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Notes from Our Lady's Academy

The PTO: Enriching Education and Fostering Community Spirit

Posted by PTO

5/31/16 5:07 PM

Greetings from the PTO!

As we wrap up another successful year, the PTO would like to thank everyone who coordinated, assisted with and attended the many events throughout the past several months. You are, of course, too numerous to name individually, but without you it wouldn’t have been possible.

“What exactly is the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)?” you may ask. It is an organization, intended to include ALL Our Lady’s Academy parents and guardians, in support of the teachers’ efforts at educating our children. While our teachers and other OLA staff members are charged with meeting and exceeding their students’ educational needs, we, the PTO, work to further enhance that education through enrichment efforts that also help to foster community spirit – such as Catholic Schools Week assemblies, end of year field trips, and receptions for Kindergarten graduation and Grandparents’/Special Persons’ Day. Yes, it includes ALL OLA families. And without the help of all families, the PTO will not be able to continue providing these wonderful resources to our students and families.

Here is a sampling of the events and programs put on and supported by the PTO this academic year:

  • Back-to-school Coffee – we welcomed new and returning families on the first day of school

  • Room Parent Coordination – we lined up room parents for each class, and supported them

    throughout the year

  • Monthly Newsletter – keeping everyone “on the same page” for upcoming events on the

    calendar and recaps of the ones that have taken place

  • Halloween Party – a social event for all students and their families

  • Middle School Dances – two per year, social event for middle school students from the school

    and surrounding parishes

  • Breakfast with Santa – out largest fundraiser – contributed over $11,000 to our PTO budget in


  • Catholic Schools Week (Family Bingo, Crazy Hat Day, Real Life Board Game Assembly, Ice Cream

    Social, Movie Day, Door Decorating Contest) – a week filled with fun events celebrating the

    special nature of our school

  • Passive Fundraising – more commonly recognized as “Boxtops for Education” and other similar

    means of raising money for playground equipment and the like

  • Receptions for Grandparents’ and Special Persons’ Day, First Communion and Kindergarten

    Graduation – we provided the coordination and funding for these special events

  • Teacher Appreciation Luncheon – an annual event that serves as a small token of our gratitude

    for the teachers and staff that do so much for our children (have you noticed the great picnic

    tables we were able to purchase for them this year?)

  • Restaurant Fundraising – in recent months, we’ve lined up area restaurants (or entertainment

    venues) that are willing to donate a portion of their proceeds on a given day in exchange for us

    providing a flyer and advertising to the school and parish community

  • Field Day Cookout – we provided the food and labor to feed over 400 hungry people on this fun-

    filled day

  • Eighth Grade Dinner – we fund this annual tradition for our graduates to reflect on their time at

    Our Lady’s with their parents and teachers

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