Committees

We have many committees at Excelsior that are made possible by our PTO and volunteers. Volunteers can be parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, family friends – any adult 18 and over. Volunteers are needed in many different capacities to make all of these wonderful events happen for our students. Please consider how your family can help enhance each student’s experience and education this year whether it is a committee chair position or a shift the day of event.

For more information about any event, please reach out to the current chair, the assigned Event Chair Coordinator or excptochair@gmail.com

Current Committees

Committee

Description

Current Chair

Event Chair Coordinator (ECC)

Books for Bikes

Work with teachers on distributing/collecting reading calendars. Secure bike gift certificates and facilitate bike drawing for winners.

Jenny Kelley
jennykelley27@gmail.com

Kate Haar
kaitlinhaar@gmail.com

Book Fair-Scholastic

Organize the spring Scholastic Book Fair for students and parents.

Becky Cornelius
cornelius.becky@gmail.co

Amanda Durrant
amandalpd@yahoo.co

Becky Cornelius
cornelius.becky@gmail.com

Book Fair-Chinese

Organize the spring Chinese Book Fair for students and parents.

Jen Chu
jenmchu3@gmail.com

Leah Garner
leahgarner1@gmail.co

Becky Cornelius
cornelius.becky@gmail.com

Box Tops for Education

Organize and submit box tops as a source of funds for the school, as well as picking these items up on a regular basis.

Jennifer Steingas
jesteingas@hotmail.com

Beth Robertson-Martin
b.robertsonmartin@gmail.com

Bulletin Boards

Communicate and market all traditional school events and fun activities on the main hallway bulletin board during the school year.Coordinate marquee sign outside.

Jodi Graves
jodigraves@gmail.co

Jolie Hockert
joliehockert@gmail.com

Nico Wyrobek
nico.wyrobek@gmail.com

Shonna Travis
Shonnatravis28@gmail.com

Chinese New Year

Coordinate a week long event at the school celebrating Chinese New Year. Work with committee members to plan decorations, crafts, cultural learning activities, and entertainment for the whole school.

Louise Ou-Yang
leo_jade@hotmail.com

Sophia Miller
we2lovesnow@gmail.com

Jenna Schultz
Jenna.l.schultz@gmail.com

Directory

Create/organize the online school directory (in conjunction with the District and Excelsior) and provide information to family and staff members to submit and/or update their information online. Duties include: planning, marketing and communication of the Online Directory, managing My School Anywhere (MSA)

Julie Schoshiski
Julie.schoshinski@gmail.com

Ting-Hsien Wang (shadow chair)
wangmathur@gmail.com

Beth Robertson-Martin
b.robertsonmartin@gmail.com

Julie Mattson
pauljuliemattson@outlook.com

District Speaker Series

Represent Excelsior at district wide speaker series committee and help advertise for district series events

Nico Wyrobek
nico.wyrobek@gmail.com

Kris Wyrobek
kwyrobek@7-sigma.com

Katie McCartney
Katie.mccartney@yahoo.com

Dream Makers representative

Represent Excelsior at the all-district Dream Makers annual event in February. Dream Makers support several District initiatives including: Design for Learning and Minnetonka Research. Dream Makers website

Shonna Travis
Shonnatravis28@gmail.com

Shonna Travis
Shonnatravis28@gmail.com

Family Movie Night

Coordinate Family movie night for students and parents in November.

Amber Krygiel
amberkrygiel@gmail.com

Kristen VonSmith

kristen.vonsmith@yahoo.com

Billy Hartong
willemhartong@gmail.com

Fifth Grade Recognition

Organize an end-of-school program and party for the 5th grade students (off-site at the Commons).

Julie Mattson
pauljuliemattson@outlook.com

Amber Moses
Amberm1118@gmail.com

Shonna Travis
Shonnatravis28@gmail.com

Gardening

Coordinate planting and watering of outside pots at school

Rachelle Tungseth
tungseth@live.com

Becky Cornelius
cornelius.becky@gmail.com

Health Screening

One day of hearing/vision screening (1st & 3rd grade vision & hearing; 5th grade vision only)

Andrea Vencl
dreaberg@yahoo.com

Jenna Schultz
jenna.l.schultz@gmail.com

Holiday Secret Shop

Coordinate week-long holiday sale for students to purchase gifts the week following Thanksgiving.Offer sale to parents at end of event.

Kate Smalkoski
katesmalkoski@gmail.com

Ila Wheeler
idwheeler@mchsi.com

Karin Wallace
khirschey@hotmail.com

Jenna Schultz
jenna.l.schultz@gmail.com

Hospitality

Organize teacher appreciation lunch, dinner and snacks during fall and spring conferences by contacting our list of volunteers to request contributions of food and working out outside vendors

Kristin Smith
kristin_d_smith@yahoo.com

Fotini Donnelly
fotinidonnelly@yahoo.com

Jenna Schultz
jenna.l.schultz@gmail.com

Hour of Code

Coordinate Hour of Code event held in December

Sian Pledger
pledgers@me.com

Becky Cornelius
cornelius.becky@gmail.com

I Love to Read (Author visit)

Coordinate author to visit and school assembly during I love to Read month (February)

Jenny Barlow
jenbarlow79@gmail.com

Billy Hartong
willemhartong@gmail.com

Imagination Fair

Organize this event for students to display their creativity, inventiveness and imagination

Amy O'Neill
amy.oneill@minnetonkaschools.org

Kate Haar
kaitlinhaar@gmail.com

Legislative Liaison (CASE)

Serve as the school’s representative to a larger legislative interest group in the District who keeps abreast of School Board issues and reports back to Executive Board and PTO members. Minnetonka CASE (Community Action for Student Education) advocates at the Minnesota Legislature for school funding.

Jack Vilett
JackAndMissyVilett@edinarealty.com

Jenna Schultz
jenna.l.schultz@gmail.com

Literary Magazine (Blue Jay Publishing)

Coordinate program to publish books for third-fifth graders throughout the year

Kim Breitling
kimbreitling@gmail.com

Stephany Vassar
stephanyvassar@yahoo.com

Kate Haar
kaitlinhaar@gmail.com

Lunch Line

Coordinate volunteers to assist students during lunch for first two weeks of school

Heather Johnson
heather.johnson@mchsi.com

Katie McCartney
Katie.mccartney@yahoo.com

Becky Cornelius
cornelius.becky@gmail.com

Media Center

Coordinate volunteers to work with the Media Specialist to maintain and shelve books.

Kristen Simonsen
kmsimonsen7@gmail.com

Jenna Schultz (shadow chair)
jenna.l.schultz@gmail.com

Jenna Schultz
jenna.l.schultz@gmail.com

New Family Welcome

Coordinate new family welcome at beginning of School Year

EXC PTO Board
excptoboard@gmail.com

EXC PTO Board
excptoboard@gmail.com

Newspaper

Coordinate newspaper publishing throughout the year

Amy O’Neill
amy.oneill@minnetonkaschools.org

Kate Haar
kaitlinhaar@gmail.com

Pre-order School Supplies

Coordinate offer of purchasing of school supplies needed at the beginning of the year (parent financed at cost and not a fundraiser, merely offered as a convenience for parents). Send out school supplies to families, manage the orders (in May and June) and deliver orders the day before the August Open House.

Sarah Steiner
Sarah.steiner@ddvc.co

Dawn Farnan
farnanfamily@yahoo.com

Kate Haar
kaitlinhaar@gmail.com

Read-a-thon

Coordinate fall fundraiser for PTO operating budget

Nicole Zapzalka
nzapzalka@hotmail.com

EXC PTO Board
excptoboard@gmail.com

School Pictures/Retakes

Coordinate with advertising and securing volunteers to help with school pictures

Jessi Elliott
jessi.elliott@gmail.com

Jenna Schultz
jenna.l.schultz@gmail.com

Staff Appreciation

Provide special tokens of appreciation throughout the year (i.e. Administrative Office Professionals Appreciation Week, Teacher Appreciation Week, etc.).

Erica Koehnen
ericakoehnen@gmail.co

Petra Cripe
Petra.e.cripe@gmail.com

Shonna Travis
Shonnatravis28@gmail.com

TONKA Cares

Participate in Tonka Cares efforts by attending Tonka Cares District meetings, keep the PTO informed of any initiatives and represent Excelsior as school rep for Eat. Talk. Connect! Learn more about Tonka Cares.

Amanda Hultgren
amhultgren@hotmail.com

Ting-Hsien Wang
wangmathur@gmail.com

Katie McCartney
katie.mccartney@yahoo.com

TONKA Pride: Spirit

Represent Excelsior in this Districtwide program that promotes pride in our schools and our community.

Amy Omann
amyomann@gmail.com

Melissa Saigh
melissasaigh@gmail.com

TONKA Pride: Apparel

Represent Excelsior in this Districtwide program serving as support for district Tonka Pride sales and coordinating pop up sales at Excelsior.

Susie Wuollett
susan.wuollett@protegebiomedical.com

Dana Kulics
dana_kulics@hotmail.com

Shonna Travis
Shonnatravis28@gmail.com

World Culture Week

Organize the World Culture event for students in the spring of the school year. Committee chair is responsible for associated activities and organizing volunteers to decorate and assist as needed with the event.

Heather Johnson
heather.johnson@mchsi.com

Jenna Schultz
jenna.l.schultz@gmail.com

XY Club

Coordinate activities for male role models of students. Coordinate schedule of volunteers for guys to volunteer at school.

Jack Villet
jackandmissyvilett@edinarealty.com

Drew Dewitt
drew_dewitt@hotmail.com

Billy Hartong (shadow chair)
willemhartong@gmail.com

Chris Hacker (shadow chair)
Hacker.cj@gmail.com

Billy Hartong
willemhartong@gmail.com

Yearbook

Put together and publish the annual yearbook in conjunction with students and staff. Work with vendor, school admin, teachers and parent volunteers.

Kirsten Studer
kmstuder@hotmail.com

Jolie Hockert
joliehockert@gmail.com

Lori Dozier
ledozier@gmail.com


Billy Hartong
willemhartong@gmail.com