Volunteer

PLEASE NOTE: School clearances are required for all activities during school hours. Parents are highly encouraged to get their clearances as soon as possible so that they can take advantage of volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  

Volunteers Needed – Sign Up Today!

Classroom Volunteer Opportunities – Parties and Learning Centers

On-going opportunities:

Library – Shelving Books

Library – Crafts, Bulletin Boards and Copies

Lunch Room Helpers 

About Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to get more involved in your child’s classroom or the school? There are many opportunities to volunteer, both in and out of the classroom. Help is always needed and appreciated.

Homeroom Representative

A Homeroom Representative is chosen for each classroom at the beginning of the school year. The Homeroom Representative communicates regularly with the teacher/caregivers in the class and coordinates parties and teacher gifts. This is an ideal volunteer position for someone who would like a leadership role in the classroom.  Look for signups for this position early in the year. Clearances required. 

Classroom Volunteers

There are many different ways to volunteer in the classroom. Please use this form to indicate the opportunities you are interested in.

Class Party Planners  – There are four annual parties held in your child’s classroom at O’Hara Elementary:  Halloween, Winter, Valentine’s and Year End. These parties last approximately an hour and generally involve 3-4 stations of crafts, games, stories, etc. Each classroom needs 4 caregivers to organize these activities and work with the Homeroom Representative/teacher to make these parties fun for our kids! Classroom party sign ups are annnounced at the beginning of the year. Clearances required. 

Field Trip Chaperones – Classes at O’Hara Elementary generally take 1-2 field trips per year. Caregiver chaperones are needed during these trips to help keep the kids organized and safe.  The PTO will send out information about upcoming field trips and opportunities to accompany as a chaperone.  Clearances required. 

Themed Academic Learning Centers – Each grade level hosts academic learning centers at least twice annually. The learning centers provide family volunteers with the opportunity to see lesson plans in action. Volunteers help facilitate activities planned by the teachers. Clearances required.

Lunch/Recess Volunteers

The 2020-2021 school year has created new volunteer opportunities. In order to adhere to Covid guidelines and keep classes separated, caregiver volunteers with clearances are needed to help the lunch and recess monitors each day. The lunch/recess periods begin at 10:30 and lasts until 1:50. Volunteers are welcome during any period of time during this time frame.

Clearances and face covering required. 

Traveling Art Gallery

O’Hara Elementary PTO is proud to host a Traveling Art Gallery (TAG) program run by caregiver volunteers.  We have a print collection of various influential works of visual art. Each year, volunteers are assigned one of these prints. They then visit classes (generally your own child’s class and 1-2 others) to share the piece and lead discussions, activities, etc. for 15-30 minutes at a convenient time for you and the teacher. You do not need an art background for this opportunity. We have plenty of information and ideas to help with each print. If you are interested in becoming a TAG volunteer, please contact Ani at anne.demarco@gmail.com. Clearances required. 

Special Events

The O’Hara Elementary PTO also hosts a variety of fun school-wide events during the school year. Volunteers are always needed to assist with these:

  • Back-to-School Social
  • Scholastic Book Fair/Read Across America event
  • Annual Art Show and Showcase Night
  • 5th Grade Day
  • Teacher/Staff Appreciation Events
  • Fundraisers

Stay tuned for emails regarding these events and opportunities to get involved in them.

PTO Board

Interested in taking on a school-wide leadership position? The PTO Board works closely with administration, teachers, students, and caregivers to make O’Hara a great place to be!  Elected positions include President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Each has a two-year term.  More information on available Board position will become available in the Spring.