Welcome to the AGS PTO! All parents and legal guardians of AGS students are members of the PTO.
The PTO benefits the academic lives of our children, enhancing the relationship between school and home. There are a variety of ways to help. If you would like to get involved, please check out the "How to Help" section of this site!
Many hands make little work!
2020-2021 Board Members
President - Heather Kwitschau
Long-time PTO volunteer, third year serving on the board and I'm now jumping into the role of President in this very strange school year. Whatever may come I know that our amazing schools will continue to band together and build one another up. I am so grateful for the years my family has already enjoyed as part of the AGS family, we're excited to share this community with you. This year my husband, Jeremy, and I are guiding our kids through 7th, 5th and 3rd grade as remote learners in the community. I welcome your email at any time if you have questions, or are interested in serving in any way.
1st Vice President - Jen DiNicola
I look forward this year to help strengthen our bond with local businesses through fun, family and community centered events. Fun fact, my husband is an AGS alum and his father severed as the AGS PTO president in 1980s!
Secretary - Tonya Cook
I am the proud mom of two boys at AGS. They are in 1st & 3rd grades and also attended AGS ECC for preschool. I am a busy graduate from Purdue University. I own a travel agency, Pure Magic Travel, and I'm a certified Coach with Bod E Talk. Looking forward to a great year!
Director of Ways and Means - Vacant
The best way to get out in our community is to volunteer! Fortunately, our AGS/EC community has an amazing pool of friendly and generous volunteers. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you're not sure what type of volunteer role is right for you.
Director of Classroom Support - Julia Bletzinger
Growing up my mom was always involved in my school activities and I absolutely loved having her around, so even though I'm brand new to AGS, I figured I'd jump right in! I have two little girls, one in Kindergarten and the other with me (3). Even though this year looks a little different, my job as director of classroom support is to make sure our teachers and school continue to get the support they need and receive the appreciation they deserve with our parent volunteers however we are capable. Let me know if you're interested in getting involved!
Director of Communications - Miranda Skonie
This is my first year serving on the PTO board, but fifth year in the AGS community. The past two years I lead a fantastic group of parents in bringing my grand ideas to life for Fun Fair. I have two daughters in 7th grade and son in third grade. I help share information between the PTO and AGS families. You can contact me any time with questions or ideas, I would love to hear from you!
Early Childhood Representative - Ewa Couper
This is my first year being a part of the AGS community with my daughter Avery starting in Early Education Preschool at AGS. My older sons are in 3rd and 1st grade at Louise White School (Batavia) and our newest addition to the family Zoe (8months) is my sidekick on the many dropoff/pickups. I am looking forward to being involved with the PTO at AGS and I also volunteer on the PTO at LWS.
2020-2021 Committee Members
Our school was named in honor of Miss Alice Gustafson, a prominent Batavian and respected educator. Born on May 2, 1892, she graduated from Batavia High School in 1911. She was an educator in Batavia from 1922-1956, serving as a teacher at both Grace McWayne School and Louise White School. For the last 18 years of her career she was the principal of Louise White School. Miss Gustafson died on June 12, 1979.
Alice Gustafson School was opened in 1957 and was dedicated on February 9, 1958. Four additions have been made to the original Alice Gustafson School building. The first was completed in 1969, the second in 1989, the third in 2000, and the most recent addition, the district Early Childhood Center, was completed in 2008. (Sources: Little Town in a Big Woods, by Marilyn Robinson and John Gustafson’s Historic Batavia by Marilyn Robinson and Jeffrey D. Schielke)
Current enrollment at Alice Gustafson school is approximately 400 students, with a staff of approximately 60 certified and non-certified individuals for the K-12 program.
Information about our school’s profile and academic performance is available from the Illinois Interactive Report Card at the following website: iirc.niu.edu.