PTO Information



Hello, from YOUR McMillan PTO!


We are a small (but mighty!) team looking to include ALL McMillan families to support our mission of supporting the school.  Our former principal, Dr. Talbott, would always say, “Take care of your teachers, because the teachers take care of your kids.”   There just isn’t a better reason to support the PTO!  


If you are shy about getting involved, don’t worry.  Get in touch with us and let us know how much time you have, your talents and interests, and we will find the perfect place for you.  Or just come to a meeting and be more in-the-know about your child’s education. 


In a nutshell, the purpose of the PTO is to support the teachers and staff at McMillan.  There aren’t any funds from OPS -- zero, zip, zilch, nada -- for things like food during those long days of Parent Teacher Conferences.  


The McMillan PTO pulls together and organizes small donations from many homes, so that together, we can have a BIG impact.  


The previous PTO President, Michelle Kaczmarek, has ‘retired’ from her tenure at McMillan, now that her children have grown into high school students.  So, our goals for this first year without her are to:

  • continue the tradition of feeding and caring for our teachers and staff during conferences and at the holidays.
  • keep selling concessions at school events
  • maintain fundraising to purchase a large outdoor marquee sign outside the school, and fund support and perks for the teachers, and rewards for Students and Teachers of the Month, Quarter and Year, and MUCH MORE!

I know, with YOUR support, we will have a great year!  Please contact the PTO at McMillanMonarchsPTO@gmail.com with any questions or suggestions about how you can help us, or how WE can help YOU!

Sara Rogers, 2019-2020 PTO President 

FUNDRAISING

because
McMILLAN MATTERS!


This year we are rebranding our Direct Giving fundraiser, and calling it “McMillan Matters.”  


McMillan Matters is intended to inspire donations through consideration about what their children’s education means to them, and hopefully, it matters!  


Our campaign will kick off on Back to School Night (August 12).  Of course, we will accept monetary donations any time of year!


Currently, McMillan is home to 800 families.  Our overall goal this year is to raise $5,000.  That is an average of $6.25 per family.  We know that every family’s situation is different, and not everyone can give.  But that said, there is a lot of magic that happens within these walls, and the trick is donations.  


Even if your donation is $1, it is $1 more than we had before.  With ten of those $1 donations, we have a Student of the Month award!  THAT, my fellow Monarchs, is what we can do when we come together.  Be a part of it.  Please donate as much as you can to support the teachers who spend their days with your child.


The PTO has opted for this style of direct donation fundraiser so that all of the money goes right to McMillan, rather than selling cookie dough or wrapping paper, where McMillan would get less than 50% of the profits.


If donating online is convenient for you, you may do so through the Omaha Public Schools Foundation.  Through their generosity, they take no fees, so we get 100% of the donation.


Many, many thanks in advance.  


Your donation matters, because your kids matter.  

#McMillanMatters






SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDRAISING PROGRAMS


These are ways you can contribute to McMillan, without spending an extra dime of your own money!


BAKER’S COMMUNITY REWARDS

When you scan your Baker’s card during checkout, Baker’s will contribute a portion of your purchase to McMillan.


To enroll, visit the Baker’s Community Rewards webpage, and search for either one of the following: 


  • Organization Name: MC MILLAN MAGNET MIDDLE SCHOOL (with a space between Mc and Millan)
  • Organization Number: BD872


TAGG: Together A Greater Good

TAGG is an app that connects generous local businesses to organizations like our McMillan PTO.  Businesses like Enzo’s Italian Restaurant, Classic Window and Gutter Cleaning, Big Mama’s Kitchen, Parlour 1887, and literally DOZENS if not HUNDREDS of other Omaha businesses!  You can see the full list on their website.  


As a supporter of McMillan, all you need to do is:


  • Download the app.
  • Select McMillan (with a space between MC and Millan)
  • Use the app to take a photo of your receipt

TAGG does the rest!  Once they get your receipt, the business will donate 5% of your bill to McMillan Magnet Middle School!



BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

There are some new changes with Box Tops…  There are now THREE WAYS to turn them in!


  1. Clip them off the package, and send them to school as you have always done.
  2. Scan your receipt with the new Box Tops for Education App!  See the Box Tops for Education website for more information and to download the app. 
Send all  your grocery receipts to school and we will scan them for you.  Just remember, receipts must be scanned within 14 days of the date on the receipt -- so send them in right away!

GET INVOLVED WITH THE PTO


If you want to be notified of the opportunities to help, join the PTO!


You can e-mail us, or download this form and send to back to school.  And THANK YOU for your support!


There are so many ways to be involved with the PTO throughout the year.  

Even the smallest donation of time can make a huge difference!  


You can participate by:

  • attending any of the monthly PTO meetings 
  • donating food items for Teacher Appreciation Week and conference meals
  • donating gift cards for Students of the Month and Year, Teachers of the Quarter and Year
  • volunteering to help at select school events
  • donating items for bake sales

Do you have a special talent to share?  (Of course you do!) Please let us know!

Are you…

  • a DJ that could volunteer at a school event?  
  • someone who is crafty and could help us make gifts for the teachers and staff?  
  • do you own a business that could donate a service or items for our events?
  • someone who works in catering or food service that could help us with serving and presentation for lunches for the teachers during Conferences?

To see any active Sign-Up Geniuses, click here.  You can search by the creator’s e-mail address, which is McMillanMonarchsPTO@gmail.com.


Whether you are able to donate a lot of time or just a little, it all makes a difference and makes our McMillan community stronger!  



JOIN NOW!  

E-mail us at McMillanMonarchsPTO@gmail.com 

or download and print our membership form.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS


Get a one page PRINTABLE list of PTO involved events here!


We know how busy people are, and frankly, coming to a meeting where you don’t know anyone can be intimidating.  Please know that the PTO is just a bunch of regular folks who care about their kids. Just like you. You already have something in common.  :)


Do you want PTO meetings and events automatically added to your calendar?  If so, join the PTO and we will get you set up!


Meetings (in bold) are held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the McMillan Library.


Date

Meeting / Event

Minutes / Sign-Up

Aug 7

“Welcome Back” Breakfast for McMillan Staff


Aug 12

Back-to-School Night -- Fundraising and Membership Kick-off!

Sign-Up to help!

Sept 3

Sept ‘19 Agenda - Planning for the year!


Oct 1

Oct ‘19 Agenda


Oct 17

Serve Lunch to Teachers during Conferences


Nov 5 

Nov ‘19 Agenda


Dec 3

Dec ‘19 Agenda - Enrolling in High School


Dec 16

PTO gives Holiday Gift to McMillan Staff


Jan 7

Jan ‘20 Agenda


Jan 21

“Welcome Back” Breakfast for McMillan Staff


Feb 4   

Feb ‘20 Agenda


Feb 27

Serve Lunch to Teachers during Conferences


Mar 3

March ‘20 Agenda


April 7

April ‘20 Agenda


May 4-8

Teacher Appreciation Week -- PTO gives lots of treats, meals and love to McMillan Staff


May 5

May ‘20 Agenda - Vote in new officers!



Get a PRINTABLE list of PTO involved events here!


But of course, this isn’t ALL we do!  There will also be many opportunities to help out with the concession sales at many sporting and academic events.  How will you know when they are? Join the PTO!

2019-2020 McMillan PTO
Officers and Committee Chairs


General PTO E-Mail:  McMillanMonarchsPTO@gmail.com


PTO Reimbursement Form 


Role

Name

E-mail

President

Sara Rogers

McMillanMonarchsPTO@gmail.com

Vice President

Michele Hagen

mhagen73@cox.net

Secretary

Dee Nincehelser

dnincehelser@gmail.com

Treasurer

PTO Reimbursement Form 

Scott Gillispie

gillispie52@gmail.com 

McMillan Principal

Dr. Monica Green

Monica.Green@ops.org

PTO Guru Chair

Kelly Arbuckle

Kelly.Arbuckle@ops.org

Membership Chair

Rachel Kolb

Rkkolb@cox.net

Fundraising Chair

Julie Kiefer

kiefer.julie@gmail.com 

Concessions Chair

Raquel Ahlvers

Raquel@theahlversgroup.com

Special Projects Chair

Michelle Kehr

Michelle.kehr@ops.org


PTO Reimbursement Form

OUR SUCCESSES AND MILESTONES


7/18/2019 -- Secured our Special Projects Chair, Michelle Kehr!  Thanks, Michelle!


7/16/2019 -- Sara and Julie hammered out the plan for McMillan Matters Direct Giving Campaign.  It’s gonna be great!


7/2/2019 -- Our FIRST meeting at Benson Brewery.  We got to know each other, started plans for the year, and got our Concessions Chair!  Thanks, Gretchen Brouhard!



6/20/2019 -- We have filled ALL Board Positions and all but ONE of our committee chairs!  It is going to be a STRONG year for the PTO!