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PTF Celebrates a Successful Year and Welcomes a New Board

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The end of the school year gives us a chance to look back and reflect on our journey, while celebrating the rewards of our hard work throughout the year. On Wednesday, June 1, the St. Margaret’s Parent Teacher Fellowship celebrated its annual New Board/Old Board Breakfast at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano. The event brought together members of the PTF board leadership, trustees and school administrators, who have worked diligently to make this past year a successful 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 members.

Chaired and organized by Nancy Patch, the brunch was simple and elegant. Tricia Raymund, 2010-2011 PTF President, welcomed the attendees, including, Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut, and PTF members, and spoke of the PTF’s spirit of serving with dedication and integrity. Tricia handed the reins over to, and officially installed, Karen Carnahan as PTF President for the 2011-2012 school year.

PTF events, such as the Welcome Back Coffee, Tartan Barbeque, Tartan Faire, Christmas Tree Lighting and Faculty/Staff Christmas Luncheon create a host of opportunities for our families to come together as a community of parents and work towards a mutual goal. The PTF volunteers also chair the Book Fair, 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.

This year, the Parent Teacher Fellowship celebrated its 30th Annual Library Luncheon – “A Royal Celebration,” held at Arden Cottage at Blenheim Farms, one of California’s most renowned and beautiful equestrian estates in the foothills of San Juan Capistrano. The event hosted 340 guests and raised more than $55,000.

The second All-School Spring Fundraiser – “Tartans on Broadway,” raised a net profit of $367,000. These funds will support the new Performing Arts Center through the Building on the Promise capital campaign and Fund-A-Need for the school’s Robotics Engineering Innovation Lab (REI) to be constructed over the summer of 2011.

More than $152,000 in PTF Grants was awarded to provide enrichment for the students, teachers and families by funding new ideas and programs. Our grant process is led by the PTF in partnership with the school administration. The largest PTF grant, $50,000, was awarded to the Lower School for playground equipment, along with $22,600 for standing grants.

Looking ahead, the PTF encourages all parents to get involved in supporting these worthy and rewarding 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 and will make a lasting impact on our beloved St. Margaret’s!

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