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PTF (Parent Teacher Fellowship)

GRACE is pleased to partner with parents in the education of their children. Parents are encouraged to be involved in their child’s education and the school’s ministry. GRACE encourages and supports parental involvement in classroom activities. They often assist in classrooms, help organize and chaperone field trips and special activities, and host class parties.

The Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) at GRACE is organized to support the instructional program and to provide opportunities for parent involvement. Parents provide encouragement to faculty and staff through teacher appreciation events. PTF committees provide parents with opportunities to become involved in the school in the areas of their respective interests and expertise. The various committees work together to promote fellowship & unity throughout GRACE. PTF also partners with administration to provide school wide education events for parents. The PTF motto of “partners working together for our children” reflects the spirit of cooperation that exists between the school and home.

GRACE PTF Officers 2019-2020

GRACE PTF Committees & Committee Heads 2019-2020

Please contact the committee chairmen listed below if you would like to help:

  • Care Team: Offers extra support to our families (e.g., new baby, loss of family member, deployed spouse, illness). We are respectful of confidential requests. The Care Team is lead by Allison Pittari, Melanie Marley, Terri Taylor, and Jordan Pietz. Submit a request via the online Care Team Request Form. All requests are confidential.
  • Christmas Cookie Exchange: Organizes a cookie exchange for our faculty and staff in the month of December. Led by Lisa Knox Rose, Lauren Schafer, Christie Hudson, and Terri Taylor.
  • Christmas Store: Organizes the GRACE Christmas store where elementary students TK-5 buy Christmas presents for mom and dad. Parent volunteers are needed to help staff the store. Led by Lisa Knox Rose and Stephanie Clarke.
  • Family Fellowship/New Family Welcome (TK-6th):  Organizes TK-12th GRACE student and family fellowship events (back to school playdates, welcoming new families) throughout the school year. Work with Room Parents to partner new students with a class buddy.. Welcomes new families to GRACE. Also organizes special events where new families can connect with both current and new GRACE families. Led by Justine Woodworth, Jill Kalisiak, and Natalie Morreale.
  • Family Fellowship (7th-8th): Organizes GRACE middle school fellowship events (Defy Gravity Overnighter, ziplining, etc.) throughout the school year. Led by Jonathan Andrews.
  • Fundraiser Committee (GoPlaySave): Organizes the sale of the GoPlaySave books, whose proceeds benefit GRACE PTF and the school. Led by Leah Donovan and Holly Armstrong.
  • Hospitality Committee: Coordinates teacher/staff back-to-school and appreciation lunches throughout the school year. Led by Caroline Barnhill, Kendall Withers, Sara Petronella, Malinda Hain, Carly Hensley, Ginger Teachey, and Nichol O’Brien.
  • Lower Campus Room Parent Coordinator: Leads and supports the classroom room parents as they, in turn, provide  support for the teachers, parents, and students throughout the year. Led by Led by Beth Marks and Tina Hairr. For more information on the responsibilities of a Room Parent, read Lower Campus Room Parent Responsibilities
  • Men of GRACE: Offers GRACE dads opportunities for fellowship and service projects within our school. Led by Greg Robinson.
  • Prayer Committee: Leads weekly prayer meetings to pray for our school. Led by Kelly Malcinski (lower campus) and Lorie Ritterskamp (upper campus).
  • Special Events Organizer: Coordinates purchase and setup of food, décor, etc. for PTF programs and events. Led by Caryn Hess and Amy Vallecorse.
  • Spirit Night Coordinator: Plans family dining events at local restaurants. In turn, GRACE receives a percentage of the sales. Open Position.
  • Traffic Controller / After Care Appreciation: Led by Sara Garrett.
  • Upper Campus Grade Level Coordinator: Leads and supports the Upper Campus grade level parents as the provide organizational support for the teachers, parents and students throughout the year.  Led by Angie Armstrong
  • Upper Campus “We Love You Wednesdays” (WLYW) Coordinator: Leads and supports the grade level parents as they, in turn, provide organizational support for the teachers, parents, and students throughout the year. Organizes special “We Love You Wednesday” celebrations in appreciation of GRACE teachers and staff. Led by Cindilee Thorne and Hannah Meeson.

2019-2020 Back-to-School Newsletter