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PTO Meeting Minutes- 3/3/23


St. Columban PTO Meeting

March 3, 2023

8:30 AM, Cafeteria


Attendees –

Christine Settlemire

Alison Shimala

Sarah Estill

Michelle Hosta

Erin Giblin

Amanda Kommeth

Melynda Bowers

Mrs. Muchmore


8:39 AM – Call to Order by Amanda Kommeth


8:39 AM – Opening Prayer by Amanda Kommeth


8:40 AM – Treasurer Report (Erin Giblin)

  • $145,491 current bank balance

  • 5th / 6th grade -- $3000 budget

  • Kroger rewards - $14,000 budget, only at $7,000 so far

  • No Amazon smiles right now

  • Playground - $4000 budget, spent $600

    • Kindergarten soccer nets we purchased didn’t hold up, something more substantial we can do?

      • Maybe ask Mr. Sherman?

    • Remove Connect 4 game, not played with and takes up space

    • More blocks for K, maybe for PreK too

    • Pickleball court / equipment

    • Possible re-paint on both sides of recess areas

  • CSW – budget $4000, spent $4300

  • $1500 left for school events

  • $2500 budget student expenses, spent $400+




8:50 AM – President’s Report (Amanda + Michelle)

  • 5th and 6th grade events –

    • Grand Sands might not happen – start planning much earlier next year for this event (2022 did this in January) – next year will be Mother-Daughter and Father-Son

    • Pivot to At-School Dances, hold in Parish Hall – Father-Daughter, Mother-Son

      • Look at April / into early May – 2 consecutive weekends – ask Cathy Nagy for availability, DJ? Snacks, drinks

      • We need chairs for this, planning / setting up, clean up crew


  • School supply box update (Sarah Estell)

    • Using a new company – First Day School supplies

    • Lists due March 17

    • Open online shop to parents April 1-Jul 1

    • Will deliver early August – labeled with grade level and name

      • 2nd week of August (week of Aug 7)


  • Presentation – Jr High + Parents (separate) – ‘DoItForJack’

    • Working with Stephanie Quehl, starting the process

    • Jr High – do in Cafeteria, with Officer Vicky (other SROs in Loveland)

      • 5th-6th? – too early to start?

      • 7th and 8th – separate these groups and do 2?

        • Reach out to teachers and see when is best – Mrs. Muchmore will reach out and give parameters

    • Amanda – will reach out to Stephanie about her availability between now and spring break

    • Parents – Zoom?, an evening in-person? – and video and then send out?

      • Facebook Live?


  • Teacher Appreciation Week – week of May 1st

    • $5500 budget

    • Jenn Stacey to chair with help, reach out to her (Alison and Sarah) – meet in person next week (Monday @ Noon)

    • Cinco de Mayo theme? / Tacos / Sombreros / Mexican coke / chips and salsa bar

    • Parents sign up for lunches to bring in for teachers (Tues, Wed)

    • Lunch provided by PTO for all teachers (do this on the Monday?)

      • 2-3 days (Mon, Thurs, Fri), Shooters, Butterbees, Pizza – Viscomi, Fuego

    • Coffee cart one morning (Thursday?) // Churros from Costco with coffee

    • Ask parents for gift cards / other donations, get an email out

      • Room moms to send out an email soon

    • Gift baskets for teachers


  • Egg Hunt



  • Bookreading / Author (Bumble Land)

    • PreK, March 20 (morning)

    • K, April 20 (afternoon)

    • Kids will make seed balls (PTO provides seeds)

    • Flyer will go out to buy book / plush

    • Purchase some copies for the school – library, each PreK and K classroom


  • Lent Service project – in conjunction with Student Council (parents involved), Mr. Drinnen, open to SMOY?

    • Life Food Pantry, weekend bags, meal kits

    • Care Center in Loveland

    • New Life Furniture Bank (Blue Ash)


  • FC Cincinnati Game – community social event

    • Ticket ordering website would be provided, forcing in similar sections

      • April 22, 730 PM

      • May 6, 730 PM

      • May 17, 730 PM (Wed) – not ideal

      • May 20 (vs. Columbus)

      • *Jun 3, 730 PM -- preference


  • Another Hops + Berries event – August timing, back to school


  • Kroger incentive, out of uniform day – send out an email for this


  • PreK / K – meet and greet + ice cream social – plan to move more to the end of July / early August


  • Future community event idea – Barre3 (free)



10:24 AM -- Closing Prayer, Michelle Hosta


NEXT PTO MEETING – Thursday, April 6, 2023


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