TCAPS Montessori PTO

The TCAPS Montessori PTO invites all parents to get involved in school activities and events and/or considering becoming a member of the PTO board. The PTO works throughout the year to bring quality enrichment opportunities to our students as well as raise funds for student programming. 

Top 10 Reasons to Get Involved in the PTO


  1. Your child benefits. When parents get connected to the school, children do better. Research shows children whose parents are involved get better grades, do better on tests, and have fewer discipline problems at school.

  2. We make a difference. Our mission is to create the kind of school community where teachers and administrators can do their best work—and so can our children. We provide support for teachers in and out of the classroom. We provide resources they need. We help create learning opportunities for children. And we try to build the kind of supportive, caring atmosphere that makes school fun.

  3. We pledge to honor your time constraints. People are often reluctant to participate because they’re afraid they’ll get pulled into a black hole of never-ending time commitment. That won’t happen here. An hour or two a semester really makes a difference. And we won’t push you to commit more than you want to or are able to. 

  4. We have fun. Volunteer work shouldn’t be drudgery. We accomplish a lot, and not everything we do is easy. But we know we’re not balancing the national debt, either. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, and we try to enjoy ourselves along the way whenever possible.

  5. Meet nice people who share your concerns. We all have a common bond. We care about creating the best possible educational experience for our children. We are neighbors and peers who share many of the same experiences. And many friendships have developed as a result of those connections.

  6. There’s a lot to be done. These days, schools are asked to do more with less. Our help is needed more than ever to fill the gaps.

  7. We can match jobs to your interests and abilities. The work we do covers a broad spectrum: filing and photocopying, planning and executing events, writing and editing, working directly with children, managing a budget and cash flow, and lots more. We encourage creative ideas, and we’re thrilled to have people take on tasks that meet their skills and interests.

  8. We’re welcoming. To us, there are no “outsiders.” We are people who have come together to work toward common goals. We couldn’t be happier to have you join us in working toward those goals.

  9. We’re about parent involvement, not fundraising. In these times of tight budgets, parent groups everywhere are having to fill in the gaps, and so are we. But our number one goal is to get more parents connected to the school. That’s because more than 300 independent research studies show that building parent involvement in education is the number one thing we can do to create a great school and improve student performance.

  10. This work is very rewarding. It’s seeing the bright light of learning sparkle in a child’s eye. It’s seeing the smile that shows we’re making school a little more fun—and a child feel a little more comfortable in a learning environment. It’s learning that test scores have risen and knowing we played a role. There are lots of rewards, both big and small, for those who get involved. Won’t you join us?

PTO Today

Volunteer Opportunities

Parents: You make all the difference!

We strongly encourage families to participate in volunteering for at least one event or service during the school year. Hundreds of independent studies on parent involvement show that when parents get involved in their children’s education, grades go up, test scores improve, children are more likely to attend better schools after high school, they have fewer discipline problems and they’re less likely to use drugs and alcohol. Thank you!

Parent Volunteers Are Needed For All Of These Activities

Throughout the school year, TCAPS Montessori looks for parent volunteers to help in various positions. All volunteers will need to complete the district's online volunteer application and a background check before volunteering at the school. To complete the application and for more information on volunteering, please visit the External Linkdistrict's volunteer page. Thank you for your support! 

To sign up for one of the volunteering opportunities below, please also complete the PDF DocumentMontessori PTO Volunteer Information Sheet & Sign Up Form.

Community Events

  • Tons of Fun Field Day volunteer – one day commitment
  • Family Arts Celebration volunteers – help plan this celebration of art, music, and drama OR volunteer that night to help with set-up, cake walk, face painting, etc.
  • Movie Nights Coordinator

Staff Appreciation

  • Coordinate food for conference times
  • Coordinate appreciation lunch in the spring
  • Other ideas
  • Please contact Kat Eldred if you would like to be on her email list seeking volunteers to help with conference meals and Happy Friday treats for staff.


  • School “beautification” volunteer– seasonal flower pots
  • Clean up days volunteer
  • Projects determined by committee


  • Book Fair support
  • Family Reading Night coordinator and volunteers
  • Projects as determined by committee 


  • Lunch time support
  • Special meals coordinator
  • Projects as determined by committee


  • Boxtops
  • Flower Bulbs
  • Pies
  • Ladies Night
  • Road Rally
  • Move-a-thon

Spirit Wear Coordinator

School Directory

Drama Club / Save the Stage

Festival of Trees

  • Plan and execute our school tree with art teacher involvement

Cherry Festival Float

  • Prince/Princess Program

Popcorn Coordinator

Science Share

Talent Show

School Improvement Reps


Classroom Volunteer

  • Spelling checkers, field trip parents, etc.

Laminating Support


  • LEAP sports
  • Odyssey of the Mind

PTO Board Meetings

PTO meetings are held once a month and are open to the public. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month in the school library. Child care is provided. For additional information, please contact PTO president Erica Chadwick.

  • September 20, 2016: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  • October 18, 2016: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • November 15, 2016: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  • December: No Meeting
  • January 17, 2017: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • February 21, 2017: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  • March 21, 2017: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
  • April 18, 2017: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
  • May 16, 2017: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Agendas & Minutes, Etc.





PTO Board Members


PTO Board Committees

Fundraising Committee

  • The fundraising committee is charged with the organization and management of all events and activities that raise funds for our PTO.

Health & Wellness Committee

  • The Health and Wellness Committee focuses on issues related to the well-being of our students and staff.
  • Julie Sheerin, Chair

Building & Grounds Committee

  • The building and grounds committee organizes numerous activities and special projects related to the improvement and upkeep of the school grounds and playground areas; as well as special issues that relate to the school building.

Community / Social Committee

  • The community / social committee is about building a school community through a variety of events and activities.

Communications Committee

  • The communications committee is responsible for maintaining a variety of programs to keep parents, staff and students informed about all PTO activities. These include newsletters; website; emails; flyers and social media.
  • Amy Dombrowski, Chair

Staff Appreciation Committee

Boxtops and More


Fundraising is a vital component of our PTO's mission. The PTO works throughout the year to bring quality enrichment opportunities to our students as well as enhance student programming. The PTO works to accomplish this by having fundraisers, organizing family activity nights, assisting in classrooms, and supporting school events. All of the PTO fundraising efforts go directly back to support the school and/or student programming. We are very proud and grateful for all of the efforts -- both time and money -- that have been contributed on behalf of our generous school families. Please consider supporting one or more of these worthwhile efforts.

For families who prefer to keep things simple with their support, we now provide the opportunity to donate directly to TCAPS Montessori PTO (with your credit card or paypal). Please see the Make A Donation section below for more information.

Local Harvest School Fundraiser

Montessori Local Harvest School Fundraiser GraphicThe Local Harvest sale is our one and only product fundraiser. The sale takes place in October, during our beautiful fall harvest season! 

We sell delicious food products from local farms/local businesses, such as:

  • Apples from Bardenhagen Farms
  • Maple syrup from Britt Farm
  • Jams from Esch Road.
  • Chocolates from Grocer's Daughter

We also have gift certificates from businesses such as Oryana, Cherry Republic, Grand Traverse Pie Company, and The State Theatre.

This fundraiser is timed so that people might consider these items for holiday gift giving. 

Questions? Please contact:

Marcy Hermann
312.320.6075 (cell)

Carnival & Craft Bazaar

TCAPS Montessori Carnival & Craft Bazaar has something for everyone! Activities for children & holiday shopping featuring quality handmade items from local and student vendors.

  • When:  Typically held in November
  • Where: TCAPS Montessori 1009 S. Oak St.
  • What: There will be carnival games, food plus a marketplace for local, handmade goods and crafts and even some silent auction items.  

Vendor Information

Our craft bazaar supports artists and artisans who create handmade, original crafts. We seek high-quality, original, handmade work.

A vendor fee of $25 is due with the return of the application located in our office. This fee is non-refundable for vendors once accepted into the bazaar, and includes your booth space (approximately 6’ x 8’), all marketing and promotion of the bazaar, as well as venue rental and any other fees associated with this event.
A limited number of 6’ tables are available for $5 each, and will be waiting for you in your booth space when you arrive should you reserve one with your application. Booth space is limited.
To be considered as a vendor, please send:

  • Completed application from the office
  • Vendor fee is $25 ($30 if you’d like to reserve a table.)
  • Student rate is $10, ($15 if you'd like to reserve a table.)

Event Schedule

  • Carnival Games - 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Café Dinner - 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Silent Auction - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Vendors Bazaar - 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Contact Information

If you are a vendor or know someone who would like to rent a table, please pick up an application in the office or call 231.933.5608. If you are able to donate a silent auction item or solicit items (from local businesses), please do so and turn items into the office by Octocter 30.  

Box Tops & More

Here are some great  ways to support out school. By doing a couple of simple things you can help TCAPS Montessori earn easy cash and products.

It's Easy! 1. Shop.  2. Collect labels/receipts.  3. Send to the school in your 
child’s folder. TCAPS Montessori gets cash or school products!

For more information, please contact Genevieve Minor.

Participating Programs

Boxtops for Education

  • Clip boxtops from designated products (Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Hefty, etc). Send to school. TCAPS Montessori earns cash.
  • Shop your favorite online retailers through External website. TCAPS Montessori earns cash.

Campbell’s Labels for Education

Oleson’s, Toms’s & Family Fare (formerly Glen’s Market) Community Share Program

  • Save your receipts from Oleson’s grocery stores. Send to school. TCAPS Montessori receives a penny for each community shared point listed on your receipt.

Make A Donation

If donating your time is not an option, but you would like to contribute to the development and enhancement of TCAPS Montessori, you may make a tax deductible* contribution directly to TCAPS Montessori (in the memo line of your check please write "Direct Appeal Donation").  Many of our other school fundraisers only deliver to the school a percentage of the money collected. By donating directly to TCAPS Montessori 100% of your tax deductible* donation will support your child’s education.  

  • To make a donation by check, please PDF Documentcomplete the direct donation form and make your check out to "TCAPS Montessori." In the memo line of your check, please write "Direct Appeal Donation." Donations made by check to “TCAPS Montessori” are 100% tax deductible. TCAPS Montessori Tax ID# 38–6001332