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.
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Classroom Volunteer Opportunities – Parties and Learning Centers
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.
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.
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.
Caregivers can also volunteer to help the lunch room monitors during their child’s 30-minute lunch period. Volunteers generally help kids open food items, bring them utensils/condiments, and wash tables. This is also a great opportunity to see your child and his or her classmates during their school day. You do not need to sign up in advance for this volunteer role–just show up when you have a free day!
For the 2019-2020 school year, the lunch start times are as follows:
- Kindergarten-11:00 AM
- First Grade-11:05 AM
- Second Grade-11:40 AM
- Third Grade-12:40 PM
- Fourth Grade-11:40 AM
- Fifth Grade-12:15 PM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Clearances required.
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
Stay tuned for emails regarding these events and opportunities to get involved in them.
Library, Music and Art Department Volunteers
Volunteers are sometimes needed to help the school librarians, or volunteer in the Music or Art Department. Look for emails regarding these opportunities. Clearances required.
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.