The Altadeña PTSO

ALTADNENA PTSO

The Altadeña PTSO is an active group of involved parents who are committed to supporting our school community by providing needed resources, hosting teacher hospitality luncheons and building school spirit.

We welcome parents to share their ideas and learn more about the PTSO and what’s happening at Altadeña by attending our quarterly General Meetings held on August 11, 2021; November 10, 2021; February 9, 2022; and May 11, 2022 at 8:30am in the Altadeña Library.

Our Mission

The mission of the Altadeña Middle School PTSO is to provide its members with opportunities to achieve excellence in a safe, nurturing, and respectful environment that encourages life-long learning and builds valuable citizens. Fulfilling our mission requires a commitment from students, staff, parents, and community members working together.

Join our Board

Be an integral part of your child’s middle school experience by sharing your time and talents on the Altadeña PTSO Board or serving on one of our many committees. Click here to find out how you can help.

Current Board Members

Feel free to reach out to any board member listed below with questions or suggestions.

President

President

Christin Valentini
email Christin

Works with school administration and community at large to partner time, talent and resources for the success of our Altadena students. Oversees all PTSO meetings and governs PTSO Board.

Past President

Past President

Monica Gellman
email Monica

Serves in an Advisory Capacity to help ensure a smooth transition of Presidential duties and the management and adherence of PTSO by-laws.

Vice President

Vice President

Open
email Vice President

This position is ideally filled by an incoming 6th or 7th grade parent willing to work alongside the PTSO President and school administration with the intention of filling the Presidency role during the 2022-23 school year.

Secretary

Secretary

Dena Patton
email Dena

Responsible for recording and distributing minutes from all PTSO meetings (Board and General).

Treasurer

Treasurer

Janie Miller
email Janie

The Treasurer loves spreadsheets and is good with numbers and balancing budgets. This position is responsible for accurately recording PTSO income and expenses and works closely with the President and Financial Secretary to double check numbers.

Financial Secretary

Financial Secretary

Heidi Giebel
email Heidi

Maintains financial day to day operations – writing checks, submitting reimbursements, making deposits, verifying PTSO bank statements.

Communications

Communications

Jenna Corday
email Jenna

Keeps Altadena community current on PTSO activities and events. Updates PTSO website fresh with pertinent information and manages PTSO social media.

Hospitality

Hospitality

Sue Donoghue
email Sue

Schedules and coordinates monthly teacher luncheons. Creates monthly themes, works with the volunteer coordinator to secure volunteers for set-up, meal service, clean-up and food item donations.

Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator

Tanya Honzak
email Tanya

Recruits interested parent volunteers. Maintains an accurate volunteer database and distributes sign-up genius forms for all PTSO activities needing parent volunteer support.

Fundraising

Fundraising

Kim Graber
email Kim

FALL FUNDRAISER August 16th – September 3rd. Oversees an all-school fall fundraiser that engages both parents and students to provide the finances needed to support the Altadena teacher, staff and student communities.

Family Dinner Nights

Family Dinner Nights

Jen Metzger
email Jen

Plans FUN Nights out for the entire family to support local restaurants and raise funds for PTSO.

Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear

Open
email Spirit Wear Coordinator

This position is tasked with creating a new Altadena school t-shirt and/or hoodie design for the 2021-22 school year. This position maintains the accuracy of the spirit wear on-line ordering site, keeps inventory of all spirit wear and manages delivery and receipt of spirit wear items. All spirit wear sales are done electronically, with the exception of those sold at Back-to-School night.

8th Grade Dance

8th Grade Dance

Open
email 8th Grade dance coordinator

This is a committee of 8th grade parents who have a desire to put on a spectacular celebration to commemorate the conclusion of our children’s middle school years and send them off to high school (seriously)!

FAQ

Altadeña middle school students

How can I donate or contribute my time and/or resources?

Anyone interested in donating time or assistance should contact our Volunteer Coordinator. Committees are always looking for more help! You may also contact any PTSO board member, who will be happy to connect you with the right committee chair. In addition, watch for announcements for other requests for help throughout the year via email, weekly newsletters and on Facebook.

When are PTSO meetings?

General PTSO meetings – which are open to all – are held quarterly. Executive meetings are reserved for board members. Please see the calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

We are proud to follow Robert’s Rules of Order and ask those who join us to honor them as well. General meetings are a great way for parents to learn about new initiatives, budgets, what’s coming up throughout the year, and most importantly, to share ideas!

Why are PTSO fundraisers so important?

The Altadeña Middle School PTSO raises money each year to provide benefits and programs for the students and teachers of our outstanding school. These efforts set us apart from other schools with exceptional, cut-above-the-rest resources that YOU help generate! In addition to assisting with needed supplies or advanced professional education, PTSO funds help enrich regular curriculum in areas such as the library.

Who decides how PTSO money will be spent?

Our Annual Budget is proposed by the PTSO Board and approved by the PTSO General Membership. These discussions take place at scheduled PTSO General Meetings. Have thoughts to share? Please join us at a General Meeting, contribute to the discussion and tell us your ideas!

What is involved in working on a PTSO Committee?

The PTSO offers a variety of volunteer committees. Some positions require quite a bit of hands-on involvement, while others take less time and can be done during off-hours like evenings and weekends. Some committees consist of only one or two volunteers; others require more hands on deck. For more information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator. We promise to be honest about the time involved – we know it’s valuable!

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