Split Rock PTO Committee Information

The Split Rock PTO offers programs and events throughout the year to encourage a positive learning environment for our students. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of our parents! We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities–read the information below to find the one that works for you!

Activity Nights:

The kids love to see their friends after school hours. It’s a great way to foster friendships and have some fun. This year, we are hosting a Family BINGO Night in February, inviting families to come to Split Rock for a night of fun. We will have pizza and drinks available, or families can bring their own food and drinks to enjoy.

Would you like to help? Email Chris Tice at nyg080@yahoo.com.

Book Fair:

The children look forward to the Scholastic Book Fair every fall and spring. The PTO sets up a store featuring Scholastic books and other fun items for students to browse. They love deciding which one to buy and then paying for it themselves with their money from home.

We need volunteers to help run the store, assist students with their selection and help the younger ones figure out if they have enough money. It’s a great way to meet your child’s friends and teachers!

Would you like to help? Email Leah Hall at leah.hall27@yahoo.com.

D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read):

Split Rock has a school-wide reading program that urges students to make a reading a priority both at school and home. It highlights the importance of reading, fun reading-related prizes are awarded, and it concludes with an author visit to our school.

Would you like to help? Email Sarah O’Neil at sarahoneil8127@gmail.com.

“Rockin’ Saturday”:

Rockin’ Saturday is a school-wide enrichment day held in March that offers students the opportunity to participate in workshops like yoga, karate, art, dance, and pizza making, among others. This is a great way for parents to showcase their talents by teaching a class, and it gives students the chance to explore new interests.

We need volunteers to help teach the classes, so if you have a special skill to share, please contact us! We also need volunteers to help out during the event.

Would you like to help? Email Elaine Heimers-Cook at elaine.heimers@gmail.com . 

District Council:

Each year a Split Rock representative is invited to participate in the District Council, a group of PTO/PTA representatives from each school in the West Genesee district. The group meets several times a year to share information and connect resources on a district level. The Split Rock representative(s) is asked to attend the meetings and share information with the Split Rock PTO.

This year our representative is Tara Shuert at tarashuert@gmail.com.

Fifth Grade Recognition:

Fifth Grade Recognition is a celebration held to honor 5th grade students and the time they spent at “the Rock” and looks forward to their big jump to Camillus Middle School. The event is held in June at Split Rock and brings together students, family, teachers, and friends to say goodbye.

We need volunteers, preferably 5th grade parents, to help plan the event.

Would you like to help? Email wgsrpto@westgenesee.org.

General Mills Box Tops:

General Mills will give Split Rock money in exchange for labels from some of their products. Families are encouraged to send in “box top” General Mills labels to help take advantage of this financial incentive.

We need volunteers to help promote and manage the program

Would you like to help? Email Stephanie Murphy at smurphy@westgenesee.org.

Halloween Heroes:

The week following Halloween the PTO invites all students to donate their extra candy to become a ‘Halloween Hero.’ This candy is donated to a local charity to give others a treat.

We need help collecting and distributing the candy.

Would you like to help? Email Kathleen White at kswcontent@gmail.com.

Holiday Food Train:

The Holiday Food Train is another great give-back event for the kids to help those in need. The PTO sets up boxes that resemble a train in the front hall of the building, and the students are invited to fill up the train with non-perishable food. We donate this food to a specific charity.

We need help collecting and transporting the food. We encourage the students to participate with their parents as well!

Would you like to help? Email Sarah Cappella at sarah.cappella@gmail.com.

Holiday Gift Drive:

The Split Rock holiday gift drive gives students an opportunity to give back during the holiday season. After Thanksgiving, Split Rock students bring in wrapped presents for children in need, which we then donate to a specific charity.

We need volunteers to help collect, organize, and transport the gifts. We encourage parents to have their kids participate as well!

Would you like to help? Email Sarah Cappella at sarah.cappella@gmail.com.

Learning Fair:

The Split Rock Learning Fair showcases the talents of our students in a non-competitive environment that encourages curiosity. All students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are invited to participate in the annual event held in March.

Would you like to help? Email Angela Hopkins at ashopkins1004@gmail.com.

P.C.I.C. (Parent Curriculum Information Council):

If you are a parent interested in learning how the curriculum at West Genesee is evolving, this is a great opportunity for you! The Parent Curriculum Information Council has two parent representatives from each school and meets monthly to discuss district-wide curriculum topics of interest.

We need parents to attend the meetings and report back to the Split Rock PTO.

Would you like to help?  Email Elaine Heimers-Cook at elaine.heimers@gmail.com or Joe Cappella at jcappella14@yahoo.com.

Room Coordinator:

Each year, parents are needed in each class to act as a liaison between the teacher and parents regarding classroom activities.

We need volunteers for each classroom.

Would you like to help? Email Carolyn Champlin at carolyn.champlin@gmail.com.

Shared Decision Making:

The Shared Decision Making committee consists of the principal, 3-4 teachers, and 3-4 parents. This group discusses current educational and social issues and works together to find collaborative solutions to problems.

We need volunteers to attend the meetings and report back to the Split Rock PTO.

Would you like to help? These positions are currently open.

Spirit Day:

The PTO sponsors a school-wide spirit day that encourages students to wear West Genesee attire, or something blue and gold, to show their school spirit. Held on a Friday, spirit days honor a particular grade level by handing out a small, spirit day surprise.

We need volunteers to assist in handing out the spirit day surprises.

Would you like to help? Email Angela Hopkins at ashopkins1004@gmail.com.

Staff Appreciation Luncheon:

The Split Rock PTO holds an annual luncheon in the spring to thank teachers and staff for all they did to make it a great year for our kids.

Would you like to help? Email Jenn Munson at jennrigney@hotmail.com.

West Genesee Spirit Wear Program:

The Split Rock PTO offers affordable Split Rock and West Genesee apparel items through our Spirit Wear program.

Would you like to help? Email Jen Brinson at jparks1029@hotmail.com or Melissa Morgan at mlosty@hotmail.com.

Yearbook Committee:

Our yearbook committee helps the kids ‘remember when’ by taking pictures at events where their personalities truly shine. They also help them look their best on picture day.

We need volunteers to help take pictures during events and to help on school picture day.

Would you like to help? Email Carolyn Champlin at carolyn.champlin@gmail.com.

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West Genesee Mission Statement

The mission of the West Genesee Central School District, in partnership with the community, is to ensure that each student attains the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary, not only for lifelong learning, but also for becoming a cooperative, self-directed, productive, caring citizen.

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” ~Malcolm Forbes