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2020-2021 PTO Volunteers

2020-2021 Prospect PTO Committee Volunteer Sign Up

Prospect School offers a myriad of volunteer opportunities ranging from one day events to on-going commitments, occuring during school hours and/or evening, and that can be done from home or take place in school.  

Under each committee we have provided a short description.  Please visit our Prospect PTO website www.prospectschoolpto.org for more information.  Any further questions or ideas for next year can be directed to Gretchen Kotleba and Puja Patel at [email protected]

One of the many special qualities of our school is the tremendous volunteerism of parents.  THANK YOU for your time supporting Prospect School!  We look forward to another wonderful school year.                 

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Assemblies Committee Co-Chairs

Support logistical needs for assemblies planned by the principal or other committees such as Dash n Bash, SELAS, and author visits as requested.

 

Battle of the Books Chair

Assist with communication by posting important Battle of the Books dates to the Prospectus newsletter. Battle of the Books is open to 4th & 5th grade students. You do not need to attend Battle of the Books meetings.

 
Anupam Goel

Bike Rodeo Committee Co-Chairs (3)

Plan & execute Bike Rodeo. Bike Rodeo is a 1-day, 90 min event at the beginning of the school year, open to 3rd-5th grade students, who will receive their "license" to ride bike to school upon completion. Typically run by 3rd-5th grade parents.

 

Bike Rodeo Committee Volunteers (15)

Parents of 3rd - 5th grade students help run a bike safety course for these students. This is a 1-day, 90 minute commitment.

 
8 of 15 slots filled
Padmini Kaushal
Katie Byerle
Krysten Thomas
Amy Ponto
Christine Terborg
Ann Tushaus
Ying McEwen
Nadine Bolger

Book Fair Co-Chairs (4)

Assist the MRC Director, Mrs. Swanson, with a Fall (November) and Spring (May) book fair by helping with set-up and running of the event as well as the volunteer coordination. They will also maintain the display case outside the library.

 
All slots filled
Bridget Demartino
Becky Koziel
sarah rose
Emily Podboy

Book Fair Volunteers (Fall/November) (25)

Work one or more shifts at the fall book fair assisting students and parents in purchasing books (during school or after school hours available)

 
All slots filled
Cara DiPasquale
Josée Martens
Padmini Kaushal
Melanie Barnes
Corinne Barger
Sinead Duffy
Krysten Thomas
Megan Caplis
Amy Ponto
Tami Croff
Mollie Howarf
Katie Lang
Carter Lang (2nd grade) Autumn Lang (K)
Sarah Ryan
Melanie Hellenga
Julie Kauffman
Karyn Szurgot
Theresa LeBaron
Lipi Sekhadia
Lindsay Uthe
Harley Houser
Christine Terborg
Danielle Martin
Diana Horton
Meredith Quirk
Smita Shah

Book Fair Volunteers (Spring/May) (25)

Please see Book Fair Volunteer Fall description above.

 
All slots filled
Josée Martens
Melanie Barnes
Corinne Barger
Sinead Duffy
Krysten Thomas
Megan Caplis
Amy Ponto
Sarah Ryan
Melanie Hellenga
Julie Kauffman
Karyn Szurgot
Theresa LeBaron
Lindsay Uthe
Lipi Sekhadia
Christine Terborg
Danielle Martin
Diana Horton
Meredith Quirk
Smita Shah
Tina Lattas
Jaime Weibel
Breanne Brubaker
Kristyn Bannon
Katie Dejuras
Hope Gledhill

Box Top Committee Co-Chairs (2)

Raise money for Prospect by coordinating and promoting the collection of the Box Tops you see on many products at the grocery store.

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Hope Gledhill

Class Pictures Committee Chair

Schedule, communicate, and coordinate the All School Picture, Class Picture Day, and a make-up day. Ideally looking for a 2-year commitment for volunteer.

 
Laura Thies

Class Pictures Committee Volunteers (8)

Provide general assistance during Class Picture Day, occurring during school day. Help walk students to and from their classes for pictures.

 
All slots filled
Becky Koziel
Katie Byerle
Sinead Duffy
Anne Prasse
Theresa LeBaron
Diana Horton
Smita Shah
Vineeta Bonthala

Communication Committee Co-Chairs

Collect, edit, and format articles for the weekly newsletter, the Prospectus; coordinate email blasts. Work is done from home/evening hours.

 
Gretchen & Puja

Communication Committee Public Relations Chair

Connect with local media contacts regarding school event information/photos; work with event chairs for summaries/photos; act as school liaison for D181 Communications Director. Work done from home/evening hours.

 
Megan Bartelli

Communication Committee Translator

Translate our school newsletter, the Prospectus, into Spanish for paper distribution. Provide additional support as needed to Spanish speaking families. Work done from home/evening hours.

 
Daniel Prieto

Communication Committee Webmaster (2)

Maintain PTO website updates and weekly postings. Work is done from home/evening hours.

 
All slots filled
Bridget Demartino
Julie Kauffman

Directory Committee Chair

Work closely with the school office to edit contact information for families and staff for the school directory app. Work is done from home/evening hours.

 
Michelle Darin

EcoPanthers Committee Chair

Support bi-monthly after school "Green" club (run by Prospect staff). Send reminder emails for meetings & schedule summer volunteers to water Outdoor Learning Center.

 
Lynn Ulrich

Fifth Grade Activities Committee Fall Party Co-Chairs (3)

 
All slots filled
Michelle Darin
Emily Podboy
Karyn Szurgot

Fifth Grade Activities Committee Winter Party Co-chairs (2)

5th grade parents plan & execute Winter party for 5th grade.

 
All slots filled
Kristin Korn
Cara DiPasquale

Fifth Grade Activities Committee End of Year Party Co-chairs (4)

5th grade parents plan & execute End of Year party for 5th grade.

 
3 of 4 slots filled
Padmini Kaushal
Kim Kitley
Jeannie Sullivan

Fifth Grade Activities Committee Co-Chairs: Video

Plan & execute production of a video of the 5th grade students throughout the school year to be shown at the "Clap Out" on the last day of school in June.

 
Jennifer Voight

Fifth Grade Activities Committee Volunteers (5th grade parents) (45)

Help plan & execute parties for 5th grade students and video shown at the "Clap Out" ceremony.

 
24 of 45 slots filled
Cara DiPasquale
Michelle Herrick
Melanie Barnes
Trisha Wilson
Tracy Lo-Virmani
Sinead Duffy
Lipi Sekhadia
Shannon Matricaria
Diana Horton
Laura Thies
Valli Gupta
Lori Ward
Sarah Gin
Nadine Bolger
Kristyn Bannon
Kristin Korn
Lisa Koranda
Louise Crabb
Louise Crabb
Elizabeth Mool
Colleen Shayan
Jeannie Sullivan
Katie Dejuras
Jennifer Voight
Melissa Hill

Fundraising Committee Co-Chairs (3 Current PTO Executive Board Members) (3)

Investigate & recommend fundraising initiatives for PTO.

 
All slots filled
Katie Byerle
Reem Messeih
Krysten Thomas

Gift Wrap Fundraiser Committee Chair (2)

Coordinate fall fundraiser working with outside vendor. Publicize, collect order forms, place final order and oversee distribution of gift wrap orders. Work done from home/evening hours.

 
All slots filled
Maggie McKone
Danielle Martin

Gift Wrap Fundraiser Committee Volunteer

Assist with gift wrap fundraiser as needed.

 
Becky Koziel

Grounds Committee Chair

Plant seasonal flowers in school planters; ensure school cross-walks are painted prior to beginning of school year.

 
Diane Crites

Grounds Committee Volunteer

Assist in planting seasonal flowers in the school planters.

 
Michelle Darin

Holiday Bazaar Committee Co-Chairs (3)

Plan & excute the Holiday Bazaar occuring on 1 evening in early December afterschool in MPR. Assist students with gift purchasing and wrapping for immediate family members and pets.

 

Holiday Bazaar Committee Volunteers (30)

Help plan and prepare for Holiday Bazaar. Shop for affordable gifts; help plan for gift wrapping and shopper assistance.

 
22 of 30 slots filled
Jessica Kaczmarski
Emily Barron
Lisa DeCourcy
Melissa Fanaro
Tracy Lo-Virmani
Megan Caplis
Karyn Szurgot
Lipi Sekhadia
Lindsay Uthe
Harley Houser
Danielle Martin
Megan Bartelli
Emily Podboy
Ann Tushaus
Smita Shah
Esmeralda Pimentel
Lori Ward
Kate Weicher
Vineeta Bonthala
Nadine Bolger
Kristyn Bannon
Elizabeth Mool

Hot Lunch Committee Co-Chairs (2)

Coordinate once monthly purchased hot lunch program (historically occurs on a Wednesday). Work with outside vendors to provide food and determine pricing. Schedule and direct monthly parent volunteers who serve the lunch.

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Theresa Lebaron

Hot Lunch Committee Volunteer (25)

Serve food to students during one or more hot lunch session (historically occurs once monthly on a Wednesday). Help with set-up, food service, and clean-up.

 
All slots filled
Jessica Kaczmarski
Cara DiPasquale
Becky Koziel
Beth Hoekman
Padmini kaushal
Anupam Goel
Sarah Rose
Melanie Barnes
Lisa DeCourcy
Shali Luo
Katie Byerle
Jemma Harding
Melissa Schaefer
Sinead Duffy
Krysten Thomas
Megan Caplis
Amy Ponto
Anne Prasse
Sarah Ryan
Julie Kauffman
Karyn Szurgot
Lipi Sekhadia
Danielle Wheeler
Christine Terborg
Melissa Hill

Inspiration Club for Girls Co-Chairs (2)

Plan themes, speakers, crafts and activities for the club. Open to 4th and 5th grade girls.

 
All slots filled
Megan Bergin
Meghan Miller

Inspiration Club for Girls Committee Volunteers (3)

Provide general assistance at meetings.

 
All slots filled
Sinead Duffy
Lynn Ulrich
Lipi Sekhadia

Library Committee Chair

Work with Mrs Swanson to organize a monthly schedule of parent volunteers who assist in the Library during school hours, matching parents to their respective child(ren) Library times.

 
Deanne Kozlowski

Library Committee Volunteers

Assist the Library staff with book check-out for K-4th grade; Shelve returned books during school hours in Library. You will be assigned a date/time to come during your child(ren)'s classroom library visit.

 
77 slots filled - more available
Diane Crites
Josée Martens
Becky Koziel
Beth Hoekman
2nd grade
Anupam Goel
Padmini Kaushal
Michelle Herrick
Emily Barron
Sarah Rose
Shannon Westberg
2nd grader & 3rd grader
Melanie Barnes
Trisha Wilson
Shali Luo
Katie Byerle
Jemma Harding
Melissa Schaefer
Nicole Turano
Kira - 2nd, Sabrina- K
Beth Nordby
Becca - 2nd Grade
Sinead Duffy
Megan Caplis
kindergarten & 2nd grade
Tami Croff
Jessica Kaczmarski
Second grade
Mollie Howard (2)
Anne Prasse
Katie Lang
Carter Lang (2nd grade) Autumn Lang (K)
Sarah Ryan
Melanie Hellenga
4th grade
Blaga Zymali
2nd grade
Julie Kauffman
Bridget DeMartino
Karyn Szurgot
Theresa LeBaron
Lindsay Uthe
Harley Houser
Danielle Wheeler
Katie Kabaker
Christine Terborg
Sharon Lyon
4th Grade
Melissa Hill
Danielle Martin
Shannon Matricaria
Diana Horton
Laura Thies
Amanda LaReau
2nd grade
Kim Kitley
Emily Podboy
Ann Tushaus
Smita Shah
Tina Lattas
Angela Goss
lisa meakins
Katie Allanson
4th, 2nd, Kindergarten
Lori Ward
Brayden-5th grade
Kate Weicher
Jaime Weibel
Tommy - 4th, Olivia -2nd, Travis - Kindergarten
Helena Bunnow
Ying McEwen
Sarah Gin
Vineeta Bonthala
Maura Kelly
Kirsten Konar
3rd grade and kindergarten
Megan Bergin
Gretchen Kotleba
Nadine Bolger
Jennifer Zappas
3rd & Kindergarten
Laura Mao
Breanne Brubaker
Kristyn Bannon
Lisa Koranda
Elizabeth Mool
Jeannie Sullivan
Kerry McLaurin
1st and 3rd grades
Jennifer Voight
Elsa Voight - 5th, Lucy Voight - 3rd, Paul Voight - 1st
Christy McCormick
2nd grade
Hannah Harrelson
Katey O'Connell

Music Committee Co-Chair

Work closely with Mrs Kozakis to organize a monthly schedule of parent volunteers who assist during their child's music class and assist with scheduling volunteers for set-up/take-down for grade level performances.

 
Anupam Goel

Music Committee: Classroom Volunteer

Volunteer during your child(ren)'s music class, including filming and other duties as needed. Volunteer for set-up/take-down of grade level assemblies.

 
24 slots filled - more available
Diane Crites
Becky Koziel
Shali Luo
Sinead Duffy
Anne Prasse
Sarah Ryan
Julie Kauffman
Lynn Ulrich
Bridget DeMartino
Harley Houser
Katie Kabaker
Diana Horton
Amanda LaReau
2nd grade
Smita Shah
Maura Kelly
Megan Bergin
Gretchen Kotleba
Laura Mao
Breanne Brubaker
Elizabeth Mool
Katie Dejuras
Jennifer Voight
Elsa Voight - 5th, Lucy Voight - 3rd, Paul Voight - 1st
Christy McCormick
2nd grade
Hannah Harrelson

Music Committee: Choir Librarian (2)

This position may be best suited for a parent of a choir student. Organize choir music files and create a google document listing all choir music. Hours are flexible and can be done from home.

 

Music Committee: Cougars Reading Club (2)

Work directly with Mrs Kozakis to collect and distribute ticket orders and handle communication about this fun family event! The Cougars game date is typically a Spring Saturday.

 

Music Committee: Website Volunteer

Tech-savvy parent needed to work directly with Mrs Kozakis to update the Prospect music department website. This position could be done outside of school hours.

 
Anupam Goel

Newcomers Committee Co-Chairs (2)

Serve as a resource contact for New Families throughout the year. Place new family yard signs in the summer; plan & host 1-2 summer park dates and a new family/kindergarten Mix and Mingle (historically the day prior to 1st day of school).

 
All slots filled
Kelly Kirchheimer
Diane Crites

Newcomers Committee Volunteers (10)

Help with planning/execution of Mix and Mingle event and placing yard signs for new families. Work occurs in August.

 
6 of 10 slots filled
Emily Barron
Megan Bartelli
Harley Houser
Kate Weicher
Nadine Bolger
Christy McCormick

Nominating Committee Co-Chairs (Current Year Co-VPs) (2)

Oversee identification and selection of nominees for each PTO Executive Board role. Present final list of nominees at April PTO meeting to be sworn in at the May PTO meeting.

 
All slots filled
Katie Byerle
Reem Messeih

Nominating Committee Member Volunteers (11)

Assist with identifying nominees for each PTO Executive Board role. Ideally committee volunteers represent all grade levels at Prospect. Volunteers may serve no more than two consecutive years.

 

One World Night Co Chairs (2)

Plan and run a global festival open house, featuring food and a talent showcase contributed by Prospect families. It will encourage cultural curiosity, educate Prospect families and offer opportunity to deepen their global connectedness.

 
All slots filled
Sheetal Rao
Bruna Burgener

One World Night Volunteers (16)

Help execute the open house festival featuring food and talent across cultures. The night will be in November.

 
9 of 16 slots filled
Josée Martens
Becky Koziel
Padmini Kaushal
Julie Kauffman
Lipi Sekhadia
Smita Shah
Tina LAttas
Sarah Gin
Vineeta Bonthala

Parents Night Out Committee Co-Chairs (2)

Plan a parents only social event. Sell tickets to cover cost of this break-even event to be held immediately following Curriculum Night. May also include auction items such as preferred seating and parking.

 
All slots filled
Arpi Thukral
Vineeta Bonthala

Parents Night Out Committee Volunteers (2)

Help co-chairs in planning a parent only event including selling tickets, researching venues, etc.

 
All slots filled
Padmini Kaushal
Melissa Fanaro

Robotics Club (2)

Plan and execute after-school club using LEGO WeDo and LEGO Mindstorms. Volunteers will also manage the registration and communication for the club

 
All slots filled
Brigid Esposito
Meredith Bailey

Room Parent Committee Co-Chairs (2)

Finalize the Room Parents for each classroom (2-3 per class) in the fall. Hold orientation meeting to communicate responsibilities and budget. Generally oversee Halloween, Holiday & End of Year parties.

 
All slots filled
Katie Allanson
Nicole Turano

School Supply Kit Committee Chair (2)

Work with the Prospect staff to develop supply lists by grade. Select vendor and coordinate school supply kit orders in Fall/Winter (2019) and manage the distribution of the kids in August the week before school begins.

 
All slots filled
Theresa Lebaron
Danielle Martin

School Supply Kit Committee Volunteers (3)

Assist the distribution of school supply kits to classrooms on a weekday just prior to beginning of school year. This is roughly a 1 hour commitment.

 
All slots filled
Becky Koziel
Sarah Rose
Jemma Harding

Science Week & Science Fair Committee Co-Chairs (2)

Develop a theme and plan Science Week (historically held late February/early March). Activities include kick-off assemblies, daily trivia quizzes, and a non-competitive Science Fair & STEM Family Night.

 
All slots filled
Sinead Duffy
Padmini Kaushal

Science Week & Science Fair Committee Volunteers (15)

Help plan and prepare for Science Week by creating informative display cases and planning and running daily trivia quizzes. Create event program and help set-up/run Science Fair & STEM Family Night.

 
1 of 15 slots filled
Lipi Sekhadia

STEM Family Night Volunteers (40)

Volunteer for 1 hour shift at the STEM Family Night held in conjunction with the Science Fair; help students complete hands-on activities in one of the STEM components - science, technology, engineering or math!

 

Shop N Share Committee Chair

Raise money for Prospect School by developing 4-6 shopping events with local businesses. Set up the timing and details for each event and handle all publicity for events.

 
Maura Kelly

Shop N Share Committee Volunteers (2)

Assist Committee Chair with developing events. Put up and take down lawn signs day of events.

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Harley Houser

Sister School (William Penn Elementary in Chicago) Committee Co-Chairs (3)

Serve as liaison for all activities and communications between Prospect & William Penn. Prior activities have included donation drives, 4th grade field trip by Penn students with Prospect, and running the Penn School store each month.

 
All slots filled
Stacy Knotts
Corinne Barger
Sarah Gin

Sister School Committee Volunteers (20)

Be an active participant in maintaining our relationship with William Penn Elementary. Assist with various drives, help administer the William Penn school store, and assist with the 4th grade Penn field trip with Prospect.

 
18 of 20 slots filled
Josée Martens
Becky Koziel
Nicole Turano
Brigid Cranmer
Bridget DeMartino
Danielle Wheeler
Lindsay Uthe
Christine Terborg
Sharon Lyon
Melissa Hill
Danielle Martin
Shannon Matricaria
Kim Kitley
Emily Podboy
Helena Bunnow
Louise Crabb
Louise Crabb
Colleen Shayan
Christy McCormick

Spelling Bee Committee Co-Chairs (3)

Organize and run an all school spelling bee assembly for 3rd-5th graders (typically held in January). Organize in-class spelling bees run by the teachers to determine participants. Usually one co-chair is pronouncer and one is the judge.

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Padmini Kaushal

Spirit Wear Committee Co-Chairs (2)

Promote Prospect School spirit by selling tshirts, gear, and other items with the Prospect name or panther logo. Sales occur at the beginning of the school year and wrap up before the holidays.

 
All slots filled
Jennifer Zappas
Lindsay Uthe

Spirit Wear Committee Volunteers (5)

Assist the committee co-chair with selling spirit wear items.

 

Student Leadership Team Committee Co-Chairs (3)

Lead after-school club of 4th & 5th graders as they grow their leadership skills. Provide opportunities for community outreach, in-school programming, and team-building activities. Schedule local leaders to speak at monthly meetings.

 
All slots filled
Jennifer Baird
Kelly Kirchheimer
Jennifer Voight

Student Leadership Team Committee Volunteers (5)

Assist in the administration of this club by ordering club tshirts, coordinating meeting volunteers, organize carpools for off-site events, write Friday morning announcements, and take photos at SLT events.

 
All slots filled
Cara DiPasquale
Becky Koziel
Melanie Barnes
Anne Prasse
Lynn Ulrich

Strategic Gifts Co-Chairs (2)

Following a defined process, solicit requests for the funding of new school projects. Work with the school administration, PTO executive board, and teachers to review, prioritize, and fund requests.

 
All slots filled
Bridget Demartino
Julie Kauffman

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Committee Co-Chairs (3)

Organize activities showing appreciation from students and parents to our Prospect staff and teachers. Activities are mainly during Teacher Appreciation Week in May, but can be spread out throughout the year.

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Jessica Kaczmarski
Megan Caplis

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Committee Volunteers (30)

Assist with organization and execution of activities that demonstrate appreciation from students and parents to our Prospect teachers and staff.

 
22 of 30 slots filled
Beth Hoekman
Emily Barron
Shannon Westberg
Lisa DeCourcy
Michelle Darin
Tracy Lo-Virmani
Sinead Duffy
Krysten Thomas
Tami Croff
Mollie Howard
Julie Kauffman
Lipi Sekhadia
Harley Houser
Diana Horton
Valli Gupta
Kim Kitley
Jaime Weibel
Nadine Bolger
Kristyn Bannon
Jackie Zydek
Jennifer Voight
Christy McCormick

Unity Day Co-Chairs (2)

Plan and execute activities for Unity Day on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

 
All slots filled
Bridget Demartino
Julie Kauffman

Walk to School Day Committee Chair

This committee will coordinate Prospect's participation in the International Walk to School Day on October 7, 2020. Coordinate logistics with school office, publicize event, and contact local community representatives to join in the walk.

 
Melissa Fanaro

Walk to School Committee Volunteers (2)

Help with planning of Walk to School Day.

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Molly Mulligan

Yearbook Committee Chair (2)

Create the annual Prospect School Yearbook. Supervise a committee of 1-2 parent volunteers per class in creating class-specific collages. Manage the submission of all materials to the printers by March deadline.

 
All slots filled
Traci Miller
Anne Prasse
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