PTO eNewsletters

All Shaker Schools have Friday PTO e-newsletters. These weekly e-mails are the best way for families to find out what is happening at individual schools.

 To sign-up for Shaker Heights PTO emails, click here. 


Head to Kalahari to support MLK Day and other CommUnity Building activities! 

Kalahari Waterpark slidesEscape the cold with a trip to Kalahari!
Thursday, January 16, 2020
On Thursday, January 16 (no school the following day), Shaker Schools families will receive discounted rates on various room types at Kalahari Water Park in Sandusky, Ohio. This includes a resort room for one night and water park admission that afternoon, evening, and most of the following day for 4 guests; plus Kalahari will donate $10/room to our PTO. This event has had a great turnout in recent years, and is a blast! To view discounted rates and to make a reservation, click here.

Rate and room availability are only guaranteed through December 16, so please reserve before then. Hope to see you on the water slides! Questions for Kalahari? Call 877-525-2427 and ask about Shaker Heights School Fundraiser room block.

PTO Speaker Series

Parents and caregivers District-wide are invited to the following speaker events hosted by our unit school PTOs (also please check the school PTO web pages for additional speakers):

November 19: Shaker Heights High School, Upper Cafeteria
Health and Wellness panel discussion, focus on teens

Date TBD: Shaker Heights Middle School
Internet Safety - Kathleen Caffrey, Statewide Outreach Coordinator for Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, from the office of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O'Malley 

PTO Mission Statement

The Shaker Heights Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is dedicated to facilitating the active and informed involvement of all parents and families to achieve the educational success and well-being of all children.

What Is PTO Council?

Each Shaker school has a Parent Teacher Organization, and every parent/caregiver and teacher of a Shaker student is automatically a member. PTO Council is a district-wide umbrella group that connects all eight of the individual schools’ PTOs. PTO Council oversees collaboration between the units and with other groups to engage and support students and families throughout the district.

PTO Council is responsible for:

  • Coordination of and collaboration between the individual PTO units
  • Acting as a liaison between District Administration and individual school PTOs
  • Overseeing the electronic distribution of weekly school newsletters
  • Compiling PTO information for the annual printed and online District calendar
  • Administering the Shaker Schools Family Directory app
  • Collaborating with the Family and Community Engagement Center
  • Holding public PTO Council meetings to share interests across all our schools
  • Preparation/filing of tax returns for all Shaker schools’ PTOs
  • Organization of selected district-wide unifying events, such as MLK Day and Senior Clap-Out

PTO Council Officers for 2019-20 School Year

President:  Nicol Coxon and Kim Harris
Co-1st Vice Presidents: Stacey Hren and Sarah Divakarla
VP Communications: Cara Berg
VP Educational Enrichment: Dana Howard
VP Financial Management: Schen Griest
Co-VPs Outreach: Angel Chapman and Dalia Elimam
Co-VPs Parent Education and Advocacy: Jonida Morelli and Linnette Ellison
Secretary: Laurie Pogel
Treasurer: Susan Armstrong
Nominating Co-Chairs: Anthony Peebles
For contact information, please download the Shaker Heights Schools app. The PTO Council roster can be found in the Quick Links section of the Shaker Heights Schools section menu. 

Support PTO Council

PTO Council is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization funded mainly through voluntary direct donations from families. Your donation will help us continue to distribute the newsletter, file tax returns on behalf of all Shaker School PTOs, and connect parents/caregivers, teachers, and administrators throughout the District. Please consider making a $10 tax-deductible gift to PTO Council through PayForIt. Click on “Fees.” Thank you! 
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