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F.A. Day PTO Board & Committee Chairs

2024-2025

Volunteer with us and help enrich the Day community. You are needed!

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PTO Board Members

Co-Presidents: Angie Kim & Fiona St. John-Parsons  

The PTO Co-Presidents plan, budget, and manage the PTO calendar of events for the year; work with the event committee chairs offering support and guidance where needed; support with the Day school principal; execute parent outreach and communication. We conduct monthly PTO council meetings and communicate school and PTO events via email and on the PTO Website. 

​Support Committees:

  • Coordinate and Support Committee Chairs

Host Meetings:

  • School Committee Annual Visit to Day, 1x/year

  • PTO Board Meetings, 4-6x/year for just the Board

  • Admin School Meeting, 1x/month in person with Principal and Front Office Team

  • All-Community PTO Meetings, 2x/year (Spring and Fall)

Communicate with Parents:

  • Publish a Regular Bi-Weekly Parent Newsletter

  • Field Daily Emails from Parents and others to Main Email

  • Hold School Council Elections

  • Speak at Incoming Families Night

  • Make a Welcome Video for Curriculum Night

  • Host "Families Connect" Get-Together in August for all Day Families

Carry Out Administrative Tasks:

  • Run Two Dues Drives a Year to Raise $25k (min.)

  • Provide Ad-Hoc School Support

  • Storeroom Cleaning and Management

  • Import/Export Parents in MTK/Database Oversight

  • Support Treasurer in routine budgeting & reimbursement

  • Provide Multicultural Night Gifts

  • Schedule Delivery of Year-Beginning Lunch for Teachers

 

Vice-president ex officio: Principal Mann

 

Treasurer: Amelia Oliver

The Treasurer keeps the financial records of the PTO, promptly reimburses all parent volunteers, and is responsible for the PTO's financial activities, including collecting all money received by the PTO, paying bills, financial reporting and filing appropriate government forms.

Recording Secretary: Dan Liston

The Secretary keeps the minutes of the PTO meetings, manages the PTO calendar, and is responsible for the keeping the bylaws up to date.

PTO Committee Chairs

 

Community Support

 

METCO Liaison:  Committee Chair Janice Morales 

The METCO Liaison is responsible for collaborating with the PTO board/METCO community, parents, and students for all school and students and community events, initiatives and areas of achievement for the PTO community. 

SEPAC Liaison: Committee Chair Spencer Poole

This volunteer is a caregiver of a child receiving special education services (IEP or 504 Plan) at Day. They represent Day on the Newton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) and keep families informed about pertinent policies, resources and events. The liaison also responds to any questions or concerns a caregiver has about their child's development or services and fosters community among families of children with special needs.

Creative Arts & Sciences (CAS): Committee Chair Jacquelyn Perna

Creative Arts & Sciences is a curriculum-based program which brings outside presenters/programs into all grades at Day Middle School.  Programs enrich learning in Science, Art, English, Language Arts, History, Social Sciences, and Music.  Creative Arts & Sciences is entirely funded by the PTO. Committee volunteers welcome presenters, assist with set up (if necessary), and attend the presentations.

 

Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ): Committee Chair Elsa Christiansen Janairo

Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ) is a group of diverse Newton families helping our children learn about issues of power and inequality and how to stand up for racial justice. We seek to generate understanding and curiosity about differences in our society, and to work together towards racial equity.

Teacher Appreciation: Committee Chair Maureen McAleer

Leads our efforts to make our teacher's lives a little easier...often with snacks and meals!

Team Parents: Committee Chair Connie Yarian 

Helping recruit, organize and support team parents. 

Safe Routes to School: Committee Chair Mike Halle

Responsible for collaborating with Safe Routes to School and the Day community to keep us aligned with safety protocols.

POPS Advocacy - Committee Chair Emily VanHassel  

Money for the Band, Chorus, Drama and Orchestra programs! Helping to fund the Parents of Performing arts Students (POPS) program through oversight, advocating, speaking before performances, liaison with Arts Teachers and Treasurer, and doing admin like making sure the QR code is readily accessible on programs, etc.

Operations

Spiritwear Sales: Committee Co-Chairs Annie Nguyen and Allison Blecker 

Lead sales of spiritwear, storing inventory in your house if possible. Vendors, designs, sales plans already exist. This will also include T-Shirt Ordering for Music Festivals - (create google form to check sizes and duplicates, share with music teachers, picking up and dropping off at school) and Gift Ordering for Incoming 6th-Graders. It is not a fundraiser but a community investment.  You will work with a veteran co-chair for the first year.

Copy Room Coordination - Committee Chair Meredith Reed

Recruit and assign parents to work in the copy room during school hours in support of teachers and admin. Usually one parent per week.

 

Fundraising - Committee Chair Connie Yarian and Michelle Dorsey 

Lead After-School Snack Sales and the Dining for Day program of getting restaurants to donate, plus other initiatives that occur to you!

Principal Coffees: Committee Chair Jennine Tambio 

Coordinate Refreshment - The Principal holds 5-6 parent gatherings a year on pre-scheduled Friday mornings and someone needs to recruit and coordinate volunteers to order and deliver two coffee carafes plus donuts on those days. Volunteers are fully reimbursed.

MiniGrant Distribution- Committee Co-Chairs Helen Chuah Kepets and Karthik Venkatesh

Review applications from teachers and staff; work closely with the Treasurer to ensure that disbursement stays in budget; follow and set policy and guidelines; will likely be paired with veteran Minigrant Lead to start!

Social Media & Web Management: Committee Co-Chairs Marta Barriga and Janice Morales

Works to keep our web presence and communications running smoothly. 

Yearbook - Committee Chairs Jessica Schiefer and Christina Abele

Create, market and sell the annual yearbook to all grades and staff.

 

Events

 

Parent Events - Committee Chair Shweta Humad

Make Parent Nights happen, whether it's an outdoor gathering or a pub trivia night or grade-level or Mystery Dinner or another way to bring parents and guardians together to build community.

 

Fall School Dance - Committee Co-Chairs Cedar Pruitt and Tramy Lao with the Dance Team

Day is known for their joyful annual student dances in Sept/October. This group will coordinate communication, registration, vendors, location, police detail and chaperones.

Year-End Breakfast - Committee Co-Chairs Caroline Bell and Sara Pollock DeMedieros

Oversee Year-End Breakfast for Teachers and Staff. A hot meal is served to teachers around 9am on the teacher's last day (the day after students are done).

Eighth Grade Celebration and Activities - Committee Chair Tramy Lao

Oversee and develop celebrations for 8th graders and fundraising and execution of the moving-on ceremony.

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If you can take on any of these roles, please let us know ASAP at FADayDragons@gmail.com

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