C. trip. They will hold two used-uniform sales, in the fall and spring
SJCS SWEATSHIRT AND FLEECE SALE
PTO sponsors a sale of our logo sweatshirts and fleece jackets.
When you Shop at Office Depot simple tell the cashier the name of our school or give him/her our Back To School ID # is 70002655. 5% of your transactions goes back to the school at no cost to you.
LOOK for NEW programs this year thru AMAZON and TARGET!
OTHER PTO PROGRAMS/ASSISTANCE
MEET THE TEACHER/ICE CREAM SOCIAL
PTO helps to organize the kick off to the school year. It’s a fun event to welcome students to the new school with an ice cream treat, meet their teacher, and buy St. Joseph spirit wear.
OPEN HOUSE/WINE AND CHEESE EVENT
PTO sponsors a night for parents to social and treated to a wine and cheese event after meeting their child’s teacher. Parents have the opportunity to sign up for volunteer opportunities.
FALL FUN FEST
A fun day for students and friends to celebrate the season of Fall! Indoor carnival, Halloween costume contests, cake walk concessions, Haunted House and more.
Three times a year the PTO sponsors luncheons for our teachers as a show of thanks and appreciation. These luncheons include: a Back-To-School Lunch, a Christmas Lunch and an Appreciation Lunch during St. Joseph's Teacher Appreciation Week in the spring. Volunteer bakers are needed!
Once a year the PTO sponsors a Teacher Appreciation Week. The week is filled with activities including a catered luncheon, mass cards presented and various of other activities to show thanks and appreciation.
TEACHERS’ WISH LIST/ SUPPLIES/ RECESS EQUIPMENT
We ask the teachers to provide the PTO with their wish lists. The PTO then post these wishes on our bulletin board for parents to take a whish and fill these requests. In addition, we provide funds to teachers for general classroom supplies each year. The PTO also provides funds for new recess equipment at the beginning of each year.
CLASSROOM LEAD PARENTS
Every homeroom is assigned a class parent. She/he is the primary contact for the teacher for volunteer needs during the school year. Parties and other events in the classroom are organized by the coordinator, with activities and treats delegated to parent volunteers.
PTO communicates school events via our outside Marquee.
PTO sponsors an annual event for moms and sons to enjoy.
Grandparents and special friends are invited to join students to experience a special day in the life of our students. It’s a fund day with a reception, pictures, mass, classroom activities, and more.
FACULTY AND STAFF HOSPITALITY FOR CONFERENCES
Two times a year the PTO sponsors meals and snacks to our faculty and staff during our biannual conferences. IT is a nice to show our appreciation and Thanks!
PTO parent volunteers help to keep our students safe each morning at the crosswalk assisting during student drop-off in the crosswalk and cars in the drop-off line.
Volunteers help to check books in and out, shelve books as needed and help students as needed.
Parent Volunteers assist Mrs.Barbara Lupton with office duties. Variety of office duties including copying, filing, and answering phones.
PTO parent volunteers help to document our fun school year! They assist the Year Book Coordinator with page layout. collection, documentation and organization of photos throughout the year.
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