PTO Presidents’ Welcome Letter

From the PTO Co-Presidents

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at the glorious Clarke Middle School! We hope you all had a summer full of fun, relaxation and exploration.

First, let’s introduce my new Co-President Patricia Holguin. You may remember Patricia as the person who successfully ran our amazing Clarke Night Out last March. Her award for doing such a great job running that event was that she got to be the Clarke Co-President, how lucky is she? Let’s give her a big shout out for taking on the role. You can meet her in person at our Welcome Coffee on August 31st at 8:30am, stop by the cafeteria for a cup of Joe and meet fellow parents.

As you know the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is a group that brings together the parents, teachers and staff to support a variety of curriculum enhancements and activities for over 900 students. We try to keep the fundraising to a minimum so we encourage each family to become a Clarke PTO member, the cost to become a member is $25 and if you are feeling generous you can also add an additional donation. To sign up go to  By joining not only do you support our PTO but you also get access to our on-line directory (you can also get a printed copy of the directory by paying an additional $5.)

It really does take a village to make a great community like we have at Clarke so we encourage you to volunteer. Everyone will get an opportunity to get involved. Please reach out to Patricia or me and let us know if you would like to be on the Clarke PTO board, our motto is “the more the merrier” so don’t be shy, please let us know where you would like to help out. If you feel you can’t commit to a PTO position you can help out at the socials or bring food to one of the many Team breakfasts or staff luncheons. The PTO does a great job keeping our staff well fed and they love all the delicious foods that are donated.

Please join us at our PTO meetings; the first meeting of the year is on September 8th at 8:30am in the Clarke cafeteria. The PTO meetings are open to all and we would love to see you there. Take a look at our PTO meeting calendar, we will have some morning meetings and some off-site evening meetings. We hope that we can get those folks who find it difficult to come to the morning meetings to be able to come to our evening meetings. We are fortunate that our amazing Principal Mrs. Monaco joins us at our meetings to talk about all the latest happenings at Clarke, and you will also be able to participate in the planning of our PTO events.

There are many new and exciting things planned for this school year. We hope you can all make it to our first Clarke Back to School picnic on Sunday, September 18th (rain date is 9/25) at Hastings Park from 4pm-7pm. We will be having games, food and fun. We will be selling pizza, ice cream and spirit wear. Come and kick off the end of summer in style.

The beginning of the new school year can be filled with excitement but also some nerves, the PTO is here to reassure you that you are in excellent hands in a fantastic school. It will be a year filled with friends, learning, and growth.

Welcome back!

Jennifer Velis & Patricia Holguin on behalf on the Clarke PTO Board