Category Archives: Nominations

Announcing the 2015-2016 PTA Executive Board

Thanks to all who came out to the General Meeting on May 28th to vote in next year’s PTA Executive Board!  We thank this past year’s board and welcome the below parent volunteers for donating their time to next year’s board:

  • Robert Kelly – President
  • Kelley O’Connor – Vice President
  • Tara Calvo – Secretary
  • Michelle Wonder – Treasurer
  • Monica Miller – Assistant Treasurer
  • Lorie Bennett – Fundraising
  • Emily Giaquinta & Angela Cough – Legislative Co-Chairs
  • Cheri Carl – Communications

The PTA Board Needs You!

Please consider joining the 2015-2016 PTA board!  There are OPEN positions that must be filled in order to keep our PTA running effectively. Help support the legacy Schmitz Park parents, students, and staff that have worked so hard to build. You can contact us at for a list of roles & responsibilities. Elections will be held at the next General Meeting on May 28th 


Also we will be presenting the new budget for 2015-2016 at the meeting on May 28th  however this year’s budget and finances must be audited by a Finance Audit Committee after the fiscal year closes on June 30th. This is an important process (and required by Washington State PTA Bylaws) and gives invaluable insight into what funds are being used for. It is a single task commitment and the committee will meet for one afternoon in July. Please contact Michelle Wonder at to sign up.


Golden Acorn Award Nominations – Due May 22nd

goldenacornDo you know someone who is an amazing volunteer? Someone who, whether it be quietly, or out in front of everyone, gives all they have to give to Schmitz Park Elementary School? Here is your opportunity to recognize them, by submitting a nomination describing what they do. Since 1937, the Golden Acorn is a PTA award that is presented to individuals that have given outstanding volunteer service to children and youth. This PTA award is presented to someone who is chosen by the families and staff of the school where they volunteer. Please feel free to nominate more than one person.  Questions? Email Fiona at

Please use our online survey or turn in your nominations to the office by Friday, May 22nd.

Volunteer Positions – we need you!

Are you ready to help lead our Schmitz Park community and continue a legacy of great parent involvement? We’re looking for parents that have the knowledge and drive to continue to make great things to happen at Schmitz Park.  The PTA Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for:

  • PTA Board Officers = Help determine PTA direction; voted in; meet 1x per month for PTA board, and 1x per month for General PTA meeting
  • Open Chair Positions = Oversee particular events and activities; not voted in;  only attend relevant meetings
  • Other = Help the above where possible; not voted in;  no meeting requirements

If you are interested in nominate yourself (or someone you know!), please contact Jeff Rayner at

Proposed PTA Board Members 2014/15 (Voted-in)

PresidentGuide the PTA board to ensure you are meeting your PTA’s goals and fulfilling PTA’s missionJoe Turcotte
Vice PresidentServe as president elect of SP PTA, support president in running PTA meetings as needed. Support other SP commitees as needed, identify needs for new initiatives as needed.Robert Kelly
SecretaryThe secretary is responsible for keeping an accurate record of the proceedings of association meetings. These records are the permanent history of the PTA. Promptness, accuracy, and knowledge of PTA policies are key to this job. The secretary should be committed to helping the president conduct a businesslike meetingAlyse HuffordAlyse Hufford
TreasurerUnderstand the status of current fundraising activities, what money is available to be spent versus what is owed, and the bylaws as they relate to the treasurer’s responsibilities. Tom Boyer (roll over)
Vice Treasurer Serve as Treasurer elect, support Treasurer in running financials as needed. Michelle Wonder (appointed)
LegislativeTrack issues that affect the SP community at the district, local state and national levels. Frame issues and decision points for PTA and larger SP community. Create and execute action plans to support PTA positions on issuesEmily Giaquinta & Angela Cough
FundraisingOversee Moveathon, One Campaign and support auction leads. Develop and lead volunteer commitee to support activitiesLorie Bennett & Derek Birnie
CommunicationsCreate content and share across communications vehicles to engage SP community in PTA activities. Manage SP PTA blog, social media accounts and web pages on SPS site.Cheri Libby

Proposed Other Members 2014/15 (non voted-in, including Chairs)


  • Standing roles = year round
  • Special roles = event based positions on an ad hoc (as-needed) basis
Auction Co-ChairHelp coordinate the auctionRob Kelly
Auction ChairHelp coordinate the auctionPam Linxweiler
Bike RodeoOversee this fun event near the end of the school year
CapacityKeep up-to-date on the new school at Genessee Hill and associated issuesEmily Giaquinta
Communications - blog managerKeep our blog as up to date as possible, as this will be our main source of information for parents and the community
Communications - FacebookKeep our FB postings up to date and link them to the blogAnita Lavine
Communications - signageEnsure our main signs reflect the current PTA activities and eventsLorie Bennett, Fiona Preedy
Communications - SPS websiteEnsure the official website through the PTA is maintained and references the PTA blog where appropriateLorie Bennett, Fiona Preedy
Give BackOversee the GiveBack campaign, work with local businesses and support procurement activitiesJeff Rayner
Membership Recruitment of members, lead member engagement and benefitsJeff Rayner
Move-A-ThonOversee the MATKara Centioli, Jodie Bennett
PassportAssist with ensuring our Passport program is running as neededJen Watt
ProcurementHelp garner conversations and donations from local businessesAthena Fjeld, Melissa Pederssen
Parent EducationWork with teachers, PTA board and blog manager to ensure educational content is relevant and helpful. Also assists with once a year events like Math Night
Schmitzville Festival Oversee this once a year eventKatie Hamilton, Jodie Bennett
Systems/Data Assess needs, implement and manage systems and software to manage SP PTA data accross functions including membership, finance, fundraising and others

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Submit Your Golden Acord Award Nominations by May 27th

Get Your Golden Acorn Nomination Form SubmissionThe Golden Acorn is annual award presented to a special volunteer by the Schmitz Park PTA. Nominations are due by May 27th. Please take time to recognize ANY individuals who have “gone above and beyond” the regular volunteer commitment at Schmitz Park, and nominate them for the award. Nominations can be done via survey or by downloading a form and turning into the main office at Schmitz Park Elementary. You can even nominate more than one volunteer.


Online: Survey Monkey Nomination

Download and Fill Out a Paper Nomination