President: Melissa Shapiro

President Elect: Kerri Buckley

Advisor:  Nanette Beller

Recording Secretary:  Kelly Dunning

Corresponding Secretary:  Sarah Hanson

Treasurer:  Deidre Ochsner

Teacher Liaison:  Michelle Aschenbrenner

PTO News

Please plan to attend our next PTO meeting on Monday, November 12th.

We will be voting to approve our updated bylaws. Feel free to review the updated version here and let Melissa Shapiro know if you have any questions (

Want to connect with other families at Columbian?  Join the PTO!

When you join the PTO, you get to know the families and friends that make up our school community.  The PTO also offers easy opportunities to get involved in your child's classrooms, field trips, and other activities that help support our teaching staff.  Download a membership form from documents on this page, and join today!


Help Columbian through Direct Donation!  We have been asked by several families who do not want to participate in fundraisers about giving directly to the PTO.  We DO have a direct donation option!  Any amount you would like to give is greatly appreciated!  Tax-deductible donations for 2017 can be made through December 22nd. Download a Direct Donation form from the documents on this page- please return donations by mail or to your child's classroom or the school office.  

THANK YOU for supporting the PTO!

PTO Committees

2017-2018 Chairs      Description
Back-to-School Night Melissa Shapiro
Coordinate volunteers & food for Back-to-
School Night
 Book Fair  Kelly Dunning  Organize the book fair (2x per year) &
coordinate volunteers.
Box Top Collection Leah Humphries
Collect & keep count of Box Tops submitted
to school; send in tops for money & submit
for deposit.
Carnival Candace Peteler
Coordinate all activities/volunteers for
carnival activities.
Directory Productions (Fall) Karen Burmood
Organize & produce the PTO school directory.
Fun & Fitness Day
Help Mrs. Ripa coordinate volunteers for
Fun Day.
Fundraisers Kelly Dunning, Jason Goossen,
Coordinate fundraising activities for the
Hospitality/Cookie Jar Suzanne Kleveter Coordinate meals for different teacher events; run Cookie Jar Program.
Membership Karen Burmood
Promote, collect, & keep current all
PTO memberships.
Pancake Man Jaime Elsasser
Coordinate Pancake Man, volunteers,
distribute fliers, collect orders for that event.
Room Parent Jaime Elsasser Coordinate head room parents & volunteers for Halloween and Valentine's Day parties.
Scholarship Tracy Baker
Facilitates the committee designated to
select a graduating high school senior who
is a former Columbian student to receive
a scholarship (Spring).
Spirit Sales Karen Burmood
Organize the selling & distribution of
Spirit Sale items.
Staff Appreciation  Leah Humphries
Recognize support staff and teachers to show the PTO's appreciation for their time and talents.

Yearbook Jason Goossen
Create yearbook & handle sales
and distribution.
HyVee Receipts
Sarah Hanson