Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Parent Teacher League (PTL)

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he
will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

The PTL is the Saint Luke Parent Teacher League, which is comprised of parents, teachers and staff of the school community.  If you have a child, or children, at Saint Luke, you are automatically a member of the PTL.  There is no cost to join and we welcome your support at our meetings and on our committees.




The mission of the PTL is to support the school and keep parents informed and connected while providing an opportunity to further develop a positive, family-friendly Christian community. Our main objective is to foster Christian education.  We do this by bringing the home and the school into a close relationship, with parents and teachers cooperating in educating the children.


The purpose of the PTL is two-fold. First, to support the school through a parent volunteer system. The PTL helps manage and coordinate some of the various volunteer opportunities that truly help the school function on a daily basis. Second, the PTL supports the school by providing incremental funds and monetary support generated through select events. The events are organized by the PTL volunteers and all of the events/initiatives are in support of the overall mission and vision of the school.

How is the PTL Structured?

The PTL is led by a team of officers who help set the overall plan for the year and provides guidance for key committees. The PTL officers are comprised of the following positions:

Chairperson – Deb Painter

Co-Chair – Gwen Liska

Treassurer – Vacant

Secretary – Vacant

In addition to the PTL officers, each event has a leader.  Event leaders are identified to coordinate specific plans and needs with each event. All parents in the school are encouraged to participate in activities that would interest them and volunteer their time on that committee accordingly. Time commitments vary greatly and each event leader would welcome any amount of support. The school relies on parent volunteers to provide the support for students and staff.

When does the PTL meet?

The PTL meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm for approximately one hour. The individual committee leaders and teams meet periodically through the year as needed.

How do parents get involved?

Parents are encouraged to attend the monthly PTL meetings.  However, parents can get involved any time throughout the year, although most committees encourage parents to sign up at the beginning of the year so that plans can be made and responsibilities can be determined.

What should parents do if they have an idea or concern they want to address with the PTL?

Parents can provide input, questions or ideas to any PTL officer throughout the year. At the monthly PTL meetings parents are encouraged to attend and address any question, concern or suggestion. Please feel free to contact the PTL president in advance of any meeting.

What types of programs has the PTL assisted with in the past?

The PTL is proud of the support it has provided in the past year. Every year the PTL, in conjunction with a specific class, hosts the Thanksgiving Dinner Dance, the Valentines Day balloon event, Lutheran Schools Week events, Teacher Appreciation week events, and the all-school picnic.  There are many other events the PTL participates in throughout the year including additional school class sponsored events, guest speakers and the Green Team initiative.  The majority of PTL funds in the 2008 – 2009 school year provided items for the music and athletic departments.

In previous years, we’ve provided things like:

Library books
Playground equipment
New jerseys for athletic programs
Interactive globes
Science materials
Pull down maps

What types of opportunities are available to Support Saint Luke?

Some of the opportunities that are available at all times are:

  • Box Tops for Education – Find Box Tops on hundreds of your favorite products.  A full product list is available at http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/Default.aspx. Each Box Top is worth $.10 for our school.  Clip your box tops and have your child turn them into their teacher.  There is a monthly contest to see what class turns in the most Box Tops and earns a prize.
  • When shopping online, help earn additional money for our school by shopping through the Box Tops Marketplace site.  A list of participating retailers is available at http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/Default.aspx.
  • Target Red Card – Designate Saint Luke to receive a percentage of what you spend using your Target red card or Target Visa.  Go to www.target.com/tcoe for more information.
  • Manna Group Gift Card Program – Manna cards are just like regular gift cards and can be spent as such. A list of retailers and detailed explanation of the program is available at http://www.mannagroup.net/ Order forms can be printed directly from the site, or picked up in the school office.  Contact Cathy Zaccaria in the school office for more information on ordering gift cards.