The Parent Teacher Organization
Shaftsbury Elementary School

What is the PTO?

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a dedicated group of parents who, in a collaborative spirit with teachers, work to enhance all aspects of educational life at Shaftsbury Elementary School.

In the recent 2015- 2016 school year, the PTO continued with a fine tradition of giving back to our community with the following donations:
  • Monies to the SES Music Program
  • Books & monies to the Mary Monroe Hawkins Learning Center
  • Cancer Crusaders
  • Defer the cost of transportation for field trips
  • Special T-shirts for 6th grade graduates
  • Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week recognition luncheon and activities.
  • Allotment of $ for each classroom for the Scholastic Book Fair
  • Awesome Extra Art Supplies for the Art Classroom
The spirit of our community is exemplified in the creative role our parents take as PTO members in conceiving and sponsoring original events and activities. Some examples from this past year were:
  • The Brain Show in the Fall of 2015
  • The Montshire Museum Science Residency Program in the Spring of 2016
  • We also sold Boston Red Sox tickets to a game this year that was an excellent outing for all that attended.
In addition, the PTO maintains tradition by continuing free annual events for students and their parents such as: Movie Nights at SES, Muffins with Mom, Doughnuts with Dad and Game Nights at SES.

In support of these enrichments to student/teacher life, fundraising is integral to the PTO’s agenda. Students enjoy The School Store and The Holiday Shoppe, where trinkets and gifts can be purchased. Also, our largest event is the popular end-of-year community carnival, Big Truck Night Carnival, with food, games, and prizes.

Each year has its unique set of challenges and parent participation on any level is a necessity to meet those challenges. Whether you have participated every year or have been irregular but well intended, we invite you to (re)commit and bring your abilities and ideas to our monthly meetings.

We invite you take a careful look at the list of proposed events for the 2016-2017 school year (see Informational Link to the right) and collaborate with us!


The Shaftsbury Parent Teacher Organization
CJ Brownell, President (
Tim White, Treasurer
Amanda Mattison, Secretary