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2021-2022 Leadership Team

President

Andrea Alster 

president@gmspto.org

I am very excited to step into the president role for the 2021-2022 school year.  I am thrilled we are able to get back to hosting many of our beloved events this year.  My focus is help ensure we can make this as fun and enriching a year as possible for the students. I believe the PTO board is a collaboration all all members as well as our parent community.  I welcome everyone in the Grace McWayne community to attend our monthly meetings to be a part of sharing ideas and planning events for our school. I encourage you to volunteer whenever you can to help make these events possible throughout the year.  I wish everyone a great 2021-2022 school year! Please contact me to answer ANY questions you may have about our PTO.

VP of Communications

Abby Szklarek 

vp-communications@gmspto.org

I’m excited to be back on the board for the 2021-2022 school year. I’ve been involved in various activities and events at GMS over the last several years with my three kids. I am looking forward to serving the community by helping to keep everyone informed about all the activities going on at GMS!  From fundraising events to restaurant nights to recognizing student achievements, we have a lot going on at GMS throughout the year! The areas that I will be working with are:
  • Batavia Interschool Council
  • PTO Website
  • PTO Calendar
  • Grizzly Newsletter
  • PTO Facebook Group

If you have information for the Grace McWayne Grizzly Newsletter or have a date for the Grace McWayne PTO Calendar, please send it to me by Wednesday of each week. If you have any suggestions for how we may improve communications or any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

VP of General Fundraising

Nicole Boland 

vp-generalfundraising@gmspto.org

I’m excited to be back on the PTO Board for the 2021-2022 school year. I have been involved in numerous activities at the school, as this is my ninth year as a GMS parent. I have children in third, six and eight grade.
 

The Chairpersons and school events we will be working with include:

  • Winter Wonderland: Kara Barr and Karie Friedman
  • Box Tops: Christy Arends
  • Skate & Movie Nights: Lindsey Fiegel
  • Food Nights: Kertrina Justice
  • Yearbook: Mandy Stutenburg
  • AmazonSmile: Brian Antonacci

VP of Special Fundraising

Andria Sullivan 

vp-specialfundraising@gmspto.org

I’m happy to be back for my second official year on the PTO board. I have been heavily  involved in various activities and events at GMS over the last several years. I enjoy creating vision for the schools bulletin boards and creating social media posts for the PTO face book page. I have a son who is in fifth grade and a daughter who is in seventh grade. I am looking forward to serving the community by helping everyone stay informed and active through GMS!  I look forward to making an impact to our community and school by the following events:
 
  • Fall / Spring Book Fair
  • Fun Fair
  • Trivia Night
  • Walk-a-thon
  • Auctions

VP of School Spirit

Lisa Bambalas 

vp-spirit@gmspto.org

I am excited to be working with the following Chairpersons and events:
  • Spirit Week: Lisa Bambalas
  • Welcome Coffee: Shannon Bernal
  • Ice Cream Social: Lisa Bambalas
  • Teacher Appreciation Week: Angie Costello
  • Grizzly Gear: Lisa Bambalas

VP of School Events and Programs

Clare Hine 

vp-events@gmspto.org

This is my second year on the PTO Board, and my third year at Grace McWayne. I have children in first, fourth and sixth grades.

I will be overseeing school events and programs this year as follows:

  • Student Walking Wednesdays Program
  • Outdoor Education Day: Lisa Barnes
  • Assemblies: Lisa Bambalas
  • Great America/Raging Waves Program: Angie Costello

VP of School Support

Shannon Bernal 

vp-support@gmspto.org

This is my fourth year serving as the VP of School Support. I am looking forward to many fun activities and events that benefit our students and our school. I have daughters in first, fifth and seventh grades.

The Chairpersons and school support activities I will be working with include:

  • Bulletin Boards: Andria Sullivan
  • Art Appreciation: OPEN
  • Hospitality Committee: Angie Costello
  • LRC Volunteer: OPEN
  • Head Room Parent Coordinator: Lisa Bambalas

Treasurer

Brian Antonacci 

treasurer@gmspto.org

I am looking forward to my fourth year on the board.  

As Treasurer, my responsibilities include the accurate recording of all incoming cash and cash disbursements and financial statement reporting. Through the PTO fundraising activities such as walk-a-thon, yearbook, winter wonderland, fun fair, book fairs, grizzly gear, movie night, restaurants nights and more, we are able to fund activities for our children, school and community. Some of the activities the PTO funds are the art appreciation program, classroom field trips, outdoor education day, assemblies, battle of the books, and the learning resource center. I encourage you to volunteer this year to help in any way you can to make the PTO successful for our children and teachers.

 
 
Secretary
Melissa Knapp 
I am happy to remain on the board this year as secretary (after being President the last few years). I have a daughter in third grade and a son who is a freshman.

My responsibilities as secretary include taking notes at the monthly PTO meetings and printing the minutes. This information can be found in the PTO binder in the school office and will be posted to the PTO website as well. If you’re interested in volunteering or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Teacher Representatives

Sandra Lundgren, Barb Spence  

As the staff of Grace McWayne School, we believe a collaborative relationship between parents and teachers is the heart of our PTO. Our goal is to work together with parents to make decisions that will directly benefit our students as well as create fun and meaningful learning experiences. Several teachers will represent the staff at PTO meetings this year. Please feel free to contact any of these teachers with questions and input. We’re looking forward to an exciting year together!

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