August 14, 2017

Dear St. Mark Families,

We hope you’ve had a wonderful summer! The PTO has been preparing for many upcoming programs for the 2017-2018 year including a Kick-off Family Social on Sunday, August 27th from 2-4:30 on the St. Mark Field. It will be a great chance to get together with old friends, as well as give us an opportunity to meet some of our new families! We hope that you can make it!

Please mark your calendars for Open House, Monday, August 21st, and we ask that you stop by and visit us in the gym. This year PTO dues are $40 per family and by joining the PTO you’ll receive a special gift. This year, we’re excited to announce PTO and SMAA are offering a St. Mark stadium blanket to all families who join both organizations! We’ll have several groups available to provide you with pertinent information for the upcoming year; i.e. Scouts, SMAA (St. Mark Athletic Association), and PTO sponsored tables. We will have tables set up for the various programs and activities that benefit our children. This is where we need your help!!! We’re asking each parent to volunteer 1 hour per semester for the 2017-2018 year. Please stop by the tables and consider volunteering at an event that fits your interests, needs and talents. You, the parents, are an integral part of our success at St. Mark! Our goal is always 100% participation!

Another important part of our school’s success is fundraising. The PTO’s operating budget comes from PTO dues, Painless Fundraisers and the September Fall Fundraising efforts. These funds are used to implement many of the activities, clubs, and events available for our children. The PTO also supports the staff and teachers in many ways, financially as well as with providing volunteers throughout the year.

This year Fall Fundraising will have a fresh new look, “The Future is Now” Campaign. As voted on by you through the PTO survey, we will still combine our Fall Fundraising and LION SHARE efforts in September. It will remain a one-time direct donation to cover two causes. Listed below is a brief description of the different fundraising programs that the PTO facilitates.

  1. Painless Fundraisers- i.e., Box Tops, Family Fun Nights, Harris Teeter, Publix, Target
  2. Fall Fundraising-This funds the PTO Operating Budget
  3. LION SHARE – Our annual program targets a specific item each year. Past renovations were made to the outdoor basketball court, a centralized clocking system, iPads and carts, a new school website and “Airnasium” capital improvement project.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to another great year and seeing everyone at Open House on Monday, August 21st.

Amber Tsumas, PTO President                           Eilish Pappas, VP of Fundraising

Download (Back-to-School-Parent-Letter-2017.pdf)