Things you can do on a daily basis to help your child and the PTO:
• Box Tops: Just tear off those Box Tops on any product that you purchase. In fact, places like Meijer have certain times of the year you can get bonus points. Tell your family and friends to save them and mail them to you. It is just that easy. Box Tops 4 Education
• Panther Gift Cards/Shop with Scrips: Buy your gift cards from St James PTO. It helps your child to have more money to use for other programs! This program allows you to purchase gift certificates at their face value for various restaurants and stores in our area. St. James School's number is: 77C5AA7E1934. Please click here to visit the website. More details can be found on the Panther Gift Cards webpage.
• Market Day: Market Day allows for convenient monthly ordering and pick-up of a wide variety of foods. This is done once per month and a form is sent home in the Wednesday Envelope for you to order products. They are delivered after school/work hours one day in a few weeks. Your order is ready for your quick pickup; just stop by the cafeteria, grab your order, and away your go!
• Tyson Labels: Labels from Tyson food products are collected and redeemed for cash. This program runs throughout the school year. Tyson
• Campbell's Soup Labels: Labels are collected to purchase equipment for school. They are accepted all year through your child’s homeroom teacher. Labels for Education
PTO Events Descriptions:
Box Tops/Campbell’s Soup Labels/Tyson Labels
Box Tops ‐ This Chair Person collects and counts the box tops from various products.
Campbell’s ‐This Chair Person is responsible for collecting labels that provide equipment to the school.
Tyson ‐ This Chair Person is responsible for the promotion and collection of Tyson food product labels.
Chairs: Box Tops – Pam Cottingham, Campbell’s – Amy Drake, Tyson ‐ Kathy Weber
Catholic Schools Week
This committee assists the Religious Education Department. We assist with volunteers to set up the luncheon, cover recess duties, and provide desserts. This committee also plans an event for Kids Day currently scheduled for February 3, 2017.
PTO Board: Student Activities Committee - Angela Hase
The PTO along with assistance from 6th grade room representatives hosts the reception. This committee will order refreshments and secure volunteers to decorate and serve for the evening.
Chair: 6th Grade Room Reps
This Chair Person provides a service in copying the flyers that go home each week in the Wednesday Envelope.
Chair: Brenda Rolf
Cyclones Night Out
Returning again in 2015-16, our successful night of fun watching our Cincinnati Cyclones on the ice. Look for flyers and in the Wednesday E-Envelope for more information.
Chair: Leslee Pfaff
An easy way to raise funds for the school and pay patronage to those in our community that help our school. Each month there will be a new location chosen. Families come to dine & enjoy while the restaurant donates a portion of their proceeds to the school. Order your Panther gift cards before you dine.
PTO Board: Lupe Lopez
Eighth Grade Scholarships
These scholarships were established in honor of special teachers who exemplified Catholic education at St. James School. Scholarships are awarded in each of the following areas: Religion, Science, Reading, Math, English, Social Studies, Music and in honor of a current retiring teacher. These scholarships will be granted to one boy and one girl in the amount of $250 each except for the John E. Merritt Award will be granted to one student in the amount of $500. These awards will be applied directly towards the student's tuition at the Catholic High School of his/her choice.
PTO Board: Brenda Rolf
Everybody Counts Program
Chairs: Katie Rhodes & Teri Eagle
Fall Movie Night
We will host a Family Movie Night in the gym. More information to follow during the first few weeks of school.
PTO Board: Evening Activities Committee
Family Night Out - Dave & Busters
Chair: Kendra Blank
Foodie Card Sales
Chair: James Penny
Grandparent/Special Friend Events
This Chair Person organizes all grade level celebrations and assists the coordinator of this event.
Chair: Katie Rhodes & Kathy Knizner
Chair: Renee Mers
Ladies Night Out
This is a popular evening of shopping and socializing. Many local vendors and artisans sell and display their products and services. It is a fun night to shop with your friends in the Church Hall. Food is provided by the Hospitality Committee. Mark your calendar for Friday, October 24th.
Chair: Annie Wingert, Allison Doll, & Lauren Brewer
Little Caeser Pizza Boxes
Chair: Michelle Bosse
To start off the school year, we will host a educational fundraising challenge for the students. They will collect sponsor funds for completing appropriate grade math challenge sheets created by our teachers. There will be prizes for classrooms that participate 100%.
PTO Board: Fundraising Committee
Meet the Teacher
The ‘Meet the Teacher’ nights occur the first two weeks school is in session. The committee is responsible for promoting and hosting the event and being available to answer any parent’s questions. This is a two-night event.
PTO Board: Evening Activities Committee
Mom & Son Date Night
The Mom and Son Date Night is an event for K-4th moms and sons. This event will be held in March/February.
PTO Board: Mary McKeever & Mary Beth Dehner
This event gives homerooms the opportunity to compete for a grade level trophy, have fun with their peers and work together as a team. The entire school will have a full day of events in May.
Chairs: Lyndsey Theissen & Colleen Miles
Olympic Day T‐Shirts
This Chair Person helps organize the T‐shirt contest, sends home a flyer for sizes, and sorts and delivers the T‐shirts when they come in.
Chairs: Julie Coughlin
Panther Gift Cards
A service our PTO provides in which gift cards can be purchased at face value. The store donates a portion of the gift card sale to the PTO. Sales are held via the Wednesday Envelope and at various school and parish events throughout the year. Panther gift cards can be purchased during regular Spirit Shop hours. The order form is also available on the Spirit Shop page.
Chair: Lisa Schwetschenau
Chairs: Brenda Rolf & Karin Loftus
This committee recruits new members for the PTO Board. Flyers to interested candidates are sent out in February. Candidates are then asked to attend a Board meeting to determine best interest positions.
PTO Board: Sara Richards
One or two room representatives are assigned to each homeroom to coordinate parties, recognize special teacher events, birthdays, and assist as needed with grade level activities.
PTO Board: Colleen Miles
This fundraiser occurs in the fall and spring in the Church Hall. This is currently scheduled for October 2016 and May 2017.
Chairs: Janice Nimeskern
School Supplies Sale
This program offers families the option to order school supplies in the spring for the following year. Kits are distributed to each child’s homeroom before the school year begins.
Chair: Marie Ritter
This committee plans periodic seminars for our parents. Our students and staff are included when the topic is applicable.
PTO Board: Evening Activities Committee
Spiritwear is available for purchase at the Spirit Shop Room 108. Please check the E-Envelope for dates and times. Order forms can be downloaded from the Spirit Shop page.
Chairs: Nikki Betz, Sara Schneider, Angel Fasbender, Kelly Burton, & Leslee Pfaff
The “Spring Fling” is a social outing for adults held in the spring. This event is usually an overnight trip. The Spring Fling committee is always looking for new ideas!
PTO Board: All Members
Staff Appreciation Committee
The purpose of this committee is to do wonderful things for our teachers on a surprise basis. The idea is to increase morale among our staff and to let them know how much they are appreciated through small gifts and special treats throughout the year.
PTO Board: Kristi Marsh
Staff Recognition Day
This is a special luncheon for our school and parish staff at the end of the school year. This Chair organizes a fabulous lunch to show our appreciation for a wonderful school year.
Chair: Karen Hambrick
Teacher Christmas Gift Program
This committee organizes monetary donations from school families into Christmas gifts distributed among teachers and staff in the form of gift cards. Forms will be sent home prior to Thanksgiving and this program is completely optional.
PTO Board: Renee Mers
Tuition Assistance Raffle
Chairs: Michelle Bosse & Lindsey Theissen
Uniform Exchange Closet
This committee provides the opportunity for families to exchange gently used school uniform sweatshirts, skirts, and jumpers. The ‘closet’ is located in the Spirit Shop and is open during school events throughout the year. Please send donations throughout the year to the office marked “Uniform Exchange.” Please donate additional uniform items & spiritwear items to our Rummage Sales.
PTO Board: Millie Nie
Volunteer “On Call” List
This list is designed for people who want to help with different school or PTO functions but cannot make a commitment due to changing schedules. People on this list will be contacted via email when needed. This is a great opportunity to get involved with events throughout the school year.
Chair: Sara Richards
This is the school E‐newsletter that provides information about various upcoming PTO events and activities. All submissions are due by noon Wednesday, prior to the week you’d like the article to run. Please submit all articles via e‐mail to email@example.com
Chair: Brenda Rolf & Lupe Lopez
This Chair Person supports parent volunteers in welcoming new families and students to St. James. Traditionally, this committee provides yard signs for new families/students and also gives each student and staff member a welcome back gift on the first day of school.
Chair: Julie Coughlin
Winter Family Carnival
The Winter Family Carnival will be a fundraising event for the whole family to enjoy. Carnival games, photo booth, cake walk and more.
PTO Board: All Members
Money raised by these programs will provide funding for many school projects. Below is a sample of previously funded projects.
• Author/Illustrator Visit
• Bibles for 5th Grade Students
• Catholic Schools Week Activities
• Classroom Stipends
• Confirmation Reception
• Crystal Clear Science and Cincinnati Zoo Programs
• Eighth Grade Scholarships - $4,800
• Family Fun Night
• Fans for the Classrooms
• Field Trip Stipends
• Glogster.com Accounts for Students
• Graduation Reception & Yearbook Signing Party
• Grandparent/Special Friend Events
• Lockers for all Students
• Microwaves for the Staff Lounge
• New Blinds throughout the entire school
• Parent Seminars
• Playground Equipment
• Olympic Days
• St. James Paw Magnets
• School Club Stipends
• Study Skills Seminars
• Teachers' Special Requests
• Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheons and Dinners
• Teacher Thank You Gifts
• Tool Box for Science Lab
• Welcome Signs for New Students
• Welcome Items on 1st Day of School for Students