Parent involvement is the key to any great school. It’s also a lot of fun as well as a wonderful way to make friends. Many volunteer positions require very little of your time and effort but offer a big payoff to our children and their school. Please consider volunteering for one of these open positions.
Camp Fair Volunteers
Run by Tommy Medernach, the camp fair is a fun event perfect for any and all parents. The commitment is only a single evening in early February. Come help set up, greet the camp representatives and/or assist with clean up.
Online Spring Auction Committee Members
Run by Jennifer Tsuda and Kate DeVagno, this is a major fundraiser that needs a few committee members to help pull it together. Perfect for working parents. Very limited involvement; mostly requires emailing at your convenience.
Class Project Coordinators
Run by Michele Bates, the class projects for each grade provide a great opportunity to get into your child’s classroom and to be creative and have fun. These positions are perfect for working parents. You will coordinate with other parent volunteers to go into classrooms and create a project with each class for the spring auction.
Spring Carnival Positions
The beloved spring carnival is an afternoon of fun and games for the children, families and staff of Underwood that also helps to raise significant funds for the PTO’s various programs each year. The carnival is held on the first Friday in June. The planning work has already been performed - all that’s needed are a few dedicated individuals to execute the plan and make sure everything comes together.
Currently on the Carnival team:
Grill Captains: Brian Goodwin, Laura Keenan and John Monahan Basket Raffle: Kate DeVagno
Volunteer Coordinators: Elizabeth Gagnon and Julie Lane-Kane Ticket Sales: Autumn Sarzana and Meredith Andrews
Cake Walk: Dina Colin and Meredith Welch
Snow Cones and Ice: Niki Diller
Prize Table: Catherine Byn and Andrew Min
Grocery Gift Card/Sponsorship Solicitations: Michele Bates
Teacher Raffle: Work begins in early April; all the work is via email (soliciting teachers for after-school parties), except for the day of the carnival, where you will man the table.
Face Painting: Buy supplies and help organize volunteers on the day of the carnival. Help man the tables during the carnival. Minimal time for shopping for supplies and day-of set up.
Permits: Pull all permits associated with the carnival from the City Of Newton (all needed permits and full instructions available). Moderate time commitment, most permit forms are available to print out on line. You can either drop off in person or mail in.
Games and Inflatable Liaison/Games Maintenance: Contact desired company, develop order, review and sign contract, and follow up with company a week prior to event. (In past years we have used PartyVision.) Ensure the in-house games are functional and ready for use.
All previous captains are available to help and guide you through the operations of each of the need roles for this beloved event ALL FOR THE KIDS!
Creative Arts & Sciences Committee (CASC)
Grade-level coordinators needed to organize volunteers for enrichment programming for each class. Coordinators work with CASC Co-Chairs Rachel Stavis and Anne-Marie Gravel (who schedules all programming) to ensure at least one parent volunteer attends each session. This is a great opportunity to get into your child’s classroom and get to know his/her teacher. Minimal effort required; time invested is only 45-90 minutes.
Please contact Rachel Stavis at email@example.com for further details on any of these open positions – we need your help!