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?

  • Wednesday, September 12, 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 10, 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 5,  9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 9, 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 6, 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 8, 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, June 5, 9:30 a.m.

Executive Board

Laurie Hasko, President

Jodie Shields, President-elect

Rachel Ganini, Secretary

Becky Denzin, Treasurer

Jamie Martin, Hospitality

Mary McKasy, Principal

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Annual PTO-Sponsored Events

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

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
  • Additional computers for computers on wheels ("COW")
  • 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 Laurie Hasko at
  • If chairpersons are listed for the volunteer area that interests you, contact them directly.
  • Check our weekly newsletter for upcoming volunteer opportunities.
  • Many opportunities will have an online SignUpGenius link to register, gather more information and send reminders.

Health Screening (October)
Health Screening is scheduled for October 2-4, with a re-screening date of October 29. Current chair needs many volunteers for the days of the event. Volunteers 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:
MJ Curry:

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 28, during the school day. Volunteers will be needed to cheer on the students during their runs and tally pledges.
Joy Szarke:
Jenny Greenway:

Family Events Committee
8-10 people needed to help plan the all-school family events including the Fall Festival (September), Family Bingo Night (January), and End of the Year Social (May). In addition to committee members needed for planning, many more volunteers are needed the days of the events.
Kelly Regan:
Jennifer Kishish:

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

Volunteer Tutors
Many volunteers are needed to assist teachers by working with students in the hallway during the school day. Volunteer tutors receive training in the fall and then pull individuals out for short sessions during which reading or math is the focus. Students will be reading aloud to volunteers or playing math games that have been pre-determined by the teacher. A wonderful opportunity, you won't believe the difference this can make in our students' school day.
Anne Hable:

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:
Mary Francis:

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.
Open Position

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:

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:

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.
Kat Moses:

Volunteers are needed to assist with photography throughout the year, page layouts and design (Dec. – March).
Lyndsay Good:

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:
Kristin Hiller:

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.
Robin Neuenfeldt:
Melina Dillon:

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:

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:

PTO Committees

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

Please email corrections/updates to Melissa Garrity at

F Apparel   Emily Leach
S Art Room Coordinator Chair Anne Hable
E Book Fair Chair Marisa Erickson
F Carnival Co-Chair
MJ Curry
Kristin Hiller
F Community Fundraising/Boxtops Co-Chair Robin Neuenfeldt
Melina Dillon
C Directory Chair Jessica Lassser
C District & Legislative PTO Liaison Chair Jodie Shields
C Family Packets/PTO Documents Chair Rachel Ganini
E Fifth Grade Events Chair Libby Finn
E Family Events Committee
Fall Festival and Bingo Night
Art Show and Spring Picnic
Kelly Regan
Jennifer Kishish
Jenny Conroy
C Gator Gallery Chair    
C Staff Gallery Chair    
F Fall Fun Run Fundraiser Co-Chairs Joy Szarke
Jenny Greenway
E Grant Committee
Chair Jodie Shields
S Health Screening Co-Chairs Jodi Rubin
MJ Curry
S Hospitality Chair Jamie Martin
S Media Center Coordinator Chair Melissa Garrity
S Office Volunteer Coordinator
(laminating, copying, special projects)
Chair Jessica Lasser
F Parent's Night Out Chair  
E School Supply Kits Chair Kathy Warner
E Yearbook Chair Lindsay Good

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.

What does the PTO do?
Check out the outline of what the PTO does found here.

How do I get involved and/or volunteer for PTO events?
Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page of the PTO website found here. Review the opportunities for ways to get involved and contact the individual listed to get more information. Also, the PTO Pulse in the Thursday Folder email 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?
Wednesday, September 12 @ 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 10 @ 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 13 @7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 5 @  9:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 9 @ 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 12 @ 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 6 @ 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 9 @ 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8 @ 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 5 @ 9:30 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!