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2021-22 Volunteers

2021-2022 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 Katie Byerle and Yasmin Hussain 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.

 
All slots filled
Beth Nordby
Kelcee MacDonell
Lisa DeCourcy

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.

 
3 of 15 slots filled
P kaushal
Carrie Willard
Kirsten Konar

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)

 
23 of 25 slots filled
Sarah Ryan
Harley Houser
Katie Lang
Carter (3rd grade) & Autumn Lang (1st)
Carolyn Hodge
Nicole Turano
Mollie Howard
Angie Ehmke
Josée Martens
Katie McMahon
Tami Croff
Megan Caplis
Corinne Barger
Breanne Brubaker
Karyn Szurgot
Melanie Barnes
Christine Terborg
Carrie Willard
Libby McMichael
Krysten Thomas
Tina Lattas
Melissa Hill
Shannon Matricaria
Diane Crites

Book Fair Volunteers (Spring/May) (25)

Please see Book Fair Volunteer Fall description above.

 
22 of 25 slots filled
Sarah Ryan
Katie Lang
Carter (3rd grade) & Autumn Lang (1st)
Carolyn Hodge
Melissa Fanaro
Nicole Turano
Mollie Howard
Angie Ehmke
Brittany Moran
Aislinn (3) and Liadan (2) Moran
Katie McMahon
Megan Bartelli
Emily Barron
Tami Croff
Megan Caplis
Corinne Barger
Breanne Brubaker
Karyn Szurgot
Melanie Barnes
Christine Terborg
Krysten Thomas
Tina Lattas
Melissa Hill
Shannon Matricaria

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.

 

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.

 
5 of 8 slots filled
Lauren Gray
David (1st)
Angie Ehmke
Sarah Freel
Dawn Jones
Dorothy Foster

Communication Committee Co-Chairs (2)

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

 
All slots filled
Katie Byerle
Yasmin Hussain

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.

 

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.

 

Communication Committee Webmaster (2)

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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

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

 
All slots filled
Lynn Ulrich
Christen Schmeltz

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
Anne Prasse
Megan Bergin
Angela Goss

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.

 
Megan Bergin

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.

 
11 of 45 slots filled
Alicia Pielsticker
Angela Goss
Becky Koziel
Puja Patel
Jaime Weibel
Sarah Rose
Josée Martens
For both: Tommy and Jake Martens
Katie Allanson
Melissa Schaefer
Courtney Moon
Ying McEwen

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

Investigate & recommend fundraising initiatives for PTO.

 
All slots filled
Jenny Voight
Linsday Uthe
Amy Ponto

Gift Wrap Fundraiser Committee Chair (3)

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.

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Maggie McKone

Gift Wrap Fundraiser Committee Volunteer

Assist with gift wrap fundraiser as needed.

 
Jackie Mason

Grounds Committee Chair

The Grounds Committee Co-Chairs work with the District to maintain the school grounds. This is perfect for people who enjoy gardening.

 
Diane Crites

Grounds Committee Volunteers (6)

the Grounds committee ensures the crosswalks are repainted prior to the beginning of school. The Grounds committee also publicizes and administers the “Buy a Brick” Program (a PTO fundraiser) in the spring of each year, and oversees installation of bricks

 
2 of 6 slots filled
Mollie Howard
Hannah Harrelson

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.

 
6 of 30 slots filled
Emily Barron
Harley Houser
Jessica Kaczmarski
Megan Bartelli
Sarah Freel
Beth 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.

 
All slots filled
Theresa LeBaron
Alicia Pielsticker

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
P kaushal
Becky Koziel
Sarah Ryan
Melissa Hill
Jaime Weibel
Sarah Rose
Angela Goss
Jessica Kaczmarski
Julie Kauffman
Nicole Turano
Angie Ehmke
Josée Martens
Brittany Moran
Katie Allanson
Jemma Harding
Lexie Harding 2nd
Tami Croff
Megan Caplis
Corinne Barger
Breanne Brubaker
Karyn Szurgot
Melanie Barnes
Christine Terborg
Jessica Fiscella
Carrie Willard
Helena Bunnow

Inspiration Club for Girls Co-Chairs (3)

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

 
All slots filled
Megan Bergin
Meghan Miller
Sarah Ryan

Inspiration Club for Girls Committee Volunteers (3)

Provide general assistance at meetings.

 
All slots filled
Melanie Barnes
Christine Terborg
Ying McEwen

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 (100)

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.

 
47 of 100 slots filled
Harley Houser
Melissa Hill
Jaime Weibel
Olivia - 3rd Grade, Travis - 1st Grade
Katie Lang
Carter (3rd grade) & Autumn Lang (1st)
Melissa Fanaro
Evelyn K, Claire 2
Lauren Gray
David (1st)
Angela Goss
Trevor Goss 5th, Gavin 2nd, Hudson K
Jessica Kaczmarski
Vivian (K) and Jack (3rd)
Julie Kauffman
Stella (4th)
Nicole Turano
Kira-3rd, Sabrina-1st
Mollie Howard
Angie Ehmke
Josée Martens
For both: Tommy and Jake Martens
Brittany Moran
Aislinn (3) Liadan (2) Moran
Katie Allanson
1st, 3rd and 5th
Beth Nordby
Becca - 3rd grade
Jemma Harding
Lexie Harding 2nd
Megan Bartelli
Tami Croff
Megan Caplis
Connor (3rd) Abby (1st)
Breanne Brubaker
Karyn Szurgot
Amanda LaReau
Caleb grade 3
Dawn Jones
Melanie Barnes
Melissa Schaefer
Gray-5, Bennett - 3, katherine- k
Christine Terborg
Carrie Willard
Henry 4th
Gretchen Kotleba
Quinn - 1st, Miles - 4th
Jennifer Voight
Paul Voight, 2nd; Lucy Voight, 4th
Jeannie Sullivan
Krysten Thomas
Helena Bunnow
Tina Lattas
Vickie (K) Colette (3)
Renee Hillinger (2)
Blair Hillinger (4th) & Blake Hillinger (1st)
Beth Mool
Benjamin (3rd)
Shannon Matricaria
Will - 4th grade
Alicia Pielsticker
Caden- 5th and Charlie-3rd
Ann Tushaus
Diane Crites
Eric Crites
Dorothy Foster
Hannah Harrelson
Penelope (2nd)
Kirsten Konar
lela vesecky
Shannon Westberg

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 (100)

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.

 
12 of 100 slots filled
Becky Koziel
Bridget DeMartino
Harley Houser
Breanne Brubaker
Amanda LaReau
Caleb grade 3
Dawn Jones
Gretchen Kotleba
Quinn - 1st, Miles - 4th
Tina Lattas
Vickie (K) Colette (3)
Beth Mool
Benjamin (3rd)
Diane Crites
Dorothy Foster
lela vesecky

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.

 

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
Melissa Fanaro
Emily Barron

Newcomers Committee Volunteers (10)

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

 
2 of 10 slots filled
Emily Peterson
Harley Houser

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
Lindsay Uthe
Jenny Voight

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.

 
1 of 11 slots filled
Michelle Darin

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.

 
1 of 2 slots filled
P kaushal

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
Meredith Bailey
Brigid Esposito

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
Nicole Turano
Katie Allanson

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 Winter (2021/22) and manage the distribution of the kits in August 2022 the week before school begins.

 

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
Emily Barron
Alicia Pielsticker
Lauren Gray

Season of STEAM 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.

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Padmini Kaushal

Season of STEAM 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.

 

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.

 

Shop N Share Committee Volunteers (2)

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

 

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
Stacey 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.

 
9 of 20 slots filled
Becky Koziel
Bridget DeMartino
Nicole Turano
Christine Terborg
Carrie Willard
Gretchen Kotleba
Melissa Hill
Shannon Matricaria
Ann Tushaus

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.

 
2 of 3 slots filled
Padmini Kaushal
Christine Terborg

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
Jen Zappas
Megan Caplis

Spirit Wear Committee Volunteers (5)

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

 
1 of 5 slots filled
Lauren Gray

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.

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Kelly Kirchheimer

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
Becky Koziel
Josée Martens
Christine Terborg
Gretchen Kotleba
Jennifer Voight

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
Puja Patel
Gretchen Kotleba

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.

 
All slots filled
Megan Caplis
Jessica Kaczmarski
Dawn Jones

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.

 
10 of 30 slots filled
Emily Barron
Bridget DeMartino
Lauren Gray
Michelle Darin
Mollie Howard
Corinne Barger
Breanne Brubaker
Beth Mool
lela vesecky
Shannon Westberg

Unity Day Co-Chairs (2)

Plan and execute activities for Unity Day on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

 

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.

 

Walk to School Committee Volunteers (2)

Help with planning of Walk to School Day.

 
1 of 2 slots filled
Mollie Howard

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

Hour of Code Chair

Work with school staff to plan and execute Hour of Code activities for the students. Hour of Code is a global initiative to introduce kids to coding. The initiative takes place in mid December.

 

Dash n Bash Committee Co-Chairs (2)

Plan and execute our main school fundraiser where students participate in 1K Dash through Prospect Park, followed by a Bash at Prospect School.

 
All slots filled
Jeannie Sullivan
Sandy Marek

Dash n Bash Awards (2)

Coordinate with sponsorship team to secure awards for student fundraisers, top classrooms, and registered runners; fill student display cases with awards; decorate golden panthers. Work done in Summer-September.

 

Dash n Bash: Cake Walk (3)

Solicit and collect all donated items for Cake Walk; set-up Cake Walk day-of event. Work done in September.

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Harley Houser

Dash n Bash: Course Logistics & Safety (2)

Mark course with spray chalk; set up finish line water; responsible for managing course safety volunteers; assemble and distribute safety materials (first aid kits, waters) to course safety volunteers Week of/Day of position

 

Dash n Bash: Entertainment (2)

Coordinate Bash entertainment; obtain game prizes; supervise night-of event with other volunteers. Limited work over the summer, mainly a September commitment.

 

Dash n Bash: Food Vendors (2)

Recruit food vendors prior to event; coordinate delivery of food & beverages; supervise night of event food volunteers. Some summer work, but mainly work in September.

 

Dash n Bash: Signs

create, prepare and coordinate printing of sponsorship yard signs and banner; prepare and coordinate printing of sponsorship certificates.

 

Dash n Bash: Sponsorship (8)

Solicit corporate & community sponsors, student awards and raffle prizes; hand off awards and raffle prizes to respective committees to manage. coordinate use of sponsor logos and sponsor inserts. Works April-September

 

Dash n Bash: Tennis Court Manager (2)

responsible for managing pacers/check-in volunteers, set-up and clean up of teacher signs on the tennis courts; manage student check-in. Week/Day of position

 

Dash n Bash: T-shirt/Magnets (3)

Order t-shirts and magnets for race registration; coordinate magnet distribution to teachers and daily emails to teachers for distribution of magnets to students. Work occurs in August/September.

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Megan Caplis

Dash n Bash: Volunteer Liaison

Solicit volunteers via room parents, CHMS, and HCHS; coordinate with co-chairs to fill all necessary volunteer positions; float during event to assist committee heads. Work occurs in September and week/day of event.

 

Dash n Bash: Flipcause Wrangler

(Virtual position) Manage the fundraising software platform

 
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