About Hardy PTO
The Hardy Parent Teacher Organization is a 501c3 nonprofit group dedicated to promoting cooperation, celebrating community, and optimizing the educational, physical, intellectual, and social needs of children in our homes, school, and town. We are a group of dedicated parents, teachers, and staff organized to support learning and encourage positive relations in our diverse East Arlington community.
ExEcutive board members
President Katrina Bernstein-Lewicke
VP of Communications Chrissa Banner & Ann Marie Faust
VP of Fundraising Emma Lockwood
Secretary Rachel Miller
Treasurer Nancy Zimmermann
NON-VOTING BOARD MEMBERS
These are staff positions at Hardy School. Teacher Representatives volunteer their time.
Hardy Principal Kate Peretz
Teacher Representative Emily Vecchione
COMMITTEE CHAIRS, PROGRAM COORDINATORS & PTO LIAISONS
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Michiko Kurata
ELL Conversation Group Michiko Kurata
Enrichment Assemblies: Laura Saylor; Grade K-2 Field Trips: Katey Smith; Grade 3-5 Field Trips: Ellen Pfeiffer
Green Team Representatives Sarah Elahi & Claire Galand
SEPAC Representative Alison Babeu
Hardy Garden Alham Saadat
Year-End Review and Tax Prep Aletta Tibbetts
Hardy PTO Bylaws
The Hardy PTO Bylaws were amended at the June 13, 2022, PTO Meeting.
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Q: What is the purpose of the PTO?
A: Hardy Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is our school's cooperative organization that provides enrichment to the school experience. Each Hardy family is invited to participate through involvement, providing resources, or giving financial support.
Q: What is the difference between PTA and PTO?
A: PTA is a local parent group affiliated with a state's PTA organization and the National PTA. Our PTO is an independent parent group, a non-PTA. No national PTO exists akin to the National PTA.
Q: What is expected of me if I go to a PTO meeting?
A: We currently have meetings via Zoom due to COVID. When we meet in person again, we will meet at a large table in the Hardy library. The PTO president sends out an agenda before the meeting and keeps the pace on track. You can be a spectator or participant.
Q: Can anyone go to a PTO meeting? What happens during a PTO meeting?
A: All are welcome. All are encouraged to participate. Scheduled for the second Monday of each month (check for possible schedule changes), we meet on Zoom from 6:30-8:00 pm. The monthly PTO meeting is a great place to learn about Hardy events, curriculum, and issues, and to hear directly from our principal, Kate Peretz, as well as our teacher representative(s). All Hardy caregivers are officially voting members.