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PTO Minutes 11-15-2018

St. Malachy PTO meeting Minutes
November 15, 2018
Principal’s report:
 -Upcoming events:
 Noisy change collection to adopt a family for Christmas
 Christmas music program Dec 5
 Geography bee- Tuesday Nov 20th
Treasurer Report:
 -Current total is $20, 922. PTO also gives the school $9000 each year to be used.  Half will be given soon, and the other half in May.
Old Business:
 – Tshirt sales were extended.
New Business:
 -Vendor Fair – 35+ vendors signed up.  Santa will be present 11-1.  BBQ sandwiches will be available.
 -The PTo will sponsor a movie night.  The movie will be The Star. This will be held on Friday December 21 at 6:30.  The movie will be free with concessions available to purchase.
 -December 5th, PTO will organize cookie reception following Christmas concert.  A signup genius will be sent out.
 -Jan 27-Feb 1st is Catholic Schools week.  The teachers lunch will be Monday the 28th, the PTO will need parent volunteers to watch the students while the teachers enjoy lunch out.  A survey will be sent out on preference of breakfast served after church on the 27th.
Teachers sponsored Trivia night is Jan 19th.
 Next meeting:  Jan 17th

PTO Meeting Minutes 8-30-2018

St. Malachy PTO meeting Minutes

August 30. 2018


Opening:  Introduction of PTO Board:  President: Heather Burwell, Vice President: Tiffany Ossian, Secretary: Michelle Wagner, and Treasurer: Alisha Stehr

Principal’s Report: 

The Welcome picnic will be Sept 5th at 6PM.

-On Sept 14th, the school would like assistance moving into the addition.  It was discussed that having a few different times open for volunteers because of different schedules.


Treasurer report:

Current Balance: $20,714.56

-$10,000 of this money is being allocated for security and was raised from the lap a thon.  The quotes for adding electronic locks to all doors of the school have come in much higher than Father Ken expected.  He is gong to get more quotes and may be able to assist with some to reduce the cost

Old business:

-EPI supplies were tried for the first time this fall.  Mrs. Sickles reported it to be easy and convenient for parents but also the teachers.

-Open House: The PTO sponsored an ice cream social and went well

New Business:

-Homeroom parents have been emailed regarding duties.  All positions have been filled.  Heather has wish lists filled out by teachers last year if any homeroom parent needs these.

-T-shirts:  Lora Pellman has agreed to do St. Malachy gear.  3 designs were brought to the meeting.  The PTO will narrow down and will have the students vote again this year.  It was discussed to add athletic shorts with the logo and jogger pants.

-Food Fair- Scheduled Sept. 9th

–  Creston Color Run:  Scheduled Sept 23 at 2:00.  T-shirt Deadline is Sept 14.  More volunteers are needed to direct the crowd and throw color.

-Spaghetti supper:  Oct 13 5-7.  Lesha Clarke will head committee.  Others who signed up in the spring included: Abbey Clayton, Beth Kulow, Nikki Adamson, Danielle Steele, and Kelsey Bailey.  Britni Kawa offered for A&G to donate alfredo sauce and marinara sauce.  PTO will have a raffle drawing for two items again this year.  Flyers will be posted soon.

–Vendor Fair- Novemeber 17.   Fay Perkins agreed to chair this committee.  23 vendors are currently signed up.  It was discussed to again have a food vendor or ordering A&G with possible delivery.  Civics club will again do a bake sale.  It was discussed opening up the vendor positions to more St. Malachy families.

-PTO is hoping to do a kids day in November as a fundraiser. Parents could drop kids off in order to complete some Christmas shopping.  Civics club agreed to help entertain.

-Boxtops may be collected again this year with proceeds to go to reading events, STEM night etc.  PTO will award top class with a cookie party

-PTO would like to have movie nights again soon.  Please contact with open dates in the fall

.  All parents who turned in the red sheet with volunteer opportunities we put in a drawing. Congratulations to Melissa Baker for winning the raffle

Next meeting: Sept 20th, 6PM.  The PTO will be stuffing packets for the color run starting at 4:00at the school for anyone who can assist.

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PTO Meeting Minutes 1-25-2018

St. Malachy PTO meeting Minutes

January 25, 2018

Principal’s report:

-The fundraising goal for the building addition has been met.  The addition will involve many changes for the school including moving the car pick up line, scheduling, hiring, etc.  With a recent closing of a preschool in town, Mrs. Simmons reported there will be additional preschool classes, including the option for all day 4 year old preschool.

-Mrs. Simmons also reported that the FAST assessments have shown increasing scores for our students

Treasurer Report:

As of the end of December, total is $24,886.

Old Business:

-2nd grade won most boxtops and won a pizza party  -Aiden Evans had most collected and won a single pizza


New Business:

-PTO will plan to send out a survey for new fundraising ideas and for any new ideas for the PTO

-Catholic schools week is next week.  PTO had a poll on the facebook page regarding what to serve.  Breakfast pizza won the vote.  Coffee, juice, and fruit will also be served.  Parents have also signed up to watch the students on Monday while the teachers enjoy a lunch out

-It was brought to a vote to give parents an option for ordering school supplies through Education Products Inc.  It was voted yes to provide this as an option.

-PTO will be planning a family movie night, which would include free admission and snacks will be available for purchase.

-Assessments will be coming up in April.  These assessments typically cost $9500 and PTO has funded this in the past.

-Lap-a-thon is scheduled for May 3rd.  There will be a sign up genius sent out for volunteers.  Money packets will be sent home before Easter break.

-Teacher appreciation week is May 7-11.  Some ideas to celebrate include gift cards for all staff, and having PTO provide something each day to celebrate

-Mrs Simmons also discussed potential projects to be completed along with the addition including: projector update, bathroom updates, flooring, painting, updating courtyard etc.

-Parent teacher conferences will be March15th, PTO will ask for donated items for the staff on this date.

Next meeting Feb 15 at A & G


Related imageChristmas Program

Wednesday, December 6th, 6:30

at High School Auditorium

Start preparing your holiday shopping list!

Buy SCRIP from St. Malachy

Raise money for you and the school!

Taking SCRIP orders weekly on Monday.

Due to the holidays – there will be no SCRIP orders the week of November 20th 


St. Malachy School Mass

November 29th – 5th Grade

December 8th – Feast of Immaculate Conception Mass – 4th Grade

No School

November 22-26th

November 16th-


A&G Restaurant


January 20th, 2018

St. Malachy Trivia Night!

Form a group of 8 for $200 a table or $25 per person.

Corporate tables are available!

Themed tables are encouraged!

6:15-7:15  Cocktail Hour/Decorating of the tables– Appetizers Provided

7:30 Trivia Starts

Call the school to reserve your table today! 641-782-7125

Look for more information (coming soon) on the St. Malachy Facebook Page


 Catholic Youth Camp registration is opening soon! In fact, registration is just around the corner on November 15, 2017 at noon! CYC 2018 dates are available on our website: CYC is for students entering 3rd grade through high school graduation and is located in Panora, IA. Sponsorships are available!

Wishing you a Blessed Weekend,

God Bless,

Mrs. Simmons

PTO Meeting Minutes 9-21-17

St. Malachy PTO meeting Minutes

September 21, 2017

Principal’s report:

-Upcoming events:  Panther spirit day- Sept 29

Muffins with Moms- October 19

STEM night – November 9

Fire prevention; October 9 and 10 for grades K-5

Mass reception for grades 3-5 – October 25

Treasurer Report:

-Current total is $18,280.  More information on the color run at the next meeting

Old Business:

-Previous By laws have been found.  These will be reviewed and updated soon

– Homeroom Parents:  Some parents have signed up to be a homeroom parent. Several more signed up at the meeting.  Still need a parent from preschool and 1st grade.

-School supplies: This will be tabled until a later meeting

-T-shirt designs:  Lora Pellman presented three designs and the kids have voted on their favorite design.  There will be performance wear, polos, hoodies, etc

-Order sheets will be available at the Spaghetti Supper and at parent teacher conferences.

– Lora will also be designing window decals for cars to be sold

PTO Meeting

Reminder:  Tonight there is a PTO meeting at 6:00.

PTO Meeting Minutes 8/31/2017

St. Malachy PTO meeting Minutes

August 31, 2017

Opening:  Introduction of PTO Board:  President: Heather Burwell, Vice President: Tiffany Ossian, Secretary: Michelle Wagner, and Treasurer: Alisha Stehr

Principal’s Report:

Mrs. Simmons reported a good first week.  St. Malachy is planning a supply/fund drive for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  More information to come.

-The first spirit day will be Sept 8th.  This is a cy-Hawk day.  Students can pay $1 and wear shirts to support their team.  Proceeds may go to benefit Hurricane Harvey benefit

-Last year, each grade took a turn for a reception following Mass.  This year it will be consolidated into groups of K-2, 3-5, 6-8 receptions.

– Beginner Band display will be held Thursday Sept 7 for those in 4th-6th grade.


Treasurer report:

Current Balance: $16,003

-In the recent past there has not been a specific budget for the PTO.  The PTO hopes to make a budget to track spending


Civic’s Club:

-Last year, the PTO approved giving the Civic’s club $1000 for replacing the games with large wooden games.  The PTO purchased the games already, but still owe $200 to the Creston Arts Club

New Business:

-The PTO plans to update by-laws this year.  This will be tabled for now as Mrs. Simmons/Heather look for previous by-laws and will update at a later time

-A teacher wish list sheet was given to teachers and support staff.  The PTO hopes to use these as ideas for a special birthday surprise or at random to show appreciation for all our staff do

-The PTO is hoping to have homeroom parents for each class to be a go-to person between the PTO, teachers, and all parents in the class.  Please let the PTO know if interested. Some have signed up already.

-PTO brought up the idea to use educationalproducts as an optional supply company to get school supplies for next year. This is the same company other local schools use.  Mrs. Simmons brought up importance of shopping local.  This idea would be optional for parents if they chose to use.  This was tabled for now as Heather checks with the teachers on their opinions.

-T-shirts:  Lora Pellman has agreed to do St. Malachy gear.  All present voted for the top 3 designs.  The students will get to vote on the top design as they did last year.  Some gear she plans to offer: t-shirt, v-neck, performance shirts, polo, pompom/oversized jersey.  After the students vote, orders will be taken at Spaghetti supper

-Family picnic is scheduled for Wed. Sept. 6 at 6:00.  The PTO will provide a small gift for new families.

-Food Fair- Scheduled Sept. 10th.  PTO will have a table setup for Color Run signup

–  Creston Color Run:  Scheduled Sept 24 at 2:00.T-shirt Deadline is Sept 11.  More volunteers are needed to direct the crowd.  Daniel Buls to sing the national anthem.

-Vendor Fair- changed to Oct 28th 9:00-2:00.  Civics club plans to do a bake sale.  Burnt Reynolds BBQ will provide pulled pork, chips, drink for $5.

-PTO is hoping to do a kids day in November as a fundraiser. Parents could drop kids off in order to complete some Christmas shopping.  Civics club agreed to help entertain.

-Boxtops may be collected this year by PTO.  More information to come.

-There was a drawing for A&G gift and movie theater tickets for anyone who turned in the pink volunteer form.  Kim Coen was the winner!!!!!

-Next meeting scheduled Sept 21.  Location of PTO meetings may move to park, A&G, or other locations.  Will be announced closer to the meeting.