Pope PTO Post

End of the school year

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We'd like to thank all of the PTO members for your generous support this year. Your help and donations enhance the learning experience within the classrooms and make our school a better place for our children.

Our fundraising events were a huge success raising just under $250K for Pope. A big thank you to our fundraising team, Denise Mazza, Vicki Molina and Anna Wood.

Mrs. Koop will use the money to buy additional educational materials to support the curriculum, books for our library, training for our teachers. In addition, we continually need to invest in technology, upgrade computers for classrooms, and purchase recess and gym equipment.

Thank you again for your support to our Parent Teacher Organization. We look forward to your continued support next year.
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Thank you 2015-2016 Commitee Chairs

These individuals chaired PTO committees this year and exceeded all expectations. They took an idea and ran with it, creating wonderful memories for Pope families, students, teachers, staff and the community.

100th Day of Kindergarten-Eleanor Dayrit
Birthday Billboard-Jen Ulrich
Boo Bash-Lizelle Brown and Sonya Meyers
Boosterthon-Denise Mazza, Vicki Molina and Anna Wood
Box Tops-Heather Gural, Staci Dauphine and Andrea VanSickle
Brown Bag-Maren Elfaki
Membership Directory-Kristen Ruiz
Fathers N Flashlights-Denise Mazza, Vicki Molina and Anna Wood
Field Day-Christina Taylor
Fifth Grade Party-Stacy Hooper and Amy Kerr
HRC (Home Room Coordinators)-Tracy Fritzsching
Hospitality-Dawn Jarvis and Christina Hunt
Library-Katie DiCaro
Love, Care, Share-Christina Taylor
Lost and Found-Chelsea Heckert
Multicultural Day-Julie Scott
Panther Pride Store-Kimberly Sulaiman and Jessica VanHouten
SRC (Science Resource Center)-Suzi Brown, Maren Elfaki and Bridget McMahon
Veteran's Day-Tom Rauch and Dre Ruiz
Volunteer Recruitment-Staci Dauphine
Welcome Committee-Katie Laxson
Yearbook-Jackie Holcomb

You all did an amazing job and thank you for the countless hours you put in to make your committee so successful.
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Thank you to our 100+ hour Volunteers

The Pope staff hosted a thank you breakfast for those who have worked 100+ hours as volunteers at Pope Elementary.

We'd like to recognize and thank the following people for volunteering so generously during the past school year. A book was donated by the PTO in their name to our school library.

Kristin Belland, Jennifer Brooks, Suzanne Brown, Julissa Cardenas, Stacy Carney, Shannon Collier, Eleanor Dayrit, Maren Elfaki, Robyn Ficalora, Aimee Gruber, Heather Gural, Katie Laxson, Bridget McMahon, Denise Mazza, Vicki Molina,

Shana Moreland, Nikki Rogers, Kristen Ruiz, Irina Smith, Kim Sulaiman,

Christina Taylor, Jessica Vanhouten, Debra Wagner, Anna Wood, Melissa Wynne

Our very first Pope Volunteer Appreciation award was given to Kim Sulaiman at the breakfast for going above and beyond the regular volunteer call of duty. Kim volunteered all day at Fathers N Flashlights even though her husband had to attend a last minute meeting in Japan and her child was not able to attend the event. In the future if you know of a volunteer who does something extraordinary, please contact a PTO board member so we can make sure to recognize them.

We can't thank these volunteers enough for their continued support of the PTO, we appreciate everything you did this year!
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2016-2017 Committee Chair Sign Up

We are busy winding down our current school year, but work is already happening to prepare for next school year. Are you interested in chairing or co-chairing a committee next year?

Do you already know how you want to help? Please download the volunteer interest statement, fill it out, and submit it to your VP of Volunteers, Adrienne Whitman.

You can return your forms to the school as long as it’s done by JUNE 1st or you may e-mail your completed form to volunteers4pope@gmail.com.

Many committees enjoy working during the summer, we ask that you submit your form ASAP (before school gets out) if you would like to be considered for a chair/co-chair position.

Click below to download the volunteer interest statement:
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2016-2017 PTO Board Members

We are happy to announce our PTO Board Members for 2016-2017, they will serve a
one year term. Please welcome brand new board members Elias Haidamous and Michelle Kelley.

Kristin Belland-President

Stacy Carney-VP of Panther Pride

Aimee Gruber-VP of Communications

Elias Haidamous-Parliamentarian

Michelle Kelley-VP of Volunteers
Vicki Molina-VP of Fundraising 2

Shana Moreland-VP of Fundraising 1

Kristen Ruiz-VP of Membership

Adrienne Whitman-VP of School Enrichment

Anna Wood-VP of Fundraising 3

Melissa Wynne-Treasurer


The new board is looking forward to working with all of our Pope families, teachers and staff to make this another fun, productive and rewarding year. The PTO is fortunate to have a great group of highly qualified and dedicated volunteers ready to work hard for our school.

We would like to thank our outgoing PTO Board members, Denise Mazza-VP of Fundraising 1 and Christina Taylor-VP of School Enrichment for all of their dedication and hard work the past three years.

They have served tirelessly on the PTO Board since the school started, going above and beyond their volunteer job descriptions. Denise and Christina were a huge asset to the board and will be greatly missed.

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Changes to the PTO bylaws for 2016-2017

At the General PTO Meeting on May 23, amendments to the bylaws were voted on and approved. Please review the following changes to our PTO bylaws.

  • Changed the Board member's term from 2 years to 1 year. Also, changed the 2-term limit to 3-term. Note that this is retroactive based on the definition of "term" at the time that position was held.

  • Changed responsibilities of the VP of Panther Pride to only be responsible for Panther Pride Store. The other responsibilities currently listed under this job description will be transferred to the fundraising roles.

Thank you to the Bylaw Committee for all of your help.

Bylaw Committee Members:

General PTO member: Elizabeth Beguerie

General PTO member: Mike Berube

Board rep: Melissa Wynne (Treasurer)

Staff member: Ms. Lopez

Parliamentarian role: Shana Moreland

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Mark your calendars

Panther Pride Store-May 27
Memorial Day-School Holiday-May 30

5th Grade End Of Year Party-June 1

Last Day of School/Class Parties Kinder-4th-June 2

Summer Break-June 3-August 19

Meet the Teacher-TBD-August

1st Day of School-August 22

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General questions: popeelempto@gmail.com

Volunteer questions: volunteers4pope@gmail.com

Membership questions: popeptomembership@gmail.com

Fundraising questions: popeptofundraising@gmail.com

Yearbook questions: popeptoyearbook@gmail.com

PTO Board 2015-2016

Kristin Belland-President

Stacy Carney-VP of Panther Pride

Aimee Gruber-VP of Communications

Denise Mazza-VP of Fundraising 1

Vicki Molina-VP of Fundraising 2

Shana Moreland-Secretary

Kristen Ruiz-VP of Membership

Christina Taylor-VP of School Enrichment

Adrienne Whitman-VP of Volunteers

Anna Wood-VP of Fundraising 3

Melissa Wynne-Treasurer