PTA VOLUNTEER INFO 2016-2017
LET’S WORK TOGETHER! Volunteers are the heart of our school and without you special events and activities cannot happen! Please consider how your particular talents and gifts can benefit the Radburn School community. We need help in all areas and not all happen during the school day. A full time working parent is certainly able to assist with things that can be done at home or after work hours. Regardless of the amount of time you are able to give, your help is truly appreciated.
Please follow the link on our website at http://radburn.fairlawnschools.org/pta/join_our_email_list_/to subscribe to our email list. Add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contact list to assure that you receive our emails. By providing your email information to the PTA, you will receive all flyers, event notifications and information via email. Please also visit our website often at http://radburn.fairlawnschools.org/home for the most up to date information.
We have started using Volunteer Spot online for most of our sign ups. If you are on our email distribution list, you will receive the link and can then sign up for the individual activities that interest you and fit in your schedule as they happen. Thank you for your support!
Below is a list of PTA sponsored programs currently at our school and areas where we need volunteers throughout the school year. Please email us to let us know the areas you would be interested in working on. The list may seem overwhelming, so please ask questions!
Programs & Events (During the School Day)
Study Hall - monitor students in the media center during lunch/recess (1 hr., 1 day, every other week)
Student Photo Day - help students get ready for their photos (1-3 hrs, Oct 18, 2016)
Pizza Lunches on half days - Help deliver pizza to students on half days (Nov 23, Dec 14, March 28, June 21 or June 22)
Library - assist Media Aide as classes come to select books in the media center (approx. 1 hour weekly)
Family Social Events (Evenings & Weekends)
Volunteers are needed to help run these events that bring the Radburn School community together. Tasks include decorating the gym, donating baked goods, collecting admission fees at the door, selling snacks, Radburn apparel and/or other items during the events. (30min-1 hr shifts)
Halloween Dance (Oct 28, 2016)
Family Fun Night (Jan 20, 2017)
Spring Family Fun Night (March 24, 2017)
5K Fun Run and Fitness Fair (April 30, 2017)
Cultural Enrichment and Art Programs (during the School Day)
Culture Day (Feb 17, 2017) - This event exposes the students to the culture of a particular country or community on one day through assemblies, media, art, architecture, crafts and food. Past events have included India, China, France, Italy and learning about people with disabilities, and Native American Day
Art Docent Program (TIC TOC) - Volunteers lead art lessons and projects in the classroom throughout the school year. You will receive instruction, no art talent or experience required. (1 hr, 1-2 times/month)
Yankee Candle Sale (Sept 2016) - send out flyers to students, collect orders, place order with vendor and distribute products upon receipt
Pumpkin and Mums Sale (Oct 19, 2017) - sell pumpkins and mums to students & parents (2 hrs., 1 day)
Activewear Sale (tbd) -send out flyers, collect orders, place order with local vendor and distribute activewear upon receipt
Book Fair (Oct 26-28, 2016 and April 26-28, 2017) - help set up (2 hrs, 1 evening); assist students with book selections, tend cash box (2 hrs, during school day or evening)
Holiday Art (Sept/Oct 2016) – assist Art Teacher as need, collect orders and place order with vendor. Distribute products upon receipt (Dec 2016)
Box Tops/Labels for Education Collections (continuous for school year) – picks up collections from office and send to respective companies. Can run collection contests and organize prizes and/or parties for winning classes
SchoolKidz (School Supplies) (Feb-April) – coordinator would work with teachers to finalize supply needs/lists, collect and submit order forms; organize delivery of kits to classrooms during week before school begins next September
Tricky Tray – (March 23, 2017) – committee responsible for soliciting donations, communication via letters and flyers, selling tickets, preparing baskets and running event
Committees, Projects & Positions
Membership Committee - Help our PTA increase membership! We are looking for parents who are enthusiastic and have some great ideas to bolster membership. Chairperson sends out membership flyer, collects dues and transfers money to treasurer and distributes membership cards
Newcomer Committee - Help welcome new families to the school, organize a new family activity in late summer / early fall and provide Welcome Packets to new families throughout the school year
School Beautification Committee - Help clean up our school and make it feel like a welcoming and beautiful place for our children to spend their day. This might include clean up of outdoor areas, decorating for the holidays, etc.
Teacher/Staff Appreciation - Show the teachers and staff how much we value them. Set-up, clean-up, or bring a dish to one of two staff appreciation events. Coordinator would organize the requests for donations from local businesses and coordinate the donations from Radburn families (Luncheon Sept 1, 2016 / Breakfast May 3, 2017)
Parent Communication - organize the distribution of information sent home throughout the year via Communication folders (Friday mornings, as needed)
PTA Newsletter - collect and/or write articles for a newsletter to be sent out to parents (5 times/year)
PTA Website - updates and maintains PTA information on Radburn School Website
FLARE (Fair Lawn Association for Responsible Education) Representative - Volunteer needed to attend FLARE meetings and keep parents informed and updated
FLASE (Fair Lawn Association of Special Education) Representative - Volunteer needed to attend FLASE meetings and keep parents informed and updated
Board of Education Representative - Volunteer needed to attend Board of Education meetings and keep parents informed and updated
Historian/Photographer - volunteer(s) needed to take pictures at PTA events and create a photobook at the end of the year
Volunteer Accountant - (Oct-Dec) - CPA needed to perform the annual audit of the PTA books and prepare yearly tax form (does not need to be a Radburn parent, can be a relative, neighbor or just someone willing to help out)
Fifth Grade Committee - Help organize the 5th grade year-end graduation events including: class trip, bbq and pool party, Moving Up Ceremony, 5th Grade breakfast, yearbook, tile legacy, literary legacy, photo montage. All programs take place in June. Coordinator will schedule the events, assign Chairs to each event, communicate with 5th Grade parents and teachers regarding these events, and be responsible for the committee budget.
Class Parent - 2 people needed per class to attend PTA meetings and update other parents; collect money at the beginning of the year; assist teachers with classroom celebrations; purchase teacher and aide gifts for holiday and end of year