To promote educational growth and spiritual welfare. To strive towards improving understanding and cooperation between parents and teachers.
Monthly PTO board meetings are held from August through May. Two general meetings are held each year – one in conjunction with Mock Schedule Night in the fall, the other in early spring. All parents are welcome to attend any/all meetings!
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Funds raised by the PTO are given back to St. Martha School and its students.
How to Get Involved
If you are interested in joining the PTO Board, one of our committees, or volunteering for an event, please contact Jenn Forst. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus Store – St. Martha branded apparel and merchandise is available for sale at “pop-up events” throughout the year.
Chili Supper – The Chili Supper is held annually in January. Chili is served in Bethany Center (the gym) and a festival of games and booths are hosted. Volunteers are needed to help serve food and work booths.
Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Events – A Father/Daughter dance and Mother/Son activity are sponsored annually. Volunteers are needed to set up, staff and clean up events.
Health Events & Records – This committee maintains immunization and physical records for each student. Annual screenings are held to obtain information on each student in accordance with the Jefferson County Health Department (height, weight, hearing and vision tests and scoliosis screening). All information is kept confidential and remains part of each student’s permanent record. Volunteers are needed to help with the screenings. The committee also holds various health education activities throughout the school year.
Homecoming – PTO works with Sports Ministry as needed to coordinate details of the event each fall and to secure clean up help afterwards.
Homeroom Parents – Homeroom Parents coordinate the school holiday parties – Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day – and coordinate teacher gifts. Additional volunteers assist with parties and provide treats.
Hospitality – This committee helps welcome and orient new families through a variety of events and materials.
Picnic Booth – The PTO runs the Horserace Bingo booth at the annual parish picnic. Volunteers are needed to work the booth.
Retail Fundraising – The PTO leverages national programs, retailers and apps that donate back to St. Martha when purchases are made, Specifically:
- Amazon Smile – St. Martha earns 0.5% on eligible purchases made through smile.amazon.com. Only purchases made at smile.amazon.com (not the general website or app) generate donations
- Box Tops for Education donates money for each Box Top collected at St. Martha. Students earn dress down days every other month for turning in Box Tops. There is also a collection drive with classroom competitions and prize incentives.
- Nana & Kraft Florist’s Community Programs enables customers to make a donation to St. Martha with each order. Select the “Charitable Contributions” pull down menu on the order form and choose St. Martha.
Santa’s Workshop – Santa’s Workshop provides students with an opportunity to purchase gifts for family and friends. The event takes place during two school days in early December. Volunteers help inventory the merchandise, price items, set up tables and help the children shop.
Rock-A-Thon – This annual fun run/walk, powered by Boosterthon, combines world-class character content with a highly profitable fundraiser. Students raise funds using an online platform during a 9-day collection window.
Spirit Nights – Every Thursday, eat at a designated restaurant – including Angio’s MOD, Panera, Raising Canes or Texas Roadhouse – and a percentage of the purchase will be donated to St. Martha. Check the Sycamore calendar and/or the Rock Report for more details.
Spring Fling – Spring Fling is a festival held during the school day on the Thursday before Derby. Following a parade celebrating all things Derby Festival, students play carnival games, enjoy face and nail painting and sing karaoke at Bethany Center. Raffle chances for tickets to Holiday World, Malibu Jacks, Orange Leaf and many more prizes are sold in advance and winners are drawn and awarded on Spring Fling day.
Teacher Appreciation – This committee provides gifts, meals and treats at Back to School time, Christmas, Catholic Schools Week and fall and spring conferences. A luncheon to honor the faculty and staff is held every spring. Donations are collected from school families to fund the event. Volunteers are needed to help organize and work at the luncheon.
Used Uniform Sale – The sale is held annually, around back to school time. Volunteers are needed to help display the items and collect money.
PTO Board Members
Pastor – Father Seejo Thandiacka
Principal – Suzanne Barnett
President – Jennifer Forst
Past President – Tina Walsh
Vice President – Karrie Harper
Secretary – Liz Jewell
Campus Store – Deana Price, Brittany Higdon
Chili Supper – Deana Sehlinger
Communications – Amy Schwoeppe
Father/Daughter Dance – Dawn Ruiz
Health Events & Records – Tina Walsh
Homecoming – Tina Walsh
Homeroom Parents – Suzanne Geiger (Pre-K – 4), Jessica Hourigan (5-8)
Hospitality – Brittany Higdon, Lauren Thomas
Mother/Son Event – Laura Rothenburger, Karrie Harper
Picnic Booth – Deana Sehlinger, Tina Walsh
Retail Fundraising – Karrie Harper
Santa’s Workshop – Jessica Hourigan
Rock-A-Thon – Karey McDowell
Spirit Nights – Amanda Randol
Spring Fling – Lori Cornish
Teacher Appreciation – Morgan Berry
Teacher Representatives – Donna Franklin, Suzanne Geiger
Used Uniform Sale – Jennifer Nason
Weekday Helper – Betty Crawford