About Us

Learn about our mission, values, and how we work

Our Mission

The J.V. Forrestal Parent-Teacher-Student Organization (JVF PTSO) is a volunteer group created to enrich the JVF experience and build community among our students, families, teachers, and staff. We do this through educational programming, fun events, and fundraisers that benefit our school and families.

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Core Values

Through everything we do, we aim to foster these core values:

  • Curiosity

  • Creativity

  • Connectivity

  • Diversity

  • Equity

  • Inclusion

Membership

Every member of the JVF community — students, family members, teachers, and staff — is automatically a member of the PTSO. Everyone is welcome to attend meetings, vote, suggest ideas, and pitch in with their talents and time! It's fun and free to get involved — and our success depends on your help!

Meetings

The PTSO meets on a monthly basis, usually the second Tuesday of the month, alternating between 7pm and 4pm. Sometimes we meet virtually via Zoom, other times we meet in-person. Check our Calendar page to see upcoming meeting dates and locations.

Leadership

The PTSO is organized by an elected team of volunteers from the JVF community (known as our board members). Board members are normally elected at the end of each school year for the upcoming year. We encourage parents/guardians, teachers, and staff members to join the board or lead a committee — join us so we can do more! Contact us if you’d like to share your talents or time!

Our board members for the 2022–2023 school year are:

Andrea
Lenci-Cerchiara

PRESIDENT & TREASURER

Jaime DiTata

VICE PRESIDENT

Steven Blumenthal

SECRETARY

Katie
Sheehan-Lopez

FARM TO SCHOOL CHAIR

Karyn McKinnon

FUNDRAISING CO-CHAIR

Cheryl Silvernail

FUNDRAISING CO-CHAIR

Martin Courtney

TEACHER SUPPORT CHAIR

Jessica Jelliffe

GARDENING CHAIR