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 Creative Arts and Sciences, the Multicultural Festival, FunRun, and other community building events.  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 second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm. The location of the meeting varies from month to month. Check the PTO newsletter for information.


Melissa Monokroussos

Chelsea Boughan

Adam Lipson

Steven Lee


Erin Kapoor

Lori Zinner

Room Parent Coordinator

Zina Gomez-Liss

Janet Jackson

Fundraising CoordinatorCasey Allen
Past President

Sue Johnston

Lori Zinner

Ex-Officio Members

Liz Flaig

Shy Walsh

Barbara Mauger

CAS coordinators Karen Jacobson Sive
Amanda Wong
SEPAC LiaisonJill Canelli
Members-at-LargeJill Tucker (1st and 3rd)
Sangeetha Jathar  (4th)
John McEachern (3rd and 5th)
Rakshaa Dadlani (5th)
PrincipalElizabeth Herlihy
Teacher RepresentativesAbbey Bannon (1st)
Michelle Powers (2nd)
Jennifer Tomaneng (4th)
Suzanne Szwarcewicz

Budget & By-laws

By-laws [PDF]

Countryside PTO Communications [PDF]


Countryside School PTO
191 Dedham St
Newton Highlands, MA 02461