Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

We support our students' education by fostering relationships among administrators, parents and teachers; coordinating volunteers and supplementing existing programs and services.

When are PTO meetings?

  • Monday, August 12, 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, September 11, 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 2, 9:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 18,  9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 22, 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 19, 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 9:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 6, 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 3, 9:00 a.m.

Executive Board

Jodie Shields, President
jodieshields@gmail.com

Jamie Martin, President-elect
jfetter3@slu.edu

Jessica Lasser, Secretary
jessica.lasser@gmail.com

Cari Scheve, Treasurer
carileepope@hotmail.com

Jamie Martin, Hospitality
jfetter@slu.edu

Mary McKasy, Principal
Mary.McKasy@wayzataschools.org

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Annual PTO-Sponsored Events

  • Fall Festival
  • Bingo Night
  • Parents' Night Out
  • Carnival
  • Spring Social
  • Book Fair

Sample PTO Fundraisers

  • Supplies and materials for art room
  • Scholarships for field trip costs
  • Contribution of $6,000 towards the cost of busing for field trips
  • Grants to teachers for classroom equipment, supplies, technology including iPods, MeMoves DVDs, leveled readers, fidget bands, curriculum enhancements, games for classrooms, BrainPOP, BookFlix and Tumble Books subscriptions, and more
  • Spheros and OSMO-robotics technology
  • Google Expedition
  • Kindness retreat - day long event for all fifth graders
  • Hospitality committee provides teacher meals, appreciation events, etc.
  • Books and materials for the media center and classrooms
  • Equipment for Physical Education department
  • Money to each teacher at the beginning of the year to buy classroom supplies
  • Author to visit the school and talk with students each year
  • Cross Country skis and boots for use by the fourth and fifth grades

PTO Volunteer Opportunities

  • If you have questions about the opportunities listed below, please contact Jodie Shields at jodieshields@gmail.com.
  • If chairpersons are listed for the volunteer area that interests you, contact them directly.
  • Check the weekly newsletter for upcoming volunteer opportunities.
  • Many opportunities will have an online SignUpGenius link to register, gather more information and send reminders.

Health Screening 
Health Screening will be scheduled for the fall.   More information to follow. Several volunteers will be needed to assist with student screening of vision, hearing, height and weight tests. Health care experience is not necessary. Time commitment: half-day, morning or afternoon.
Jodi Rubin: jodiprubin@gmail.com
MJ Curry: maryjomcurry@gmail.com

Fun Run Fundraiser
Gleason Lake's newest fundraiser, this event will take the place of the gift wrap sales. The Fun Run will take place on Friday, September 27, during the school day. Volunteers will be needed to cheer on the students during their runs and tally pledges.
Joy Szarke: joyszarke@gmail.com
Jenny Greenway: jcapista@gmail.com

Family Events Committee
8-10 people needed to help plan the all-school family events including the Fall Festival (September 27), Family Bingo Night (January 17), and our Ice Cream Social (May 28). In addition to committee members needed for planning, many more volunteers are needed the days of the events.
Kelly Regan: kelbel070@gmail.com
Jennifer Kishish: jlkishish@yahoo.com

Kindness Retreat
The entire fifth grade and their teachers attend a full day retreat on Friday, October 11, at a neighboring facility to foster positive behavior, communications, building strong relationships and making healthy choices. Adult chaperones are needed for this day.

Book Fair (October)
A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available for this annual event. Volunteers are needed to visit classrooms to preview Book Fair selections, sell books during the Fair and assist at the Book Fair Family Night. Time commitment: 2-3 hour shifts.
Marisa Erickson: marisa.erickson30@gmail.com

Parents' Night Out Fundraiser
Be part of a team that will plan this important fundraising event. Assistance needed with donations, coordination of auction items, registration, event planning, set-up, check-out and more.
Melina Dillon: melinachrissa@gmail.com

Office Volunteers
Assigned volunteers will work in the school office about two hours/week and assist staff on a regular schedule making copies for teachers, parent newsletters, etc. Training provided. This person may also assist office staff with other jobs if needed.
Joy Szarke: joyszarke@gmail.com

Media Center Volunteers
Gleason Lake students check out thousands of books/materials each month. Volunteers are needed to assist the Media Specialist and/or students in the library. A commitment of one morning or afternoon per week is appreciated, but not required. Duties may include greeting students, checking books and materials in/out, shelving books and creating displays.
Melissa Garrity: mgarr77@yahoo.com

Art Room Volunteers and All School Art Fair
Help our students show off their fabulous artwork. The coordinator schedules the volunteers for the art classroom to help with various tasks like cutting paper, matting projects and displaying artwork around the school. Volunteers are especially needed during the busy time prior to and the day of the School Art Fair. Time commitment is flexible and some projects can be done at home.
Anne Hable: ahable@gmail.com

Yearbook
Volunteers are needed to assist with photography throughout the year, page layouts and design (December – March).
Lyndsay Good: lindsaymgood@gmail.com

Carnival (March)
The carnival is an evening of family fun, entertainment and school spirit with things like Wacky Hair, carnival games and food.

  • Volunteers are needed to chair or work on one of several committees.
  • Volunteers needed on Carnival night to help with games, activities, food and clean up. Indicate your preference when you sign up.

MJ Curry: maryjomcurry@gmail.com
Kristin Hiller: kristindhiller@gmail.com

Community Fundraising
Assist in various fundraising activities for Gleason Lake. Volunteers are needed to contact area businesses, corporations, etc. Volunteers also needed to collect, cut and count the "Box Tops for Education," Target Card, etc. to earn funds that benefit our school. Time commitment: 2 hours/month.
Melina Dillon: melinachrissa@gmail.com

Hospitality
Occasionally provide food, serve food or clean up after various activities throughout the year. Activities include teacher meals during conferences, organizational meetings, grade-specific events, programs, orientations and graduations.
Jamie Martin: jfetter3@slu.edu

School Supply Kits
School supply kits are filled with all the required school supplies (by grade level) that a student will need to start the school year. Volunteers needed to coordinate, publicize and compile orders for the sale of school supply kits in the spring and distribute kits to the appropriate classrooms before the Open House in the fall.
Kathy Warner: mrswarner2006@gmail.com

PTO Committees

(C) Communications — (F) Finance/Fundraising — (S) Faculty/Staff Support — (E) Student Enrichment

Please email corrections/updates to Jessica Lasser at jessica.lasser@gmail.com.

F Apparel   Emily Leach emilybonner@msn.com
S Art Room Coordinator Chair Anne Hable ahable@gmail.com    
E Book Fair Chair Marisa Erickson marisa.erickson30@gmail.com
F Carnival Co-Chair
Co-Chair
MJ Curry
Kristin Hiller
maryjomcurry@gmail.com
kristindhiller@gmail.com
F Community Fundraising/Boxtops Co-Chair Melina Dillon melinachrissa@gmail.com
C Directory Chair Jessica Lassser jessica.lasser@gmail.com
C District & Legislative PTO Liaison Chair Sara Danforth saradanforth@yahoo.com
C Family Info/PTO Documents Chair Jessica Lasser jessica.lasser@gmail.com
E Fifth Grade Events Chair Open Position  
E Family Events Committee
Fall Festival and Bingo Night
Art Show and Spring Picnic
Chair
Co-Chair
Kelly Regan
Jennifer Kishish
Jenny Conroy
kelbel070@gmail.com
jlkishish@yahoo.com
mcgibbonjennifer359@gmail.com
C Gator Gallery Chair    
C Staff Gallery Chair    
F Fall Fun Run Fundraiser Co-Chairs Joy Szarke
Jenny Greenway
joyszarke@gmail.com
jcapista@gmail.com
E Grant Committee
(President-elect)
Chair Open Position  
S Health Screening Co-Chairs Jodi Rubin
MJ Curry
jodiprubin@gmail.com
maryjomcurry@gmail.com
S Hospitality Chair Jamie Martin jfetter3@slu.edu
S Media Center Coordinator Chair Melissa Garrity mgarr77@yahoo.com
S Office Volunteer Coordinator
(laminating, copying, special projects)
Chair Joy Szarke joyszarke@gmail.com
F Parent's Night Out Chair Melina Dillon melinachrissa@gmail.com
 
E School Supply Kits Chair Kathy Warner mrswarner2006@gmail.com
E Yearbook Chair Lindsay Good lindsaymgood@gmail.com

Meeting Minutes

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a PTA and a PTO?
A PTA is organized under and a part of the state and national PTA organization. PTA is a registered trademark of the national PTA and can only be used by those organizations that are affiliated with the PTA. Any parent-teacher or other school organization that is not affiliated with the PTA can be called anything else, but PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is the most common designation.

Why did Gleason Lake switch from a PTA to a PTO?
The reason for the change was so that our parent-teacher organization could run independently of the PTA rules and regulations, including the requirement to pay a portion of our dues to the state and national PTA.

"PTA" is a trademarked designation for organizations affiliated with the state and national PTA. At the time of our switch, we were required to pay $6.25 per member to the state PTA each year. In the three years prior to the switch, those dues ranged from $1,600 to $2,100 per year. The PTA membership voted to dissolve the PTA and form a PTO in part so that the money previously paid to the state PTA could be kept in our school and used to more directly benefit our students.

What is the PTO's mission?
The mission of the PTO is to support the education of children at Gleason Lake Elementary School by fostering relationships among the school, parents and teachers, coordinating volunteers and enhancing the quality of education by supplementing existing programs and services.

How do I get involved and/or volunteer for PTO events?
Review the opportunities for ways to get involved and contact the individual listed to get more information. Also, the PTO Pulse in the weekly email parent newsletter will highlight volunteer opportunities as volunteers are needed for upcoming events. Attending PTO meetings is also a great way to get involved!

Who can be a member of the Gleason Lake PTO?
All parents and guardians of students at Gleason Lake and all teachers are members of the PTO. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate!

When are the PTO meetings?

  • Monday, August 12, 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, September 11, 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 2, 9:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 18, 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 22, 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 19, 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 9:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 6, 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 3, 9:00 a.m.

What happens at the PTO meetings?
The typical format for a PTO meeting is for the president, the treasurer and the principal to give reports on what is happening with the PTO and the school, and then additional members will report on PTO initiatives and activities such as fundraising, PTO sponsored events, staff liaison meetings and other events. There is always lots of discussion about how to best use our PTO resources. We’d love to have you join us!

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