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    PTO Committees

    Please explore the committee pages and find an opportunity to volunteer and engage in PTO life at Westchester.  All of Westchester's PTO committees present opportunities, both big and small, to volunteer and engage in Westchester's PTO.

    Executive Committee: The Westchester PTO Executive Committee is responsible for calling meetings, communicating information, organizing volunteers, and supporting all of the subcommittees in their efforts to organize PTO events, plan PTO supported activities, create community and raise funds.

    Event Committees: Event committees do the work of organizing PTO Events.  Some events like the Welcome Back Coffee are very small limited engagement events, and present easy opportunities to participate in the PTO.  Other events, like Trivia Night, require months of planning, but even these events present plenty of small opportunities to engage.  Many hands make light work!

    Activities Committees: The PTO supports several year-round activities. Activities committees are responsible for planning, scheduling, and supporting activities and clubs, like WEE Ones, or acting as a liaison for non-PTO activities and clubs like scouting.

    Community Support Committees: Lots of things happen behind the scenes to help create community at Westchester, so there are a lot of opportunities, both big and small, to help.  Community Support Committees do things like organize our Spirit Gear Catalog and the Buzz Book.

    Fund Raising Committees: Finally, there are a hand full of committees that work throughout the year to gather the resources the PTO uses to organize events, support activities, and build community.

     


    List of Event Committees

    Info Court
    Welcome Back Coffee
    Book Fair
    Ice Cream Social
    Greentree Parade - Candy
    Greentree Parade - Float
    Fall Festival / Trunk or Treat
    STEAM Night
    Cultures Night
    Grandparents Day
    Father-Daughter Dance
    Mother Son Event
    Trivia Night - Planning Committee
    Cardinal Night
    Field Day
    5th Grade Fun Day
    5th Grade Musical

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    List of Activities Committees

    Chess Club Representative
    Cub Scout Representative
    WEE Ones

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    List of Community Support Committees

    Art Liaison
    Bulletin Boards
    Dads Club
    Kirkwood School District Foundation Liaison (KSDF)
    PAC - SSD Representative
    Public Relations
    Room Parents
    Spiritwear
    Staff Appreciation
    Teacher favorite things
    WE Cares
    Yearbook
    Buzz Book
    New Parent Welcome Committee

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    List of Fund Raising Committees

    Dining Out
    WE Free
    Fall Sign Up Party
    School Supplies
    WE Give
    Trivia Night - Auction Committee
    Trivia Night - Sign Up Parties

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    Executive Committee

    President - Anne Hinrichs (co-president), Jaclyn Scroggins (co-president) 
    Vice President - Erin Milligan-Mattes
    Treasurer - Christina Renz
    Vice-Treasurer - Jennifer Woodson
    Secretary - Noel Powers
    Secretary/Communications Chair: Molly Eberle
    Advisor -Allen McCoy

    The Westchester PTO Executive Committee is responsible for calling meetings, communicating information, organizing volunteers, and supporting all of the subcommittees in their efforts to organize PTO events, plan PTO supported activities, create community and raise funds. The Executive Committee meets monthly to prepare the budget, and review grants prior to the next PTO meeting.

    Presidential Succession: The Vice President becomes the President. The President becomes the Advisor. The Advisor rolls off the Executive Committee into a happy retirement. Each year the Vice-President is responsible for recruiting their replacement.

    Treasurer Successions: The Co-Treasurer becomes Treasurer, and the Treasurer rolls off the Executive Committee into a happy retirement. Each year the Co-Treasurer is responsible for recruiting their replacement.

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    Info Court Committee

    MEMBERS
    Committee Chair - Erin Milligan-Mattes
    Member - OPEN
    Member - OPEN  

    DESCRIPTION
    Every year, before the beginning of the school year, Westchester Elementary hosts a Meet the Teacher night. On Meet the teacher night, the PTO hosts Information Court. This is an opportunity for new and returning families to learn about activities, events, clubs, volunteer opportunities and PTO Committees.

    RESPONSIBILITIES
    - Keeping a list of activities, events, and clubs, who want a table at info court
    - Being a single point of contact between presentors, and the School Staff
    - Setting up tables and signs on the night of the event
    - Breaking down tables and signs on the night of the event

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    Welcome Back Coffee Committee

    MEMBERS
    Committee Chair - Laura Bond
    Member - OPEN
    Member - OPEN  


    DESCRIPTION
    Every year, on the first day of school, the PTO hosts a welcome back coffee in front of the school. Parents are encouraged to come by, grab a cup of coffee and perhaps a donut, meet with friends and neighbors, and make new friends.

    RESPONSIBILITIES
    - Hosting the event
    - Buying Supplies (coffee, donuts, fruit, cups, napkins, spoons, etc.)
    - Coordinating with school staff
    - Setting up tables signs and decorations
    - Making introductions
    - Breaking down tables, signs and decorations
    - General clean up

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    Book Fair Committee

    MEMBERS
    Committee Chair - Jamie Alley
    Member - Sarah Menkhus
    Member - Keira Kraft

    DESCRIPTION
    The Scholastic Book Fairs are fundraisers for the Westchester Library. There are two Scholastic Book Fairs every year: one in the fall and one in the spring. The PTO organizes volunteers to work with Westchester's School librarian (Ms. Cobb) to assist with both Scholastic Book Fairs.

    RESPONSIBILITIES
    - Recruit volunteers to assist with the book fairs in the fall and spring
    - Help the school librarian host the book fairs

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    Ice Cream Social Committee

    MEMBERS
    Committee Chair - Kristen Von Gerichten
    Member - Susan Needler
    Member - OPEN

    DESCRIPTION
    There are two ice cream socials. Both Ice Cream Socials take place during the Scholastic Book Fairs, and are opportunities for WE families to come together, and socialize.

    RESPONSIBILITIES
    - Recruiting volunteers to help staff the event
    - Checking the PTO Closet for supplies
    - Purchasing supplies as needed for the event
    - Setting up tables and managing Sunday stations
    - Breaking tables down and general clean up

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    Greentree Parade - Candy

    MEMBERS
    Committee Chair - Laura Mccart
    Member - Laura Mccart
    Member - Jess McCarthy
    Member - Sarah Menkhus
    Member - Molly Weinstein
    Member - Lydia Berry
    Member - Melissa Lloyd

    DESCRIPTION
    Every September the Kirkwood community comes together in celebration for the City of Kirkwood's Green Tree Festival. It is Kirkwood's homecoming. The festival kicks Satruday morning off with a parade that winds its way from Kirkwood High School, down Essex Rd. to Kirkwood Rd., then south on Kirkwood Rd. to Argonne, then west on Argonne to the Kirkwood Community Center.

    Every year, students and families march in the parade, and pass out candy to the onlookers to show off our school pride.

    RESPONSIBILITIES - Recruiting volunteers to help do the committees work
    - Collecting and or buying bulk candy for the parade
    - Breaking the bulk candy down into bags for the kids to hand out
    - Distribute candy bags to WE marchers at the start of the parade route

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    Greentree Parade - Float

    MEMBERS
    Committee Chair - Molly Eberle
    Member - Laura Mccart
    Member - Jess McCarthy
    Member - Sarah Menkhus
    Member - Molly Weinstein
    Member - Lydia Berry
    Member - Melissa Lloyd  

    DESCRIPTION
    Every September the Kirkwood community comes together in celebration for the City of Kirkwood's Green Tree Festival. It is Kirkwood's homecoming. The festival kicks Satruday morning off with a parade that winds its way from Kirkwood High School, down Essex Rd. to Kirkwood Rd., then south on Kirkwood Rd. to Argonne, then west on Argonne to the Kirkwood Community Center.

    Every year, to show off our school pride, Parents build a float for WE families to march behind in the parade.

    RESPONSIBILITIES
    - Recruiting volunteers to help do the committee's work
    - Filling out paper with Greentree Festival Organizers so that our float is entered into the parade
    - Learning the Theme for parade floats from Greentree Festival Organizers
    - Choosing a float design
    - Building the float
    - Getting the float to the start of the parade route and driving it in the parade
    - Disposing of the float

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    Fall Festival / Trunk or Treat

    MEMBERS
    Committee Chair - Anna Maxwell
    Member - Erin Milligan-Mattes
    Member - Jonathan Morton

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    STEAM Night

    MEMBERS
    Committee Chair - Jason Brosch
    Member - Kristin Rehg

    DESCRIPTION

    RESPONSIBILITIES

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    Cultures Night

    MEMBERS
    Committee Chair - OPEN
    Member - OPEN

    DESCRIPTION

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    Grandparents Day

    MEMBERS
    Committee Chair - Claire Leffler
    Member - Jaimie Alley

    DESCRIPTION

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    Father-Daughter Dance

    MEMBERS
    Committee Chair - Anne Hinrichs
    Member - Noel Powers
    Member - Molly Eberle
    Member - Claire Leffler  
    Member - Gwyn Imler

    DESCRIPTION

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    Mother Son Event

    MEMBERS
    Committee Chair - Jennifer Woodson
    Member - Gena Guignon
    Member - OPEN

    DESCRIPTION

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    Trivia Night - Planning Committee

    MEMBERS
    Committee Chair - Ashley Luther
    Member - Laura Bonebrake
    Member - Liz Reimer
    Member - Megan Normile
    Member - Kristi Luecke
    Member - Sarah VanSlette
    Member - Erin Milligan-Mattes
    Member - Hannah Grimshaw
    Member - OPEN
    Member - OPEN

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    Cardinal Night

    MEMBERS
    Committee Chair - Amy Schawacher

    DESCRIPTION

    RESPONSIBILITIES

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    Field Day

    MEMBERS
    Committee Chair - Jess McCarthy
    Member - Lindsey Smith
    Member - Sarah Haeusser

    DESCRIPTION

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    5th Grade Fun Day

    MEMBERS
    Committee Chair - OPEN
    Member - OPEN
    Member - OPEN

    DESCRIPTION

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    5th Grade Musical

    MEMBERS
    Committee Chair - OPEN
    Member - OPEN
    Member - OPEN
    Member - OPEN

    DESCRIPTION

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