Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

PTO Officers and Committee Chairs for 2022-23

Co-Presidents
Amy Kletzky
Dita Wohlauer

Secretary
Coming soon!

Room Parent Coordinator   
Lauren Hayutin

Did you know?

Each grade has a group of room parents who serve as liaisons between each grade's teachers and parents and help keep everyone abreast of important school events and initiatives. Most room parent communication comes by email.

Get to know our PTO
Co-Presidents

Amy Kletzky

5th & 10th Grade Parent

Amy is a Colorado native growing up in a small farming community in Eastern Colorado. She is married to Glenn Kletzky, originally from Atlanta, GA. They have two daughters, Heather and Hannah. Amy graduated from PSL school of Radiology in 1996 and began her career in medicine in x-ray, CT, and MRI. Amy and Glenn were married on St. Thomas in 2005 where they continued to live until 2007. Amy and Glenn left the islands when Heather was born in 2007; Amy subsequently left medicine to be a stay-at-home mom for six years. Once Hannah was in preschool, Amy went back to school to study medical billing and coding. She began working remotely for a multi-practice physicians’ group in St. Thomas, USVI.

Just recently Amy decided to “retire” from paid work and take on a more active role in the Jewish community. She has been enrolled in several classes at the Kabbalah Experience, which she hopes to continue for many years. She volunteers with JEWISHcolorado, JOI – Aish of the Rockies, Newborns in Need, and Denver JDS. At Denver JDS Amy serves on the Helping Hands committee, Mishloach Manot committee, Building and Grounds committee, and is a current room parent.

During her free time Amy enjoys hiking with her two dogs, reading, paddle-boarding, reformer Pilates classes, and coffee dates with friends. More than anything, Amy LOVES watching her girls participate in their extracurricular activities!

Amy can’t wait to start organizing and planning the events with her co-president, Dita Wohlauer, that make the DenverJDS community so unique and special. Denver JDS has been a part of Amy’s life since 2012 and she is thrilled to become even more involved with the parents, teachers, and staff at Denver JDS.

Dita Wohlauer

1st & 4th Grade Parent

Dita was born and raised in Denver.She attended DJDS (Herzl/RMHA) from K-12. Dita married Max Wohlauer (also a DJDS alum) in June 2011. They have three daughters, Emma, Stella, and Vanessa. They have two dogs named Raya and Beau.

Dita attended Washington University in St. Louis where she graduated from the School of Architecture with her BA in Architecture and a Minor in Art. She then moved back to Denver to attend the University of Colorado where she received her Master of Architecture and Certificate of Historic Preservation. Dita worked as an architect until 2012 when she left the field to work in the impact sector at ThinkImpact. At ThinkImpact she ultimately became the Chief Compliance Officer overseeing activities in 12 countries. Additionally, in 2014, she helped co-found Unleesh, a content and community platform for non-profit organizations with her brother, Saul Garlick. In 2020, Dita left ThinkImpact and began full-time at Unleesh.

At DJDS, Dita has been involved with Helping Hands, is a current Room Parent, and active in the PTO. She belongs to Congregation Rodef Shalom and enjoys taking part in regular events happening around the community. During her free time, Dita loves to garden, cook, draw, prep-garden experiments with her kids, hike, ski, and walk. She is currently training for a marathon with her sister, Haidi Demain. Dita is excited to be the co-president with Amy Kletzky and feels so lucky to have such a wonderful person to work with.

Today’s person may live in his house,
but his real home is in the world around him.

— Yeshayahu Leibowitz

 

 

Welcome to the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)!

The goal of Denver Jewish Day School’s PTO is to encourage parent and teacher partnerships in and out of the classroom, support school leadership, build and strengthen our school community, and promote the school’s mission and Divrei Chaim (Words to Live By). Working in cooperation with our Board of Trustees, head of school/CEO, staff, students, and their families, the PTO provides faculty and staff with additional resources that further enrich our students’ education.

Every parent of a Denver JDS student is a member of the PTO.As parents, we are each a vital part of the success of Denver JDS and its positive impact on our children, both in and out of the classroom. Together, we host special programs and activities that bring our community closer together and support the growth of our community in a supportive and meaningful way. Our contributions of time and financial resources help ensure our children have access to leading-edge educational opportunities and that teachers have the resources they need to provide these opportunities.

 

How We Contribute

The PTO helps build and strengthen the Denver JDS community throughout the year and in several ways, including:

  • A contribution of $5,000 to the school’s annual operating budget
  • A contribution of $5,000 to fulfill faculty and staff wish list items (In the past, these items have supported such initiatives as upgraded Wi-Fi capabilities, new television screens for use in education, the shade structure, and more)
  • Faculty and staff appreciation, including holiday gifts, conference day snack baskets, staff appreciation gifts, and more
  • Graduation gifts for outgoing seniors

 

Fundraising and FUN-raising

Throughout the year, the PTO conducts several fundraisers and events that raise money and connect our school community:

  • Box Tops 4 Education (year-long)
  • Faculty/staff gifts (December)
  • Fall photography fundraiser
  • Ice Cream Fridays (Fall/Spring)
  • Mishloach Manot Purim baskets (Feb/March)
  • School supply fundraiser (June)
  • Silent Auction (Fall)
  • Sukkah Hop (Fall)
  • Art Extravaganza (May)
  • Faculty/Staff Appreciation Week (May)
  • Book Fair (Fall/Spring)

 
For a list of upcoming PTO events, please visit our school calendar.
 
Get Involved!

Want to get involved with the Denver JDS PTO? For a list of PTO volunteer opportunities, contact our PTO Co-Presidents at at pto@denverjds.org.