With your support, we can continue to make Seaton academically challenging and nurturing for our children. Seaton Elementary School is a community based on diverse cultures, creative community partnerships and vibrant parent involvement. Your contribution, whether it is your time, knowledge, or resources make a difference. We personally invite you to become an involved member at Seaton. Thank you for helping in any way you can, and showing your children the importance you place on their education!

What is the PTO?

PTO stands for Parent Teacher Organization. The Seaton Elementary School PTO is a nonprofit group of parents, teachers and staff dedicated to improving the educational experience of all students at Seaton Elementary School. Our goals are to encourage interaction between family and school, serve as a source of support and work with teachers, staff and the community to improve our children’s educational experience. The PTO works closely with the school administration to meet this goal.

What does the PTO do?

In short, we want to make our school a great place for our kids to thrive. We help transform Seaton Elementary from a collection of bricks and mortar with books inside into a community where the kids and staff know they are not alone.

How we do this will change from year to year. We’re focused on broadening our base of volunteers, increasing school-to-home and home-to-school communication, making parent involvement more welcoming to all of our parents, and supporting our teachers and other staff however we can.

Who can join the PTO?

You can! The Seaton PTO is not a member organization. The PTO, instead, is a volunteer group of parents, teachers, and other concerned persons wishing to support the Seaton PTO’s goal of enhancing educational excellence at Seaton Elementary School.

When and where are the general body PTO meetings?

Every 2nd Tuesday of the month in the school library. 

How can I stay informed about Seaton PTO events and activities?

The PTO communicates with parents, school staff and the community through the SeatonDC.org website, Facebook, Instagram (@SeatonPTO) , Twitter (@SeatonDC), an email Google Group, take-home fliers, a PTO message board in the main hallway and fliers on the school doors. Tell us who you are and how to reach you.

What programs does the PTO fund and support?

The Seaton PTO has implemented a variety of programmatic, school support and fundraising activities since its inception in 2015. We have:

• Purchased a new laptop for former Principal Jackson

• Hosted three movie nights

• Helped the school raise money for the library and other purposes by volunteering at two book fairs

• Won a $4,000 grant for the library

• Helped purchase food for and organize Thanksgiving baskets for Seaton families

• Purchased over $2,000 in playground and exercise equipment, consistent with our healthy schools initiative

• Won a $1,000 grant for Multicultural Day, and raised over $1,000 in matching funds, thus making an over $2,000 contribution to Seaton’s Multicultural Day

• Opened a CaféPress store with Seaton-themed gifts

• Designed new Seaton T-shirt

• Partnered with the Washington Performing Arts Society and sponsored African Dance workshops for aftercare students. It paid one-half the cost.

• Set up an online account/website button for donations and payments over our website

• Arranged for a local photographer to donate his time for low-cost photo sessions to benefit Seaton and provide low-cost professional family portraits

• Organized teacher-appreciation meals: salad bar, holiday breakfasts

• Selected a new photographer for school pictures and yearbook

• Created a Seaton yearbook

• Gifted a Seaton yearbook to all fifth graders for graduation

• Redesigned and maintained the SeatonDC.org website

• Organized a bingo fundraiser and social event

• Organized summer playdates for incoming and current Seaton families

I am a parent or guardian of a Seaton student. Who can I contact to get involved or find out more about Seaton PTO?

Tell us who you are and how to reach you. You may also email the Family Relations & Recruitment Committee at FamilyRelations.SeatonPTO@gmail.com.

I am a Seaton employee. Who can I contact to get involved or find out more about Seaton PTO?

Please email Kristin Abbott at TeacherStaff.SeatonPTO@gmail.com. Kristin is chairperson of the Teacher/Staff & Classroom Support Committee.


President: Zandria Haines

Vice President: Katie Reilly

Secretary: Shilpi Malinowski

Treasurer: Stacie Dunlap

PK-2nd Grade Parent Representative: Hiram Tanner

3rd-5th Grade Parent Representative: Adam Taylor

Teacher Appreciation – Kathleen Cochrane and Akbar Danesh

Events – Sarah Warren, Amy Argetsinger & Hiram Tanner

Communications – Paul Fileri and Stephanie Damassa

Family Relations – Dan Adams

Governance – Tiffany Jeffers 

Fundraising – Swathi Bojedla and Caroll Vasquez

Ward 2 Education Council Liaison: Anne Louise Taylor


The Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) is a group of elected and appointed members that exists for every DCPS school. The Seaton LSAT is comprised of elected parents, faculty and staff, and one community representative. Each month the LSAT comes together to advise Principal Torres on priorities and goals, on developing the local Comprehensive School Plan, including the supporting budget, and on school culture and family engagement.  LSAT meetings take place each month. LSAT meetings are open to the public. 

D. C. Public Schools LSAT Guidelines

LSAT Board 2022-2023 
Shuzhi Guo, EL Teacher, Chair 

Karen Janka, School Librarian, Secretary 

LaSonya  Jackson, Teacher 

Bonita, Spurgeon, Teacher 

Stacie, Dunlap, WTU Building Rep 

Adam Taylor, Parent 

Yara Tanner, Parent 

Adam Taylor, Parent 

Jinghua Li, Parent 

Alicia Hill, Non-instructional Staff 

Zandria Haines, PTO Leader 

Janice Williams, Community Leader 

2022-2023 Meetings 

September 14, 2022 (Minutes)

October 13, 2022 (Agenda, Minutes)