Carmel Elementary PTO


20109-2020 PTO Executive Board

Past President:

Amal Anthony


Chelsea Primason

Vice President:

Amanda Derheimer


Nicole Harrell

Assistant Treasurer:

Jody Kent

Communications Secretary:

Ana Everett

Recording Secretary:

Katie Hammer

School Board Liaison:

Fred BruBaker

Contact us at carmelpto@gmail.com with questions, concerns, and new ideas!


100 Book Club

Committee Chair: Meilin Su

Volunteers check student booklets on a daily basis as submitted, update bulletin board and award prizes as the students progress.

(yearlong: flexible hours during school day)

Art Fair - Artome

Committee Chair: Beth Banks

Work with the art teacher to plan the event, then prepare & distribute artwork.

(winter, flexible planning hours, evening event hours)


Book Fair

Committee Chairs: Joelle Baugher

This program provides teachers and students a great opportunity to purchase books for school and home. The committee sets-up, oversees the book sale, collects remaining books and returns them to the vendor. This activity coincides with our special breakfast events and typically involves only a few hours of your time. 

(fall and spring; during and after school hours)



Books & Breakfast

Committee Chair: Geoff Palmer, The MORE Group

This committee plans and hosts this annual 2-day breakfast event each April. Students are invited to bring a parent, guardian or special buddy to join them for donuts before school. This occasion coincides with our Spring Book Fair.

(minimal/flexible planning hours, 2-day early morning on-site school event) 

Box Tops

Committee Chair: Fred BruBaker

This committee works to collect reimbursement from the Box Tops for Education program. This includes creating & publicizing collection events, counting/sending in the box tops.

(yearlong, flexible hours)


Bulletin Boards

Committee Co-Chairs: Amanda Derheimer, Chelsea Primason

Designs and installs the PTO bulletin boards throughout the year.

(yearlong, flexible hours during the school day)

Community Partnerships

Committee Chair: Christine Anderson

This committee is responsible for scheduling and publicizing monthly Dine-to-Donate events through the year.

(yearlong; flexible hours)

Fall Fundraiser

Committee Chair: Chelsea Primason

Our Fall Fundraiser to kick off the school season! Help is needed counting and tracking money during the fundraiser which runs from September 6th - September 20th 2019.

(1 time event, counting during the day)


Family FUN Night

Committee Chair: The MORE Group

This committee plans and hosts a night of family fun in January. Please come out and help make this a success!

(1 time event, flexible planning hours, evening event)

Fifth Grade Party

Committee Co-Chairs: Shelley Kazmierczak, Terri Yates

This committee plans the end-of-the-year celebration for our fifth graders.

(1 time event, flexible planning hours, evening event)


Flower Sale

Committee Chair: Margot Dwyer
Green House: Katie Hammer
Communications/Volunteer Coordinator: Katie Hackney
Prizes/Donations: Chelsea Primason

The Flower Sale Committee is in charge of the school’s largest fundraiser.  Volunteers are scheduled over the course of two weeks for sales/money counting in March (working one or more mornings for just a few hours) and for the scheduled delivery dates in early May.  May volunteer opportunities include preparing the gym/cafeteria (the evening before the flowers arrive), helping unload the trucks and counting flowers (the day the flowers arrive), and helping customers when they come on the designated pick-up day.

Many volunteers are needed for a successful Flower Sale!

(during and after school hours available)


Green Team

Committee Chairs: Cindy Johnson, Azure Arena (Teachers)

This committee works with students, teachers, and the administration to “reduce, reuse and recycle” at Carmel Elementary. Past projects have been year-round paper recycling, Arbor Day tree preparation, and Earth Day festivities in the spring

(yearlong: during and after school hours)

Helping Hands

Committee Chair: Shelley Kazmierczak

This committee is responsible for coordinating our community outreach events such as our annual coat drive and maintaining our snack pantry throughout the school year.

(yearlong, minimal flexible hours)


Committee Chair: Courtney Hudson

This committee provides treats for various school activities such as: baked goods/fruit trays for teachers at beginning of year, snacks for the Veteran’s Day concert, Bus Driver Appreciation, Teacher Appreciation and Staff Appreciation Weeks, Friday Bakers.

We especially need volunteers who can help out with Teacher Appreciation week!

(yearlong, flexible baking hours, during and before/after school serving hours)


Ice Cream Social

Committee Co-Chairs: Karla Aberle, Laine Hodson

Organize our back-to-school event the day before school.

(time during the summer to plan and host the day of the event)



Maker Space

Committee Chair: Kristin Kouka

Volunteers help organize, maintain, and order replacement pieces for our MakerSpace. You will work in conjunction with the Media Specialist. No experience or preparation necessary.

(yearlong: monthly or weekly, sign-up genius will be sent out)

Math Pentathlon

Committee Chairs/Practice Coordinators: Geoff Palmer, Meilin Su, Sarah Perkins
Tournament Coordinator: Carey Schwartz

Three divisions learn math and logic games. The teams compete in a tournament in the spring.

(winter and spring volunteer opportunities after school)


Media Center

Committee Chair: Jody Kent

Volunteers help students check books in and out of the Media Center, and shelve books. If you are unable to volunteer on a regular basis, you can volunteer as a substitute. No previous experience or preparation required.

(yearlong, weekly or monthly during school hours)


MORE Group

Committee Chair: Geoff Palmer

Come join our dad’s group and help plan fun events at Carmel Elementary like the Homecoming Hotdog Roast! The committee also helps with other events, including: The Super Hero Breakfast, Books & Breakfast, The Flower Sale, and more!

(flexible planning hours, evening and early morning events)


Committee Chair: Christa Watson

This committee provides welcome folders to new students throughout year and schedules welcome gatherings for new families such as The Boohoo-Yahoo Breakfast & Kindergarten Bowling Night.

(flexible hours during and after school)

Pioneer Day

Committee Chair: Angie Henk

Pioneer Day is an all-day event held for third grade classes on a Friday in mid-May. This festive occasion supplements the third grade curriculum. It is a day of learning and fun as parent volunteers help the children with "hands-on" pioneer life experiences (including candle making, schoolhouse activities, authentic games and dancing, labor, and finally enjoying a pioneer feast). Each of these stations requires a coordinator with several volunteer assistants. Lots of third-grade parent volunteers are needed, but no previous experience as a pioneer is necessary!

(1 time event, flexible planning hours, all-day school day event)

Poinsettia Sale

Committee Chair: Meilin Su

Carmel Elementary’s winter flower sale and fundraiser.                  

(after school in the fall and early winter volunteers needed)


Pups Running

Committee Chair: 2019 Coach needed!

Carmel Elementary’s Cross Country (Fall)/Track (Spring) program for 4th and 5th graders.

(volunteers needed to help supervise students during after school practices and during the meets. All volunteer times are after school)

Room Parents

Committee Chair: Michelle Ring

Each classroom has at least one Lead Room Parent who is responsible for running the Winter & Valentine's Day Parties. Room Parents may also be asked to help with other small projects during the school year that directly benefit their child's classroom. Room Parent meetings are held [in November and February] to plan Room Parents activities for the school year.

(evening planning meetings, activities and parties during school hours)


Science Fair

Committee Co-Chairs: Shane Schmidt, Amber Mosley

Help organize Carmel Elementary’s Science Fair in late Winter.

(Evening event in February, miscellaneous planning hours)

Spirit Wear

Committee Chair: Amal Anthony

This committee works with our vendor to choose designs/pieces of spirit wear for purchase, then collects funds and organizes items for distribution.

(2x year, flexible hours)

Superhero Breakfast

Committee Chairs: Margot Dwyer, Brandy Matthews

This committee plans and hosts our annual 2-day breakfast event in October. Students are invited to bring a parent, guardian or any "superhero" in their life to join them for donuts prior to the start of school. This occasion coincides with our Fall Book Fair.

(minimal/flexible planning hours, 2-day early morning on-site school event)

Tiger Tales

Committee Chair: Ana Everett

Tiger Tales is our Carmel Elementary news letter. It is published every other week and includes information about school and district happenings. It is distributed electronically to all CE families. 

(yearlong, flexible/evening hours, can be done remotely)


Committee Chair: Ana Everett

This committee is comprised of both parents and staff, and they work to promote wellness and good health practices through events such as Family Fitness Night and Blood Drives.  This committee has regular meetings throughout the school year.

(yearlong: monthly after-school meetings, off-site flexible hours)


Membership is FREE! If you have a student at Carmel Elementary, you are automatically a member of our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).




What is the Carmel Elementary PTO?

The PTO is comprised of parents, teachers, and school staff dedicated to enhancing the learning experience for your children.

What is the goal of the PTO?

The goals of the PTO include fostering relationships between families and school, and working with teachers, staff, and the community at large to enrich the educational experience for Carmel Elementary.

Who can join the CE PTO?

Every teacher, school staff member, and family with a student at Carmel Elementary is automatically enrolled in the CE PTO. Dues are not required to participate.

What does the PTO do for Carmel Elementary?

The PTO sponsors a variety of programs and events throughout the year. Through the generosity of your time and monetary donations, we have been able to provide the following:

  • After-school tutoring for students in need of extra support
  • Specialized educational training programs for our teachers (such as Orton Gillingham)
  • iPads for each classroom teacher to use in large group or small group instruction
  • Shelter and picnic tables to our playground in order to accommodate outdoor learning when the occasion arises
  • Installation of a walking trail and fitness stations for our playground
  • Classroom libraries for each classroom in our school
  • Teacher grants and specials grants for items needed within the classroom
  • Funding for the Artist in Residence Program to bring in musicians, artists, and authors creating a unique learning experience for students

Why are there so many fundraisers?

The state funding formula has changed over the years requiring school districts to make budget adjustments without altering the quality of education they  provide to each child. Fundraising by your PTO helps to enhance the education your children receive at Carmel Elementary. As a PTO, we strive to provide a variety of fundraising opportunities to fit every budget. We ask each family to participate in the way they are most comfortable. All dollars raised through our many efforts are combined to fund our annual budget. Unlike other non-profit organizations, every dollar earned is put right back into our school.



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Important Links

Here are a few important links for our CE families to stay connected:


The Remind App allows parents to receive notifications from our PTO and participating teachers regarding important class or school information. Text @carmelpto to the number 81010. Download the app and customize how you would like to receive your reminders. .

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