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Monroe School PTO

2022-23 Monroe School PTO Committee Volunteers

Want to get more involved at Monroe School? We're hoping to have many fun and exciting events and activities at school next year, but we need your help! Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. You may sign up for more than one activity/event! If you are interested in chairing an event, please add a note next to your name.  Thank you!

If you have any questions, please email: [email protected]

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PTO Committee Opportunities

Biennial School Fundraiser 2023/24 (4)

This very important event (occurring every other year) helps raise funds to support our Monroe PTO sponsored programs for 2 years. Planning for this event starts the late winter of the non-fundraiser year. The event includes a themed night of fun for the

 

Enrichment Activities (Chairs Only) (2)

The chair of this committee is in charge of the selection and execution of all PTO-sponsored clubs and after-school programs, such as BAM, Yoga, Golf, Art, and TinkRWorks. The chair will be in charge of managing the Monroe School account on Homeroom. She

 
All slots filled
Elaine Gilman
Chair
Courtney Haarlow

Community Partners (Chairpersons only) (2)

Coordinates non-auction fundraising events throughout the year. These fundraising events must include monthly restaurant partnership nights, Shop-n-Share days, and/or gift card sales plus any other fundraising opportunities that may present. Chairs are re

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Megan Martin
Chair

Monroe Cares (5)

This committee plans 2-4 events throughout the year that facilitate our relationships with organizations in our community who can benefit from our assistance. This committee’s goal is to engage Monroe students in fundraising and volunteering efforts to sh

 
All slots filled
Sara Clary
Chair
Katheryn Mansell
Ali Rago
Megan Maduri
Simona Garcia

Brick Pavers (Chair only)

Responsible for advertising the annual customized brick paver sale and coordinates the installation of the engraved bricks (typically used between the flagpole and the breezeway doors of Monroe School.)

 
Jorie Parwani
Chair

Monroe Cafe - Chairs only (2)

This popular optional lunch is offered 2 Fridays a month throughout the school year. They along with additional volunteers assist in distributing pre-packaged lunches.

 
All slots filled
Shauna Phelan
Katheryn Mansell
Chair

Orange Ruler (3)

The Orange Ruler Event is an all-school fun run in early Fall. The Chairperson will be the main contact with the vendor (Orange Ruler) and the school/PTO. Most details will be handled by the Orange Ruler company. The chair will help secure the dates of

 
All slots filled
Jenny Boots
Chair
Shauna Phelan
Emily Blasko

School Packs (5)

This is a service provided by the PTO to make buying school supplies convenient and hassle free. This role begins in the spring when the chairperson will work with the school secretary to order students’ school supplies for the following year. In August,

 
2 of 5 slots filled
Tina HIller
Chair
Kristina Gleeson

Spirit Wear - Chairs only (2)

This committee coordinates the selection, sale, and distribution of an assortment of clothing items imprinted with the Monroe logo. Items should be available for purchase during at least 2 online sales during the year. Chairs will need to be available to

 
All slots filled
Melinda Fore
Co- Chair
Jamie Yammine
Co-Chair

Charleston Wrap - Chair only (2)

This chairperson is in charge of facilitating and promoting the annual fall sale fundraiser with Charleston Wrap. It offers a wonderful opportunity to stock up on attractive, high-quality paper, and gift items before the holidays and at great prices. Thi

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Erin Hanna

Assemblies (3)

Work with the school to plan monthly school-wide assemblies throughout the year. A few dedicated volunteers are needed to assist in the selection and coordination of these events. The focus of these assemblies should 1) enhance the overall curriculum and

 

Chess Club - Chairs only (2)

Acts as a liaison between the Chess Club vendor and the parents of Chess Club members. Responsibilities include promoting chess club tournaments and communicating club registration and meetings.

 
All slots filled
Pete Hwan
Co-chair
Kate Hwan
Co-chair

Culture Night (5)

Promote and coordinate a multi-cultural open house in which Monroe families, students, and staff can share a culture of their choice through activities and displays. The committee will communicate the various avenues to share culture for the event: displa

 
2 of 5 slots filled
Hena Arora
Kathryn Kiran

Fine Arts Night (5)

Promote and coordinate an open house that celebrates art and music. While working closely with the Art and Music teachers, the committee will think of creative ways for our K-5 students to celebrate the Arts. Some ideas include: creatively displaying st

 
All slots filled
Lesley Dawravoo
Jamie Letizia
Kristen Hadden
Beatriz Harnois
Maureen Kunitz

Science Fair (5)

K-5 students are encouraged to create and display their science discoveries at Science Fair. This committee sets a winter date (typically in February), distributes materials, and offers support to the participants. They will recruit a team of impartial ju

 
All slots filled
Lina Bankert
Chairperson
Elaine Lao
Lesley Dawravoo
Mira Boneva-Coleman
Kathryn Kiran

Family Fun Fest (10)

This much anticipated and highly successful year-end event brings all of our families together for a celebration on school grounds. A team of dedicated volunteers is needed to organize and execute this event that provides a fun, carnival-like atmosphere w

 
9 of 10 slots filled
Susie Thorpe
Anjali Oza
Holly Dancer
Emily Dierberg Armstrong
Mira Boneva-Coleman
Shauna Phelan
Kristina Gleeson
Beatriz Harnois
Maureen Kunitz

Hospitality (5)

This committee plans, coordinates, and helps with the setup of refreshments and food for various PTO-sponsored events such as the August lemonade stand, back to school coffee (1st day of school), thank you coffee (before last day of school), three General

 
4 of 5 slots filled
Kate Hwan
Co-chair
Jenna Asher
Co-Chair
Susie Thorpe
Beatriz Harnois

Newcomers (12)

Responsible for welcoming and engaging new families in our Monroe Community. They will work together to create a unique Welcome to Monroe goodie bag as well as a possible social event. They organize the distribution of welcome yard signs as the school ye

 
All slots filled
Jen Kasmarick
Abby Quinn
Shanna Derry
Anjali Oza
Emily Grzelakowski
Megan Martin
Catey White
Colleen Napleton
Vanessa Favia
Jamie Letizia
Lisa Brennan
chair
Natalie Bremer
chair

Yearbook- Class Representatives (10)

Volunteers are needed to be classroom photographers to capture individual classroom events. These parents attend various classroom activities throughout the year to take and compile photos to be used in the final layout.

 
6 of 10 slots filled
Julie Saunders
Co-Chair
Shanna Derry
Dave Welch
5th grade room photographer
Mira Boneva-Coleman
Shauna Phelan
Kate Hwan

Fall Fest (10)

This new event will take place in October in conjunction with the annual Book Fair. The date will need to be agreed upon with Mrs. Wodka for the Book Fair, The Hadden Family for the Pumpkin Patch, and the Exec Board. This committee will need to secure f

 
1 of 10 slots filled
Beatriz Harnois

Mustang Express (5)

The committee will be in charge of securing a December date, ordering trolleys, providing refreshments like hot chocolate, creating and printing trolley tickets, providing keepsakes, and entertainment for the day of this event. They will need to map out

 
1 of 5 slots filled
Megan Brotschul
chair

Parent Social Committee (5)

The committee will be in charge of planning, executing, and promoting 3 parent social events throughout the year- Fall, Winter, and Spring. These events should be engaging and fun for parents and varied in activity.

 
4 of 5 slots filled
John Haarlow
Megan Martin
Chair
Emily Dierberg Armstrong
Megan Brotschul

Grounds - Chair only

The chairperson will work as a liaison with the district and landscape vendor to maintain the school grounds. The chair will coordinate with the landscape company to maintain the self-watering planters, flower beds, planting for holiday/special occasions,

 
Kristin Maggio

Living Classroom (5)

Come and explore nature with children. This committee supports the teachers when they teach the Living Classroom Science Curriculum. This involves several volunteer opportunities throughout the year for coming to school when the teachers need an extra pai

 
All slots filled
Tamsyn Pequet
Chair
Vanessa Horton
Crissy Wilson
Shana Ander
Meghna Kant

School Pictures/Locker Photos (5)

This chairperson is responsible for scheduling/ confirming school picture day with the School Secretary. They will coordinate a schedule of volunteers to help in shifts the day of School Pictures. Committee members will be responsible for taking head sho

 
All slots filled
Erika Gartner
Jessy Choi Yun
Chair
Anjali Oza
Nicole Stapleton
Sara Sheng
1st grade

Pinch Hitters (10)

Members of this committee will be emailed when extra hands are needed from other PTO committees. Examples of needs could include helping to set up for the Book Fair, collecting Science Fair projects from the carpool line, as well as any other last-minute

 
All slots filled
Shanna Derry
Crissy Wilson
Katheryn Mansell
Ali Rago
Tamsyn Pequet
Catey White
Susie Thorpe
Grainne Napleton
Paula Czyz
Jen Kasmarick

Staff Appreciation (10)

This committee will be run by at least 2 chairpersons who will organize ways to thank the Monroe School staff throughout the year, culminating in a week-long celebration in early May that showers our teachers and staff with gifts and goodies. Many volunte

 
7 of 10 slots filled
Ali Rago
Co-Chair
Tamsyn Pequet
Christina Chen
Susie Thorpe
Co-Chair
Katie Gandy
Katie Gandy
Ally Blaskovich
Paula Czyz

Vision & Hearing (6)

Volunteers are needed to assist the school nurse with vision and hearing screening in the Fall. Volunteers will be staggered into 1-2 hour time slots throughout the day. Tentative screening day: Oct. 5th, 2022.

 
All slots filled
Susie Thorpe
Grainne Napleton
Mira Boneva-Coleman
Kristina Gleeson
Kate Hwan
Emma Davidson

Grants (5)

This committee will work with the PTO Board to evaluate applications for grants submitted by Monroe School teachers and staff. Grants will be awarded to applications that are deemed to support learning initiatives and enhance school curriculum. This commi

 
4 of 5 slots filled
Kristin Maggio
Simona Garcia
Emily Blasko
Jessy Choi-Yun

Newsbytes - Chairs only (2)

Co-chairs are responsible for our electronic school-wide communication via our weekly “Newsbyte”. This position involves a consistent weekly time commitment throughout the year but is done from home. Parents, teachers, and staff will submit content for Ne

 
All slots filled
Jen Kasmarick
co-chair
Anjali Oza
co-chair

Room Parent Coordinator - Chair only (2)

The Room Parent Coordinator will help guide the room parents through their duties and responsibilities during the school year. The coordinator will send a welcome email at the beginning of the year, help host a kick-off meeting with the Executive Board,

 
All slots filled
Erika Gartner
Jorie Parwani

Room Parents (30)

The Room Parent role is a year-long commitment and the time involved varies from class to class. Signing up for this committee does not guarantee placement; priority will be given to those parents who have not previously served in this capacity. Responsi

 
26 of 30 slots filled
Erika Gartner
2nd grade / 5th grade
Courtney Haarlow
1st Grade and/or 3rd Grade
Jen Kasmarick
1st or 3rd grade
Jessy Choi-Yun
1st/3rd
Shanna Derry
2nd grade/5th grade
Anjali Oza
K, 2nd
Crissy Wilson
3rd grade
Emily Grzelakowski
1st grade
Sara Sheng
1st grade
Katheryn Mansell
3rd grade
Ali Rago
3rd Grade
Megan Maduri
4th Grade
Tamsyn Pequet
K, 3rd
Catey White
Kindergarten
Vanessa Favia
Isabella Favia - K or Frank Favia - 2nd grade
Karli Zeiler
Kindergarten Class
Elaine Gilman
5th Grade
Meghna Kant
1st or 4th grade
Susie Thorpe
k, 4, 5
Veronica Norman
5th
Grainne Napleton
Claire - 2nd, Brian - K
Angela Maino
Kindergarten
Hena Arora
1st grade
Shauna Phelan
2nd/5th grade
Kathryn Kiran
1st/3rd
Emily Blasko
2nd Grade

Kindergarten Holiday Tree (5)

The committee chair will work with the Kindergarten teacher to plan an ornament-making activity for the kindergarten classes, and then utilize the ornaments to decorate the annual kindergarten holiday tree displayed in the office foyer. Purchasing and att

 
4 of 5 slots filled
Tamsyn Pequet
Karli Zeiler
Susie Thorpe
chair
Angela Maino

Bike Rodeo/Bike Safety (3rd Grade) (10)

This committee coordinates the 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo program in conjunction with the Hinsdale Police Department and other local vendors. They will work with the police dept and school secretary to select a date for this event and then coordinate volunteers

 
8 of 10 slots filled
Kristen Hadden
Chair
Crissy Wilson
Katheryn Mansell
Tamsyn Pequet
Paula Czyz
Jessy Choi-Yun
Kathryn Kiran
Kristina Gleeson

5th Grade Events Director - Chair only

Responsible for coordinating all of the below committee chairs and events.

 
Elaine Gilman

5th Grade DARE Luncheon (2)

This committee works with the DARE officer to organize the end-of-program luncheon. This occurs in May.

 
1 of 2 slots filled
dave welch welch

5th Grade Holiday Sale (10)

Parents of 5th graders are needed to help coordinate and distribute wreaths, poinsettias, and other holiday decor sold by 5th grade students to raise money for their Outdoor Education field trip. This chairperson will work closely with Vern Goers, the sup

 
2 of 10 slots filled
Elaine Gilman
Shauna Phelan

5th Grade Yearbook Section (5)

The chairpersons & committee members of this team would be responsible for gathering photos and ‘interviews’ of the 5th graders and would work with the Yearbook team to design/layout this special section of the yearbook.

 
All slots filled
Erika Gartner
Shanna Derry
Tracy Paolella
dave welch welch
Shauna Phelan

5th Grade Culmination & Clap-out (5)

This committee works closely with the 5th grade teachers as well as the volunteers from each class to coordinate the 5th grade year-end recognition ceremony including the slide show, student gifts, balloons, refreshments, etc. Culmination and Clap Out tak

 
All slots filled
Erika Gartner
Elaine Gilman
Tracy Paolella
Susie Thorpe
Nathan Lucht

5th Grade End of Year Celebration (5)

This committee plans and executes the 5th grade party following the last day of school and clap out. (Past parties have been determined by the committee, i.e. pool party or Dance). All 5th graders are included in this event.

 
All slots filled
Kristen Hadden
Co-Chair
Jorie Parwani
Co-Chair
Megan Martin
Elaine Gilman
Simona Garcia

MRC Assistance (10)

This team will work closely with Mrs. Wodka to support and enrich the MRC environment and mission. Tasks include, but are not limited to: creating themed book displays, general library decorations - thematically and seasonally, additional help with check-

 
9 of 10 slots filled
Megan Maduri
Tamsyn Pequet
Jamie Letizia
Grainne Napleton
Mira Boneva-coleman
Sarah LeStrange
Sarah LeStrange
Shana Ander
Emma Davidson
Jessy Choi Yun

Monroe Cafe- Lunch Helpers (5)

Volunteers need to be available for entire lunch period 2 fridays a month to help distribute lunches.

 
1 of 5 slots filled
Sudha Yalamanchi

Yearbook- Chairs only (3)

Chairs develop the annual Monroe School Yearbook that is distributed at the end of the school year. The Yearbook includes professional photographs of both students and staff. They utilize the classroom photographer volunteers for grade specific purposes.

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Julie Saunders
Co- chair
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