Welcome & Mission

Welcome to the resource center of the Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. Since 1979, our mission has been to offer cultural, physical, spiritual and education enrichment through community building and fundraising support. Membership consists of all parents who currently have a child enrolled in the school and all professional community members involved in the educational process of our students. As a Fellowship, we are proud of our strong family community and our undeniable dedication to those who embody the spirit of learning. We hope you will join us as we embark on this year’s journey, either as a parent volunteer or as a participate supporting our many worthwhile programs and events.
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.

PTF Programs

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    The PTF supports the Friends of the Performing Arts and Friends of the Visual Arts through parent promotion at welcome coffees and monthly general meetings.

    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 27 | 9:00 AM | Sillers Hall
    A wonderful community event kicking off the start of the school year in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Learn about PTF programs, activities, and events from board members, as well school updates and initiatives from the administration. 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 light buffet breakfast.

    Month of September | 9:00 AM | Locations TBA
    Please check the school calendar to see when your September grade level coffee is being held. These coffees connect parents together, as well as highlight division and PTF happenings for the start of the school year. Your grade level representative will be sending the location of your coffee if it is not already listed on the calendar.

    September 13 | 4:30 PM | Chalmers Field
    Hosted entirely by the PTF, enjoy a cookout on Chalmers Field with a live band performing country western music and kids enjoying challenging and exciting field games for all ages. Visit the check-in table as your name tag serves as your food ticket! Grab a spot to enjoy your meal while mingling with other parents. Afterward, follow the sounds of the homecoming bagpipes as everyone heads over to the Tartan Field to watch the Tartans varsity football game starting at 7:00 p.m.

    October 11 | 9:00 AM Presentation | 10:00 AM Reception | PAC
    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. 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.

    November 6 | NEGU | 9:00 AM | Off Campus - Irvine
    The fall service project will center on NEGU (Never Ever Giving Up) by creating joy jars for sick children. For details see the school calendar.

    February 12 | Second Harvest | 9:00 AM | Off Campus - Irvine
    The winter service project will center on the Second Harvest Food Bank and nutritional health for those in need. For details see the school calendar.

    November 2 | 5:00 PM | Off Campus – Waldorf Astoria
    The Forever Plaid gala is our primary fundraiser of the year bringing together the professional community, parents, friends, and alumni. Be prepared for surprises at the Stardust Lounge reception, a three-course seated diner with live entertainment in the ballroom, and casino game tables at the special All-in After Party. Support the school through an onsite 40-item premier silent auction, a live auction program and a special live naming opportunity segment. An online silent auction is held before the event with over 200 one-of-a-kind items.  

    November 19-20 | 9:00 AM | Sillers Hall
    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. Shelves will be filled with contemporary favorites, best sellers, bedtime stories, beloved classics, and biographies, to name a few. Search reading wish-list bins containing favorite books handpicked by classroom teachers. The fair is a great place to replenish your reading libraries. All funds raised at the Book Fair and at Family Night go directly to the St. Margaret’s Library.

    November 19 | 3:30 PM | Sillers Hall
    Encourage reading by shopping for books with the entire family for the upcoming holiday season or for special occasions. Mingle with other families in the school community during extend Book Fair hours until 5:30 p.m.

    December 8 | 6:00 PM | Fountain Courtyard
    Santa, elves, hot cocoa, letters to the North Pole, homemade holiday treats and cookies! Enjoy the holiday season with school families while watching the beautiful Christmas tree light up in the Fountain Courtyard with student-decorated ornaments. A warm reminder that all is good! Countdown begins at 6:45 p.m.

    January 14 | 9:00 AM | Sillers Hall
    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, Parent Up Speaker Series, Parent Community Workshop, and the Library Luncheon.

    March 4-6 | Opens 9:00 AM | Closes 9:00 PM
    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.

    April 25 | 11:00 AM | Off-Campus – The Klausner Residence
    The 43rd Annual 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, purchasing tickets for Tuition Opportunity, supporting the library through the Giving Garden, and enjoying a relaxing luncheon with good fellowship and friends.

Monthly PTF Meetings

9:00-10:15 AM | Sillers Hall
Five (5) 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 17
  • October 17
  • November 14
  • March 20
  • May 15
Meetings are designed to connect Tartan families, llearn about school activities, and understand important school initiatives.

*State of the School Presented by the PTF will be held January 23 from 9:00-10:30 AM in the Hurlbut Theater. Reception immediately following in Cloobeck Atrium Foyer.

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