St. Columban PTO Meeting Minutes: 10/7/22

Updated: Oct 20

October 7, 2022, 8:00 AM, Cafeteria


Minutes from the most recent St. Columban School PTO Meeting


Attendees –

Mrs. Bowling

Christine Settlemire

Alison Shimala

Liz Rigby

Erin Giblin

Sarah Estill

Michelle Hosta

Amanda Kommeth

Katie Rutenschroer

Mrs. Muchmore



8:07 AM – Opening Prayer by Liz


8:08 AM – VP update on 365 Raffle (Liz)

  • 4,772 tickets sold

  • Sarah Estill willing to take over the raffle next year, maybe with a co-chair, breaking up the responsibilities a little more next year (prizing separate from other tasks), work starts in the summer


8:14 AM –Treasurer report by Erin

  • 365 Raffle – $80,000 budget, came in at $71,500

  • Gift fund amounts coming soon, same as last year

  • $203,000 in bank

  • $10,000 to Community Center (PTO $10,000 a year for 10 years)

  • Fair to ask (Erin to email) for an update on the Community Center, Fr. Chris, Patrick L., Cathy Nagy and Greg Ionna (chair) – potentially trying to break ground in the Spring

  • Either give in November as planned or potentially later in the Spring?

  • Summer reading budget, $1500 budgeted, but came in at $1700

  • School projects budget – $12,500, but spent $37,000 so far(came from last year’s money)

  • Teacher CCU, $2500 budget, spent $500 so far

  • Mr. Drinnen asking for $55, PTO will approve


365 Raffle – update by Michelle Hosta

  • All cash winners will get a check

  • All other prize winners have been contacted

  • 10/21 from 11-1 – Bowling Party at Eastgate Lanes, glow lights

  • Drop off cookies for kids as well (Katie and Alison)

  • Pizza parties will be supplied by Jet’s Pizza at a discounted rate (school family) – shoot for 10/18 or 10/19 (all in 1 day for all classes who won)

  • KB getting popsicle party, next week Wednesday (10/12), 1:30-1:45


8:32 AM – President’s Report (Amanda / Michelle)

  • Trunk or Treat (10/22)

  • DJ handled

  • Glow stuff, 120 bubble wands (from Kroger)

  • Getting RSVPs come in, encourage people to come and decorate cars

  • Halloween at the school – allow for costumes and the parade this year, parties on 10/31

  • Need to coordinate the time for the parade

  • Service project idea

  • Potentially partner with SMOY

  • Life Pantry, Matthew 25, Diaper drive

  • Care closet for the school (basics)

  • Extra uniforms, toiletries, hair ties, small snacks, winter coats, socks

  • Chair for 365 Raffle next year (Sarah)

  • NEED someone to oversee the Community Events, make sure there is a chair for everything, and they are happening

  • Christmas Hallways – Amy Watkins to chair?

  • Weekend of December 3rd to decorate

  • Update the plan for this year, sign up genius, need to set a budget

  • Inclusive of Religious themes for 2022, songs, etc.

  • Red Brick hallway could be Manger Scene, Art teachers to handle?

  • Santa Event

  • Breakfast with Santa in Cafeteria? Play a movie, music playing

  • Would be before Christmas Break

  • Pancakes, sausage

  • Knights of Columbus to help – partner somehow w their event? Scouts to volunteer?

  • Melynda Bowers Santa contact?

  • Wave on Wheels (Newport Aquarium) – event for the school?

  • Author to come to school? Something separate for older grades vs. younger grades.

  • Google Form to teachers – ideas for school community events?

  • Outdoor classroom idea

  • Working garden idea (Mrs. Worpenberg) – PTO will partner on this

  • Partner on nature trail area by PreK, Spring cleanup day for the trails, etc. (Scouts area to oversee)

  • K-1 playground equipment ideas

  • Outdoor playhouse

  • Outdoor market

  • Airplane, climber rocks

  • Inventory of playground balls, kickball – need to take an inventory (ask Cara Wedig)

  • Link to PTO meeting minutes, add to St. C webpage, PTO section?

  • Evening idea for a PTO meeting or an open house to get more people involved in the PTO


9:46 AM -- Closing Prayer, Christine Settlemire

NEXT PTO MEETING – NOVEMBER 11, 2022