Parent Connection (PTO)

Parent Connection (PTO) 

2017-18 PTO Executive Board


Co-Chair, Dominique Blackburn

Co-Chair, Anne Hardcastle

Treasurer, Erik Osborn

Secretary, Libby Lauze


Contact us at mainelongfellowpto@gmail.com

Mission Statement 
The mission of the Longfellow School Parent Teacher Organization is to provide enhanced educational opportunities for our students through fundraising and organizing activities involving cultural enrichment, science, literacy, nature and the arts, and to encourage community and shared experiences with the families and neighborhoods that surround our school. 

Who is the PTO?
The membership of the PTO consists of all parents of children enrolled in Longfellow School, all teachers and non-teaching staff members of the school including Terry Young, our Principal. The PTO is comprised of the general group of parents as well as six sub-committees; Poet's Hideaway/Learning Garden, Cultural Enrichment, Programs, Library, Auction and Care Committee. 

Communication
School Newsletter- The school sends home once per
month and is posted on the website


PTO Distribution List- Send email to 
mainelongfellowpto@gmail.com to get added to the list

Facebook- search Longfellow Elementary School PTO 


Committees/Events
Poet's Hideaway/Learning Garden
Oversees and implements garden activities and classroom engagement in the courtyard. 
Amy Segal  amybellsegal12@gmail.com 
207-807-8092


Walk-A-Thon 
(Saturday, September 17th, 24th is rain date)

Fall fundraiser- Give what you can on the day of the event!
Jean Rank jcrank@icloud.com
or 
Jessica Marino  jbmarino77@gmail.com

Crafternoon 
Erin Conn  connerinn@gmail.com

Bingo Night 
**Please let the PTO know if you would like to help.**

Auction (March)
Organizes and implements the annual auction. All are welcome to help with soliciting donations, advertising and event planning. 

Auction Chair- Kari Rasheed- kari.rasheed@gmail.com
Donations Chair - Scott Segal - ssegal@maine.rr.com
Corporate Sponsorship - Jessica Marino - jbmarino77@gmail.com
Database Management - Tim Walsh - tw2141@gmail.com

**Looking for 1 Co-Chair and and a Donations Co-Chair**

Family Feast (May)
Sarah Thomson  slthomson@earthlink.net
Kelly Finch


Library Committee
Assists the school library media specialist with library
programming for author and illustrator visits and the
Maine Student Book Award program.
Debra Flynn  dlrflynn@hotmail.com

Clubs and Classes (spring)
Looking for a volunteer to coordinate!

Art Night (May/June)
Emily Serway  serwae@portlandschools.org

*Cultural Enrichment (Various activities during the school year)
Organizes student exposure to the arts, artists and different cultures. 
Maggie Watson  mebwatson@hotmail.com
or
Kristen Jordan kjordan3@maine.rr.com or 

Care Committee
Providing support for Longfellow families facing a serious medical issue or crisis of an immediate family member. 
Kendra Allen   Kendra.f.allen@gmail.com
or
Amy Jaffe amyjaffe@gmail.com


How does the PTO raise money?
The PTO will fundraise using the Hannaford gift card program (to be introduced to families in late September).  The other major fundraiser is the Longfellow Auction which will be held this spring.  The money raised by the PTO fund field trips and teacher and staff needs.

When does the PTO meet?
The PTO typically meets the first Tuesday of each month. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in the school library and free childcare is
provided in the school gym.

2016-2017 Meeting Dates are:
September 6
October 4 
November 1
December 6
January 10
February 7
March 7
April 4
May 2
June 6

You can enhance your child's education by
participating in the PTO! 


Here's how:
ATTEND the Back to School BBQ in September.

ATTEND the Kindergarten coffee.

ENJOY roller skating at Happy Wheels 

ATTEND the PTO-sponsored Book Fair in the fall.

ATTEND the Longfellow Auction in March.
This is an exciting, adult-only evening event.

VOLUNTEER as a Room Parent.
Responsibilities include attending PTO meetings and
communicating with parents and the teacher about PTO events.

GET INVOLVED with the PTO Clubs & Classes Program.
Share a special skill or talent with our students, or join us and
help organize and coordinate the program.

ATTEND and HELP at our Spring Fair in June.

ENJOY the Learning Garden behind the school.

CONTRIBUTE to the Thanksgiving and Holiday Families.

SAVE General Mills Box Tops for Education and
Hannaford  "school dollar certificates."

USE the Clynk bags provided in the office to return
recyclables that benefit the PTO.

PARTICIPATE in Hannaford Helps Schools and AmazonSmile.
(FMI go to smile.amazon.com)

Bake for the PTO. Baking needs will be posted in in the School Newsletter and sent via the email distribution list.