Our general meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted. All parents, guardians, teachers and supporting staff of Gibbs and Ottoson students are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Upcoming GO PTO Meeting Dates
Tuesday, December 1st at 7pm via Zoom
Zoom link TK
Open Board Position: Co-Treasurer(s)
Co-Treasurer(s)*: Typically a 2 year commitment, for continuity and familiarity with the fiscal year. You will train with the existing co-treasurers this year, to prepare for a smooth transition into next year, train the next person after that and so on. Responsibilities include: PTO bank account management, grant payments, classroom supply reimbursements, MA non-profit filing, State and Federal tax filings, PTO insurance.
*Our two existing co-treasurers have 8th graders who will be graduating this spring and would like to begin training someone new as soon as possible to get them familiar with the fiscal year and prepare for a smooth transition into 2021-2022 school year.
If you are interested in the Co-Treasurer role, email email@example.com.
If you have questions about the Co-Treasurer role before comitting, please feel welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join a Subcommittee
If you aren't ready to take on a GO PTO leadership role we have subcommittees that allow parents/caregivers to work on specific causes, or perhaps you have a cause in mind that you wish to take the lead on. Email email@example.com if you wish to get involved with PTO in any way.
Communications for Parents
Both Mme Pierre-Maxwell, Principal of the Gibbs, and Brian Meringer, Principal of the Ottoson, will send communications using PowerSchool. PowerSchool is the district's student information system used to send communications, create school schedules, manage attendance, and issue grades.
If you're not receiving emails from the principals, please make sure that your profile and contact information in PowerSchool profile is up to date and that spe.schoolmessenger.com and arlington.k12.ma.us are added to your safe senders list so that the messages don't go to junk/spam.
If you need help with PowerSchool, email the school administrative assistants:
GOPTO Weekly Update Newsletter
Parent volunteers from GO PTO compile and edit a Weekly Update e-newsletter for Gibbs and Ottoson families. It is sent out on Mondays and contains announcements and reminders about upcoming events and activities at the school and in town that are relevant to middle school students.
A subscription is required to receive this newsletter - sign up HERE. Remember to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe senders list as well so that it doesn't go to junk/spam.
Share news with us! Information about town- or school-sponsored events that you would like to share with the Gibbs and/or Ottoson communities can also be included in the Weekly Update. Please read these guidelines about what we accept first. Then, send the relevant information by Wednesday for inclusion in the next Update by emailing email@example.com.
Gibbs, Ottoson & District Websites
Gibbs Website: http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/schools/gibbs.asp
Ottoson Website: http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/schools/oms.asp
Arlington Public Schools: http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/home/default.asp
Having Tech Issues? APS Digital Learning Department is Here to Help
For the 2020-2021 school year the Digital Learning Department has created the following form, APS Parent/Guardian Ed Tech Support for you to request help for your student(s) with apps, devices, and digital learning resources (i.e. Zoom, Google apps, etc.). The link can also found on the Digital Learning Page of the Arlington Public Schools website.