SOMO PTA Monthly Newsletter

Your connection to the Mountain Lion community (5/28/22)

Day of the Volunteer

We love and appreciate our volunteers so much, that we have a whole day set aside to celebrate them! It was so special to gather with many of this years' essential volunteers for a wonderful luncheon (provided by the 4th grade teacher team!). Volunteers play such an important role in the success of our school community and it's a big deal to finally have them trickling back onto campus!!!

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2021-2022 Service Awards. These awards come straight from nominations by members in our school community, and signify exceptional above-and-beyond roles in bettering the lives of the children and families in our school. Thank you to all of you!

Angi Busick - Honorary Service Award

John Boyd - Continuing Service Award

Sarah Ergo - Regina D. Holloch Acts of Kindness in Service Award

Dorothy Steiner - Regina D. Holloch Acts of Kindness in Service Award

Rachel Boenisch - Elena Ditizio Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient

In The Busy Month of May...

May 30: No School, Memorial Day

June 2: 6th Grade Promotion, Dine and Donate at Wicked Slush- all day!

June 3: Field Day, Last Day of School, Minimum Day, everyone dismissed at 11:50


Open House was an incredibly fun night. It felt so good to come together once again as a community.

HUGE THANKS to all of our room parents for coordinating baskets for their classes- this is not simple work, and it is truly appreciated!

HUGE THANKS to Jacki Yurth for coordinating a beautiful art show after a 2+ year hiatus. It's always so wonderful to see all of the amazing pieces of art the students create.

HUGE THANKS to Chandy Garner, Chandy Michael Photography, for taking gorgeous black and white photos of each of our students. This is a very time consuming and pricey job, but Chandy donates all of her talents to do this each year. If you missed the chance to check out these photos, you can grab them from the school office through Friday June 3rd. $20 per photo, $15 for additional siblings.

2022 Yearbooks

Our yearbooks have arrived and they are GORGEOUS!! Thank you so much to Sylke Anderson for designing the yearbook and Ms. Briggs for her coordination. All pre ordered yearbooks have been distributed to students. There are still a limited number of yearbooks available - please email Ms. Briggs at if you would like to secure one ($25 each).

WELCOME to our PTA Board-Elect

At the April 6th PTA Association Meeting, elections were conducted for the next term of the PTA Executive Board. This board plays a very important role in the PTA AND the school, as they meet several times every school year to make big decisions regarding activities/events and funding for our school. The PTA could not function without the amazing volunteers who step forward to take on an even bigger commitment of joining this executive board. The following people were elected on 4/6 and will 'take office' on July 1, 2022.

President - Sylke Anderson

Vice President - Jenna Moore

Secretary - Jen Mitchell

Treasurer - Lorene Busse

Financial Secretary - Mari Patrick

Historian - Erin Bishop

After 2 years in their current positions, some of our board members will continue on with the new board, in different positions (Jen Mitchell, Erin Bishop, Mari Patrick), and some of our board members will be moving on to assist our school in other ways these upcoming years (Maren Dever, Rachel Boenisch, Angi Busick). Thank you to all of you for serving the PTA!

Another big thank you to board members Alex Jelliffe and Michelle Rodd, who do not hold elected board positions, but together chair our Communications and Outreach committee and serve on the executive board by appointment, and will hopefully continue to serve in this capacity. Parliamentarian Sarah Nelson and Auditor Erin Carlson have also completed serving two years in their roles, under appointment of the current president. You all make this team SOMO strong!

Join the PTA

Annual Membership Goal: 250 members

Current Membership Total: 181 members

Sonoma Mountain Charter PTA’s goal is to make our school a great place for learning. We work hard to raise money through various fundraisers to help support the programs and activities that enrich our children’s lives. We also strive to build a strong community. Our community has made our school one that you can be proud to send your child to. Support our children and their teachers by joining the Sonoma Mountain Charter PTA.

For the small fee of $12.00 per person, anyone can become a PTA member: parents, students, grandparents, friends, etc… Membership entitles you to have a say in how Sonoma Mountain Charter PTA money is allocated while also having voting privileges at PTA meetings. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm. We would love to see you there, but it is not mandatory.

(Donations beyond the $12.00 fee directly benefit your child and our school. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to our PTA today ~ thank you!)

Time to get your Somo Gear!

Flaunt your support for our mountain lion community! Our Somo Wear coordinator is taking online orders again this year. Place your order via the order form below, and we will be taking payments via our PTA PayPal account. Items will be delivered to your child at school asap!
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AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Sonoma Mountain PTA every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to SOMO PTA!
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Your PTA OFFICERS for the 2021-2022 School Year

President - Rachel Boenisch -

Vice President - Jennifer Mitchell -

Secretary - Mari Keshishyan-Patrick -

Treasurer - Maren Dever -

Financial Secretary - Erin Bishop -

Historian (and Room Parent Coordinator) - Angi Busick -

Communications - Alex Jelliffe -

Communications - Michelle Rodd -

Membership - Sarah Nelson -

Somo Wear - Judy Vargas -

Auditor - Erin Carlson -

Dine and Donate - Jacqueline Musselman -

For questions, comments, or suggestions, please email the PTA crew at