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, Michelle Le Hew Ahring. You can also use this form.
If you might be available for occasional projects during the school year, email Michelle Le Hew Ahring and she’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 (May 14, 2020).
Help with the fall and spring sales of high-quality paperback and hardcover books. Spring dates are 4/20 to 4/23/2020.
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. Marisa Martinez
Coordinate publicity, solicit donations of home-baked cookies, set up, and/or clean up for this early winter fundraiser. The Cookie Crumble this year is 12/7/19. Jaime Moran and Barbara Portaczewski
Coordinate publicity, solicit artists and crafters, set up, and/or clean up for this event, held in conjunction with the Cookie Crumble (12/7/19). Susan Raphael
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.
Help with this winter indoor special event on 2/22/20 that includes games, prizes, entertainment, and food.
Kara Sakellaris and Nick Sakellaris
Fun Fair Teacher Parties
Organize teacher and staff donations to silent auction and supervise bids during fun fair.
Brainstorm and execute fun and educational gardening-related activities – no previous experience required! This is an on-going, year-round club that meets after school on Friday that is busiest in the fall and spring.
Help fourth-grade and fifth-grade students with homework, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, Mondays – Thursdays.
Help supervise student sports activities during this school-day event on 5/22/20.
Generate donations, coordinate marketing, handle sponsor recognition. Lots of opportunities for people who can volunteer any amount of time.
Michelle Ahring Jennifer Carizey and Kelly Belmont
Online Auction Parent Parties
Generate and organize parent parties for the online auction
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.
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 Michelle Ahring and Mindy Everett
Organize and produce school directory of teacher, staff, families, and PTO leaders.
Solicit parent/teacher volunteers, promote to families, and organize activities, food, and supervision for annual sleepover on 5/8/2020.
Coordinate online sales of Irving t-shirts and other items. Shannon Giles
Organize parents fundraiser trivia contest. 5th Grade Parents and Kara Sakellaris and Nick Sakellaris and Donnie Biggins.
WORM Club (Working On Reading in the Morning)
Read with first-grade through third-grade students, one-on-one, 7:30 – 8:00 am, Monday – Thursday.
Compile and organize photos throughout the for the end-of-year yearbook, coordinate production and sales. Yearbooks are given to the 5th grades from the PTO, and are sold in late Winter.
Alison Askham Price and Alicia Francis
Zero Waste Lunch Committee
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 me know. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4fa8ab28a6fc1-lunchroom1
Adult family and college students welcome!
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