Our Classroom Without Walls initiative was highlighted last week, with a visit and musical performances from a world-renowned musician!
Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
The mission of the International School of Denver PTO organization is to encourage parent and teacher involvement, support school leadership to build and strengthen the community within the International School of Denver in cooperation with the Board of Directors, Head of School (HOS), staff, students and their families, and to promote the mission, vision, values and beliefs.
The ISDenver PTO brings the school community together through family events, social gatherings and parent education opportunities. PTO events such as the Student Talent Show, the World Tea Fair and the International Bash showcase the unique character of our school. PTO-led Room Parents serve as the primary link among parents, teachers, and staff and help to plan classroom activities and social events. Several times a year, the PTO’s Morning Minglings gives parents the chance to linger over coffee, build friendships and connect with ISD staff and PTO leaders. Through the PTO’s Parenting Education initiative, guest speakers address parenting challenges – everything from internet safety to the benefits of developing a bilingual brain. And there’s so much more.
All parents and guardians of a student-in-good standing at ISDenver are automatically invited members of the PTO and are encouraged to attend monthly meetings.
The PTO is governed by the current year’s Executive Committee.
2016-2017 PTO Executive Committee:
Amanda Dodds, President: email@example.com
Jenny Nealon, Co-Vice President: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Pletcher, Co-Vice President: email@example.com
Misty Meade, Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Berthold, Treasurer: email@example.com
Jamie Travis, Fundraising Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara O’Neill, Room Parent Coordinator: RoomParents@isdenver.org
Becoming involved in the PTO is a great way to earn work bond hours, but there’s a much greater benefit to be realized. Research shows that students with parents who are involved in the school community are more likely to:
- Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs
- Attend school regularly
- Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school
- Graduate and go on to postsecondary education programs
Want to help strengthen our school community and make a positive impact on your child’s education? Take a look through our current committee list and find something that suits your interests, abilities and schedule. Then sign up here, or contact a committee chair or one of this year’s PTO officers for more information or to volunteer!
2016-2017 PTO Committees
|PTO Committee||Committee Chair|
|Room Parent Coordinator||Sara O'Neill|
|Fundraising Chair/Dragon Swag||Jaime Travis|
|All Staff Gift Fund||Karina Elrod|
|Book Fair||Heather Pellow|
|Box Tops||Jodi Gusek|
|Community Service||Sarah Kozlowski|
|International Bash||Amanda Dodds|
|Morning Mingling||Eunice Park|
|Parent Owned Business||Tom Harrison|
|Parenting Education||Amy Chambers, Yvana Chiha and AnaGloria Rodriguez-Wilkinson|
|Pizza Fridays||Braden Hanson|
|Staff Appreciation||June Dirstine and Anna Zapata|
|Talent Show||Jeff Berthold|
|World Tea Fair||Fatima Assougdam and Vinciane Baskerville|
|ECE Parent Ambassadors||Patrick Rodriguez and Sharon Hwang|
|Lower School Parent Ambassadors||Megan Pierre and Lynn Ferguson,|
|Upper School Parent Ambassadors||Brigid O'Connor and Chris Engel|
PTO Meetings will be held the last Thursday of every month, with the exception of November (early date), December (by committee as needed) and February (early date). All meetings are held in the cafeteria at 8:45 a.m. after morning drop-off.
- August 25, 2016
- September 29, 2016
- October 27, 2016
- November 17, 2016
- December – committee meetings as needed, no general PTO Meeting
- January 26, 2017
- February 16, 2017
- March 30, 2017
- April 27, 2017
- May 25, 2017