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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


Below is a spreadsheet of Fundraisers and Events with the generous people who have offered to Chair each.  Blocks with TBD (To Be Determined) do NOT yet have a Chairperson.  Please think about offering up some time to help.  Unfortunately, if there’s no Chair, it won’t run.

Fundaiser Chairperson(s) Event Chairperson(s)
Square 1 Art Drew Dupre MGBTS  Catherine Michaud (needs help)
Yankee Candle Rachelle Baer
Harvest Festival Aliza Anderson, Alyssa Kirk, Elizabeth Sforza, Taryn Roeger, Patricia Horgan, Valerie Lovely, Julia Bethmann
Spirit Wear (Fall?) Cheryl Burkinshaw, Ann Marie Richards, Leigh Curtis-Pare, Julia Paone
Meri-Tree Farm Bake Sale Aliza Anderson, Sharon Pellerin, Stephanie DeRosa Breakfast with Santa Marilyn Judson
Newton Green House Pointesettas Elaine Scafidi Teachers Are Souper Kathleen Doherty (FNS)
Cheryl Burkinshaw (FNS)
Shopping/Babysitting Night  TBD Holiday Helper Erin Raines
Father/Daughter Mother/Son Dance Marilyn Judson
Dodge Ball ? Jon Bartholmew
Paint Night (winter?) Brienne Walsh
Bingo Jon Bartholmew
Yard Sale Susan Karalias Teacher Appreciation Breakfast  TBD
Talent Show Kathy Terciero
5K Sarah Gilmore, Cheryl Birkenshaw
Newton Green House Mother’s Day Flowers Elaine Scafidi
Auction/Movie Night/Ice Cream Social  TBD, Auction Auction/Movie Night/Ice Cream Social  Danielle Grimes (Social), Danielle Grimes (Movie Night),
Yearbook Beth Smith (need shadow) Cultural Arts PTO Board
Boxtops April Divirgilio Pentucket Scholarships Kathy Larsen
Bookstore Danielle Grimes, Christie Dynan, Stacey Reade Jeannie Connor Scholarship Kathy Terciero
Amazon Smile Sharon Pacenka Appropriations PTO Board
Mabel’s Labels Erin Raine
Sponsor a Classroom
Harlem Wizards
Online-Auction (Sara)

Click here for a printable pdf version of the Fundraiser/Event chart.


The world famous Harvest Festival is coming up quick!


As you all know, this is another of the FUN events the PTO runs for the community. But we cannot put this together without your help! If you would like to volunteer, we are looking for ALL positions – from a Chairperson to running tables and games. Middle and High Schoolers are more than welcome to grab some community service hours. The date for Harvest Festival is tentatively Fri, Oct 28 (it hasn’t been voted yet). Until we have an official chairperson, please email
This is going to be another blast!!!!!


Yankee Candle is the PTO’s biggest fundraiser of the year and

 is going on now.


Packets went home with the children the week of Sept 6.

Catalog orders are due back to school by Oct 21, but online sales are available through June!!!

Log into and use the Group Number 99464754 to access our exclusive online store. 

Please share with relatives and friends who are near and far!  


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