The Countryside Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is an active group of parents and teachers working together to help make Countryside the best it can be. Every Countryside parent or guardian is a member of the PTO. The PTO helps to enhance our children’s school experience through programs such as visiting poets, science programs, and the annual all-school musical.  We also support teachers by providing classroom resources and materials. The PTO builds community spirit and facilitates information sharing. We encourage you to join us and get involved in the Countryside PTO. The addition of new parents to PTO committees ensures that we continue to generate new ideas and to foster the creative talent that keeps Countryside’s programs dynamic and strong.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Countryside PTO is to enrich our children’s education by:

  • creating an inclusive and welcoming community within classes, grades, and the school as a whole;
  • fostering constructive connections between parents and teachers, specialists, and staff;
  • enhancing campus life through special programs and resources; and,
  • providing financial and in-kind support in attainment of these goals.

Executive Board

PTO Board meetings are OPEN TO ALL members of the Countryside community. They are held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm. The location of the meeting varies from month to month. Check the PTO newsletter for information.


Co-Presidents Sue Johnston

Lori Zinner

Anne Dixon

Treasurer Nick Jathar
Clerk Julie Winsett
Room Parent Coordinator Jess Lourie
Fundraising Coordinator Joris Gjata 
Past President Barbara Mauger
Ex-Officio Members Liz Flaig
Shy Walsh
Members-at-Large Sangeetha Jathar 
Jen Behr
Principal Elizabeth Herlihy
Teacher Representatives Abbey Bannon (1st)
Erin E. Donovan (3rd)
Emily Restivo  (3rd)
Suzanne Szwarcewicz


Budget & By-laws

By-laws [PDF]

Countryside Elementary School PTO Budget 2019-2020 [PDF]

Countryside PTO Communications [PDF]


Countryside School PTO
191 Dedham St
Newton Highlands, MA 02461