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Thank you for volunteering your time to chair our fundraising and/or community type events for our school. Below you will find a new list of committees for the 2019-2020 school year. We will only be requesting committee chairs at this time.  Committee members will be solicited closer to when these events/committees are ready to begin. Additional details are included in the PDF attached below.  Please direct any questions regarding the committees to our PTO email address at [email protected].

Thank you in advance for your assistance- we cannot do this without your help! 

PTO Board

Date: 03/19/2020 (Thu.)

Time: 8:00am - 8:00am CST

Location: Longfellow

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Bingo: **WE NEED HELP**- Manage one of the functions - silent auction, raffle (kids or teachers), concessions at this family-friendly fundraising event while our Longfellow community enjoys playing BINGO. This has been a longstanding 20+ year tradition! (5)

Time: Few hours each week per chair from Sept-Dec, then heavy commitment Jan-Feb. Chairs are encouraged to organize small groups (Raffle/Silent Auction solicitation, Ad Sales/Bingo Booklet and coordinating student volunteers) to lessen the workload.


After School Enrichment Programs: Coordinate with D21, vendors and Longfellow office to bring in STEAM + Exercise programs to our children from 3:35pm to 4:35pm.

Time: Late Summer/ Early Fall, Winter (December/January) and Spring (March/April)

Ellyn Burnett

All School Lunch: Organize and oversee a free lunch for our students using an outside vendor. Usually scheduled on the last full-day before Spring Break.

Time: 4-5 hours in March timeframe.


Assembly Coordinator: Select and schedule interesting and entertaining student assemblies throughout the school year (approx 3 to 4). Work with Longfellow office for approval.

Time: Few hours or so to coordinate each event.

Julie Watson

Birthday Book Club: Coordinate $15 donations from student’s family during their birthday month, or half birthday, to the LMC.

Time: 3 hours at beginning of school year. Then 15 minutes per month (avg).

Alison Lally

Book Fair: Manage fall & spring book fairs held during the school day and evenings during conferences. Recruit volunteers, coordinate charity change challenge & spirit days. (2)

Time: Planning time, plus 4 days for set-up, working the book fair and tear-down. Fall fair - Oct/Spring fair - April. Attend 2 local workshops (fall/spring).

All slots filled
Jen Lasek
Carrie Mosher

Box Tops for Education: Collect and submit Box Tops sent in by Longfellow families. Organize “Box Tops Friday” one time per month. Send reminders/flyers as needed. Coordinate November & February collections. (2)

Time: 1-2 hours per month.

All slots filled
Jen Weinberg
Nicole Oczkowicz

Family Fun Nights: Two times a year, plan an event for the entire school and their families to enjoy. Ideas: Chicago Wolves Game, Family Dance, STEAM Night, Family Read-a-thon. Bring the Longhorn community together for a fun evening! (3)

Time: Planning in the Fall and Winter/Spring. Hours vary depending on event selected.

2 of 3 slots filled
Jen Iantorno
Amanda Lavino

5th Grade Luncheon: Committee may only be chaired by 5th grade parents. PTO recommends that it’s your last child at LF to give all parents a chance to chair this event. Plan a special “farewell” luncheon and party on the last full-day of school. (5)

Time: Hours vary. In the October time frame plan for 5th Grade T-Shirts and then in the spring begin planning (around Feb/March timeframe).

All slots filled
Sharon Hanson
Usually PM or weekends are best
Jen Whitson
Pm or weekends are best
Christy Helkowski
Meagan Kummerow
Tricia Kaput

Holiday Pop-Up Shop: Secure vendors to sell their “goods” or “crafts” in the gym and MPR for a day. Night before and day of requires set up and oversight to make sure event runs smoothly. (2)

Begin in August and complete by November. Full day commitment on the Saturday of event.

All slots filled
Helene Josephson
Sandy Citron

Holiday Bake Sale: Organize the bake sale that is held during the Holiday Pop-Up Shop. (2)

Time: Full day commitment on the Saturday of the Holiday Pop-Up Shop. Plus few hours few weeks before the event advertising & organizing. November time frame.

All slots filled
Jen Whitson
Eileen Flershem

Ice Cream Social: Plan and organize ice cream socials immediately following each evening music show. Create flyer, tally orders and coordinate with ice cream vendor. (2)

Time: Held at Longfellow after evening music shows. Grades 2/3 (January) and Grades 4/5 (April). Few hours leading up to events and night of events.

All slots filled
Holly Baer
Maria Jacobs

Kindness Crew: Incorporate Kindness activities that will help students experience the intrinsic value of performing kind acts for others and make new connections with their peers and their community. Plan and coordinate Kindness Market and Day of Service (4)

Time: Hours vary throughout the year. October/November & February for national days.

All slots filled
Anne Block
Johanna Abend
Alyssa Latala
Jennifer Blumenthal

Movie Night: Plan and organize Friday night at the movies! Coordinate volunteers to help set up, register attendees, sell concessions and dinner; clean-up. (2)

Time: 3 events per school year (October, January, April), requires set up, movie testing, and commitment the nights of event.

All slots filled
Stefani Schmidt Culley
Scott Culley

New Families Welcome Committee: Organize a meet and greet event before school begins at school playground or another location of choice to welcome new families. Work with PTO Board for list of new families. (2)

Time: Date will be the weekend before school starts. Require a few hours of planning and advertising in July & August 2019.

All slots filled
Robyn Boumstein
Angela Iwema

Parent/ Child Event: Plan two events: One for parents and daughters and one for parents and sons to enjoy a night out together. (2)

Time: Planning in the fall and then again in winter/spring. Hours vary depending on event selected.

1 of 2 slots filled
Jen Iantorno

Purchaser/ Hospitality: Buy needed items for PTO events throughout the year at Sam’s Club. These requests will be made through the Committee Chairs. Plus keep inventory for various PTO functions throughout the year.

Time: 1 -2 hours per month throughout the school year.

Melissa Busch
Available all day Wednesdays, weekends and after 3:30pm all other days

Restaurant Fundraiser: Solicit local restaurants and schedule monthly “eat and earns”. Create flyers for distribution and coordinate email reminders. Arrange for collection of money from local business. (3)

Time: 2 hours per month selecting venue and advertising event.

All slots filled
Jenni Sherman
Geeta Kaveti
Michelle Haglund

Room Parent Coordinator: Solicit and manage head room parents. Communicate messages, assist with coordination of Halloween classroom party (Fall) and Day of Service (Dec).

Time: 3-4 hours fall/winter (Halloween & Day of Service) and working with head room parents all year on classroom needs. Year-round commitment

Sandy Citron

Savings Card: Work with PTO members from Cooper Middle School to solicit local businesses for discounts to be offered on card. Plan sales and arrange distribution to Longfellow families. (2)

Time: Begins June 2019 for solicitation of businesses. Print cards Aug 2019. Begin selling first day of school, curriculum night and back to school bash.

All slots filled
PTO Board (2)

School Directory: Using the PTO Membership database, compile and publish (with approval) the PTO Directory of Longfellow families. Manage the 5th grade Art Cover contest.

Time: Hours vary- Late Summer and Early Fall. Directory to be available by first week of October.

TBD - Online Only Potentially Based on Feedback

School Supply Kit: Work with school supply kit vendor. Take orders in spring and organize distribution/pick-up of PTO school supply kits. Coordinates with front office in Feb.

Time: Must be available week before school to pass out kits. (Few Hours or so Feb 2019 & April/May 2019 for planning)

Saj Syed

Spiritwear Store: Coordinate Spiritwear designs and sales. Choose a logo to represent Longfellow for the tie-dye shirts for the Back to School Bash. Create flyer and collect orders. Work with vendor to set online store dates and coordinate delivery. (2)

Time: Begins June 2019 for design of t-shirts including the tie-dye for Back to School.

All slots filled
Melissa Braun
Ellyn Burnett
Just to do tie-dye shirts for B2B

Square One Art: Work with Square One Art company liaison to organize fundraiser. Coordinate with classroom head room parent to organize project. Distribute flyers, collect orders and money. Coordinate with volunteers to help with distribution.

Time: 4-6 hours- usually done in around the winter holidays (November timeframe)

Stacy Dudek

Teacher Appreciation & Conference Dinners: During conferences in fall and spring, organize a potluck dinner for staff. Coordinate breakfast or lunch and other modest “tokens of appreciation” during Teacher Appreciation Week. (3)

Time: Available from 3:00pm to 7:00pm on Fall Conference and Portfolio Night PLUS Teacher Appreciation Week in May

All slots filled
Brooke Slater
Jessie Mandell
Leslie Jasper

Technology Chair: Maintain email software, school store, PayPal/credit card readers, website and sign-up genius as well as other new items that will help make PTO more efficient.

Time: Hours vary- year-round commitment

Ellyn Burnett
Effort level will be smaller with Membership Toolkit

Yankee Candle: Schedule two sale dates per year with Yankee Candle. Distribute packets and tally and pass out orders.

Time: Nov/Dec Holiday Season & March Timeframe – Few hours to tally and distribute orders

Brooke Slater

Yearbook: Calling all Photographers! Manage student picture day in September & picture re-takes in Oct/Nov. Arrange for taking pictures at all PTO events and school activities. Use these pictures to create yearbook. Manage orders and distribute yearbook (3)

Time: Hours vary- year-round commitment

1 of 3 slots filled
Dyan Bahary

Try Something New: Fun Run, Adult Social, Game Night, Read-a-thon, STEM Night, Trunk n Treat, Dance Marathon, School Clubs / Organizations, etc. Present proposal to board for review before proceeding. (8)

Try Something New: Bring your ideas at the PTO Board Meetings

2 of 8 slots filled
Sandy Citron
Trunk Or Treat
Jen Iantorno
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