2020-2021 PTO Committee Chairs

VP Fundraising 1 – Amy Wang

Spirit Nights – Kristen Stokes, Leslie Fisher, Kelly Mize

Yearbook – Amy Wang, Cheryl Wellford, Jennifer Ahearn, Stephanie Varno

School Pictures – Catherine Martin, Beth Frieda


VP Fundraising 2 – Natalie Howkins

Scholastic Book Fairs – Carol Waller, Faith Winters

School Supplies – Amy Halligan

Spirit Wear – Jessica Packer, Amy DiLoreti, Katie Fallucco, Libba Inlow


VP Communications – Candice Ryan

Hospitality/Spirit Lunches – Jessica Waterman, Amy Cowan, Cora Keenan

Newsletter – Nina Arnold

Room Parents – Erin Varano

Teacher Appreciation – Michelle Ogunleye, Emily McIntyre

Website – Krissy Taylor, Polly Andersen


VP Partners In Education – Callie Parker

Dunwoody Dash – 

Sponsors - Ashley Allen


VP Operations – Kristen Rueckel

Farm to School – Allie Hartman, Julie Foster

Lunch Bunch – Jo Hicks

Media Center – Magda Thaxton

School Tours – Kelli Defenbaugh

Registration Day – Linda McKeveny

Eagle's Nest - Jackie Parkhurst


VP Family Outreach – Kate Davis

International Families – Asheley Bumgardner

Second Grade Circus – Meredith Seelos, Lauren Travis

Special Friends Day – Lindsay Gaines, Sarah Borenstein


VP Programs and Academic Enrichment – Jamie Bill

Cultural Arts – Sandra Myddelton, Mary Love Garverick, Ellen Emery

Field Day – Laura O'Brien, Kelli Dakake

Walk to School – Abigail Mitchell

Committee Descriptions 

Book Fair

The Book Fair committee runs the Scholastic Book fairs for the school. The book fair, in addition to being a great vehicle for selling current title books at all reading levels, is a fundraiser for Austin. The Book Fair Committee is responsible for planning; promoting, coordinating and executing the Scholastic Book Fairs that are held each spring and fall. In addition to committee responsibilities, a significant number of volunteers are needed during the fairs to assist students/parents/teachers and to man the cashier’s table. 


Box Tops for Education Committee

The Box Top committee is responsible for all tasks related to collecting and submitting Box Tops, labels for education and Tyson labels for the school.  They coordinate 4 contests a year, which includes setting contest, dates, determining prizes (keeping within set budget & getting proper approval), counting Box Tops (sorted by child, grade & class) and communicating winners to the school.  They are also responsible for the submission form and mailing of Box Tops.  When Box Tops are submitted they must be counted & expiration dates must be checked (expired Box Tops must be excluded from contest and submission).  Box Tops are then bagged in groups of 50 for mailing & bonus Box Tops are bagged separately.  Submission deadlines are March 1st & November 1st.  Labels for Education & Tyson labels are submitted separately & do not have expiration dates.


Cultural Arts Committee

The Cultural Arts Committee brings outside performers to Austin students during the school year, typically once in the fall and again in the spring. In recent years, students have been exposed to modern dance; jazz; music from regions around the world, including Australia and Africa; German old-world puppets; and comedy. These shows are planned with assistance from the Young Audiences Program at the Woodruff Center for the Arts in Atlanta, home of the Atlanta Symphony, the High Museum and the Alliance Theatre.  


Dunwoody Dash

The Dunwoody Dash is an annual FunRun for students, families, and community members. The Dash takes place in the fall and includes a 1-mile fun run/walk, 5k, and tot trot. Volunteers are needed to obtain sponsorships, handle registration forms, set-up and clean up the day of the race and handle other jobs the day of the race.


Farm to School

Farm to school is a committee that works with the Kindergarten and Pre-k classes in partnership with the Dunwoody Nature Center. We meet the classes at the Nature Center four times over the course of the year. We help the children plant vegetables in the Fall and Spring and maintain and harvest the beds.


Field Day

Field Day is held the last week of school. It is a fun day of games and activities for the children. This committee is responsible for all of the activities involved with planning and running Field Day. Many volunteers are needed the day of the event to help lead the various activities for the children.


Hospitality Committee

This committee is set up to provide meals for all the teachers during conference days and spirit days during the school year. We also raffle items for the teachers to make it more fun and to show our support and appreciation. This is our chance to give a little back in return and to show our teachers and administrative staff how much we appreciate all that they give to our Austin Students. They really appreciate the support that comes from the parents and especially the home cooked meals and treats that are provided!


Lunch Bunch

This fun group attends lunch with Austin students on a daily basis, sharing greetings, smiles and conversation, while assisting students and monitoring activities to make sure that lunch is an enjoyable time for all. 

Typically a volunteer will attend once a month at the 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. shift, or the 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. lunch session. Ongoing help is needed throughout the year.


Media Center

The Austin Media Center is a wonderful committee for you book lovers!  This committee is the main support staff for our terrific library.  Through the help of volunteers, we ensure the library runs smoothly and stays organized.  Your time will be spent shelving books, assisting with checking books in and out for students, and helping with other media related projects.  It is also a great chance to see students use the resources available to them, enriching their educational experience. We ask that our volunteers visit the library once a month (or certainly more if you wish) to help in the library.   



The Newsletter chairperson is responsible for gathering information for the newsletter (sent via email). Each week, an email newsletter is generated and sent out to the Austin distribution list. The Newsletter chair is also responsible for sending out email blasts for time sensitive information between newsletters. If you are not receiving the newsletter, please contact the school office or the Newsletter Chair Person.


International Committee

This committee organizes and hosts regular events every 4-6 weeks ranging from 'morning teas' at members' homes, Friday afternoon play dates to the annual pot luck in the winter.  The International Committee also plays a strong role in supporting the International STEM event each May.


Mission Statement:

*  To connect International families through social events.

*  To support new international families & help ease them into the American school life.

*  To celebrate the diversity of the Austin community by planning & participating in the annual International STEM event.


Room Parent Coordinator

The Room Parent Coordinator manages all the Room Parents at Austin! The Room Parents verify family information for school and PTO, solicit class funds to recognize the teachers and purchase extra supplies, organize three class parties each year, assist with grade-specific activities as needed, implement Teacher Appreciation Week activities within the classroom, assist the teachers with in-class volunteers such as Mystery Readers, and are generally the conduit for information from the teacher or the PTO to all the parents in their class.


School Pictures

The School Pictures Committee makes school pictures happen.  The committee coordinates the photo sessions, provides assistance during the photo sessions, and distributes the photographs.  Individual pictures for the yearbook are taken in the Fall, while Homeroom, individual candids, and the 5th Grade Class Photo are taken in the spring.  In addition to committee responsibilities, parent volunteers are needed to assist with the photo sessions.


School Supply Committee

The School Supplies Committee coordinates with teachers to create grade level supply lists and work with school supply vendors to create School Supply Kits for each upcoming school year.  In addition, they are responsible for negotiating the price of kits, approving contents of kits, promoting and advertising sales of kits, and arranging for delivery and distribution of kits to school.


School Tours
The New Family committee works in conjunction with the administration to welcome new families through both e-mail communications and by providing scheduled school tours.


Second Grade Circus

The 2nd grade circus chair works with the second grade staff and administration in the planning and execution of the 2nd grade circus event held in the spring. Planning for the circus starts several months prior and includes costume inventory, volunteer staffing for rehearsals, and coordinating parent DVD orders. Several hours are required the week of the circus for decorating and set up. Following the circus, the chair is responsible for ordering DVDs and distributing to Austin families.


Special Friends Day

Each grade at Austin has a day during the year that is devoted to students hosting a "Special Friend". The "friend" could be a family member, friend, neighbor, etc. The Austin student hosts their "friend" for approximately one hour. They introduce them to their classroom, teacher, and school friends. They do a group project or have a friendly competition. The Special Friends Committee Chairs partner with the lead Teacher for the grade hosting to secure needed items, i.e. project materials, snacks, tables, chairs, etc. This committee also creates the write-up for the Eagle’s Eye View newsletter as well as making copies of and distributing the notice for the Thursday Information Packets (TIP). They provide "Friends in waiting" to any child who may need a "friend" or if there is a last minute special friend no-show. Several examples of "Friends in waiting" are: The Dunwoody Mayor and First Lady, Dr. Jackson, School Counselor, Dunwoody High School Senior Leaders, Dunwoody High School Dive Team members, Local Police and Fireman. The Committee Chairs are on site the entire time, arriving an hour prior to the event. They help check ID's at the front door, make a "Welcome speech", and escort guests to the classrooms. They also stay until each guest has left the building.


Spirit Nights

Austin has several Community/ Business partners that work with our school in a variety of ways. We partner with local restaurants to host Austin Spirit Nights. On these nights the restaurant donates a percentage of their profits to Austin, so all families are encouraged to participate. Publix is another Partner in Education. Through their Partners cards, Publix makes a monetary donation to the school based on purchases made by Austin cardholders. Handy Andy Outdoors is a valuable Austin partner and maintains the school grounds. This committee chairman is responsible for the coordination of spirit nights with partnering restaurants.  Serving as the liaison between restaurants and Austin. They also submit publication for Austin newsletter prior to spirit night each month, obtain signs and stickers from restaurants and place signs the night before spirit night, remove them following spirit night's completion.   Make and copy flyers for TIP which go home the day of spirit night and place flyers and stickers in teacher boxes the day before.  As well as attend spirit nights and ensure all runs smoothly and communicate with restaurants following spirit night to obtain amounts earned.  


Spirit Wear

The Spirit Wear Committee promotes school spirit and raises funds by designing, advertising, promoting, selling, and distributing Spirit Wear throughout the year. Each year the committee premiers a new AES line.  Spirit Wear can include different types of shirt or hoodies. These items are made available for purchase on designated times throughout the year.


Teacher Appreciation

The Teacher Appreciation Chair plans activities to recognize our awesome teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week.


Walk to School

Walk to School committee promotes walking, biking and bus riding to school in order to reduce the number of cars on the road, enhance the health of students, improve air quality and create safer routes for walking and biking. Walk to School Day is the first Wednesday of every month. The Austin class with the most walkers, bikers and bus riders is awarded “The Golden Shoe” and a class treat.


Yearbook Photographer Committee

The Yearbook Committee needs photographers to take candid pictures at the school on various Spirit Days, Special Events, Performances & more!


2019-2020 School Holidays

9/2 Labor Day

10/10-10/14 Fall Break

11/5 Teacher Workday

11/25-11/29 Thanksgiving

12/23-1/3 Winter Break

1/20 MLK Day

2/14 February Break

2/17 Presidents' Day

3/13 Teacher Workday

4/6-4/10 Spring Break