Parent Teacher Organization
The PTO Executive Committee meetings will be Virtual until further notice. We normally will meet the first Thursday of the month at 7pm.
We hope our NEW PARENTS and RETURNING PARENTS will join our Committee in 20-21
Many thanks to all who have agreed to become the leaders of our Executive Committee!
President: Maria Sampallo
Vice President: Maria Otiniano
Secretary: Victoria Aguirre
Welcome to the Returning Members of the Executive Committee for 2020-2021:
Victoria Aguirre, Pascale Albert, Emma Carhuapoma, Dennis Coral, Sytira Edman, Josefina Garcia, Josie-Ann Garcia, Dian Hyatt, Claire Jean-Gilles, Lynn Labrousse Walker, Edmanise Laguerre, Stephanie Paguaga, Shirley Plantin, Marie Chantal Muscadin, Anne Marie Poturas, Diego Rojas, Temis Vilorio
We hope to have at least 2 representatives from each grade level on the PTO Executive Committee
Come join in the fun!
MANY THANKS TO OUR SUPER VOLUNTEERS AND TEACHERS WHO ASSISTED WITH THE SET UP
AND RUNNING OF OUR FABULOUS FUNDRAISING EVENTS LAST YEAR! Pending the return to "new normal" activities, we hope to continue important fundraising activities during 20-21.
HALLOWED SAINTS FEST
PURCHASE OF A PAPA JOHN’S CARDS
The IRENE KERTESZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP LUNCH
Christmas Chill Out
Dress Down Days
The Annual Parish Food Pantry Thanksgiving Canned Goods Drive
Family Fun Day
Raffle Book Sales
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:
Family Fun Day Sponsors 2020
Burt’s Jewelers, North Miami Beach
Cusano’s Baking Company
In Memory of Karen Witzken
In Memory of Our Parents - Hyatt Family
Jalfiq Accounting Corporation
Knights of Columbus – Marian Council
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Miller
Numerous Parents of St. Lawrence School
Roaster N Toasters, North Miami Beach
Mr. & Mrs. John Henry Sanchez
Volunteers must meet the Archdiocesan requirements to participate and earn Service Hours. Contact the school office for information. VIRTUS TRAININGS are available at various locations throughout the school year, as well as on-line. Watch for notices about these important classes so that you can become eligible to earn YOUR Service Hours.
PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO) BY-LAWS
Mission Statement of St. Lawrence School
The mission of Saint Lawrence Catholic School is to provide a well-rounded education to students, grades kindergarten through eight, in a caring environment, where Catholic faith and learning grow hand in hand.
St. Lawrence School Philosophy
St. Lawrence, a Catholic elementary school grades kindergarten through eight, is an integral aspect of Christian formation in St. Lawrence Parish. The teaching of Catholic doctrine and the translation of the Good News of the Gospel into action prepares our students to take their rightful place in global society. We advocate Christian service to the community, encourage model citizenship and responsibility, and emphasize the importance of peacemaking.
The philosophy of St. Lawrence School is founded on a firm commitment to promote the spiritual, intellectual and creative development of students, based on recognition of their developmental stages and their individual needs. St. Lawrence strives to provide a spiritual and academic environment that encourages each student to further his or her capabilities, energies, interests, and potentials.
Because of the diversity of the students’ backgrounds, St. Lawrence School endeavors to teach:
* knowledge, understanding, appreciation, and respect of all cultures,
* the importance of peace and justice towards all people,
* respect for the rights of the individual,
* awareness of the nature of the ever-changing world,
* and responsible membership in a global community.
We believe that cultural and ethnic diversities should be reflected and celebrated in daily life as well as through faith –filled liturgies from which we go forth strengthened to meet the challenges and needs of the good earth and of all God’s children. The school is very proud of earning and maintaining its “No Place for Hate” status and emphasizes the importance of living this philosophy every day. St. Lawrence fosters a strong bond of unity among the parish community, staff, parents, and students by mutual sharing and active involvement in the affairs of the school community. A warm, friendly, loving, and caring family spirit permeates St. Lawrence School, a unified community deeply committed to Christ.
All school parents are members of the PTO. As such, they are expected to uphold the mission and philosophy of St. Lawrence School, to attend the general meetings scheduled throughout the school year, and to support the efforts of the school and parish community. Meeting school service hours and supporting the Catholic identity and Christian values of our school is an integral part of building community in our parish. Parents and interested stakeholders are welcomed into the Executive Committee of the PTO. The Executive Committee is the group primarily responsible for organizing the events and fundraisers scheduled throughout the year. The PTO supports the pastor, administration, and faculty of St. Lawrence School in developing our children to their highest potential, academically and spiritually. We work as a school family to grow, "faith and learning, hand in hand."
Goals and Objectives
The Parent Teacher Organization contributes to the overall effort to continually improve our school through promoting, organizing, and running fundraising and social activities. PTO members who have met Archdiocesan clearance requirements may assist teachers and staff in appropriate school activities (class room volunteers, lunch assistance, library assistance, art class/club, reading buddies, sports coaches, etc.) These goals are met by:
- Supporting the school's educational mission and objectives.
- Assisting the administration and faculty of the school in planning, organizing, and fund-raising events to supplement the tuition and fees collected to operate the school.
- Providing a minimum of 25 service hours to the school as a volunteer. (CURRENTLY, VOLUNTEER HOUR REQUIREMENTS ARE SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19).
- Planning, organizing, and executing social events for the parents and students of the school.
Thank you for your support of our school’s Parent Teacher Organization!
School Theme for 2020-21: Jesus, I Trust in You
When it is safe to do so, please come to the school office to pick up a volunteer packet for completion. Materials will be sent virtually, as available. Fingerprint clearance, Virtus training, the Volunteer Pledge to Promote Safe Environment, and verification of on-line updates are required. Next VIRTUS training sessions may be found on www.virtusonline.org. Once you have completed the workshop, be sure to print out your certificate and bring it to the office.
To register for fingerprinting, www.fieldprintflorida.com