Lakeside PTO

About Us

The purpose of the Lakeside PTO is to help provide advice, funds, materials and services to supplement the educational programs within Lakeside Elementary, especially for the students and staff. We fund events, support the community, provide supplies and organize volunteers for many programs.

There are many ways to support our important work:
Become a 2019-2020 PTO Member. Your dues help us fund important programs and events. The cost of a membership is $10. Our goal is for each parent/guardian to become a member. You can join now via School Pay or by check to the office.

Volunteer. There are many different ways to become involved in our PTO. There are several committees within the PTO that any member can become a part of. If you have any questions regarding any of these committees, please contact either the Chairperson or Vice Presidents, Hilary Garon and Kateri Schutt.
  • Bookroom - Help organize and catalog teaching supplemental textbooks
    Chairperson - Jessica Huff
  • Book Fair - Plan and organize the Scholastic Book Fair held in the Learning Commons
    Chairpersons - Andrea Dudley and Joni Leete
  • Direct Your Dollars/Box Tops - Encourage families to collect Box Tops and Nash Store receipts (D&W, Forest Hills Foods) in order to earn money and supplies for Lakeside
    Chairperson Box Tops - Amy Sweet
    Chairperson Direct Your Dollars - Traci Millet
  • Fun Day - organize parent volunteers for a day of outdoor fun and games for all students
    Chairperson - Trish Thompson
  • Roar Fundraiser - organize and promote an annual silent & live auction for Lakeside parents. This is the only PTO fundraiser of the year
    Chairperson - Katie Flermoen
  • Hospitality - ensure that all hospitality and staff appreciation needs are covered. This may include set up, provision of food and beverages, and clean up at certain school events
    Chairperson - Kerry Hegele

Attend a Meeting. Meetings are a wonderful way to get to know other PTO members and learn first-hand about various important topics, ranging from school safety, supplemental educational programs and social and emotional health of students. 

How Our PTO Is Funded. There are currently six revenue streams for the PTO. They are as follows:
  • Roar, Lakeside’s Annual Fundraiser
  • PTO Membership Dues
  • Box Tops
  • Direct Your Dollars
  • “Kindness Counts” T-Shirt Sales
  • AmazonSmile

What We Provide

Our PTO is consistently helping Lakeside provide the very best for our students and staff. 

PTO Funded Events and Programs
  • Author Visits
  • Back to School Events
  • Colonial Days
  • Curriculum Enhancements
  • Family Fun Night
  • 5th Grade Farewell
  • Grants provided for student, teacher, grade, and school needs
  • Greenfield Village
  • Harry Potter Zoo
  • Henry Ford Museum
  • Hospitality for events
  • John Ball Traveling Zoo
  • Kindergarten Art Gala
  • Math Club
  • MLK Day activities
  • New Family Welcome
  • Playground Enhancements
  • Room Parent Organization
  • Safety Patrols
  • School Play Script
  • Scholastic Book Fair
  • Sled Dog Presentation
  • Social Work Needs
  • Spelling Bee
  • Staff Meals for Conferences
  • Staff Appreciation Lunches
  • Teacher Opportunities for educational conference
  • Veteran’s Day Assembly

Curriculum Enhancements
  • Book supplements for Reading Units of Study/Word Detectives
  • Generation Genius - science enrichment
  • Graphic novels for learning commons
  • Kindergarten - 1st grade Spanish books
  • “Kindness Counts” messaging
  • Lucy Calkins supplemental classroom books
  • Mentor texts for reading and writing workshops
  • Multicultural music program
  • Musical Instruments
  • Raz Plus, Spanish enrichment
  • Rockalingua membership, Spanish enrichment
  • Spot It!, Spanish enrichment

Supporting the Community
  • Hearts of Gold
  • Legislative Updates, local and state

Providing Supplies
  • Books for each classroom’s library
  • Book pouches for take home reading assignments
  • Classroom Start-Up Fund for teachers
  • Classroom Supplies
  • 5th Grade Chick Incubator
  • Fun Day supplies
  • Gaga Pit
  • Headphones
  • Kindergarten Garden System
  • Lakewear
  • Playground Equipment
  • Student Garden 

Our Board

The Lakeside PTO Executive Board for the 2019-2020 school year is:

President: Teri Tesseris
Co-Vice Presidents: Hilary Garon/Kateri Schutt
2nd Vice President: Nick McVay
Past President: Lisa Lovell
Treasurer: Ellen Cherveny
Assistant Treasurer: Sarah Kolekamp     
Recording Secretary: Marissa Clark
Corresponding Secretary: Laura Gravelle


Join us for a night out filled with community, music, and philanthropy as we fundraise for the Lakeside PTO. We will have appetizers, cash bar, and live music at the beautiful and unique Historic Wilcox Estate. In addition to enjoying the company of fellow Lakeside parents, you can participate in both a silent and live auction to benefit Lakeside Elementary. 100% of the PTO fundraising goes back to Lakeside annually in the form of: mini-grants requested by teachers, field trip funding, tech subscriptions, student events and more. Your kindness counts and makes a huge difference in the learning experience Lakeside provides our children. We hope to see you there! Tickets are $30 per person. Family Sponsorships are also available at the Blue Level $1,000 (includes four tickets), Lion Level $500 (includes two tickets), Friend Level $250, and Supporter Level $100.

Haven’t purchased your tickets or sponsorships yet? It’s not too late!
Please click HERE to purchase!

For more information regarding corporate sponsorships, please contact Julie Wiseman at

Our Sponsors

The Lakeside PTO could not provide the events, programs, curriculum enhancements, and grants without the generous support of our sponsors.
$1000 - BLUE
Katie Baxter Stein Greenride Realty 
Lovell Hand & Orthopedic Center 
Three Chefs Catering 
$500 - LION 
Tanya and Ted Craig
Johnsen Wikander Law 
NorthStar Commercial 
Chris & Teri Tesseris
The Wang Family 
$250 - FRIEND   
The Cherveny Family
Enchanted Gardener
Todd and Bonnie Brandstadt
Beth and Chris Chappus
Mr. and Mrs. Brian P. Murray  
Michelle Nicholas 

Meeting Dates

2019-2020 Meeting Dates
  • Tuesday, September 10 at 8:30am
  • Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 12 at 8:30am
  • Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 10 at 8:30am
  • Tuesday, May 12 at 8:30am

Join us! All meetings will be held in the Learning Commons. Free childcare will be provided!