The mission of the PTF is to offer cultural, physical, spiritual and educational enrichment to the students, teachers and families of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School through community building and fundraising. All PTF activities are conducted in accordance with policies and protocols adopted by St. Margaret’s Episcopal School.  
The Parent Teacher Fellowship is a volunteer organization providing support and fundraising to St. Margaret's Episcopal School. Membership consists of each parent of a child currently enrolled in the school and every professional community member involved in the educational process of the school. Since 1979, our school community has volunteered their time, talent and treasure to support our programs and events. As a Fellowship, we are proud of our strong sense of family community and our shared commitment to the school. 
A nominal yearly family fee provides the funding to support PTF programming including community building events, appreciation gifts, and program administration. For a more comprehensive list of PTF programming, click here. All unused fees at the end of an academic year per PTF bylaws are allocated to the PTF Grant Enrichment Program supporting our teachers, students and school.
The Parent Teacher Fellowship Board has approximately fifty parent volunteer members who have specific board positions as defined in the PTF bylaws. Of those members, twenty board members are considered part of the executive board committee and meet on a regular monthly basis. The Nominating Committee begins slating the board in early January for the upcoming school year and ratifies the roster at the May PTF Monthly Membership Meeting. If you are interested in volunteering, please call the PTF Office at 949.661.0108, ext. 1351.

Organizations and Programs

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  • ARTS

    The PTF has a team of parent volunteers who support the Arts programs at St. Margaret’s. Parent volunteers are involved with dance concerts, theater auditions and productions, school costume inventory, arts enrichment, and student artwork promotion with visual arts exhibits.

    Boosters sell spirit wear and various items from campus merchandise carts. Merchandise carts will be at all home football games and various Tartan events throughout the school year. Spirit items are also sold in the Tartan Store. All proceeds from Booster sales go back to the school through the PTF Grant Enrichment Program. This organization provides an opportunity for parents to support sport teams and activities while encouraging school spirit.

    The Parent Teacher Fellowship grant committee is comprised of six members of the Executive Board working in unison with school administration to award professional community grants. Two grant cycles are held during the academic year: one in the fall and one in the spring. Funds are directed to the Grant Enrichment Program through PTF bylaw designated events and programs.

    The Friends of the Library Liaison recruits parent volunteers to reshelve books in our main school Library to keep it organized and maintained for our students.

    The Hot Lunch Program is one of our most successful PTF school programs. Parent volunteers serve students a daily nutritious lunch in a safe, friendly, and clean environment. Hot Lunch is available Monday through Friday for students in grades K through 12. Register your student online to receive hot lunch.

    The New Families Program was created to welcome new families into the school community to make the transition seamless. Social get-togethers are held for entry level grades including Early School, Kindergarten, Grade 6 and Grade 9. This could include the PTF organizing a popsicle party in the park, creating beach day activities, or scheduling a grade level gathering before a football game. Sometimes a school division handles their own activity. Grade level parents may also reach out on their own accord to host grade level activities during the summer. The New Families Chair and Grade Level Reps will send correspondence to new families before the start of school.

    Tartan Angels provide members of our school with aid and outreach in times of need. Volunteers choose to assist with driving, prepare family meals, provide general services requested by the family or serve refreshments at memorial celebrations through St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.

    This newly formed activity involving the Parent Teacher Fellowship and students was developed to decorate the Christmas tree in the Lower School Courtyard for the lighting of the tree in December. Ornaments are handed out to students by school division to decorate and are hung on the tree before the event. Early School and Lower School students participate in this program.

Community Builders & Fundraisers

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    August 29
    A wonderful community event kicking off the start of the school year after summer break. Learn about PTF programs, activities, and events in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. This is your chance to sign up for volunteer opportunities reflecting your special interests, skills, and talents. Meet new parents and rekindle friendships over coffee and a buffet breakfast.

    (September 26 | November 15 | February 6)
    Be part of off-campus community building activities featuring cultural, service and creative projects throughout the academic year. Past workshops have included a joint venture with The Ecology Center, visiting the Orange County Museum of Art and volunteering for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

    (September 29 | February 2 | April 12)
    Our very popular Parent Up Speaker Series brings notable experts, educators, and authors to our school who complement our school’s mission, core values and strategic initiatives. The PTF works in unison with the academic leaders of the school to identify engaging and relevant speakers. Our focus this year is Health and Well-Being. The series is free of charge and open to the entire community.  It is an educational initiative generously funded by the PTF Grant Enrichment Program. A reception follows each presentation with possible book signings by authors.

    (October 13)
    Hosted entirely by the PTF, enjoy a cookout with specialty food trucks featuring homemade pizza, sliders, tacos, and desserts. A live band performs country western music as kids enjoy challenging and exciting field games for all ages. Visit the check-in table as your name tag serves as your food ticket! Mix and mingle with friends and be sure to choose a table to sit, relax and enjoy your meal. Afterward, follow the sounds of the homecoming bagpipes as everyone heads over to the Tartan Field to watch the 
    Tartans vs. Costa Mesa High School varsity football game. 

    (November 4)
    The Forever Plaid gala is our primary fundraiser of the year bringing together the professional community, parents, friends, and alumni. Experience a champagne reception, an evening of fine dining, dancing to live band music, and, most importantly, supporting the school through a live auction segment and Fund a Need pledge appeal. An online silent auction is also held before the event with over 200 one-of-a-kind items. 

    (December 3)
    Santa, elves, hot cocoa, peppermint sticks, homemade holiday treats and cookies! Enjoy the holiday season with school families while watching the beautiful Christmas tree light up the Fountain Courtyard with student-decorated ornaments. A warm reminder that all is good!

    (January 9)
    Get re-engaged with parents over coffee and a light breakfast buffet after the holiday season. Held in early January, re-connect with parents while learning about upcoming spring PTF events such as the Online Auction, Scholastic Book Fair, Parent Up Speaker Series, Parent Community Workshop, and the Library Luncheon.

    (February 27-29)
    Held online for three days, the auction raises funds for the PTF Grant Enrichment Program. Items are donated by our generous professional community in every school division and department and made available for bidding by parents. These student-centered items are only available in the PTF Online Auction.

    (March 3-7)
    This annual event features literacy resources provided by the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, Scholastic Corporation. Discover upscale reading materials, expanded parent reading titles, and entire book series for children. Search reading wish-list bins containing favorite books handpicked by teachers. Held for three days in March, the Fair is a great place to replenish your reading libraries. All money raised goes to support our St. Margaret’s Library.

    (April 26)
    The Library Luncheon is our longest standing, time-honored tradition celebrating our love of good books and good friendships. Parents decorate their tables to theme and enjoy taking picturesque photos with friends, exploring items in the luxurious boutique and raffles, and relaxing with an afternoon luncheon. All proceeds benefit the library and the PTF Grant Enrichment Program. 

Monthly PTF Meetings

9:00-10:15 AM | Sillers Hall
Six (6) PTF General Membership Meetings will be held throughout the school year. All parents are members of the PTF and are invited and welcome to attend.

  • September 20
  • October 19
  • November 30
  • February 13
  • March 21
  • May 14
Meetings are designed to connect Tartan families, learn about upcoming activities, and understand important school initiatives. Details are listed on the PTF calendar and under “Announcements” on this webpage.

*State of the School Presented by the PTF will be held January 25 from 9:00-10:00 AM in the Hurlbut Theater. Reception immediately following in Cloobeck Atrium.

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