- Simsbury High School (SPTC)
- Henry James Memorial School (PTC)
- Central School
- Latimer Lane School
- Squadron Line School
- Tariffville School
- Tootin' Hills School
In accordance with Simsbury High School's Mission Statement and Core Beliefs, the SPTC is a non-profit organization created to promote the welfare of the high school community through the cooperation and efforts of students, parents/guardians and faculty. We encourage every family to join! It's what YOU can do for your school!
LAWN SIGN SALES have come to an end for Class of 2017. The signs will be distributed in the next few weeks. Watch the Monday SPTC list serve message for distribution details. (Message posted 5/10/17)
SHS-SPTC Volunteer Opportunities
Throughout the school year, the SHS-SPTC will be providing a variety of ways for parents to get involved. These opportunities will be communicated to parents in two ways.
The first is at the monthly SHS-SPTC meeting. These meetings are held in Room D172 and begin at 7:15 pm. The meeting schedule is available here.
The second way will be in connection with a listserv notification. When the SHS-SPTC is looking for help, we will provide a description of the activity and a link through which you can sign up.
To get more information, feel free to contact any committee chairperson or your SHS-SPTC President.
Documents & Forms
Special Projects Funding Recipients:
School Year 2009–2010
- Online News Subscription (History)
- Organ Rental for Concert (Chorus)
- Visiting Jeweler (Art)
- Books for Silent Sustained Reading (SSR)
- Peer Advocate Club (Guidance)
- Hands to Hart Shelter Dinners (Jr Civitan Club)
- Chariot (World Languages/Tech Ed)
- Lost & Found Closet (Eagle Scout)
- Appreciation gifts for retiring/transferring staff
- In memory donations for students and families
- Honor with Books program
- School Gift – Permanent art exhibit featuring images in American History
School Year 2008-2009
- Follow spotlight (Performing Arts)
- Visiting paper-cutting artist for Spanish and Chinese (World Languages)
- Transportation for Group Advocacy Project against drug and alcohol abuse (Health Ed)
- Visiting jewelry metal smith (Art)
- Honoraria for history speakers (Social Studies)
- Teacher's Resource Library
- "Guitar After School" class (Music)
School Year 2007-2008
- Social Studies Native American Program
- New School Dance Team
- Names Program
- Special Ed Department Sound Field System
- Art Department - Artist in Residence
- Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Resolution
- National Art Honor Society
- Junior Civitan
- Performing Arts Council
- Multicultural Club
- Social Studies Honoraria for World War II Speakers
- Eagle Scout Project
School Year 2006-2007
- Books for Silent Sustained Reading Program
- Software and frames for Library Media Center- "READ" Program
- Artist in Residence Program
- Silent Sustained Reading Program for Special Services
- Music Jazz Ensemble Concert
- Freshmen Introduction Program
- Cheerleading Pom-poms
- Membership & Directory
- Meeting Dates & Events
- PTC Officers & Reimbursement Form
- Meeting Minutes
- Committees & Volunteer Opportunities
Below is a description of each PTC committee. If you would like to volunteer for any of these committees please contact Laura Schless, PTC President.
Beautification - Committee members work on improving and maintaining the appearance of the school grounds. Flowers are planted each spring and fall. Meet with the principal to plan for the year.Chairperson:
BOE Liaisons - A HJMS Representative attends all Board of Education meetings and gives a brief summary at each PTC meeting. Chairperson:
Book Fair - Members are needed to help set up, take down and assist students with their purchases. Many volunteers are needed for this event.
Cultural - Members are responsible for bringing in meaningful and fun assemblies to Henry James. These programs enrich student exposure to the arts, musical theater, or current social/athletic themes. Members respond to requests for information from the parents and faculty, as well as screen programs and events.
General Volunteer List - Members are contacted throughout the year when volunteers are needed to assist at events such as 7th Grade Field Days, Unified Arts/Cabaret Night, or other functions where help is needed.
HJ Service Day - Members help chaperone 8th Grade HJMS students as they help clean up designated areas in the community. The HJ Service Day is held at the end of April.
Chairperson: Hilary Dording
Hospitality - This committee provides the "extras" for our parent programs, decorations at holiday times and thank you treats for the teachers. Things we have done in the past include provision of monthly snacks and beverages at PTC meetings and Board of Education meetings held at Henry James, "welcome back" breakfast for staff and faculty the first day of school, and a thank you luncheon for the staff and faculty at the end of the school year.
Media Center Volunteers - This committee organizes volunteers to work 2 hour weekly/biweekly shifts on various projects in the Media Center throughout the school year and to staff the annual Book Fair. Chair meets periodically with media specialist.
Membership/Directory - Committee creates, copies and distributes membership forms at the beginning of the year, collects membership information and dues, and generates a student directory distributed in late October to PTC members.
Publicity - Committee members promote programs and activities at HJMS, create flyers and submit articles for local publications, and alert parents and students to upcoming events via our ListServ and district website.
Student Social Activity - Members plan and oversee our yearly evening event for Henry James students.
Fundraiser (Ways and Means) - Committee organizes and oversees our fundraisers and organizes Barnes & Noble night.
The Central School PTO is now an independent non-profit organization!
Meetings are typically held the second Wednesday of each month in the Library Media Center. All PTO meetings and events are listed on the school calendar.
PTO Volunteer Position Descriptions
Do you need to be reimbursed? You can find The PTO Check Request Form in the Treasures' Folder located in the PTO desk (front office). Please fill out the form and leave it with a self-addressed stamped envelope in the PTO Treasurer's Folder. Your check will be mailed out to you in a few days!
Parent volunteers are needed to coordinate the program with the teachers, order ribbons and print certificates for the student participants, help set up the day before the fair and clean up. Every other year the theme alternates between Math/Science and History/Culture/Diversity.
Each spring, an art show showcases our children’s accomplishments during the year. Parent volunteers are needed to help our art teacher mat, label and display each piece and/or to set up the Art Show in the gym and dismantle the displays.
Committee coordinates with the classroom teachers and the Principal to bring a schedule of programs tailored to enrich each grade’s curriculum throughout the year. These presentations are all fully funded by the PTO. In previous years programs were brought to Central School including Mother Goose storytelling for Kindergarten, The Bear Man for First Grade, and Iditarod Sled Dogs for Second Grade.
The Cultural Enrichment Committee (CEC) at Central School coordinates with all of the other public schools in Simsbury to bring 3-4 age-appropriate cultural programs to our elementary schools each year. The PTOs from each school contribute toward the cost of these outstanding cultural programs. Committee volunteers preview events to help select performers and meet representatives from the other schools on a monthly basis. The CEC provides enrichment programs for Simsbury’s elementary school students that expose them to the exciting variety of art, drama, dance, music and other forms of artistic expression that exists in other cultures. The committee strives to select cultural enrichment programs that offer both diverse artistic entertainment as well as educational value for our children. The content of our cultural programs is broadly appealing and applicable across curriculum plans.
Back to School Picnic
We welcome back all the families in September with a picnic on our playground. Volunteers organize the food, music and any other events that are needed.
One of the highlights of the year, the Carnival & Pet Show requires lots of people power to succeed. People are needed to volunteer for Pet Judging, Pet Registration, Spirit Week, Publicity, Alex Lemonade, Cake Walk, Game Booths, Coordinate activities, buy prizes for prize booth, and Set Up and Clean-up.
This fun evening of music and dancing is sponsored by the PTO. This event is typically held at the school gym. Volunteers are needed to select theme, coordinate activities, solicit to repeat businesses for raffle and event prizes, select and hire DJ, recruit parent volunteers for the following: hallway monitors, refreshment table, collection of charity items and distribution of raffle tickets, set up, and clean up.
Family Skate Night
This fun evening of skating is sponsored by the PTO and is coordinated with Tariffville School. This event is generally held at one of the local rinks (Simsbury Farms or ISCC) in early November. Volunteers are needed to set up/decorate the rink, chaperone, sell or provide refreshments, coordinate music, and clean-up.
Kindergarten Fall Harvest Supper
This tradition was begun as a way of welcoming kindergarten families to the Central School community, and especially as an opportunity for them to meet other parents. Volunteers send invitations, serve food and drinks as well as coordinate parents to provide desserts, set up and clean up.
A fun family night at Central, under the stars watching a movie. Volunteers are needed to help run the event.
Did you know that the PTO sponsors and supports the following activities?
- Classroom Enhancement programs throughout the year
- Cultural Enrichment programs sponsored by the district
- Carnival/Pet Show
- Silent Auction
- 5th & 6th grade conference babysitting
- Academic Fair
- Art Show
- 5th grade Camp Jewel trip
- Read a loud and Nutmeg books
- Central School Publishing
- After school clubs
This committee organizes and runs our annual Book Fair working closely with Scholastic. Volunteers are needed to set-up, man the cash registers, and dismantle. Teachers select their favorite books, children bring home their lists and we all benefit from these great books!
Central School Clothing
This committee organizes and runs our annual Central School clothing sales, from selecting styles of clothing, logos, printing and sales and distribution of school clothing.
Fundraisers may change year to year. Volunteers need to coordinate, promote, process and collect orders. Past fundraisers have included Eco Bags, Munson’s and Gift Wrap.
Box Tops Program
A number of companies have UPC, label, and box top “redemption” programs for Central School to earn money and various school supplies, such as digital cameras, books, etc. We have a collection box in the school for these. The volunteers trim, count and sort the proofs-of-purchases.
Classroom that collects the most Box Tops wins an ice cream party.
Volunteers coordinate the annual Read-a-thon with the Media Specialist for Read Across America. The entire school reads for 60 minutes on the same day at the same time to raise money for the school and charities of the grades’ choice. Organize pledge sheets, charities and collect donations.
This is one of our biggest fund-raisers. We need volunteers to coordinate, locate and ‘book’ a venue, send out solicitation letters (we have a mailing list), follow up on the letters by phone, and in person, create a bid book just prior to the auction, set up the displays at the venue, help the day of the auction, notify the winners and distribute the goods, and send out thank- you notes.
Central School Publishing
Volunteers work with students in the school publishing room to write their own books and enter the information into a format. This is a great opportunity to work with your child’s class throughout the year.
Gift Book Program
Paul Cryan Photography
Paul Cryan is a highly esteemed portrait photographer. This is a great opportunity for our families to get reasonably priced, beautiful, black and white portraits. We need a volunteer or two to help schedule the portrait sessions, be available the evenings of his visit, and distribute photographs to teacher mailboxes.
A room parent helps in the classroom with holiday parties, special programs, and field trips. In addition, room parents coordinate the “phone chain” during school closing and emergencies (Kindergarten only). Room parents are also asked to coordinate the volunteers for a particular game booth at the Carnival/Pet Show each spring, help coordinate silent auction class baskets and 5th or 6th grade child care during parent/teacher conferences and other duties as requested.
Fifth Grade Committee
We need volunteers to organize and oversee the fifth grade students who provide at-school baby-sitting during parent-teacher conferences in March. To provide flowers for the 5th grade concerts.
Sixth Grade Committee
Throughout the year, parents of sixth graders coordinate activities to help create the class Memory Book. The students provide at-school baby-sitting during parent-teacher conferences in December. Volunteers coordinate and help with the development and production of the Memory Book and flowers for concerts.
School Directory/Handbook/CalendarThese volunteers are responsible for updating the school handbook and directory and coordinating with a printer for publishing. Volunteers are also needed to coordinate with other area schools an art contest for the Simsbury School Calendar which showcases student’s artwork for each month.
Executive Board: PTO President, Vice President, PTO Treasurer, PTO Secretary and PTO Board Members
- PTO President
Are you a fun, well organized person? We need you to help direct our organization, oversee our fundraising activities, services, events and enrichment. Coordinate and delegate volunteers and work closely with the Principal and school staff. PTO President shall lead monthly PTO meetings, designate chairmen of all committees and facilitate communication. Work closely with the PTO Vice President, PTO Treasurer and PTO Secretary to create an annual budget.
- PTO Vice President
The PTO Vice President shall act as an aide to the President, shall perform the duties of the President in their absence.
- PTO Treasurer
Do you have a financial background? The Treasurer shall receive all money of the PTO, keep accurate record of receipts and expenditures and shall disburse funds as authorized. The Treasurer provides a budget update for every PTO meeting.
- PTO Secretary
We need your help to record meeting minutes and help with correspondence. The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the Organization and of the Executive Committee.
- PTO Board Members
There are four positions open up for people to serve on the PTO Board for duration of one school year. You simply attend PTO meetings and be a present.
The Latimer Lane PTO Hub provides one stop shopping for all of your PTO needs. This is a secure site, accessible only to Latimer families and staff, that will allow us to save time, money and paper as we strive to support our school community. Get plugged in with the latest PTO sponsored events, happening both during and outside of school hours, volunteer to help at an event, join a committee, or just check out the latest ways your support is helping our children learn and grow. All of the PTO calendar dates, forms and more are available on our site! Don't forget to stop by our new online school store—you can now pay for activities and merchandise at your convenience!
Latimer Lane PTO Board Officers
Vice President of Fundraising
Vice President of Volunteers
The SQL PTO Hub provides one stop shopping for all of your PTO needs. This is a secure site, accessible only to SQL families and staff, that will allow us to save time, money and paper as we strive to support our school community. Get plugged in with the latest PTO sponsored events, happening both during and outside of school hours, volunteer to help at an event, join a committee, or just check out the latest ways your support is helping our children learn and grow. All of the PTO calendar dates, forms and more are available on our site! Don't forget to stop by our new online school store—you can now pay for activities and merchandise at your convenience!
- Cultural Enrichment Committee Representatives
- School Beautification Chair
- PTO Bulletin Board Chair
- Silent Auction Co-Chair
- Hospitality Committee Members
- Back-to-School Picnic Chair
- Yearbook Administrator
- Yearbook Chair
- Paul Cryan Portrait Fundraiser Chair
- Start-up YOUR OWN IDEA!!!
Please click on the Volunteer Openings/ Committee Descriptions for more information or contact a PTO Board Member.
In an effort to standardize communication, most Simsbury elementary school PTOs use The Hub as their online information and communications portal.
All information on the Tootin' Hills Hub will be specific to Tootin' Hills school ONLY and will reside behind a secure, private firewall, ensuring the highest level of protection and confidentiality. The firewall system has been tested an approved by the District's Office of Technology.
In order to keep up-to-date with school news and events, please register on The Hub. Below are the simple steps to do so. If you encounter any problems or difficulties, please contact the support team at: firstname.lastname@example.org for immediate assistance.
Hub registration instructions:
- Go to https://www.studentinfohub.net/THE/
- Click on the SIGNUP tab
- Use the REGISTRATION CODE of: THE12345Z
- Log in with your new info; update your family's/child's profile; complete your verification
- Take a few minutes to tell us which programs your family is most interested in so we can prioritize initiatives accordingly.
- While you are on The Hub, it's a great time to pay your family's PTO dues ($15/family) AND your child's classroom activity fees ($10/child). PTO dues give you the ability to vote on how fundraising dollars are allocated to enrich our school. Classroom activity fees help cover the cost of parties and special events in your child's classroom throughout the year.
Please contact the PTO Board at email@example.com with any other questions. Thank you!
Note with regard to schools that use The Hub: The Hub is a third-party website sponsored by the PTO, for which the Simsbury Public Schools takes no responsibility. The link on this page is provided for your information and convenience only. The Simsbury Public Schools is not responsible for the quality or reliability of information, data, images, or opinions found on the website and the presence of any link to a third-party website on The Hub does not imply any endorsement by the Simsbury Public Schools.