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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

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
Van Andel Education Institute Field Trip: Sensing the World Around You
Veteran’s Day Assembly
Curriculum Enhancements
Book supplements for Reading Units of Study/Word Detectives
Games for math stations & cooperative play
Generation Genius - science enrichment
Graphic novels for learning commons
Kindergarten - 1st grade Spanish books
“Kindness Counts” messaging
"Let's Find Out" magazine subscription
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
Versa Tiles - math enrichment
Supporting the Community
Hearts of Gold
Legislative Updates, local and state
Providing Supplies
American flags
Books for each classroom’s library
Book pouches for take home reading assignments
Classroom bookshelves
Classroom Start-Up Fund for teachers
Classroom Supplies
Drying racks
5th Grade Chick Incubator
Flexible Classroom Seating
Fluorescent light filters
Fun Day supplies
Gaga Pit
Kindergarten Garden System
Lakeside Elementary flags
Morning Tubs
Playground Equipment
Pretend play & sensory tables
Sound system
Student Garden 
Whiteboard activity tables

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


We are already working on ROAR 2020. Please stay tuned for updates!

Our Sponsors

The Lakeside PTO could not provide the events, programs, curriculum enhancements, and grants without the generous support of our sponsors.
$1,000 - BLUE
Anonymous Lion
M. Brann Holdings
Christopherson Orthodontics
Lovell Hand & Orthopedic Center 
Katie Baxter Stein Greenride Realty 
Team Craig
Three Chefs Catering
$500 - LION 
The Boyle Family
Clean Juice
Tanya and Ted Craig
The Flermoen Family
Johnsen Wikander Law 
Todd & Kelli Mulderink
NorthStar Commercial 
Jonas Paul
Andy & Kateri Schutt
Chris & Teri Tesseris
Valleau, VanDeven, & Massie Dentistry for Children
The Wang Family
$250 - FRIEND   
Anonymous Lion
The Cherveny Family
Enchanted Gardener
Grandparents Gratitude to Mr. Pullen from Ray & Susan Lovell
Todd and Bonnie Brandstadt
Beth and Chris Chappus
The Hamrick Family
Mr. and Mrs. Brian P. Murray
Michelle Nicholas 
Tim & Susan Price

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!


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