President: Kelly Dunning

President Elect:  Melissa Shapiro

Vice-President:  Nanette Beller

Recording Secretary:  Sarah Hanson

Corresponding Secretary:  Karen Burmood

Treasurer:  Deidre Ochsner

Teacher Liaison:  Michelle Aschenbrenner




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 Kelly Dunning
Coordinate volunteers & food for Back-to-
School Night
Box Top Collection Monica Katz
Collect & keep count of Box Tops submitted
to school; send in tops for money & submit
for deposit.
Coordinate all activities/volunteers for
carnival activities.
Directory Productions (Fall) Deidre Ochsner Organize & produce the PTO school directory.
4PC Tracy Baker, Kim CK & Wendy Pella

Work with sixth graders to plan & promote activities associated with 4PC (Parent, Peer,
Power, Prevention Club).
Fun Day
Help Mrs. Ripa coordinate volunteers for
Fun Day.
Fundraisers Karen Burmood
Coordinate fundraising activities for the
Hospitality/Cookie Jar Suzanne Kleveter Coordinate meals for different teacher
events; run Cookie Jar Program.
Hummel Columbian Office
Coordinate sign-up for Columbian
students for Camp Hummel.
Kindergarten Round-Up PTO President Work with kindergarten teachers for the
day when incoming kindergartners visit
Columbian.  Organize volunteers for that
day as well.
Membership Deidre Ochsner Promote, collect, & keep current all
PTO memberships.
Pancake Man Joe 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).
Book Fair Heather Wright Kathryn Kelly
Organize the book fair (2x per year) &
coordinate volunteers.
Spirit Sales Eric and Tracy Krelle Organize the selling & distribution of
Spirit Sale items.
Teacher Appreciation  Deidre Ochsner
Melissa Shapiro
Recognize teachers with a luncheon
during Teacher Appreciation Week
(March) and recognize support staff
Yearbook Wendy Pella
Create yearbook & handle sales
and distribution.
HyVee Receipts
Sarah Hanson