LCE PTO Newsletter

May 2016

Dear LCE families,

I cannot believe it is almost the end of the school year – wow how time has flown by! Now if the weather would only cooperate…

June also marks the end of my time on the LCE PTO Executive Board. For the past three years I have had the privilege to serve as president of the board and as vice-president prior. Many hours, laughs and some tears have accompanied me on my journey but most importantly I have gained incredible memories and friendships – with other parents, teachers and students. I have been teased many times for my desire to volunteer, but I believe it is better to give than to receive, to lead by example and utimately our kids are really worth the time and heart we give. While recruiting new parents for PTO, I have often said – volunteer while your kids want you to be involved! Thank you to my children for still feeling that way!

Thank you to the many who have shared in my journey. Thank you (big time) to my family - Ted, Connor and Callie - who inadvertently served with me. I want to also thank the other PTO board members for all of their dedication and friendships. Although we will all continue to be on the general board, our PTO bylaws allow officers to serve only 3 years consecutively. I have been blessed to serve the past three years with Stephanie Norg (Vice President) and Tony Pallo (Treasurer). LCE is so lucky to have you both. Tony, thank you for handling all the financial aspects! Steph, I could not have asked for a better partner in crime in this adventure. Thank you for everything!

Gandhi was spot on when he said “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”. Thank you, Lake Center for helping this Southern transplant find her home.



LCE Spirit Wear

Spring Spirit Wear order forms now available!
Show your school spirit by ordering a stylish new Lake Center Elementary t-shirt or sweatshirt. Shirts and sweatshirt come in both adult and youth sizes and are available in different colors and styles. Spring Spirit Wear forms must be returned, either to your child’s teacher or the office, no later than Friday, May 6th. Orders will be delivered to your child’s teacher by Friday, May 27th. Please feel free to contact Nicole Gutshall, PTO Spirit Wear Chair, by email with any questions or concerns.
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2016 Lake Center Anchor Run

Friday, May 13th, 6pm

10011 Portage Road

Portage, MI

Join us for a family-friendly 5k Run/Walk and 1 mile fun run supporting your local Portage community. Get race details, view our sponsors, and register online at

Congratulations to our newly elected general board members!

General Board Members for 2016 / 2017:

Robin Brendlinger

Rachel Bryant

Emily Cottingham

Toyin Darahijoh

Lora Darrah

Melissa Divan

Kim Evans

Nicole Gutshall

Angie Layne

Melissa Nicola

Stephanie Norg

Tony Pallo

Kellie Schnell

Stacie Sokolowski

Stephanie Tangeman

Julia Warner

Coming in June...

Turtle Trot Reward Picnic - June 2nd (more info coming soon)

Ice Cream Social - June 3rd

PTO Meeting - June 6th

Last Day of School (Half Day) - June 10th

Lake Center Elementary PTO

PTO Officers:

Julia Warner - President

Stephanie Norg - Vice President

Kristen Weaver - Secretary

Tony Pallo - Treasurer

Teacher Representatives:

Marci Mungovan

Ashley Palmer-Vance


Kelly Jensenius


Robin Brendlinger, Rachel Bryant, Toyin Daranijoh, Lora Darrah, Kim Evans, Nicole Gutshall, Angie Layne, Melissa Nicola, Sarah Overholt, Meghan Pavlowski, Maggie Piotter, Kellie Schnell, Kera Simpson, Stacie Sokolowski, Stephanie Tangeman