The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) directly supports the school through various events and fundraising activities throughout the school year. Traditional activities supported by the PTO are Back to School Night, the Faculty & Staff Christmas Breakfast, the Foreign Language Honor Society Induction Ceremony, the Baccalaureate Breakfast and the All-Night Grad Party. Each year the PTO donates approximately $25,000 to the school and $3,000 to the Sisters of the IHM who teach at the school. The PTO supports various other initiatives to benefit a majority of O'Connell students as fundraising efforts allow.

As parents of students at O'Connell, we are all members of the PTO, and parent involvement is the key to the PTO providing for the O’Connell Community. Look for a Volunteer Sign Up to be posted soon!

The September General PTO meeting is held with the full membership on Back to School Night in the auditorium. The PTO Board usually meets the first Monday of the month during the school year. Check the PTO Calendar for the specific time and place. We welcome any parent or faculty member to join us at our monthly PTO Board meetings. If you would like to attend a monthly meeting or become involved in one of our committees, please contact one of the PTO Officers listed below.

Spiritual Life Committee

All parents are invited to join the Spiritual Life Committee, which prays for the O’Connell students, faculty and families, and helps provide opportunities for parents to strengthen and grow their faith. Participation at every level is welcome. Contact

Prayer Connection

Parents, faculty and staff are invited to become members of the Bishop O’Connell Knights Intercessor Prayer Connection. The PTO worked with the Chaplain's office to create this email group dedicated to praying for the intentions of the entire DJO community and their loved ones. Prayer requests are sent to the coordinator via email and then shared with members of the Prayer Connection along with suggested prayers for each intention. Prayer requests are assembled into a single weekly Wednesday email unless a more urgent request requires more timely prayers. If you have a prayer request, or if you would like to join this prayer chain, please send an email to

2016-2017 Contacts

Brenda Hawk

Vice President
Stephanie Brenickmeyer



Ways and Means

Used Book Sale
Melody Ballesteros


Faculty Representative
Monica Stabile

Athletics Boosters

Fine Arts Boosters

Volunteer Coordinator
Priscilla Giannelli

Hospitality/Mothers’ Club

All-Night Grad Party

Baccalaureate Breakfast

Spiritual Life Committee

Parent Events