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Welcome to the Defino Central PTO website!  The Defino Central PTO is made up of dedicated volunteers, teachers and administrators who help provide a fun and memorable elementary school experience for Defino’s students.  Through fundraising, we are able to offer an array of fun and exciting events for students such as assemblies, Author Day, Field Day/Carnival and a 5th Grade Picnic. We plan several major events each year, such as Monster Mash, Theater Week and a Lip Sync Show, which the students enjoy immensely, and we create a fabulous color yearbook that contains memories from the school year that every student has the opportunity to purchase.  Also, we also try to improve our school by using our fundraising profits for items that are not in the district budget. In the past, we have paid for a digital school sign, outdoor basketball courts and items like corkboards for the school.

The Defino Central PTO also strives to help the community.  Through our Defino Gives Back program, and the generosity of our Defino families, year after year we are able to execute a highly successful food drive, a holiday gift drive, a Halloween costume collection and other donation drives.  Furthermore, each year, through our recycling initiative, we collect empty ink cartridges, cell phones and other electronic devices.

 

Lastly, we support the Defino staff and administration and together we work hard to maintain the academic excellence and sense of community that families expect at Defino. Each year we honor Defino staff and administration at our annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon and the Defino staff and administration hosts a breakfast for all Defino PTO volunteers.

 

Please be sure to become a PTO member and join us at our monthly meetings.  All of these efforts would not be possible without your participation, support and volunteer efforts.   PTO members who are unable to attend our meetings can find our monthly minutes on this website to be sure they are kept up-to-date on all PTO happenings.

 

If you should ever have any comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail us at Defino.ptboard.com.  You can also contact Executive Board members individually as indicated below.

 

We encourage you to stay informed and become a vital part of your child’s education!  We look forward to a memorable 2018-2019 school year!!

 

Please click here to access the PTBoard website!

 2018-2019 DEFINO PTO EXECUTIVE BOARD
 

President

Kathleen Mertz

themertzfamily4@gmail.com

Executive Vice President

Stacey Manzi

sjmanzi12@yahoo.com

Co-1st Vice President

Nancy Messina

nmessina1474@yahoo.com

Co-1st Vice President

Lauren Cohen

Laurencohen0606@gmail.com

Co-2nd Vice President

Kim Egan

lov214@aol.com

Co-2nd Vice President

Bindhu Kakarala

bindhuk@yahoo.com

Co-3rd Vice President

Dana Bitner

danabitner@gmail.com

Co-3rd Vice President

Elissa Brunetti

Bellabrunetti719@aol.com

Co-Treasurer

Renee Chodos

reneechodos@yahoo.com

Co-Treasurer

Mila Piekos

mkoyfman@gmail.com

Secretary

Marie Klatsky

marieklatsky@gmail.com

Historian

Erica Cherichello

erica1024@aol.com

Historian

Kristen Sussman

ksuss@hotmail.com

Member at Large

Erin Jones

ErinJones31@gmail.com

Member at Large

Cortney Goffin

cortneygoffin123@gmail.com

Member at Large

Jessica Schifter

jschifter629@gmail.com

 

 

2018-2019 DEFINO PTO MEETING DATES

(all meetings take place in the Defino "Character Cafe")

Thursday

September 13

9:30 a.m.

Thursday

October 18

9:30 a.m.

Thursday

January 10

9:30 a.m.

Thursday

March 21

9:30 a.m.

Thursday

May 16

9:30 a.m.

 
 
2018 - 2019 DEFINO PTO COMMITTEES  
 
Apparel Sales Family Bingo Night Recycling
Birthday Club Field Day/Carnival School Store
Book Fair Fifth Grade Committee Science Fair
Boosterthon Fun Run Frozen Foods Sale Staff Appreciation Day
Box Tops Holiday Boutique Theater Week
Cultural Arts KidStuff Books  Tool Boxes
Defino Gives Back Membership  Yearbook
Discount/Value Cards Monster Mash