Open PTO Roles for ’22-’23

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 contact the Underwood PTO at for further details on any of these open positions.

Thank you for your continued involvement in making Underwood a vibrant community! We have open volunteer roles for every level of time commitment – both in person and completely virtual!

Our Open Roles for the 22-23 school year include: 

  • Carnival Co-Chairs – The Carnival is our most beloved Underwood tradition! The Co-Chairs execute the Carnival plan and oversee the various activity captains. 
  • Families Organizing for Racial Justice Liaison (Virtual) –  The FORJ liaison serves as the bridge between Underwood FORJ activities and specific school and town-wide initiatives. This role may be done completely virtually. 
  • Safe Routes to School Liaison (Virtual) –The Newton Safe Routes to School Task Force is looking for a new rep. The Safe Routes Task Force includes representatives from each school and those who are available (about 1/3 of the reps) have a monthly meeting via Zoom with Newton Police, DPW, NPS, School Committee members, and others from the City. School reps work with their PTO and principals on whatever seems a fit for their own school – ideally as a minimum on the three state walk/roll/bike/bus days (Oct/Feb/May) each year and on 5th-grade bike safety training with the Newton Police. Some schools and reps do more as their time and interest allow. This role may be done completely virtually. 
  • Board Members at Large – Join the PTO Board and share your ideas and expertise with the Community! Members at Large should attend monthly PTO Board meetings (a mix of in-person and virtual). There are no specific duties associated with this role and will vary. 
  • Room Parents (Virtual) –We need Room Parent volunteers for our classrooms! Room Parents play a key role in building our tight-knit community at Underwood and supporting classroom teachers as needed. This role may be done entirely via email with no in-person volunteering required.Please contact our Room Parent Coordinator Hai Ly Burk at if you want to sign up or learn more.

Please email us if you have any questions, want to learn more about a specific role, or sign up!