Campus & Classroom Enrichment

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    Art Enrichment Committee, includes:

    Art in Action: Manages Art in Action program.
    Chair: Cathy Tokic, Shelley Winters
    Contact: art_in_action@laurelpto.org

    Art Studio Volunteer Coordinator: Manage Art Volunteer list. Check in once per week to see what the need is. Then, email parents who are on the volunteer list to see if anyone can help with various tasks, such as making black glue, refilling glue bottles, paint pallets, etc.
    At certain times of the year, the Art Studio Coordinator will solicit volunteers for projects that require more adult assistance (paper mache, for example).
    Chair: OPEN
    Contact: art@laurelpto.org 

    Art Show: Works with Laurel's art teacher to manage logistics of this popular springtime event where students' artwork is displayed for the Laurel community to enjoy. Event coincides with Laurel School's Open House.  Volunteers are needed to select and display student artwork and get ready for event with set-up and take-down responsibilities.
    Chair: Kelly Shiozaki, Catherine Nelson
    Contact: art_show@laurelpto.org

     

    Library Volunteer Committee: 

    Coordinates Laurel Library volunteer master schedule, communicates the librarian's policies and procedures, and recruits and trains Classroom Library Liaisons to manage schedule conflicts. Volunteers needed to staff their child’s library time (30 minutes) – help check-in and check-out books and return books to shelves. This is a great way to see your child in a learning environment!
    Chair: Fiona Walker
    Contact: library_vol_coordinator@laurelpto.org
     

    STEAM (Science, Technology, Art, and Math) Fair Committee: 

    Ask for THE MORNING off from work or get your sitter soon. You’ll remember this day for a long time (AND so will your child!). This committee creates, organizes and manages this school-wide, volunteer-intensive event that is one of our most popular each year. More than 150 parent volunteers are needed to help conduct art and science workshops. Not an artist? Not a scientist? Not a problem! Workshop folders contain detailed instructions, supply lists and more.
    Chair: Christine Chan, Shu Rosenthal, Theresa Fox, Lindsay Dillon, Gail Mohr, Stefanie Connors, Anne Newman, Hsin-Ling Tsai, Holly Nelson, Cynthia Dy
    Contact: steam@laurelpto.org


    Campus After-School Programs Committee, includes:

    After-School Programs: Manages, schedules and contracts for all after-school programs; ensures program compliance with school safety and protocol requirements. Volunteers needed to check in on programs to ensure they are successful.
    Chair: Kelly Blythe
    Contact: after_school_programs@laurelpto.org

    After-School Sports: Manages after-school sports programs for third and fourth graders; collaborates with Encinal.
    Chair: Sagar Patel, Lindsay Dillion, Shelley Winters, and Bernice van der Meer
    Contact: sports@laurelpto.org

    Student Safety & Welfare Committee, includes: 

     

    Disaster Safety: Works with the school and district to assess emergency supply needs. Helps create Emergency ID tags and organizes storage and access to supplies.
    Chair: Kevin Dew
    Contact: disaster_preparation@laurelpto.org

    Hot Lunch: Coordinates the hot lunch program that is available to all grades five times per week. Works closely with lunch vendor. Four volunteers are needed daily to serve lunch to students (11:45 AM to 12:45 PM). Hot lunch credits are offered to volunteers - let your child eat hot lunch at no cost when you donate your time. Email laurellunch@gmail.com for more information. Brief training is required prior to volunteering.
    Chair: OPEN
    Contact: hot_lunch@laurelpto.org

    Life Skills: Coordinates Life Skills program needs with Ashley Guilliot.
    Chair: Renee Pyle
    Contact: life_skills@laurelpto.org

    Lost & Found: Help the lost and found stay organized. Take a few minutes to hang up clothing and check for items that have been tagged with names and help return them. Once every three months, help wash remaining clothing and take it to a shelter to donate. 
    Chair: Jeannie Wynn
    Contact: lost_and_found@laurelpto.org

    Walk & Bike Week/Safety: Supports the practice of safely biking and walking to school, thus reducing traffic and creating healthy life habits. Plan and run Walk & Bike Week in April, where you staff an information table, help at the bike inspection station with Menlo Velo Bikes, and manage class competitions, giving stickers as prizes. 
    Chair: OPEN
    Contact: bike_walk@laurelpto.org


    Transportation Committee, includes:

     

    Car Line: Organizes and manages the car line system at Laurel, including sign distribution.
    Chair: Vicki Eckert
    Contact: carpool@laurelpto.org  


    Yearbook & Pictures Committee, includes:

     

    Picture Day: Manages the professional photography company for school pictures. Volunteers are needed for photo days to help with managing the students.
    Chair: Fiona Walker
    Contact: picture_day@laurelpto.org

    Yearbook: Join the yearbook team to work with our new yearbook provider, who will start our yearbook by populating with class photos and student portraits. Manage the yearbook process, take pictures at all-school events to use in creating school pages, and coordinate with HRPs who will make class candid picture spreads. Advertise the yearbook for sales at the end of the year (via newsletter, through HRPs, etc.)..
    Chair & Photographer (does NOT need to be professional): Megan Stone
    Contact: yearbook@laurelpto.org

Community Building

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    Caring & Sharing Committee, includes:

     

    Early Bird Breakfast: Coordinates the providing of healthy, homemade breakfasts for needed students. Make the food at home and drop it off before school in the office in individual brown bags for about 12-20 students. So easy, so rewarding! Volunteers needed to provide the breakfasts.
    Chair: Renee Pyle
    Contact: ebb@laurelpto.org

    Holiday Drives: This important committee runs the Thanksgiving Holiday Drive in November and and the Giving Tree in December to collect gift cards and gifts for Laurel School families in need. Spend just a couple of hours to sort the gifts, and help bring a smile to students’ faces at the holidays. Coordinates student-participation fundraising events with an emphasis on local, national, or international giving. Volunteers are needed to participate actively in the drives.
    Co-Chairs: Renee Pyle
    Contact: caring_and_sharing@laurelpto.org

    Ongoing Needs: Provides ongoing needs as they arise for families in need. Coordinates student-participation fundraising events with an emphasis on local, national, or international giving. Volunteers are needed to participate actively in the drives.
    Co-Chairs: Renee Pyle
    Contact: caring_and_sharing@laurelpto.org
     

    Fall Family Picnic Committee:

    Organizes the first community event of the year, coordinates food trucks and activities, featuring entertainment from local face painters, hair bling experts, the Menlo Park Fire Department, and more. Volunteers needed for set up, manning activities, and clean up. Prior to the event and outside of school hours, you can help by purchasing items needed for the event.
    Chair: Shu Rosenthal
    Contact: fall_family_picnic@laurelpto.org
     

    Hospitality Committee:

    Provides coffee and refreshments for community events, such as the Back-to-School Coffee and the Fall and Spring General PTO Meetings. Volunteers are needed to help donate or bake food items, pick up donated items, and set-up/take down responsibilities.
    Chair: Krista Rosa Brennan
    Contact: hospitality@laurelpto.org


    Kinder & New Family Welcome Committee: 

    Provides coffee and refreshments for community events, such as the Back-to-School Coffee and the Fall and Spring General PTO Meetings. Volunteers are needed to help donate or bake food items, pick up donated items, and set-up/take down responsibilities.
    Chair: Caryn Wasserstein 
    Contact: welcome@laurelpto.org


    Spirit Wear Committee: 

    Design the year’s Spirit Wear and set up our online store with our provider. Advertise Spirit Wear at school events, such as the Back-to-School Coffee and Fall Family Picnic. Deliver Spirit Wear through teachers’ boxes.
    Chair: Kirsta Rosa Brennan, Catherine Nelson, Stefanie Connors
    Contact: spiritwear@laurelpto.org
     

    Spring Fling Picnic Committee:

    Coordinates the final all-school event of the year, where we say farewell to those students moving on and hear students sing! Volunteers needed to arrange food trucks, help set up, clean up, and coordinate the music/Art Show portions of the evening.
    Chair: Sandra Ewers
    Contact: spring_fling@laurelpto.org


    Volunteer Appreciation Committee: 

    Collaborate on providing the Volunteer Appreciation Brunch and Award Ceremony toward the end of the year, as well as any other volunteer appreciation efforts. 
    Chair: OPEN
    Contact: president@laurelpto.org

Communications

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    Campus Calendars: Prepare and hang monthly English and Spanish calendars in display cases at carpool and the stage/arbor.
    Co-chairs: Caryn Wasserstein 
    Contact: campus_calendars@laurelpto.org

    Newsletter Committee: 

    Creates, edits, and distributes the weekly Laurel Newsletter and occasional Mid Week Updates, providing parents important school announcements.
    Co-Chairs: Julia Coolman, Ana Susi, Alexandra Norcross
    Contact: newsletter@laurelpto.org

    Spanish Translation Committee: 

    Help translate any needed Laurel collateral for distribution to our Spanish-speaking parents and immersion students.
    Chair: Belinda Borgo
    Contact: spanish@laurelpto.org
     

    Web Management Committee: 

    Help maintain and update the Laurel School website, as directed by the Board Communications Coordinator.
    Chair: Alexandra Norcross
    Contact: web@laurelpto.org

Fundraisers

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    PTO Membership Committee:

    Coordinates PTO membership activities, including the late summer/early fall membership drives. Please join the PTO!
    Co-Chairs: Caryn Wasserstein, Julie Borra, Suzanne Yonkers 
    Contact: membership@laurelpto.org

     

    Box Tops Committee:

    Organize the collection of Box Tops, one of the oldest fundraising traditions at Laurel. Help prepare newsletter content to promote the twice yearly collections and mail in the clipped box tops by the Fall and Spring due dates. Lastly, promote the e-Box Tops program, a program that allows us to collect Box Tops when parents shop online. 
    Co-Chairs: Jessica Gilmartin
    Contact: box_tops@laurelpto.org

     

    Book Fair Committee:

    Organizes, manages, sets-up, and works at the week-long book sale in the Fall. Volunteers also needed to help advertise, schedule class visits, and organize volunteers. 
    Co-Chairs: OPEN
    Contact: book_fair@laurelpto.org

     

    Pop! Pop! Read a Lot! Challenge Committee: 

    Helps put on the annual literary event and fundraiser by planning, organizing, and facilitating the reading challenge, tracking, advertising, and collecting donations from reading sponsors, as well as planning the lemonade and popcorn celebration at the close of the challenge. 
    Co-Chairs: Michael Aaron, Azadeh Rasmussen
    Contact: pop_pop@laurelpto.org

Teacher/Staff Support

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    Head Room Parents Committee:

    Organizes and communicates volunteer activities and parent-involved events of the classroom. Acts as liaison among the teachers, the parents, and the PTO. Volunteers needed in each classroom to serve as headroom parent (HRP) and support the Board HRP Coordinator.
    Chair: Molly Kossow, Megan Bernstein
    Contact: hrpcoordinator@laurelpto.org
     

    Staff Appreciation Committee:

    Hosts various events and provides gifts of appreciation throughout the year to help honor Laurel teachers, aides and administration staff for all that they do to educate and nurture our children. Volunteers needed to help donate homemade and store bought food items for events and support activities associated with Staff Appreciation Week.
    Co-Chairs: Jen Shoup, Shelly Winters, Krista Rosa Brennan
    Contact: staff_appreciation@laurelpto.org



    Please feel free to contact the PTO President, at president@laurelpto.org, with any questions you may have.