SJPII Parent-Teacher Organization

"As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” ~1 Peter 4:10

Our PTO's Role

The St. John Paul II Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) plays an integral role in our Eagle community. Volunteers offer their time, talents, and abilities to assist in the spiritual and academic growth of our students. Being a part of the PTO affords parents the opportunity to be actively involved in their child’s Catholic education! 

The PTO sponsors a variety of fundraisers throughout the school year. Volunteers work diligently to organize events that are not only fun and engaging for our Eagle community but also help to raise money for the school! PTO fundraisers aid the school in purchasing supplies and equipment not covered by tuition and fees.

We encourage all parents and guardians to come lend a helping hand and be a part of the PTO! If you are interested in volunteering with the PTO, please reach out to the PTO president via email.

PTO Positions

PTO Officers:

  • President: Jen DeSabio
  • Vice President: Amanda Fraser-Bizorik
  • Treasurer: Yvette Thompson
  • Recording Secretary: Meghan Harra
  • Corresponding Secretary: Maggie Phillips
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Kerry Alfrey


  • Room Parent Coordinator
  • Room Parent
  • Campus Clean-Up Coordinator
  • FestiFall Coordinator
  • FestiFall Committee
  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest Coordinator
  • Christmas Bazaar Coordinator
  • Catholic Schools Week Committee
  • Golf Tournament Coordinator
  • Golf Tournament Committee 
  • Field Day Coordinator
  • Field Day Committee
  • SCRIP Sales Coordinator
  • Spirit Wear Coordinator
  • Used Uniform Sale Coordinator

Parent One-Stop Shop - LinkTree

Thanks to our PTO Volunteer Coordinator, Kerry Alfrey, SJPII PTO now has a digital one-stop shop to access volunteer hours, see teacher wish lists, coordinate Box Tops, and so many other SJPII family necessities.

SJPII Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Click to view SJPII Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest flyer

In connection with SJP II, the PTO will be hosting the annual pumpkin decorating fundraiser event once again! Get your creative minds thinking and your designer spirits working! We invite all students (not required), to participate. Use any size pumpkin and decorate wherever your imagination takes you.

As a reminder on how the voting will work:
We will provide each student with (1) ticket to vote for their favorite pumpkin. Additional, you can purchase tickets for $.50 each or three for a $1. Ticket sales will occur the last week of October. We will deliver purchased tickets to the student’s homeroom for teacher distribution just before each class votes. We will announce the winners at the end of the day on Friday, October 28. 

Monday, October 24 - Ticket sales begin
Friday, October 28 – Decorated pumpkins will be due to the school by 8:00 a.m. Pumpkins will be available for pick up at the end of the day.

Award Categories:

  • Best in Show Pumpkin
  • Spookiest Pumpkin
  • Most Creative Pumpkin
  • Funniest Pumpkin
  • Principal’s Favorite Pumpkin
  • Best Pre-K and K Pumpkin

PTO Sponsored Events - Festifall

Festifall flyer

Friday, October 21, beginning at 3:00 p.m., Festifall will take place here on the SJPII campus. This grand, PTO-sponsored event is back once again. There’s a bounce house, a petting zoo, and more fun than numbers can measure. Wristbands are available on-site during the event and cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. You may direct any questions to Savannah Crandell. A wristband gets one entry to the event, one drink ticket for adults, and one soft drink ticket for kids. Kids' wristbands also get access to the petting zoo, the bounce house, and games (except the cake walk).

Festifall's got $2 tacos - pork, beef, and chicken with fillings thanks to Mr. Lagos

Tickets for the cake walk are available for purchase along with tickets for food, including sausages and hot dogs grilled up by the Knight of Columbus and fresh, delicious tacos by Mr. Lagos. Additional drinks are offered for a suggested donation.

Volunteer for Festifall! Plenty of opportunities!

Donating Festifall candy or cakes gets a one hour credit toward SJPII's required volunteer hours this school year.

Do you have a business you would like to promote at the vendor fair portion of our grand Festifall event? Contact Ms. Crandell via email. A donation to the school serves as payment for your business' spot, and Ms. Crandell can help get the ball rolling.

PTO Christmas Ornaments Sale

Thank you PTO! Thank you Kayco Boutique! Return your order forms with payment to SJPII today. PTO ornaments sale, $5. https://www.instagram.com/kayco.boutique/?hl=en. picture of ornament with an eagle and the words St.John Paul II Catholic School 2022-2023

The SJPII PTO is selling Christmas ornaments as a fundraiser. Order forms have previously gone home with students and are due to the school with payment on October 13, 2022.

Each $5 ornament comes bagged and tied with a blue ribbon, ready to gift.

KayCo Boutique, who makes the ornaments for us, is a local Twigg & Co. vendor for whom we are not only thankful for the work itself but also grateful for the substantial deal afforded our PTO on these products for our school fundraiser. Thank you, KayCo Boutique!

Next Used Uniform Sale

Join us at our next Used Uniform Sale to round out the wardrobe items your student may still need as the seasons change at Tru-Legacy Activity Center, Tuesday November 8, 2022, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Our thanks to the SJPII PTO for making this happen and especially to our very own Ms. Wallace leading the charge.


SJPII volunteer hours should be submitted through Track It Forward®.

To begin:

  1. Log in to the Track It Forward website.
  2. Click on “Find Existing Site.” In the search box, type “St John Paul II Catholic School Southern Pines, NC” and then search.
  3. At the next screen, it will ask for an email or username. At this time, do not enter any information in those fields. Scroll down to 'Don't have an account yet? Click here to register.' The next screen is where you will input your email address and create a password.

There is also an app for Track It Forward®. For additional questions, contact the volunteer coordinator, Kerry Alfrey.

All available and approved volunteer opportunities will be in Track It Forward®, and families are required to sign up for Track It Forward® on their website.

Hours must be submitted within one month of service to receive credit. For example, you will not be able to submit hours in February for service completed in October. All individuals who volunteer in the school must complete the online Safe Environment Training. All volunteer hours in Track It Forward will be approved monthly by the volunteer coordinator. If for some reason your hours are not approved, please contact Kerry Alfrey for clarification.

Please remember, many school events and enrichment activities cannot be held without the support of volunteers. If you sign up for a service opportunity, please keep in mind that teachers, students, and other SJPII families are relying on you to be there! If you find that you are not able to fulfill an obligation for which you signed up, please try to find another volunteer to fill your spot.

Volunteer Refresher Video

Recent PTO Communications

March 21, 2022

Dear Parents,

It has been a great pleasure to serve as your 2021–2022 PTO Board. We are writing to share all that we have accomplished this year. As of mid-March, we have collectively logged almost 2,500 hours of service (counted hours starting July 1, 2021). The PTO has sponsored the following events:

  • Hammer and Stain take-home Easter Kits, April 2021
  • Virtual Derby Gala, May 2021
  • Teacher wish list items (virtual), May 2021
  • Teacher appreciation dinner at Pinehurst Country Club, May 2021
  • Kona Ice Field Day, May 2021
  • Flowers for graduates, May 2021
  • Campus Clean-up, August 2021
  • Back to School Night/NAV event, May 2022
  • Used uniform sales
  • Pumpkin decorating, October 2021
  • Thanksgiving baskets with Father Capodanno, November 2021
  • Christmas Bazaar, December 2021
  • Catholic Schools Week, January 2022
  • Golf tournament, March 2022

Your financial contributions have supported the following:

  • $10,000 annual PTO contribution to the school
  • Event at the NAV (formally Back to School Night)
  • Teacher/Clergy meals during Catholic Schools Week
  • Cubbies for Pre-K
  • Sand for Pre-K/K playground (Summer 2021)
  • $100 to St. Anthony’s food bank (from Thanksgiving baskets)
  • $500 to fine arts (from golf tournament sponsors) 

Other fundraising events:

  • Harris Teeter VIC cards
  • Lowe’s Rewards card
  • Spirit wear

We are very excited to introduce your elected PTO board for the 2022–2023 school year!

  • President: Maggie Philips
  • Vice President: Jen DeSabio
  • Corresponding Secretary: Sophia Jaramillo
  • Recording Secretary: Corinne Dauteuil
  • Treasurer: Yvette Thompson

The past two years have been challenging in many ways, and we appreciate your trust and support in us leading the SJPII PTO.   


Marri Brackman, President

Christina Kassop, Vice President

Kerry Alfrey, Corresponding Secretary

Kasia Stich, Recording Secretary

Lou DiStefano, Treasurer