Parent Teacher Organization
- PTO President Letter
- PTO At-A-Glance
- PTO Board
- St. Junipero Awards
- 2017 PTO BOARD NOMINATIONS
- Room Parent Teams
- PTO Board Meetings
PTO President Letter – August 2017
St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is such an amazing part of our lives. We are blessed to be able to give our children the gift of a Catholic education. Since our school opened in 1995, the St. Serra community has been connected by the strength of our faith. This strength has propelled us from serving 250 students to now over 1,000 students and their families. As parents of this incredible school, we are called to serve and share our talents. Through our efforts of servant leadership, God enriches our lives with the friendship and spirit of amazing people. Our community is enriched by every person that steps onto the St. Serra campus.
The Parent Teacher Organization is clearly a partnership between parents and teachers to give our students the best possible education experience. Our events focus on building community, providing outreach and faith enrichment to our neighbors, and raising funds to keep tuition affordable for every child that wants to experience a Catholic education.
This year we adopt the theme Stronger together... we lift each other up! We are called to share our talents and to support those around us. In doing so we are called to consider, “how to lift up one another, to love and good works” – Hebrews 10:24. The PTO board, the room parent teams, fundraising committees, and all parent volunteers have an incredible impact on the success of our students and the future of our school.
Thank you for volunteering with us this year. You are a child’s faith discovered, you are a hero to a family in need of assistance, and you are the person that will allow this community of faith to be forever Serra Strong!
Thank You and God’s Blessings,
PTO AT A GLANCE
The St. Junipero Serra Catholic Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) oversees many fundraisers, events, activities and groups which benefit all students at SJSC. See our PTO Events and Programs page for current PTO happenings.
These annual events support the SJSC operating budget and help keep tuition affordable for all.
- Golf Classic - Adult-only golf tournament, dinner, silent auction and Ball Drop. Traditionally held in the Fall.
- Harvest Festival - Harvest-themed family event held on St. Serra’s campus in the Fall, featuring entertainment, games, rides, music, boutique and lots of food!
- Anchor Ball - SJSC’s largest fundraiser of the year, usually held in the Spring. This formal, adult-only event includes dinner, silent auction, live auction, music, dancing and various opportunity drawings.
Community Building Events:
Focused on bringing families together in fellowship and strengthening our community through fun-themed events that also support our fundraising efforts.
- SerraStrong ~ Faith, Family and Fun!
- Family Nights Out
- Santa’s Secret Christmas Shop
- Book Fair
- Father/Daughter Dance
- Mother/Son Ultimate Day of Fun
- Heart Run
Serves our parent community through specialized ministries.
- SerraStrong in Prayer: Partners in Prayer, Prayer Requests, Parent Rosary
- Welcome Ministries: Ambassador Program, Serra Bear Greeters
- Parent Faith Formation: Lenten Retreat, Spiritual Support Materials
- Assistance Ministries: Serra Cares Ministry, Adopt-A-Family
Teacher, Classroom and School Support:
Provides the crucial link between St. Serra parents and their teachers, including the organization and coordination of parent volunteer help in the classrooms.
- Business Day – “One stop shop” day on campus to take care of all our SJSC “business”. Filled with opportunities to sign up for volunteering, purchase school supplies, inquire about extended care, library, scouting, homeroom assignments, sports, lunch program and much more!
- Room Parent Coordinators (RPC’s) - Coordinates the efforts of our Room Parents and Classroom Project Coordinators across all grade levels, while being voting members of the PTO Board.
- Teacher Appreciation Week- One week each year in which the entire SJSC Community comes together to show appreciation for all that our teachers do for our children.
- Staff Treat Days – Hosted three times a year. Day of appreciation for all St. Serra staff coordinated and planned by groups of RPC’s and related Room Parents coordinating parent’s efforts.
Thank you to these volunteers for accepting the call to serve as leaders of our SJSC community! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time. We are SerraStrong!
Congratulations to our 2017-18 Board Members:
PTO President: Dana Maas
President Elect: Shannon O'Connor
Parliamentarian: Cristen Lebsack
VP Outreach Ministries: Kathy Bonin
VP Volunteers: Candis Brady
VP Donations: Shelly Soenen
VP Golf / Book Fair: Courtnay Flick
VP Harvest Festival/Heart Run: Teacia Andrew
VP Anchor Ball: Open Position
VP Community: Stephanie Angelos
VP Parent / Child: Shannon Johnson
VP Parent Education: Alessandra Brus
VP Communications: Mary Broomfield
SSCS Box Tops Field Day: Cheryl Redfern
LEAD Room Parent Coordinator PS - 2: Allie Bertocchini
Lead RPC 3-5: Kay Relvas
Lead RPC 6-8: Megan Hayden
Lead Ambassador: Allison Finnigan
PTO Secretary: Lisa Zawistoski
PTO Treasurer: Alecia Hedge
PTO Hospitality: Alexandra Simon
RPC PS: Lea Martone
RPC TK: Kate Fenton
RPC Kindergarten: Faith Agius
RPC 1st Grade: Heather Wilson
RPC 2nd Grade: Charise Medeiros
RPC 3rd Grade: Jennifer Zalle
RPC 4th Grade: Shannon Smaldino
RPC 5th Grade: Jill Kopeny
RPC 6th Grade: Aimee Stevenson
RPC 7th Grade: Kim Gallaway
RPC 8th Grade: Melissa Fosdick
School President: Mrs. Angeline Trudell
VP Parent Services: Mrs. Debbie Dubeau
AP Student Services: Mr. Corey Overton
Teacher Representative PS-2: Susan Turner
Teacher Representative 3-8: Elaina Stokes
2016-2017 Cristen Lebsack
2015-2016 Teacia Andrew
2014-2015 Joyce Stinson
2013-2014 Holly Schwartz
2012-2013 Sarah Doyle
2011-2012 Lori Kilander
2010-2011 Sally Palmer
2009-2010 Jill Noriega
2008-2009 Linda Baldy
2007-2008 Mary Mack
2006-2007 Barb Pinter
2005-2006 Kathaleen Gonzalez
2004-2005 Janet Chermack
2003-2004 Marjorie Trujillo
2002-2003 Michelle Lencioni
2001-2002 Anna Salvatore
2000-2001 Kyle Van Boom
1999-2000 Sally McLeod
1998-1999 Teri Sanchez
1997-1998 Christine Ankenman
1996-1997 Diane Cochrane
1995-1996 Diane Cochrane
2016-2017 PTO BOARD ELECTIONS
Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for the 2016-2017 PTO Board and for those who have heard the call to service! We are blessed to have an involved community of parent leaders at SJSC!
The nomination process has closed and the following PTO Board positions must be put to a vote:
- RPC – PS/TK
Please CLICK HERE to access the 2016-2017 voting ballot.
Remember, this vote is open to the entire SJSC community -- each parent may submit only one ballot. Ballots must be completed online and submitted no later than Friday, April 29th at 3:00 PM.
Please contact PTO President, Cristen Lebsack, at email@example.com.
St. Junipero Serra Catholic School PTO serves as a supportive body representing all St. Serra parents and teachers, offering relevant and cooperative assistance to the school through non-fundraising and fundraising events.
Since 1997, SJSC has honored parent volunteers with the ST. JUNIPERO SERRA OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP AWARD. This prestigious honor is for parent volunteers who have blessed our community with dedication and hard work above and beyond the required volunteer commitment over many years. They represent "Stewardship in Action!" Potential recipients are nominated by SJSC parents, faculty and staff. Winners will be presented with the award at our annual Anchor Ball event in the Spring.
1."This is a PTO award." While the process is facilitated by the PTO, this award is for any/all parents in the SJSC community.
2."Surely this parent will be nominated!" Not necessarily! If everyone thinks this, but no one actually submits a nomination, then that volunteer will not be eligible, as a nomination is required.
3."I volunteered so many hours last year but I didn't win." This is a cumulative award. We look for candidates who have consistently given of their time in a multitude of areas over the course of their many years at SJSC.
CALL TO ACTION: *NEW this Year* We are opening nominations NOW and will keep it open for a majority of the school year! As events and volunteering take place (around campus, on the field, in the classroom) and you notice a “stand out” volunteer, please take a few minutes to complete the online NOMINATION FORM for at least one parent who has blessed our community with their dedication and hard work this year. St. Serra appreciates all of our parent volunteers, and this is a wonderful opportunity to recognize those who have done an outstanding job!
All online nominations must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 30th 2018.
Questions? Please contact PTO Parliamentarian President, Cristen Lebsack at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer & Tom Brooks ~ Diane & Larry Cochran
Pat & Bill Kaszton ~ Audrey Tellers ~ Kyle & Joel Van Boom
Lynn Caulfield ~ Cindy & Jim Chiuminatta ~ Claire Pelaez
Anthony Abowd ~ Karen Como ~ Debbie Dubeau
Donna Barnecut ~ Wayne Dupre ~ Irene Hutton ~ Karen Sinkey
Karen & Phil Sirianni ~ Marjorie Trujillo
Kathy & Steve Brandlin ~ Celeste & Eric Couch
Debbie Farinella ~ Oonagh & Ralph Linzmeier ~ Debi Martin
Diana Myers ~ Teri Sanchez ~ Chris & Charlie Vogelheim
Michelle Lencioni ~ Bill Todd ~ Pam Heckman ~ Marti Longo
Julie Canning ~ Gigi & Paul Scheper ~ Cindy Cain
Jo & Michael Nader ~ Lee Groener
Wayne Peterson ~ Richard Heim ~ Chris Trujillo
Anna Salvatore ~ Donna & Kary Yergler ~ Jeff Reiss
Darlene & Jon Friestedt ~ Teresa & Doug Humphrey
Mona Wilhelms ~ Tony Uzzi ~ Teresa Fullerton
Linda Baldy ~ Cliff Deller ~ Joe Dragan ~ Robyn Jankovich
Jeannie Richard ~ Mary & Joe Sanchez
Susan Armstrong ~ Brian & Sue Dolan ~ Kathleen Gonzalez
Dean & Maureen Krieger ~ Mary Mack ~ Rick & Michelle Ptak
Marc & Laura Carignan ~ Lori Imburgia ~ Mary Kate Marconi
Barbara Pinter ~ Jodi Sweet ~ Todd Ziemer
Bill Hays ~ Brett McCauley ~ Steve Muzzy ~ Carla Myers
Kari Andrakowicz ~ Becky Engel ~ Tara Essex ~ Mike Furlong
Gino & Mary Cischke ~ Joan Gonzalez ~ Kent & Karen Hayden
Karin Hendrick ~ Carole Herzfeld ~ Nancy Hines ~ Randa Memo
Jill Noriega ~ Father Jim Dunning
Chris & Caroline Brahney ~ Lorrie Cabrera ~ Stephanie Callahan
Marisa Iadarola ~ Kim O'Donoghue ~ Sally Palmer ~ Ann Smith
Mike & Kim Caspino ~ Tracie Furlong ~ Angela Grant
Trudi McKenzie ~ Lynne Pantano ~ Kathy Plocher
Robin Emanuel ~ Kim Gallaway ~ Lori Kilander
Sam & Janet King ~ Patty Loessberg ~ Carol Miller
Georgia Prukop ~ Joyce Stinson
Kathy Bonin ~ Jay Deubler ~ Sarah Doyle
Shari Keating ~ Al & Karen Reyes ~ Sharon Tracy
Noelle Chiasson ~ Melissa Driscoll ~ John & Melissa Fosdick
Monique Hastings ~ Doug & Megan Hayden ~ Dana Maas ~ Rebecca Yaghi
Teacia Andrew ~ Jeff & Anne Cova ~ Shannon O'Connor
Michele Polana ~ Suzanne Reyes ~ Michael & Alexandra Simon ~ Shannon Smaldino ~ Maria Suarez
Gina Christiansen ~ Meredith Giraudi ~ Matt & Carol Lawson
Cristen Lebsack ~ Kelly McCabe ~ Michael Pollock ~ Shelly Soenen ~ Thomas Wilkinson
2017-2018 School Year
“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of Godʼs varied grace.” I Peter 4:10-11
Your Talents are Welcome! Please consider sharing your gifts with our school by joining our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). If you have a heart for planning community events, fundraisers, outreach, or parent child events, we want your leadership and help! Our PTO Board members serve our school community by leading teams of parent volunteers and working in collaboration with the teachers and administration at monthly board meetings. Please submit a Nomination for our open board positions (see link below). Likewise, please send us a note if you are interested in chairing an event such as the Golf Tournament, Harvest Festival, Anchor Ball, Father Daughter Dance, Mother Son Event, Lenten Retreat etc. Email Dana Maas at Dana@maasfamily.com if you are ready to say YES to Parent Leadership at St. Serra!
NEW THIS YEAR! Wanting to be a Room Parent??? All room parents will now be selected before the end of the school year. Be on the lookout for more information about the new Room Parent Duties and selection process in the weeks to come.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING NOMINATIONS IS 3:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017.
The following PTO Board positions are open for the 2017-2018 school year:
- Grade Level Room Parent Coordinators (RPCs) for Preschool through 8th grade
OPEN POSITION DESCRIPTIONS
Grade Level Room Parent Coordinators (RPCs)
This is a one year voting Board position. The Grade Level RPCs work with the grade level room parents and report to their respective Lead Room Parent Coordinator. They help provide information and guidance to room parent representatives regarding classroom activities.
- 1st Grade
- 2nd Grade
- 3rd Grade
- 4th Grade
- 5th Grade
- 6th Grade
- 7th Grade
- 8th Grade
This is a two-year voting Board position. The PTO Treasurer attends all monthly PTO Board and Parent Meetings and acts as custodian of all financial records of the PTO Board budget. Duties include:
- Authorize Reimbursement Requests using PTO funds and reconciling monthly statements.
- Coordinate expenses with the appropriate PTO Board member.
- Submit monthly Treasurer’s report to the School President and PTO Board Members for review and approval.
- Submit a year-end report in June to the Vice President of Finance in the Business Office.
- Submit a proposed budget for PTO review and approval at the beginning of the fiscal year.
- Coordinate the budget creation, management, and reporting for fundraising events, as needed.
- Coordinate training of Finance, Redemption and Raffle Chairs, as needed.
- Coordinate training for cash handling procedures, as needed.
A person may nominate him/herself or be nominated by someone else by submitting an online NOMINATION FORM. The online Nomination Form must be submitted no later than 3:00 pm on FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017. All nominated individuals will receive a phone call from the current PTO President Elect, Dana Maas, to discuss their nomination and answer any questions before the candidate’s name is officially placed on the ballot for vote.
All those whose names are placed on the Ballot for vote will be a part of the general election. Online voting will be held in April immediately following Nominations. Each St. Serra parent may submit one ballot for the general election. Votes will be counted and tabulated by the end of April. Election winners will be notified in early May.
LEARN MORE / QUESTIONSFor a more thorough description of our Organization, please check out our current PTO BYLAWS. In addition, if you have any questions or need further information, please contact PTO President Elect, Dana Maas, at email@example.com or 949-310-5653.
RPC: Lea Martone
GLAS: Jessica Plazak; Karyn Pickart
RPC: Lea Martone
GLAS: Karyn Pickart; Mary Daryabigi
RPC: Kate Fenton
GLAS: Annie Kretzmer
RPC: Faith Agius
GLAS: Christina Redwitz; Anna McGibbons; Gwenne Kooman
RPC: Heather Wilson
GLAS: Mich Todd; Heather Kirk; Jenelle Harmon-Vallone
Dana Griggs McLean
Dr. Rosa Patterson
Julianne DeMarco Almao
RPC: Charise Medeiros
GLAS: Elena Goodrich; Julianne DeMarco Almao
RPC: Jen Zalle
GLAS: Sherrie Kershaw and Mich Todd
Mercy Lisa V. Zambales
RPC: Shannon Smaldino
GLAS: Elena Goodrich and Tina-Marie Lesko
RPC: Jill Kopeny
GLAS: Jenelle Harmon-Valone; Mary Chenaur; Lori Jackson
Amy Noelle Briggs
Mary Helen Beatificato
Patty Juarez (Rivas)
RPC: Aimee Stevenson
GLAS: Colleen Shephard & Cristen Lebsack
RPC: Kim Gallaway
GLAS: Joyce Stinson and Debbie Griffith
RPC: Melissa Fosdick
GLAS: Janice Tarwater and Joanne Schroeder
We encourage every parent to attend our monthly PTO Board meetings held at the San Francisco Solano Catholic Church Parish Center and to become involved with the St. Serra Community.
Our PTO events focus on building community, providing outreach and faith enrichment to our neighbors, and raising funds to keep tuition affordable for every child that wants to experience a Catholic education.
Meeting Dates: Sept. 13, Oct. 12, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 15, April 12, May 9, June 4.
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.