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 



These are staff positions at Hardy School. Teacher Representatives volunteer their time.


Hardy Principal Kate Peretz

Teacher Representative Emily Vecchione 


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Michiko Kurata

ELL Conversation Group Michiko Kurata

Spirit Wear

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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Hardy PTO Bylaws revised 2022



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.