We are pleased to announce the continuation of the Our Lady of Mercy Academy Parent Teacher Organization – MPTO
Last year we launched the MPTO to aid in improving the dissemination of important, accurate information to students and parents. Given all of the challenges we were facing, the MPTO also served as a virtual community for parents, teachers and administrators to meet monthly for updates and also to help plan activities. Given the popularity and overwhelming requests to continue, we are pleased to share that we will continue to have an MPTO with grade representation for each class.
We hope to increase membership and participation this year and to make it more convenient, we have added all of the forms and information to the OLMA website under the tab for “Parents”. In order to encourage participation, we have decided to keep the annual dues with no increase at $25. We hope you will join us and encourage you to attend our first MPTO hosted event on Thursday, September 23rd at 7pm. Look for the flyer in your email and on the website.
In order to get started and keep continuity, last year’s grade representatives have agreed to serve again this year. And we are delighted to welcome two new representatives for our Freshwoman class. Feel free to reach out to your grade level representative and you can always send questions, comments or ideas to MPTO@olma.org.
What is a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)?
A PTO is a nonprofit group of parents, teachers, and staff dedicated to improving communications between parents, faculty and administration, and enhancing the educational experience of all students.
What will the MPTO do?
The MPTO will raise funds to support a wide variety of enrichment activities at OLMA: trips, family events, and special presentations. The MPTO will also play a role in providing feedback, information, and communication to the faculty and administration. The success of the MPTO depends on the support and participation from as many parents as possible.
What has been done so far?
Last year the MPTO hosted monthly meetings via Zoom, kept parents updated on school activities, and shared feedback between parents, teachers and administrators. As part of our effort to continue to build engagement and community, we hosted a parent tailgate as well as two successful teacher appreciation events.
Who is on the MPTO?
A Board of eight individuals has been formed, consisting of two representatives for each grade. The parents who served last year have agreed to serve again for the 2021-22 school year. We are currently seeking two new members to represent 9th grade.
What are the next steps?
- Be on the lookout for how you can get involved. We are hoping for 100% family participation!
- Meetings will be held on the first Wednesday evening of each month at 7:00 pm.