Welcome Parents!   

Purpose of PTO: The purpose of City Tree Christian School (CTCS) Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is to promote open communication and understanding between parents and CTCS staff.  The PTO performs activities that enhance and maximize the education of every child while aiding them in achieving their highest potential academically, socially, and spiritually (click here for PTO sponsored programs/activities). The PTO assists teachers in classroom settings, facilitate fundraisers for supplemental educational materials and experiences, support school and family social interaction, and provide a non-biased forum for sharing information on issues that impact our children. 

Importance of Parent Involvement: Parent involvement in the PTO is vital to ensure your voice is heard and that you are actively engaged in what is going on in the school environment.  Your input and participation is a key component to designing school infrastructure, introducing new programs, and for the enhancement of the education of your children. 

Who Benefits: The school, parents and most of all the students benefit.  Research has shown that parent involvement is an integral part of the success of a child in school.  Parent participation is one key cornerstone for a strong school foundation.      

The first meeting of the year is Thursday, September 14, 2017. Generally meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month but please check the calendar to confirm. We look forward to working with you as we strive to build a positive and nurturing school environment for our children to grow and succeed.


Victoria Cannizzo (
PTO President

"Everybody has a strength to share.  If we can tap into that - if people can find ways to contribute whatever their particular unique talent or gift is, then that really can change the world."  - Bill Shore

2017-2018 Parent Teacher Organization Sponsored Programs/Activities

Date   Event
September 14, 2017
First PTO Meeting of the year is Thursday, September 14, 2017 in Geneva Room from 5:15-6:00pm. Future meetings will be posted in e-mail update.

Aug 28-Sept 20, 2017


Cherrydale Gift Wrap Sales
Students and families sell gift wrap and gifts. Monies raised through sales fund many PTO activities. Order forms are put in students’ back-to-school folders. Turn in orders to classrooms or office. Pick-up orders in Geneva Room. Please contact Peter Tucker, 619-464-0117,
October 27, 2017
Fall Festival
A fun family event for all! Enjoy lots of food and games, and get a preview of the Scholastic Book Fair, all while raising funds for enhancing school programs. Many volunteers are needed for coordinating this event, so please contact Lacy Burrhus,, for volunteer opportunities.

Oct 27 & Oct 30-Nov 3, 2017

Book Fair
PTO promotes literacy by sponsoring a Book Fair. Books for all ages are available for purchase in the Geneva Room after school each day. Our school also benefits by gaining additional books for classrooms and library. To be held after school each day from 3:30–6:00pm. Contact Peter Tucker, 619-464-0117, to assist.
Dec 1-15, 2017 Ladle Christmas Gifts
Children learn the gift of giving by collecting and/or purchasing toiletries and other small items to give to homeless people who attend the church's Ladle Ministry. Look for more details in early December. If you would like to assist with Card Making Activities on December 6, contact Jennifer McCain,
Dec 1-Dec 18, 2017 Classroom Gift Tree
Look for a paper tree outside your child's classroom laden with paper ornaments listing gift ideas. These are special items that you may want to purchase as a gift for your child's classroom. Bring the wrapped gift to class during the week of December 11. Contact Sue Kennedy,, if you would like to volunteer.
January 25, 2018 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
The PTO organizes a special lunch for the City Tree Staff to show our appreciation for all theirhard work throughout the year. For volunteer opportunities, please contact Dan & Lavonne Crawford, 619-225-1915, to assist.
February 8, 2018 African American Read-In
The PTO plans and organizes this special event in honor of African American History month that celebrates the history, culture, and literature of African Americans. Contact Casenae Owens,, to help.

March 10, 2018 TBD


Gala Event
The PTO's largest fundraising event! A night out without kids, you can take part in an evening of dining and dancing, with many opportunities to participate in the auctions and raffle for fantastic prizes. We are still in need of a parent coordinator for this event. Contact Lacy Burrhus,, if you would like to volunteer.

Year round Yearbook
Parent volunteers are needed to help on the Yearbook committee. Throughout the year as you attend field trips, classroom activities, and other events at City Tree take photographs and then give copies to the yearbook committee. Don’t forget to purchase a yearbook! Contact Suzy Walls,, or Stephen Hubbard,, if you would like to help.
Year round Birthday Book Club
Donate a book to the City Tree library in honor of your child’s birthday. Bring the book wrapped as a gift to your child’s classroom. After your child’s teacher shares the book with his/her class it will be donated to the school library with a special bookplate acknowledging your child’s special day. Contact Wassila Almeida-Cabral,, for more details.