2022 - 2023 committees

There are so many ways to get involved at school through the PTO. Please consider co-chairing a committee if you have the time. If you have an interest in assisting with a particular committee and the co-chair positions are currently filled, please contact bluffcreekpto@gmail.com



Art Adventure

Co-Chairs: Jennifer Hanson & OPEN
Board Sponsor: Taylor Headley



Art adventure is an enrichment program that provides first and second graders with an opportunity to experience art up close and personal through the use of reproductions supplied by the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA). The program culminates with a field trip to the MIA in the spring (second grade only). 



  • Manage the partnership with the MIA
  • Coordinate "Picture People" (parent volunteers) to visit classrooms and teach students about art and other cultures
  • Help coordinate the second grade field trip in the spring to MIA

Book Fair

Co-Chairs: Amanda Carlson, Robyn Vetter, Lindsey Berry & Jourdan Hay
Board Sponsor: Lindsay Berry


The PTO sponsors two Scholastic Book Fairs in the fall and spring to offer books to our students. These book fairs offer great, affordable books that can help parents develop a library for their child at home and spark a lifelong love of reading. The Book Fairs are open during the day to allow students to shop during their lunch period and special times as designated by teachers. The Book Fair is also available online. 



  • Coordination and planning with the Media Center and Scholastic
  • Organizing volunteers
  • Communication to staff, students and parents 
  • Oversee/help with fair set up and tear down

Time commitment: 2-3x per year,  Fall and Spring events with optional BOGO event at school year-end


Family Fun Night

Co-Chairs: Ashley Nelson & Becky Fluegge
Board Sponsor: Ashley Nelson


Family Fun Night is an end of year celebration at the school featuring family-friendly activities, games, food and treats. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. 



  • Oversee mini-committees tasked with food, games and sponsors
  • Coordinate with the City and school on permits, schedule, janitorial, etc. 
  • Determinate needs and coordinate volunteers
  • Set up and tear down

Time commitment: March - June 


Friends of the Media Center

Co-Chairs: Trista Lucore & Allison Lang
Board Sponsor: Lindsey Berry



Friends of the Media Center help coordinate volunteers to help staff and students in the Media Center. Volunteers assist with various tasks including checking in and out books, shelving books and helping students find the right books. 



  • Provide informal training to new volunteers
  • Coordinate volunteer shifts

Time commitment: Full school year


Fun Run

Co-Chairs: Andrea Russell & Andrea Vieyra
Board Sponsor: Becky Fluegge



The Fun Run is our largest, most profitable fundraiser of the school year. The two-week program promotes health and fitness while encouraging students to collect pledges from family and friends. Pledges are encourages by having student prizing, classroom contests, and grade level contests. The program culminates with each grade level running (or walking) for a designated time. 



  • Plan and organize the event
  • Communicate with school staff and teachers
  • Recruit sponsors and fulfillment
  • Set up 99pledges.com system
  • Prize management and distribution 
  • Budget setting and management
  • Set up and teardown of the event

Time commitment: August - October 



Co-Chairs: Julie O'Connell & Allison Lang
Board Sponsor: Jourdan Hay



The gardening committee works to build and maintain a garden program, including seasonal plantings in the front pots as well as the vegetable garden. They work with the SPARK Lab to create programming that involves the students year-round. 



  • Establish plan for ongoing maintenance, including summer care
  • Advocate for ongoing funding for the garden
  • Work with school staff to create programs and activities in the garden

Time Commitment: Year-Round


Parents' Night Out

Co-Chairs: Kristie Lindell, Lindsey Berry, Mehanaz Mohammed & Becky Fluegge
Board Sponsor: Becky Fluegge


Parents' Night Out is an opportunity to join other BCE parents for a night of fun. Activities include a live raffle, silent auction, great food and beverage, and creating a community with other BCE parents. 



  • Select a venue, plan food and beverage options
  • Secure sponsors and donations for raffles and silent auction
  • Set up and manage online auction
  • Set up and tear down 
  • Oversee mini-committees

Time Commitment: October - May


Restaurant Nights

Co-Chairs: Sarah Tishler & OPEN
Board Sponsor: Jourdan Hay



Each month the PTO partners with local restaurants to raise money for the school. A percentage of the purchases at the sponsor restaurant are donated back to the PTO. 



  • Coordinate 6 restaurant partners to host fundraisers throughout the year
  • Work with restaurant managers on scheduling and gathering payment 
  • Coordinate scheduling students and/or volunteers to work the fundraiser event, when appropriate

Time commitment: Full school year


School Store

Co-Chairs: Lindsey Berry & Katie Zhang
Board Sponsor: Rachel Brandt 


The school store is open every other Friday throughout the school year and features fun items the students can purchase. The store is managed and staffed by parent volunteers. 



  • Identify new items to sell and assist in sales during store hours
  • Keep the store stocked with inventory
  • Track store income and expenses

Time Commitment: Full school year


School Supply Packs

Co-Chairs: Trista Lucore & Emily Nold
Board Sponsor: Jonathan Tishler



The PTO works with School Toolkit to take the stress out of back to school supply shopping. Parents can pre-order the exact supplies needed for the upcoming school year. Supply kits will be waiting for the students in the classroom at Connect.



  • Determine and work with vendor to create grade level supply kits
  • Inventory, sort and distribute kits at Connect

Time commitment: Spring (coordination of sales) and August (distribution)


Spirit Wear

Co-Chairs: Rachel Brandt & Becky Fluegge
Board Sponsor: Rachel Brandt



The Spirit Wear committee creates items for purchase to show your BCE lion pride. Items are sold at various events, online and in the school store. 



  • Work with vendor(s) to create and order apparel and accessories
  • Maintain stock and inventory
  • Coordinate sale and distribution of orders through the School Store, PTO website, and various events

Time Commitment: Full school year; heavier in August & September


Staff Appreciation

Co-Chairs: Ashley Nelson & Meghan Williams
Board Sponsor: Ashley Nelson


Throughout the year, the PTO tries to remind the teachers and staff how much they are appreciate through events and small gifts of appreciation. 



  • Coordinate and schedule teacher appreciation events; typically 4-5 events throughout the year including Staff Appreciation Week in the spring
  • Coordinate designs and ordering of staff shirts with BCE Principal/Admin Dean
  • Coordinate year-end lunch for all staff (scheduled with BCE Principal)

Time commitment: Full year; as scheduled by co-chairs



Staff Dinner

Co-Chairs: Katherine DeWall & Mehanaz Mohammad 
Board Sponsor: Ashely Nelson


During fall and spring conferences, the PTO coordinates donations to provide dinner for teachers and staff while they are doing conferences in the evenings virtually with parents. 



  • Plan the theme of the potlock-style meals for teachers during conference nights
  • Coordinate donations for parents and/or sponsors
  • Setup and cleanup each evening of conferences

Time commitment: 2x per year - aligned with fall and spring conference dates



Co-Chairs: Katherine DeWall & OPEN
Board Sponsor: Jonathan Tishler


  • Plans and coordinate community partners for 1-2 day event in-school


Co-Chairs: Amy Kiel 
Board Sponsor: Taylor Headley


Volunteers are the backbone of the PTO and are vital to our success. Various opportunities are available throughout the school year and signups are posted on the PTO website. 



  • Coordinates the online scheduling of volunteer opportunities

Time commitment: As needed throughout the school year


Yearbook & School Pictures

Co-Chairs: Trista Lucore & OPEN
Board Sponsor: Taylor Headley



The PTO manages designing and publishing the school yearbook with the vendor. The yearbook chronicles the school year and provides a memento for students, with a portion of the sales benefitting the PTO. 



  • Creates and design yearbook
  • Help coordinate students on picture days
  • Source and/or take photos at school events
  • Design yearbook with easy to use software provided by the vendor

Time commitment: Full school year; heaviest workload is February & March due to design and submission deadlines 

3rd Grade Lemonade Stand
Chair: Robyn Vetter
Board Sponsor: Ashley Nelson

5th Grade Events
Co-Chairs: Annie Danielson, Sarah Tischler, Joe Russel
Board Sponsor: Jourdan Hay