Parent Volunteers

PTMO (Parent Teacher Ministry Organization)

Throughout each school year, SJNCS receives substantial support from its parent organization, the PTMO (Parent Teacher Ministry Organization). This talented group of parents provides countless hours of time, talent, and treasure to our school.

A note from our PTMO President:

I hope everyone has had a great start to the 2019/2020 year here at SJNCS! I feel so blessed to be a part of a school that has such a dedicated and giving group of teachers and staff. It feels like “home” to me, and I hope it will soon feel that way to your family. The Parent Teacher Ministry Organization (PTMO) is here to make our school environment the best it can be for our children and staff. If you would like to know how you can get more involved, please feel free to call or email me.

Blessings,

Lori Smith

2018-2019 PTMO OFFICERS

Name Role
Lori Smith President
Monica Odom Vice President
Carol Anne Long Secretary
Jennifer McEnery Treasurer

Philosophy

St. John Neumann’s Parent Teacher Ministries Organization (PTMO) exists to bring families and school staff together in common support of the Parish and School missions. The organization is a collaborative effort of parents and teachers, each holding the other in esteem, working together to provide the best spiritual and intellectual education.

Purpose & Goals

  • To engender and encourage a greater appreciation of Catholic education especially within St. John Neumann Catholic School
  • To encourage family involvement and participation in spiritual, intellectual, social and physical programs of the school and parish
  • To offer support and assistance to the Principal for improvements and programs that are designed for the enrichment of school life
  • To assist the school in its financial needs through well-planned and organized fundraisers
  • To encourage and support family life though family involvement in projects and events

Meetings

PTMO hosts an annual meeting for all parents where a speaker is brought in to address topics relevant to our student population. Many other various committee and special events meetings are held throughout the year.

Benefits Provided to the School by the PTMO

School Gifts:

  • 26 iPads & mobile iPad charging station
  • 39 virtual student desktop computers with flat screen monitors
  • 31 teacher desktop computers
  • Two teacher laptops
  • 40 wireless laptops for middle school writing lab
  • Spirit Mascot Costume

Teacher Assistance:

  • Three teachers received Masters Degrees
  • Four teachers received Orton-Gillingham phonics program training in Atlanta, GA
  • Funds to buy supplies for each classroom

Subcommittees:

Welcome Committee (Mary Marlowe/Sarah Loebner, co-chairs)

The Welcome Committee pairs new student families with current student families. Welcome packets are provided for each family to help them become more familiar with the school. The Welcome Committee continues to pair incoming student families with current student families throughout the school year.

Fundraising (Mary Nussbaum, co-chairs)

This committee plans and organizes our annual fundraising event.

Uniform Exchange (Melissa Mann, chair)

The uniform exchange closet is located just inside the library door nearest the school office. Volunteer Staff Hours are Tuesday and Thursday 7:45AM to 8:15AM and 2:45PM to 3:15PM. The uniform closet provides families a FREE exchange of uniform wear.

Campus Beautification (Tracy Metz, chair)

The campus beautification committee coordinates Fall and Spring “Beautify Campus Days.” This committee performs the cleanup duties on the SJNCS portion of the Town of Farragut Adopt-a-Greenway program, and also distributes mulch to create new flower beds, plants flowers, and weeds existing flower beds.

School Partner Programs (Sarabeth Bentley/Kerri Manning, co-chairs)

Monies earned in these programs are used for various school needs. Past purchases have included a pop-up tent and flags for use at school events and sporting events.

Morale & Teacher Appreciation (Jeanie Hansen/Sharon Peterson, co-chairs)
  • Parents provide Wednesday treats for all school staff throughout the year.
  • Teachers are treated to several luncheons which include fun door prizes and teacher gifts.
  • Christmas luncheon is planned, consisting of many delicious dishes made by committee members.
  • An end of the year celebration for staff is held at Connor’s Restaurant.
Spirit Wear (Stephanie Greiner, chair)
  • Sells Spirit Wear and SJN related items at a booth during Information Day & other times during the school year.
  • Organizes the SJN Tailgate Party at Knoxville Catholic High School Community Tailgate
Homeroom Parent Coordinator (Bre Kerschbaum/Suzan Drone, co-chairs)

The committee chair provides support for the designated homeroom parent volunteers who help teachers throughout the year with class-specific activities. The chair distributes timely email communications regarding PTMO committee activities and urgent requests for school-affiliated activities.