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Merrimac Goes Back to School
August 31, 2017

Merrimac Goes Back to School will be held simultaneously at BOTH schools from 2 to 3pm. Parents and students are invited to visit their classrooms and teachers during this time. At 3 pm we close down the classrooms and direct everyone to Sweetsir for the remainder of the community portion of the event. From 2-4 pm Community Organizations and School programs will have information tables set up at the Sweetsir School, for parents and students to learn all about the extra-curricular opportunities available in and around Merrimac.  We’ll also do Arts & Crafts, PTO sign-ups, Games, face painting, Book Store, and so much more!


Welcome to the Merrimac PTO website!

The PTO is a group of parent, staff and community volunteers who organize fundraisers and sponsor school events to benefit the students at Sweetsir and Donaghue schools.  We are looking forward to kicking off the 2016-2017 school year!

Here are a few of the things the PTO does

- Organizes extra-curricular enrichment activities for students

- Plans budget-friendly family fun events throughout the year

- Organizes fundraising events to supply resource materials for our teachers and their classroom


Congratulations to the 2017-2018 PTO Board

PTO President – Sarah Gilmore
1st Vice President – Brienne Walsh
2nd Vice President – Cheryl Burkinshaw
3rd Vice President – Nancy Lombart
Secretary – Sara Vendshus
Treasurer – Jon Bartholemew


Our first ever 5K road race is going to happen!! The town approved our request to run the road race!!! It will take place on August 12th at 10am! We are looking for volunteers to help with all of the planning that goes into this event. If you have been involved with planning a road race before or just ran one yourself, we could use your help! Please contact Sarah Gilmore at with questions or concerns!! We thank you for your support!!


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With your help, to date, the PTO has appropriated $8523.05 to our teachers and kiddos!!! What a great feeling! Please see the list below to see where your fundraising dollars are going. Thanks to all of you! – $3864.56 requested by Mrs. Scafidi for 14 chromebooks for the 5th and 6th grade – $1000 requested by Ms. Davis for FNS & HRD Playground equipment – $630 requested by Mrs. Curtis-Pare for 24 basketballs for FNS and HRD – $220 requested by Mrs. Provencal for HRD subscription to Brainpop – $160 requested by Mrs. Byrne for FNS subscription to Brainpop – $295 requested by Mrs. Ackerman for Strwbees Maker Kit – $221 requested by Mrs. Ackerman for Lego-Simple Machines -$347 requested by Mrs. Joyce for Hokki Stools – $680 requested by Mrs. Dupre for paper cutters – $300 requested by Mrs. Doherty for Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate for intensive special needs classroom for curriculum ideas – $100 requested by Mrs. Doherty for fidget tools



Let’s keep the Momentum Going!

Below are some great opportunities we have set up for you to think about as you shop while helping Merrimac Schools

IF you shop on Amazon, simply logging in through AmazonSmile will generate funds for the PTO

IF you shop at Shutterfly, simply logging in through our  Merrimac PTO page will generate funds for the PTO

IF you are decorating, think about ordering some gorgeous Newton Gardens’ Poinsettias through the Merrimac PTO (order form coming soon!)

IF  you are looking for stocking stuffers, Mabel’s Labels are a great practical gift!  Search for the Merrimac PTO under “Support a Fundraiser”.


Joining is EASY

We are actively recruiting members for the 2016 / 2017 school year.  If you haven’t already, please join! You can either fill out the Merrimac PTO Membership Form 2016 2017 and send it in with your child, OR, CLICK HERE to fill out the online form. Dues are waived this year! Our first meeting of the year will be Tuesday, September 20 at 7pm at the Sweetsir School. All subsequent meetings will be held at the Donaghue School