Jamestown PTO Meeting Minutes

September 9, 2009 at 3:00pm; Melrose school library


In attendance: Lisa Tuttle, Robin Tregenza, Christine Moffet, Lizzie Congdon, Sue Fay, Jane Dickinson, Carrie Melucci, Darlene Froberg, Lisa Kerr, Brenda Hawkins


The minutes from the June 2009 meeting were approved.


Treasurer’s Report:  Christine Moffet reports approximately $8000 in savings and $1300 in checking for a total of approximately $9300. 


Cultural Arts & Enrichment:  Lizzie Congdon presented a proposal for this year’s slate of cultural arts assemblies: 









Music & drama workshops inspired by Shakespeare

Oct 29

(?already booked)





Tomague Museum performance

Native American music, stories, dance, history


Oct or Nov


Melrose & Lawn




Boston Museum

of Science

Varied science programs (e.g. electricity, motion, heat & temperature)




Melrose & Lawn


$1500 (20% discount if booked for 2 days)

Valerie Tutson/ Rochel Coleman

African-American storytelling & drama


Melrose & Lawn


Skip Gorman

Songs & stories from the American West




Len Cabral






Inca Son

Peruvian music & dance




Melrose & Lawn

$500 from PTO (additional $2500 from RIF & JEF)

RI Philharmonic

Varied music programs


Melrose & Lawn


 All of the above were approved with the understanding that some details may change during the scheduling process. 


Carrie Melucci mentioned that she is working on funding for an Island Moving Company program for the 3rd grade in February.  She may request funding from the PTO if other funding sources fall through.





Golf tournament:  We are holding our major annual fundraiser – a golf tournament and dinner – in just TWO weeks on September 26.  Please join us!  You can sign up to play in the golf tournament and/or for  a steak or swordfish dinner, or you can just come enjoy the company of friends while browsing our silent auction of over 100 items.  Don’t delay; sign up today! 



Tile fundraiser: The PTO’s has only one other fundraiser planned for this school year, one in which families purchase tiles for their children to design.  The completed tiles will be fired and framed and hung in the school hallway.  We will kick off this fundraiser in early 2010.



New Business


2009-2010 PTO Board:   

Robin Tregenza, President

Wendy Rafferty, Co-Vice-President (other Co-VP is TBA)

Lisa Tuttle, Secretary

Christine Moffet, Treasurer

Lizzie Congdon & Jen Black, Cultural Arts & Enrichment

Steph Cotsonas, Volunteer Coordinator

Sue Fay, Membership Coordinator

Darlene Froberg, Health & Wellness Event Coordinator

Lisa Tuttle, Webmaster

Bev Rudman, Lawn Liaison

Lawn SIT Liaison, Melrose SIT Liaison, Pre-school Liaison, & JEF Liaison are all TBA


 Outline of PTO Events for this School Year:  Robin Tregenza reviewed our preliminary outline of events for this school year:


Time of Year








Golf Tournament fundraiser – 9/26

Sign up!!

Movie night – 10/23

Need volunteers – see below

Harvest Fair – 10/30

Need volunteers -- see below

Young Shoppers’ Club

Early December







Parent/Child Dance

Grades pre-K to 4th/5th

Tile fundraiser


Providence Bruins family outing


Scholastic Book Fair

Week of Feb 8-12

Spirit Week

Week of Feb 8-12







Movie night


Pawtucket Red Sox family outing


Scholastic Book Fair (Buy One Get One)

In May

Teacher Appreciation Day & Luncheon

In May

This rough schedule does not include health and wellness events, which will also be planned throughout the year.


 Babysitting at PTO Meetings:  We are in need of babysitters during PTO meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 3pm.  Sitters are compensated.  Do you have or know of a teenager who can help with this?


Open Houses:  PTO volunteer sign up sheets will be out at both the Lawn Open House (9/16) and the Melrose Open House (9/23).  We will not be holding a PTO Volunteer Fair this year.  Volunteers are needed to set-up & staff the PTO volunteer sign-up tables at the Open Houses.  Ideally, parents of Melrose students would help at the Lawn Open House, and vice versa.  


Movie Nights: The first movie night of the year will be held on Friday, October 23 in the Melrose multipurpose room.  Movie TBD.  One or more volunteers are needed to coordinate this year’s movie nights (about 2 or 3 total).  This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to become more involved but is wary of taking on a big project. 


Harvest Fair: The PTO’s annual Harvest Fair is tentatively scheduled for Friday, October 30.  Location will be either Escobar’s or Schartner’s.  Food will be served, and Halloween costumes will be encouraged.  One or more volunteers are needed to organize this event.  This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to contribute to a short-term project and then be done! 




if you can help, contact robin at jrjcmt@aol.com or just reply to this e-mail



Old Business


PTO web site:  Please bookmark the PTO web site (www.jamestownri.com/school/classes/pto/ptohome.htm -- there’s a link on the schools’ home page) and don’t forget to check it for info on upcoming events, fundraisers, meeting minutes, etc.  Please send any web site additions to Lisa Tuttle (Lisa46xx@yahoo.com). 



Meeting adjourned at 3:45pm.


The next meeting will be on Weds, October 14th at 3:00pm in the library at Lawn.   


Lisa Tuttle

PTO Secretary