LeTort PTO Monthly Meeting Minutes
LeTort PTO Monthly Meeting Minutes
LeTort PTO Monthly Meeting Minutes
October 20, 2022
In attendance was Melissa Hochreiter (President), Tara Beakes (Treasurer), Mrs. Winters (2nd grade teacher),
Mrs. Baker (academic support teacher), and four other attendees. Melissa opened the meeting at 6:35pm with
*Given by Mrs. Winters on behalf of Dr. McPherson
Parent teacher conferences are being held on Monday, November 21 st from 1:45-8:00pm and Tuesday,
November 22 nd from 1:45-3:45pm. There may be additional times for conferences provided by
individual teachers. The link to sign up will be sent out tomorrow, October 21 st . Please make sure to
sign up! Melissa confirmed that the PTO will provide dinner for the teachers during the evening
conferences on Monday. Many thanks for Laps for LeTort. The teachers noted how smoothly the day seemed
to go and the kids had a lot of fun!
Tara reported that there is currently $15,997.43 in the account. Laps for LeTort raised $12,973.05 to date but
there are still donations coming in. It was discussed that we now have a bit of a “cushion” to work with after
the depletion of funds during Covid.
Previous Events Recap-
Melissa discussed the county wide PTO movie night that was held at Clipper Magazine Stadium. LeTort
sold 100 tickets that were provided and made $300 from those sales. A question was asked if we had
to turn anyone away after selling all 100 tickets, but it was said that we were able to get more tickets if
needed. There was food available at the stadium and all the attendees enjoyed their evening!
Melissa shared information on the last take out night on behalf of Karen. It was held at El Toro
Barbacoa, and we were able to raise $149. The owner communicated that all the orders were filled.
Melissa was happy to report that Laps for LeTort was a huge success and we were able to raise $12,973
to date! The students are receiving incentives for raising money. Mrs. Binkley’s class raised the most
money, so they enjoyed a water balloon battle. There will be a “LeTort story hour” where teachers will
dress in their PJ’s and share their favorite childhood story, Dr. McPherson will dress up as the LeTort
Lion at a later date, and the school is having a bounce party. The date for the bounce party is
Thursday, November 3 rd with a rain date of November 7 th or November 8 th . There was a lot of positive
feedback from both parents and teachers about the event. It was noted that the kick off assembly that
was held generated a lot of buzz within the students. Melissa also shared that there were several
people who had trouble making donations in the days leading up to Laps. After speaking with the
company, it was discovered that multiple organizations on the Fundly site were hacked. None of the
credit cards used from LeTort were compromised and the company that is in charge of Fundly, called
Stripe, shut down the website until new security measures could be put in place. That was the reason
donations were not able to be made. The PTO will look into other options for collecting funds next
year in hopes to avoid this from happening again.
Melissa gave information on the next take out Tuesday on behalf of Karen. It will be held on
November 1 st at Isaac’s on Centerville Road. We will receive 15% of all sales (including dine in, take
out, catering, and gift cards) from anyone who brings in the flyer anytime on the 1 st .
Mrs. Baker and Melany Musser discussed the upcoming scholastic book fair. Once they receive the
material from scholastic, flyers will be sent out with information about the event. The students will
visit the book fair during the school day with their classes at designated times. The fair will also be
available for parents to visit during conferences. The teachers will have wish lists available for families
who would like to gift books to teachers. It was mentioned that there is an option to set up an eWallet
for each teacher with a QR code that would be available at the fair. eWallet will also be available for
students to use or they may bring their own money. Mrs. Baker said that they are working on having a
child wish list paper available for those students who want to write down books that they see and may
enjoy as a gift. It was also confirmed that the PTO will be purchasing a book for each student again this
year. Students will choose their book in class, and they will be distributed once the order is filled.
Volunteers will be needed during the book fair, especially to help the younger students, and a sign up
genius link will be sent out closer to the date.
Tara shared some information about the new holiday shop event. The PTO will host a shopping night
on Thursday, December 8 th at 5 Below on Fruitville Pike. Specific times will be shared at the next
meeting once more information is gathered. LeTort will be able to receive 10% of any purchase (if a
flyer is presented at time of purchase) during the whole week of December 5 th -9 th . Tara is looking into
recruiting 6 th graders, or maybe PMHS students, to help younger students make purchases and there
will be a table set up for wrapping gifts. There was discussion about possibly changing the take out
Tuesday in December to take out Thursday to coincide with the shopping night. More information to
Melissa discussed the possibility of having a holiday event for the 2022 school year. Nothing has been
decided on yet. Any suggestions are welcome!
The next PTO monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15 th .
The meeting was adjourned by Melissa at 7:20pm.
Notes taken and submitted by Ashlee MartzallLeTort PTO Monthly Meeting Minutes
September 20, 2022 at 6:30pm
In attendance: Melissa Hochreiter, President; Tara Beakes, Treasurer; Gabriela Hagiu Asst.
Treasurer; Jess Martin, Secretary; Karen Giffen, Asst. Officer; Dr. Carly McPherson, Principal,
Mrs. Joyce Wright, 3 rd Grade Teacher; and 11 other attendees.
Melissa opened the meeting at 6:30 with introductions.
Dr. McPherson reported that the school year was off to a good start and that some of the teachers and staff participated in an assembly that showed the students what to do and what not to do.
There are 2 more assemblies planned throughout the year. One is a “domed earth” exhibit and the other is a Md. Science Ctr with experiments. There is a possible 3rd with the availability of a grant.
Communication looks different this year. The LeTort Ledger will come out once a week with important information. Dr. McPherson encouraged people to explore the new “Letort.pennmanor.net” website.
The running club is looking for volunteers to record laps the students complete during recess. Running club takes place on Tues/Thurs each week through November.
Tara noted that there is currently right around $5000 in the account which is on the low side.
Previous Events Recap:
Jess shared that Meet Me On the Playground had a good turn out of new students and Kindergarten families. PTO officers were able to mingle with the parents while kids played.
Melissa talked about a new fundraiser called Got Sneakers. We were able to collect $30 worth of used athletic shoes. This will run all school year.
Karen reported that our first Take Out Night at Friendly’s wasn’t as well attended as expected. We still made $153. It was a rainy night right after a holiday weekend.
Gabriela discussed Back to School Night. The PTO was set up in the gym with signup/interest sheets for future activities during back to school night. There was a great turn out!
Melissa talked about the staff welcome back lunch/gifting breakfast. They were both well appreciated by the teachers.
Gabriela shared that the spirit wear sale made $329.37. We went with a company from the past and the prices were a little cheaper. (B&T) All items should be in by early October.
Melissa shared about the countywide PTO movie night. A new event for us that takes place at the home of the Barnstormers. All 100 tickets were sold at $5 each.
Karen mentioned that the next Take Out Tuesday will be held October 4 at El Toro Barbacoa from 4-7pm. All orders will need to be called in ahead of time and picked up. A LeTort flyer will be required to show when you pick up your order so we get credit. A limited menu is available for the night. Although the restaurant portion is closed, the business is remaining open as a catering venue.
Melissa noted that Custodian Appreciation Day is October 3. We will be giving our 2 amazing custodians a small gift. Students are welcome to make a card to show their appreciation too.
Melissa discussed Laps for LeTort which is our biggest FUNdraiser of the year and will be held on October 7. There will be a short assembly trying to pump up the kids to get donations. Parent volunteers will be needed. There will be no t-shirts given out this year due to lack of funds. The theme will be PM/LeTort school spirit.
Roller Skating night will be moved to the Spring due to lack of funds.
The Scholastic Book Fair will be held November 21 and 22 during parent/teacher conferences. Melany Musser and Kim Baker will be chairing this event.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:45pm.