Mater Dolorosa School PTO

Mater Dolorosa Catholic School PTO

On behalf of the Mater Dolorosa School PTO, I would like to welcome all of our new and returning students, parents, and families back for another school year! The PTO is an organization of parents and teachers of Mater Dolorosa School, who provide support and assistance to the students and staff of Mater Dolorosa School. Through parental volunteering and fundraising efforts, the PTO is able to donate funds to purchase educational materials, classroom and technology equipment, outdoor equipment for recess and the after school program, provide buses for field trips, and much, much more for the school. With everyone’s hard work and dedication and collaboration, the PTO has provided opportunities that would have otherwise been unavailable to our children. For the PTO to be effective and truly representative of the school, it is essential to have parent involvement from as many parents as possible. Our goal this year is to involve as many parents and teachers as we can into PTO. The PTO will be fostering more parental relationships, teacher partnering, outreach, and will have much more visibility. Please consider helping us help you, by donating your time with PTO. There is no volunteering that is too small or too big, if you ever think you can’t help out because you are too busy, please reach out to us and we will find ways to work with you and accommodate anyone who wants to help! We look forward to seeing you all at the PTO’s official launch of the school year with September’s Spaghetti supper on Wed 9/6 from 4-7 in the social center. Also, as part of our welcoming efforts, this year, we will be holding a welcome back meet and greet Ice cream social in the social center on Wed, Sept 13th at 6pm. All students and families of MD are welcome to this fun event. The launch of our PTO year will culminate with our first meeting on Wed Sept 20th at 6pm in the MD Cafeteria. Look forward to working with all of you this year!

God Bless,

Eric Wood, 2018-2019

PTO President

 Meet our Board of Directors:

 Eric Wood - PTO President: Eric is part of the PTO group that was instrumental in bringing back and maintaining the Spaghetti Suppers in the social center. Also, he has been an active PTO member for the past three years, and has volunteered at many PTO activities. In addition, he is an active Holyoke Community member, serving on the Board of Directors for Holyoke Youth Soccer as the Treasurer. Eric has one daughter who is a graduate of MD school; and his son, JJ, is entering into 3rd grade currently.

Nora Moreau - PTO Vice President: Nora Moreau is a life-long resident of Holyoke and a 1994 graduate of Mater Dolorosa School. She has been an active volunteer at many different PTO functions and fundraisers. Nora serves as Chair of the (newly resurrected) MD Gala Committee which was highly successful for the school this past year. Her involvement with the gala has helped her start the new MD playground committee with the funds raised. Her three children currently attend Mater Dolorosa School. She and her husband Gerry are both products of Catholic education and believe in the mission of Mater Dolorosa.

Lisa Balicki - PTO Communications Coordinator:  Lisa is returning to the PTO board this year as the Communications Coordinator. She previously served as PTO president for three years, and continues to help organize the monthly spaghetti suppers each month. Lisa has two children at MD; Nora is in seventh grade, and Eoin is in second grade.

Nicole Johnson - PTO Treasurer: Nicole is an active Holyoke parishioner, and her husband have volunteered at many PTO functions over the past 3 years. She is a member of the MD Gala Committee. With a background in Accounting, she was an easy fit for the treasurer’s role. Nicole has 2 children currently attending MD; her son Nicholas is entering 4th grade, and her son Max is entering 1st grade.


The PTO can be reached by sending an email to