The Big Blue Bargains Thrift Store, located at the back of SMS,  is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers from each of Swampscott’s five schools. SMS is assigned a week every 5 weeks. SMS needs to provide 2 volunteers during each shift to receive a portion of the profits! Volunteers: adults (parents, grandparents, other relatives), 7th and 8th grade students and SHS students.

Big Blue Bargains Thrift Store (BBB) needs volunteers:

Wednesday 1/24/18, 8:30-10:30

Saturday 1/27/18, 9:00 am – 11:00 or 11 am – 1 pm.

To sign up for these dates or any of SMS future dates:

Board members are available to train/assist; duties include sorting donations, arranging displays, organizing and clean up. Volunteers receive 50% off merchandise with some exceptions the day they volunteer. Thank you!

Contact Information

SMS PTO, 207 Forest Ave
Swampscott, MA 01907

2017-2018 Board Members 

Roxanne Schena
r.schena at
Heather Goodwin
info at
Becky White
thewhites98 at
Diane O’Brien
dianeobrienea at
Casey Rakhmanov
Community Relations
c_rakhmanov at
Alexis Runstadler
After School Program
Brendyl Christison Grants brendyl.christison at

Planned Dates for SMS PTO Meetings 2017/2018

(typically held in SMS library)

Sept 19, 8:30am Oct 17, 7:00pm
Nov 14, 8:30am Dec, skip
Jan 16, 8:30am Feb, TBD
March 20, 8:30am April 24, 8:30am
May 15, 8:30am June – TBD
Winter After School Program Registration Now Open!
Classes begin the week of January 22nd. Eleven classes and clubs to choose from!
Easy and Fast – Register and pay with a credit card online at:
The eight-week Winter session runs through March 23rd. All classes are $60 except for Woodworking which has an extra material fee.
There is no fee to pay by credit card, but if you want to pay by cash or check, print the attached registration form and return it to school with your payment. Paper forms are also available in the office. Registration forms and payment are due back to school by 3pm Friday, January 19th.

Lots of great clubs and classes this session for your student to be creative, active and engaged!
Hand Sewing
Robotics Club
Drone Club
Engineering Design
Roblox Club

Basketball Club (7th and 8th grade only)
3D Printing Club

Woodworking – Adirondack Chairs (requires additional $60 materials fee)

Computer Club

PTO Dues Drive Winners!!
Remember no donation is too small and every penny goes back into our school.

1st week’s prize – A “Big Bag of Swag” goes to the Gobes family!

2nd week’s prize – A day in Salem 4 passes to the Peabody Essex Museum and lunch at Longboards goes to the Carrigan-Bacik Family!

3rd week’s prize – A $100 gift certificate to our SMS swag sale goes to the Spathanas Family!

4th week’s prize – The Marblehead package (EatWell Kitchen and Warwick Place) goes to the Dicker Family!

5th week’s prize – The ice cream sundae bar for a bunch of friends goes to the DiBarri Family!

Grand Prize – 3 tickets to Boston’s productions of Phantom of the Opera Love Never Dies at the Boston Opera House goes to the Goodwin Family!


PTO Expenditures - Chrome Books, Water Fillers and Gym Scooters

This year we would like to highlight some of the wonderful purchases made with your generous dues donations!

Books Books and more Books.

Last year we raised over $4000 and ALL of it went into our library. Ms. Moltz has purchased a whole set of graphic novels, best sellers, and brand new up to date science books. Ms. Moltz is making the library “a place the “kids want to hang out in.” Stay tuned for an announcement about the new e-readers due to our library soon!

Google Chrome books and carts.

Thanks to your participation in past fund raisers, we have been able to purchase over $10,000 in Chrome Books, iPads, and Chrome Book carts.

Gym Equipment.

30 brand new floor scooters and stand purchased for the Physical Education Department! All purchased by your continued generosity!

Water Filler Stations.

After two years of hard work by SMS teachers, Mr. Andrake and Mrs. Vanderhoof, the school finally has 2 water refill stations installed – these stations are not only environmentally friendly but will also track water consumption at our school.

The PTO is thrilled to be able to fund these amazing purchases for our school, teachers and students.

PTO Expenditures for Teachers and Enrichment:


  • Science – Water Filler Stations
  • Gym – 30 Scooters
  • Art –  Clay Slab Roller
  • Music – Instrument repair/replacement
  • Robotics – Additional supplies (3D computer software)
  • Museum of Science Traveling Programs
  • Nila Webster – local author and poet
  • Hands on History
  • Improv Boston’s Anti-Bullying Program
  • Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren
  • Math-A-Magic


  • Chrome books and Apple iPads for classrooms
  • Museum of Science – 5th grade
  • Dr. Stember presentation-Managing Anxiety
  • YAMA Anti-bullying 6th grade
  • SMS night at the YMCA – 5th/6th and 7th/8th
  • Garden club and Courtyard landscaping
  • Ashley Olafsen – body image speaker 7th and 8th grade girls
  • Kevin Robinson – BMX motivational speaker 7th and 8th grade boys
  • Nila Webster 5th grade poetry 
  • Hands on History 5th grade
  • 8th grade moving on breakfast
  • Ice cream social – incoming 5th grade
  • Teacher supplies, posters, maps
  • Back to school teacher luncheon

SMS Teacher support funded by your PTO


  • Courtyard and front entry landscaping
  • Cork boards, maps, posters, Scholastic magazines
  • Chrome box for TV monitor in front hallway
  • Guidance Counselor and Health teacher aids