Open Board Positions for 2020-2021:
- Co-Treasurer: Typically a 2 year commitment. You will train under the current team. Responsibilities include: PTO bank account management, grant payments, classroom supply reimbursements, MA non-profit filing, State and Federal tax filings, PTO insurance.
- Fundraising Coordinator(s): Can be a 2 person, or 1 person role, depending on your preference. Primary responsibilities involve preparing and mailing the Annual Fund Drive letters in the fall as well as vetting additional fundraising opportunities that come our way.
- Events Coordinator: The Events Coordinator organizes the Principals Breakfasts and Teacher Appreciation occasions in the Fall and Spring at both schools. The Event Coordinator may also arrange catering and volunteer effort for ad hoc events as directed by the PTO.
Email dearGO.PTO@gmail.com if you are interested in either position, or wish to get involved with PTO in any way.
GO PTO meetings are typically held the first Tuesday of each month at 7PM, alternating between the two schools.
All parents, guardians, teachers and supporting staff of Gibbs and Ottoson students are welcome to attend our meetings.
- Meeting dates awill be posted here
Communications for Parents
Both Fabienne Pierre-Maxwell, Principal of the Gibbs, and Brian Meringer, Principal of the Ottoson, will send communications using PowerSchool. PowerSchool is our 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 it doesn't go to junk/spam.
GOPTO Weekly Update
Parent volunteers from GO PTO compile and edit a Weekly Update e-newsletter for Gibbs and Ottoson families. It is typically 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 email@example.com to your safe senders list as well so that it doesn't go to junk/spam.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Gibbs and 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