About the PTO

The Stratham Memorial School PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is organized to support and enrich the education of SMS students and to foster communication between the school, parents and teachers to enhance educational opportunities. The PTO is run by volunteers. We strive to provide all families with fun, healthy and academically engaging activities, and raise funds through events and activities to benefit the educational environment of SMS students. See some recent purchases by the PTO.


  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  The Mother-Son Dance Jam will be on Friday, January 26th from 6:30pm-8:30pm.  Check out the Facebook event here to find out more.  Details coming home soon in student folders.


  • FAC The Financial Advisory Committee (FAC) is seeking new members!  The FAC is involved with the creation of the school budget and works with the SMS administration and the School Board.   Upcoming meetings are on 1/24/18 with a public hearing on the budget on 2/14/18.  Please reach out to Heidi Hanson (dougheidi@earthlink.net) with additional questions or to find out more.  
  • GOT CARDBOARD? If so, Mr. G. and the Makerspace can use cardboard (especially from Amazon shipment boxes) for upcoming projects.  Leave your donation at the Main Office (thanks!).
  • RECESS VOLUNTEERS: Interested in helping keep recess fun and safe for our students? Contact Mr. Fosher.
  • TEACHER BOOK ROOM: The Reading Specialists at SMS need help keeping the book room organized for teachers’ use! Tasks include: sort books, make copies, label books, create games, etc...We would love your help to get things up and running!  For questions or if interested contact Stephanie Ciccanesi.
    • Shelving and organizing books for students to find and check out
    • Assisting K-2 students finding "just right books" during afternoon class times
    • Process new books and magazines - stamping, call numbering, bar coding                     Contact Mrs. O'Connor to lend a hand, thank you!
  • THE SCHOOL GARDEN TEAM has a pool of volunteers dedicated to supporting the SMS Green Growing Lab.  If you are interested in the PTO garden work, contact Denise Ansotegui or Karla Menger to add your name to our email list.  You will receive updates on current projects and sign ups each season.

The PTO sponsors many fun and engaging activities for SMS students and their families, and hosts informational events throughout the school year, including: 

  • FUNDRAISERS to support educational purchases, special activities and projects --- all to benefit the education of SMS students. Items purchased with these funds have included The SMS Green Growing Lab, Promethean Smartboards, playground equipment, a basketball scoreboard, supplies for field day, snowshoes for the PE department and much more! 
  • FAMILY EVENTS sprinkled throughout the school year including a spaghetti/Bingo night and pancake breakfast, Bike-to-School day and a fun run, teacher appreciation luncheons, parent/child events and many more. 
  • FRIDAY NIGHT FLICKSWear your pj’s and bring your pillow! The PTO sponsors Friday night movie nights complete with popcorn and water. Admission is free and movies are announced via the directory email and here 
  • GUEST SPEAKER SERIES with speakers of special interest to SMS parents. These events are typically on a school night evening during the school year. If you have a suggestion on topic, please email us. 
  • OPEN PLANNING MEETINGS discussing current activities of the PTO. These meetings are open to the SMS community and typically scheduled on a school day morning.