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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gorman Fort Banks PTO
Meeting Agenda for September 23rd, 2014

  • Welcome
    • Introduction of Board
    • Co Presidents Kristen Buonopane and Christa Shea
    • Co Vice Presidents Mariana Babine and Jennifer Gorman
    • Co Secretaries Lauren Capasso and Crystal DeMayo
    • Co Treasurers Reena Cash and Gillian Teixeira
    • According to our PTO Handbook: If any member of the PTO would like to have an item added to the agenda, they can submit a written request to the secretary at least seven (7) days before a meeting.
  • Principal’s Report (Mrs. Pearson)
  • Treasurer Report (Gillian Teixeira)  
    • Summary Report of Disbursements and Balance
  • Room parent drawing will take place directly following today’s meeting (Kristen Buonopane/Jennifer Gorman)
    • Whether you are or are not a room parent, you can still volunteer in your child’s classroom or in the school
    • Room Parents will be notified via email on Wednesday
  • Volunteer Update (Mariana Babine)
    • Loop (Sarah Pettee)
    • School Volunteer  help please contact Mariana at
  • Walk to school day (Dawn Sullivan)
  • Meadow Farms Fundraiser  (Lauren Capasso)
    • Starting October 1 and running until October 15
    • 40%-50% profit margin
    • Running with the gift collection and tumblers at the same time
    • Online ordering option available to help expand our contacts
    • All items will be boxed by child and the company sorts them by homeroom for us
    • We are still working on a location on delivery as we can not use anywhere at the Fort Banks
    • The company will provide us a tablet to raffle off
  • Updates (Gillian Teixeira)
    • Kindergarten Social
    • Kindergarten tea
    • Ice Cream Social
    • T-Shirt Sales
  • Affiliate programs (Crystal DeMayo)
    • Box Tops
    • Labels for Education
    • Target
    • Stop & Shop A+ Rewards  
  • In-school Enrichment Activities (Kristen Buonopane/Jennifer Gorman)
  • Upcoming Events (Gillian Teixeira)
    • Spooky Bingo October 26
    • Adult only Paint Nite November 7
  • Poster Enlargement Printer (Christa Shea)
    • Total cost of the printer is $6,694
      • Includes: Printer, Printer stand and media bin, Scanning system, Computer with poster design software, Educational templates, 2 sets of ink cartridges, 2 rolls of coated paper, 5 rolls of standard paper, one year next day on site service, $500 supply credit.
      • For an additional $2,400 we could purchase 4 years of additional coverage.  This would start after the 1 year coverage with HP.  During that first year they would still give us the discounts on supplies that is issued to people with a warranty service.
      • The total with the warranty would be $9,094.  However Viking Pride is willing to give us a $2,000 donation towards the purchase of the printer.  Therefore it would be costing us $7,094.  
      • This printer has many benefits and it is something Mrs. Pearson has asked us to look into.  I met with Mrs. Pearson over the summer and we did a conference call with the company.  Each roll of paper will cover 50 posters.  I don’t foresee the school going through those rather quickly as they will be given enough to cover the first 350 posters.  The $500 credit will help he purchase additional ink as needed.  
      • In June we mentioned using the money left over from the teacher grant fund and the money raised at the paint nite.  I am hoping we are still willing to do this.  Our students would truly benefit from this tool and I would hate to let Mrs. Pearson down as she asked about this a year ago.
      • The prices provided are only valid if ordered by September 30 so we have to act on this and take a vote now.
  • Open Forum

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Our Ice Cream Social and Book Fair is next Friday, 
September 19th, from 6-8 pm, at the Gorman Fort Banks School. Don't miss out.....return your registration forms by Tuesday, September 16th!

We are also collecting t-shirt orders; order forms are due back by September 22nd.

A big thank you to the many families who have filled out PTO membership envelopes and sent in PTO donations this week. Your donations go a long way in helping the PTO provide enrichment programs to all Gorman Fort Banks students throughout the year, as well as helping fund classroom supplies and other school/student needs.  We appreciate your support.

Thank You!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Preschool and Kindergarten Tea

Preschool and Kindergarten families, please join us for a Preschool and Kindergarten Tea immediately after drop off on Monday, September 8th, until 9:15 am, in the school cafeteria.  This will be a great way to meet new families and learn information about our school!  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

 Presidents   Christa Shea & Kristen Buonopane
 Vice Presidents   Mariana Babine  & Jennifer Gorman
Secretaries      Lauren Capasso & Crystal DeMayo
Treasurers     Gillian Teixeira & Reena Cash            

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Gorman Fort Banks PTO would like to welcome you to our school!  For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the PTO, we are a volunteer organization dedicated to the successful education of our children.  The Gorman Fort Banks PTO works hard to help ensure that the school year is enjoyable and exciting for students, parents and teachers.  

The purpose of our organization is to provide support for the educational and recreational needs of our students, facilitate communication between administration, teachers and parents and to promote school spirit and pride.  Our fundraising efforts help fund enrichment programs, classroom activities, technology and equipment and many other needs.  We also organize numerous fun-filled family events and educational programs throughout the year.

We encourage you to become a member of the PTO and are excited to meet parents and guardians that would like to get involved this year.  With your donation of $5.00 per family, you can have a hand in enhancing your child’s learning experience.  100% of these donations supports the needs of our children.  Simply fill out the attached envelope (your child will bring it home during the week of September 8th), enclose your donation and return to school with your child.

We welcome your participation in our organization.  There are numerous volunteer opportunities available; volunteers make our programs and events a success!  Your involvement helps build a strong home-school connection and is a key component of a successful school year.  All volunteers are required to have a CORI on file; CORI forms are available at the school and must be updated yearly. Additionally, attending our meetings is a wonderful opportunity to stay informed and learn what is happening in our school.  Our meetings are held monthly, at which time we discuss events, plan fundraisers and share ideas and concerns.  Up to date information can always be found on our Blog, Facebook page or by contacting us through email.

We look forward to working with you and making this a great school year!

Gorman Fort Banks PTO

Please join us at our first meeting on Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30 pm in the school cafeteria! All meetings will be held at 6:30 pm this year. Meeting Dates are listed below:

September 23, 2014
October 8, 2014
November 12, 2014
December 10, 2014
January 14, 2015
February 11, 2015
March 11, 2015
April 8, 2015
May 13, 2015
June 10, 2015

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The William P. Gorman Fort Banks PTO invites you to our
Kindergarten Social !

Meet your fellow classmates and their parents. Ask veteran PTO parents 
burning questions. Meet after school programs representatives and other 
valuable local children's resources.

WHERE: Gorman Fort Banks Elementary School Playground

WHEN:  Sunday, August 17th, 2014  from 2-4 pm