Welcome to Okemos Public Montessori at Central’s Parent Teacher Organization!
The PTO is a dedicated group of volunteers – parents, teachers and staff – dedicated to promoting the well-being of our children and supporting our school community. We hope that you will join us in celebrating our children, staff, and community by dedicating extra time to their lives. Please find in this website events, meeting information, school links, ways to support our school while shopping, as well as by volunteering.
We need help giving thanks to our teachers!
PTO is looking for families to sponsor every other week to donate and drop off a small treat (piece of small candy would be fine) and a thank you card personally addressed for all of their hard work at Okemos Public Montessori. By signing up you are agreeing to purchase or make enough cards for all staff and a small thank you token such as a piece of candy. Willing to help? Sign up for date.
PTO Highlighted Happenings
You can find the freshly painted Buddy Bench on the playground. The idea of a Buddy Bench is it a place kids can go if they are feeling lonely and if other kids see someone on the buddy bench, they can to go and talk to them and include them in their games. Paint donated by Home Depot and painted by OPM students Zelda Bianchi and Emma Leiby and oversaw by parents Kelly Bianchi, Evie Leiby, and sister Penelope Bianchi.
The PTO gifted a brick to Principal Shannon in honor of her dedication and time spent serving OPM and our school community. The brick will be placed in the front walkway of the school. She was also gifted a peace pole to take with her to remember her time at OPM.
Donuts for Teacher Appreciation
Thanks to donations from the OPM School Community (parents!), PTO provided teachers with different treats every day for Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7, 2021): Monday bagels from Great Harvest Bread Company, Tuesday sandwiches from Jersey Giants, Wednesday Tacos from Cancun Mexican Grill, Thursday donuts from Dunkin Donuts (repackaged individually for teachers by parent volunteer Amy Kapp), Friday cookies from the Breadsmith and coffee from Biggby.
4th Grader T-Shirt Design: Together We Can Solve Anything!
We invited the 4th graders to submit designs for the spring OPM t-shirt. Isaak Nyquist design, “Together We Can Solve Anything” was voted as a favorite, printed onto t-shirts, and made available to the OPM school community for the 2020-2021 school year.
Planting Maria Montessori Tulips
150 Maria Montessori tulips were planted in front of the school in honor of Maria Montessori’s 150th birthday. The idea was submitted by teacher Erin Gould, it was approved at the April 2020 PTO meeting to use funds from the PTO beautification budget for this project. The tulips were planted in March 2021 and we hope to enjoy them for many years!