PTO Information and Events
- PTO President Letter
- PTO At-A-Glance
- PTO Board
- St. Junipero Awards
- 2019-2020 PTO BOARD INFORMATION
- PTO Board Meetings
PTO President Letter
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 strengthens and grows by every person that steps onto the St. Serra campus.
The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) 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 of Grace. The wings of God's great GRACE carried us 25 years...our deep faith propels us forward, Siempre Adelante. “For by GRACE you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
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,
2019-20 PTO President
These annual events support the SJSC operating budget and help keep educational costs affordable for all.
- Golf Classic - Adult-only golf tournament, dinner and silent auction. 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, 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.
- Back to School Meet and Greet & Volunteer Fair
- SerraStrong Event
- Family Nights Out
- Santa’s Secret Christmas Shop
- Book Fair
- Serra Social Club
- Father/Daughter Dance
- Mother/Son Event
- 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, SerraServes
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.
- 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.
We are excited to welcome the 2019-20 SJSC Parent Teacher Organization Board! Thank you for answering the call to serve our St. Serra community as part of this blessed ministry! If you'd like to get more involved in PTO, please contact PTO President Elect, Allie Bertocchini at email@example.com.
Congratulations to our 2019-2020 PTO Board Members:
PTO President - Allie Bertocchini
President Elect - Laura MacCartie
Parliamentarian - Shannon O’Connor
VP Outreach Ministries - Dana Maas
VP Volunteers - Alecia Hedge
VP Donations - Shelly Soenen
VP Golf/Book Fair - Melissa Regan
VP Harvest Festival/Heart Run - Cynthia Mellow
VP On Campus Events - Melissa Singleton
VP Serra Social Club - Melissa Brown
VP Anchor Ball - TBA
VP Serra Spirit Shop - Lisa Cavanaugh
VP Community - Elena Goodrich
VP Parent/Child - Heather Ward
VP Communications - Mary Broomfield
VP Lunch Programs - Tina Clarence
PTO Secretary - Lea Martone
PTO Treasurer - Cristen Lebsack
PTO Hospitality - Jaclyn DeFazio
LEAD Room Parent Coordinator Mentor - Megan Hayden
Lead RPC PS-K - Nikki Sunyich
RPC PS - Christine Trautmann
RPC TK - Christina McGahan
RPC Kindergarten - Nichole VerBerg
Lead RPC 1-4 - Gwenne Kooman
RPC 1st Grade - Liz Farris
RPC 2nd Grade - Charise Medeiros
RPC 3rd Grade - Jen Galonsky
RPC 4th Grade - Lisa Zawistoski
RPC 5th Grade - Stephanie Angelos
Lead RPC 5-8 - Kay Relvas
RPC 6th Grade - Heidi Paolone
RPC 7th Grade - Jill Kopeny
RPC 8th Grade - Shannon Johnson
Lead Ambassador - Mich Todd
2018-2019 Shannon O'Connor
2017-2018 Dana Maas
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
2019-20 PTO BOARD ELECTIONS
Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for the 2019-20 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 PTO Board has been set for the 2019-20 academic school year.
Please contact PTO President, Allie Bertocchini, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Our ST. JUNIPERO SERRA OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP AWARDS will be presented at our Volunteer Award Reception and Prayer Service held in the St. Serra Chapel on campus at the end of the school year.
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: We will be opening nominations on Sunday, January 12, 2020. 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 Friday, March 27, 2020.
Volunteer Award Reception and Prayer Service
In June 2020, we will celebrate volunteerism with our Volunteer Award Reception and Prayer Service. The date will be announced soon for this beautiful celebration recognizing those who give of their time and talents to bring JOY to our community.
Parents who log 100 plus hours of service will be invited to attend this first annual event. Please log your hours through the SERVICE HOURS PARENT PORTAL.
Questions? Contact PTO Parliamentarian, Shannon O'Connor at email@example.com.
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 ~ Valerie Wheeler
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 ~ Cheryl Devereux
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 ~ Michelle Halkett
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 ~ Holly Schwartz
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
Stephanie Angelos ~ Jamie Gorrell ~ Carrie Mulvee ~ Kay Relvas
Sandy & Steve Silva ~ Suzanne Tyler ~ Lisa & Alan Zawistoski
Lindsay Hakimi ~ Allie Bertocchini ~ Paul Steinberg ~ Courtnay Denault
Kristy Messer ~ Janice Tarwater ~ Mary Broomfield
Jill & Kevin Kopeny ~ Shannon & Jeff Johnson
2019-2020 School Year PTO Planning
Are you ready to say ‘Yes’ to Parent Leadership at St. Serra?
“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
Come join us! We welcome you and your talents to join our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). We well underway with the planning process for the 2019-2020 school year, and look forward to partnering with our many creative and talented parents.
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 work in collaboration with the teachers and administration at monthly board meetings.
Please e-mail Allie Bertocchini, PTO President, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let us know your interests and talents or if you are interested in chairing an event. Visit our PTO event pages to learn more.
LEARN MORE / QUESTIONS
For a more thorough description of St. Serra’s Parent Teacher Organization, please check out our current PTO BYLAWS. In addition, if you have any questions or need further information, please contact PTO President, Allie Bertocchini, at email@example.com.
We encourage every parent to attend our monthly PTO Board meetings held 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 educational costs affordable for every child that wants to experience a Catholic education.
PTO Meeting Dates for 2019-2020 School Year:
Thursday August 8, 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, September 5 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday, October 2 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, November 7 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, December 5 9:15 a.m.*
Thursday, January 16 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, February 6 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, March 5 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, April 2 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, May 14 9:15 a.m.
Monday, June 1 9:15 a.m.
Location: Parent Hub (*December 5th meeting will take place in Mrs. Trudell's Conference Room, due to Santa's Secret Christmas Shop event in the Parent Hub).