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PTF Caps Year of Success and Welcomes New Board

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By Janet Mitchell

IMG_2632The end of the school year gives us a chance to look back and reflect on our many experiences, while celebrating the rewards of our hard work throughout the year. On Thursday, June 3, the St. Margaret’s Parent Teacher Fellowship celebrated its annual New Board/Old Board Breakfast at the historic Forster Mansion in San Juan Capistrano. The event brings together members of the PTF board leadership, trustees and school administrators, who have worked so hard to make this past year a great one for our school community. Officially, the event is held to recognize the dedication and efforts of the outgoing PTF board and to inaugurate the incoming board officers.

Chaired and organized by Christine Vartanian, the brunch, was simple and elegant. The brunch opened with remarks and a prayer by Father Robert Edwards. Holly Larsen, 2009-2010 PTF president, welcomed the attendees, including, Headmaster Marcus Hurlbut, Board of Trustees President Michael Berchtold and PTF members, and spoke of the PTF’s spirit of serving with integrity and in doing so, upholding the promise upon which our school was founded by Father Sillers 30 years ago.

Mrs. Larsen then thanked Mr. Hurlbut and Mr. Berchtold for their ongoing leadership, support and recognition of the PTF volunteers.

“This year, more than any other, the support and collaboration between the PTF, the administration and the Board of Trustees was amazing, and it greatly impacted the success of the programs and events throughout the year, said Mrs. Larsen.

Many of these events, such as the Welcome Back Coffee, Tartan Barbeque, Tartan Faire, Christmas Tree Lighting, and Faculty/Staff Christmas Luncheon created opportunities for our families to come together as a community of friends and celebrate throughout the year. The PTF volunteers also chaired The Book Faire, the Boosters and the Arts Alliance, all of which benefit our students. In addition, PTF volunteers run the hot lunch program, serving lunch five days a week. For the first time, an online ordering system was implemented, allowing parents to change their children’s lunch options on a monthly basis throughout the year.

The highlight of the year was the Spring Fundraiser and Underwriting party. These two fundraising events raised more than $700,000 for the Building on a Promise capital campaign, and helped us to get one step closer to our goal of a new Middle School and Performing Arts Center. Equally memorable was this year’s “Teatime in Wonderland” Library Luncheon, which raised nearly $50,000 for our Library. This day brought our school community together in a beautiful setting to enjoy a time-honored tradition.

Through all of these efforts, the PTF was able to grant back nearly $200,000 for enrichment for our students, including monies to supply and outfit our first ever marching band.

After Mrs. Larsen recognized and thanked each PTF volunteer who made all of this a reality, she handed the reins over to, and officially installed, Tricia Raymund as PTF President for the 2010-2011 school year.

Looking ahead, the PTF encourages all parents to get involved in supporting these fun events that benefit our children. If you are interested in serving with the PTF in the coming school year, please contact Beth Adamany in the PTF office, or by attending the PTF Welcome Back Coffee in the Fall. The labor is one of love, because it benefits our children and makes a lasting impact on St. Margaret’s!

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