About the PTO


Throughout the year, the PTO organizes a wide variety of programming to support the curriculum, build community and raise funds to enhance student learning at Cottage Street School. These include events for kids, events for families, service to the school and community, and fundraisers to support CSS. The CSS PTO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For details, see below.

Join the PTO and help make our school great!

All PTO members get a copy of the Cottage Street School directory free. The directory, which contains class lists and contact information for students, makes it easy for you to connect with other CSS families.

The PTO offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, allowing you to do as little or as much as you like. We’re currently looking for volunteers to join PTO committees. Please let us know what you’d like to do this coming year. You can contact us via email at [email protected]. We welcome your ideas of new ways to help make our organization great!

The officers for the current school year are included below. You can find lists of PTO Committees and Room Parents in the menu above.

2022-2023 Leadership

  • President: Colleen Durno and James Newton 
  • Secretary: Bethanne Durell
  • Treasurer: Jeff Ricker

You can contact us by emailing [email protected]. You can reach the treasurer by emailing [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!

For more information on the PTO, please visit PTO by the Numbers


What We Do

Events for Kids:

  • Cultural performances at school
  • Special enrichment programming at school

Events for Families

  • Back to School Barbeque
  • Game Nights
  • Family Dance
  • Roller Skating
  • Cultural Festival
  • Ice Cream Social

Service to the School & Community

  • Room Parent Program
  • Lunch with the Bunch Program
  • Beautification of the school grounds
  • Support for Field Trips
  • School Theme
  • Electives
  • Community Bulletin Board

Fundraisers (to support CSS teachers, enrichment programs, library, school, facilities, community building & scholarship program):

  • Annual Fun Fair
  • School Directory
  • Book Fairs
  • Popcorn Fridays
  • School Photographs
  • Mothers’ Day Plant Sale
  • Library Fund Program
  • Classroom Enrichment Fund Program