PTO Committees

Committees Members E-Mail Purpose
Arlington Community Card Ashley Lorenz (5, 3, K) ashley.e.lorenz@gmail.com Thompson’s Community Card is the primary fundraiser for the Thompson School. The card costs only $10 and offers deals at over 30 local shops and restaurants for an entire year beginning every September.
Gaggi DeStefanis (3) gaggi.de@gmail.com
Arlington Education Foundation (AEF) Act as liaison for town-wide grant-giving group with school representatives who help guide teachers in applying for grants.
BOKS Organize fitness programs for students. BOKS is early morning two days a week for grades 3 to 5.
Enrichment Collaborate with teachers and grade reps to plan all theater, music, dance, and art events, author visits, and math- and science-oriented events.
Room Parents Work with co-room parents and teachers to find volunteers for classroom celebrations, field trips, Teacher Appreciation and school-wide community building events. Support your child’s teacher, while getting to know your child’s classmates and their parents.
Fundraising Dana Ozik dana.ozik@gmail.com Manage and collaborate with fundraising commitee to raise money for all enrichment programming at Thompson via the Arlington Community Card, direct donation, raffles | bake sales, Box Tops, Amazon, and other methods.
Shauna Pellauer shauna.antley@gmail.com
Sara McDonell mcdonnell.desjardins@gmail.com
Green Team The Thompson Green Team cares about the earth, the environment, and all living creatures. It aims to empower and support students and the broader Thompson community to take action to protect and preserve our environment. Guided by student interest, ideas, and energy, the Green Team provides opportunities and coordinates activities that will have a meaningful and positive impact.
Hospitality | Bake Sales Coordinate coffee and bake sales for the parent breakfasts, spring concert, elections, and other various events.
Marketing & Communications Andrea Orvis-Holden andreaorvisholden@gmail.com Manage all marketing and communications in regards to PTO programming – including publicity, newsletter, social media, website, etc.
Rich Lee
New Family Ambassadors Welcome new families to Thompson by showing them the ropes, introducing them to other families, meeting them for coffee to answer their questions, and generally welcoming them into the Thompson community.
Photography Committee Attend events and take pictures for various communications including newsletter, Facebook posts, etc.
Safe Routes Organize Walk/Bike to School days, helping to increase safety, health, and physical activity of students. Publicize programs and raise awareness of safety while walking and biking to school.
School Council Representatives Identify education needs, adopt educational goals, review annual school budget, and formulate a school improvement plan for Thompson. Made up of administrators, parents, and one community member (10 members total).
School Directory Work with Vicki to format family directory in September.
Spirit & Appreciation Committee Manage school spirit wear sales. Organize monthly spirit days. Manage and solicit volunteers for all appreciation activities such as teacher appreciation week.
Volunteer Committee Create annual volunteer survey, collect and analyze survey data, manage PTO’s general SignUpGenius account, organizes and manages volunteer recognition.