One of the reasons Irving School is such a vibrant and special place is our awesome volunteers! Volunteering is a great way to meet other Irving families, get to know your student’s friends and teachers, raise funds for enrichment programs, and strengthen our school community.
Descriptions of each committee, along with current contact information for the committee heads, are listed below. If you’d like more information, you can email the committee head directly, or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Ryan Storck. You can also use this form.
If you might be available for occasional projects during the school year, email Ryan Storck and he’ll contact you when extra volunteers are needed.
PTO Volunteer Committees
Help with publicity, setup, and supervision of this spring academic fair.
Help coordinate and set up for this student art and music event in the spring.
Bulletin Boards and Weekly Packets
Organize and display materials for the bulletin board near the main office, assemble weekly information packets to go home with students.
Help plan and organize various cultural enrichment activities for our Irving students.
Dancing for Desserts
Coordinate donations of desserts, help run this event at the Fun Fair, and coordinate storage and pickup of desserts after they are won.
Eagle Extras (Currently on HOLD for 2021/2022)
In past years, volunteers could assist in scheduling and publicizing after-school art, sports, and theater activities, and other fun and educational programs (Find out more here). Unfortunately, our usual Eagle Extras are currently on HOLD for the 2021/2022 school year.
Email the Eagle Extras Coordinators (Currently Inactive)
Fifth Grade Send-Off and Beginning/End-of-Year Parties
Organize special fundraising events and presentation of class gift for fifth-grade students and families.
Lauren VanderBerg, Mechelle Wesley, Melissa De Jesus-Vasquez and Susan Raphael
Help with this winter indoor special event that includes games, prizes, entertainment, and food.
Kara Sakellaris and Nick Sakellaris
Fun Fair Class Baskets
Organize parents and teachers to provide donations for class baskets and supervise basket auction during the Fun Fair.
Fun Fair Teacher Parties
Organize teacher and staff donations to silent auction and supervise bids during the Fun Fair.
Help with any or all of the PTO’s general fundraising efforts.
Brainstorm and execute fun and educational gardening-related activities – no previous experience required! While this club is not currently meeting in person, we can still use your help making the Irving Garden a space for all to enjoy! This is an on-going, year round club that is usually busiest in the fall and spring, and in “normal” years would meet after school on Fridays.
Homework Helper (Currently on HOLD for 2021/2022)
In past years, volunteers would help fourth-grade and fifth-grade students with homework, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, Mondays – Thursdays. However, this program is currently on HOLD for the 2021/2022 school year.
Help supervise student sports activities during this fun school-day event in the Spring.
Generate donations, coordinate marketing, handle sponsor recognition. This event has lots of opportunities for people who can volunteer any amount of time.
Jennifer Carizey and Kelly Belmont
Pacers (Currently on HOLD for 2021/2022)
In past years, volunteers could help us get the kiddos outside and running during lunch/recess. Running brings many rewarding benefits for kids’ physical, mental and personal development. It’s also fun and anyone can do it! If you are available, please consider signing up once the program re-opens!
Room Parent Coordinator
Ensure that each classroom as at least two room parents to help with social and academic events and to serve as a link between the teacher and other parents.
Jessica Ocken and Mindy Everett
Organize and produce school directory of teacher, staff, families, and PTO leaders.
Sleepover (Currently on HOLD for 2021/2022)
In past years, the Sleepover coordinators would solicit parent/teacher volunteers, promote to families, and organize activities, food, and supervision for the annual sleepover in the Spring. This event is currently on HOLD for the 2021/2022 school year.
Compile and organize photos throughout the for the end-of-year yearbook, coordinate production and sales. Yearbooks are given FREE to all 5th graders from the PTO, and are sold in late Winter. Email Elizabeth Holst Schinazi to learn how you can help, or if you are interested in submitting photos of your Irving student(s) to be included in the yearbook, click here to learn how.
Elizabeth Holst Schinazi and Isabel Bogarin
Zero Waste Lunch Committee (Currently on HOLD for 2021/2022)
Volunteers are essential in maintaining this Zero Waste program because they train and assist the children through the sorting process, which can be a hurried and confusing process.
Ideally, we need volunteers to commit to overseeing all three lunch periods from 11:30 to 12:25, however, if you can only make part of that time, please let us know. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4fa8ab28a6fc1-lunchroom1
Adult family and college students welcome!
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