Little Silver PTO at work for our students
The Little Silver PTO needs you! From fundraising to inside school and community events, teacher appreciation to photography, we have more than 30 committees to choose from. Each volunteer opportunity has a different level of time commitment. Join us!
2019-2020 Open Chair positions: Plant Sale, Box Tops, MPS bookfair (new), 2021 Kitchen Tour.
2019-2020 Other opportunities: ECA helper, Website assistance.
4th Grade Brunch, Slideshow & Clap Out Ceremony – Kristen Flaherty
Chairperson works with the 4th grade room parents to coordinate the year-end 4th Grade Brunch in the courtyard, graduation slideshow and Clapping Out Ceremony. These activities require several planning meetings in the early spring, and on-site help at the event itself. Volunteer (other than Chair) is needed for creating the slideshow. Cleanup crew is also needed after the event, 3rd grade parents should be the volunteers for clean up with the idea the following year they can help on the committee.
8th Grade Graduation Dance – Christina Sack and 7th grade room parents
The 8th Grade dance follows the 8th grade graduation in the Cafetorium and provides a fun-filled way for our Markham graduates to finish off their year. The 7th Grade parent(s) who chairs the committee coordinates the party & comes up with the theme, decorates, orders catered food, dessert, DJ, & favor. A photographer is also needed to take pictures during the event
8th Grade Graduation Slideshow – Christine Ryan
1 – 2 volunteers needed to create a slideshow to be shown at the 8th Grade Dance that immediately follows graduation.
Around the World Day – Maria Nakhleh and Erin Mendoza
This 2nd grade event is an entire day dedicated to exposing students to cultures and facts about other countries. Parent volunteers create tri-fold poster board style presentations to teach small groups of students. They can bring articles of interest to share with the students, do a brief craft, or share stories from their experiences there. Parent volunteers gain the opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences of different cultures with the students. We encourage 2nd grade parents to volunteer, but parents of students in other grades are also encouraged to volunteer! This event will be held March 18th
Community Outreach – Christin Cosimano, Alicia Aninowsky, Kate Galbavy and Amy Terrill
“Don’t just teach kids how to count. Teach ’em what counts most.” – Karen Salmansohn. The Community Outreach team coordinates service activities to benefit those in need, and in-school projects to teach our children why helping others is so important.
Different Learners Day (PRS) – Diane DiYanni and Lauren VanVelson
In collaboration with FODL, Different Learner’s Day is an impactful event for the third grade classes. They experience school through the eyes of a person with physical and/or cognitive challenges, and gain respect for the added effort others must make to achieve their goals
Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) Program – Normajean Swiss
New in 2018/2019, the PTO is offering an after school tuition-based ECA program at both schools. Activities and clubs are led by outside instructors, teachers and parent volunteers. If you have an idea from a new program, please contact Normajean or email email@example.com
Father Daughter Dance – Gina Patrone and Patti Mueller
The Father-Daughter Dance takes place at the end of January/ early February…it has traditionally been the Sunday before Super bowl Sunday. Volunteers are needed to sell tickets, set up for the event and chaperone the dance
Friends of Different Learners (FODL) – Maria Wood and Cate Knight
The Little Silver FODL is a group of PTO parents working together to enhance the education of children who have different learning styles. The goal is to bring families in similar situations together to share information and to provide support for one another. Information is geared toward the health and well being of all our children. We also facilitate meetings and discussions for the Parent Advisory Council. LSFODL is an active participant in Two River Friends of Different Learners, a regional group. We collaborate with the Two River districts to offer support group meetings and guest speakers. Please see more information on our website or like us on Facebook. Contact: LittleSilverFODL@gmail.com
Green Team – Gina Patrone
This group works collaboratively with the district and the community to bring awareness to environmental issues and provide actionable strategies for students and parents to help do their part for our planet in school and at home. Some members will help identify grants and aid in the information gathering process for grant applications.
Hospitality – Jeanne Lauro and Heather Behan
Attend any school or PTO-related event and it’s pretty much a guarantee that you will come across our Hospitality Committee setting up a table with beverages and snacks with caring, welcoming smiles! Donation of healthy snacks or baked goods, water bottles, and/or time to man tables are always needed and appreciated.
Kindergarten Coordinators – Diana Davis and Jennifer Salsarulo
We are looking for people to help us next Spring! This committee helps kindergarteners and their parents meet and get to know other children and parents. The committee will coordinate play dates in the Spring following Kindergarten registration and social gatherings for the parents. You will also manage the closed Facebook group for the kindergarten parents. Ideally we would like to have parents on this committee who have children in the school system now but who will have a kindergartener starting in the Fall 2019.
Lakewood Blueclaws Game – Anne Hannan
Held on the Thursday night before Memorial Day weekend. In conjunction with Little Silver Recreation Committee organizes an assembly, ticket sales & deliveries, experience sales and event management.
Little Silver Classic 5K – Michelle Koster & Christine Livingston & Maegan Skinner
The annual Little Silver Classic 5K Run & Kids One Mile Races (USATF CERTIFIED) happens on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Red Bank Regional High School. For more information about this renowned fundraiser, visit www.littlesilver5k.com. Volunteers are needed on race day and in the month leading up to the race. This is a major fundraiser annually for the LS PTO. Sign up here if you are interested in helping with race day this year as well as be on the planning committee for the race in 2019!
Little Silver 5K After-Party – Kim Milano
This committee works alongside the Little Silver 5K Race Directors to organize and execute the 5K After Party, a fun filled family and community event that follows the race. They organize the food, entertainment, kids activities, sponsor tables and raffle.
Markham CARES Day – Carlye Laido
This is a special day for 6th graders where they connect with local charities. Students collect donations and do work to benefit them.
MPS Art Show
The MPS art show is held just before school lets out for the Summer. Under the direction of the Art Teacher and the Art Show chair, the year’s worth of art work completed by the children is displayed in the Cafetorium and throughout the hallways. We are always looking for volunteers to help display the Art Work!
Mother-Son Event – Anne Hannan & Barbara Ciatto (PRS) and Lisa Ratner & Kim Bracken (MPS)
Our first Mother-Son bowling event was a huge success! Join this committee if you would like to be involved in the planning process for the 2019-2020 school year.
MPS Field Day – Sharon Hawthorn and Phyllis Sauer
MPS Field Day is an awesome way to end the school year! This outdoor competition between Kiths is a great day for school spirit. Room parent organize snacks and water for the day and a BBQ lunch is historically organized by the Little Silver Police Department.
MPS Cultural Arts – Coleen Forbes, Carlye Laido (closed committee)
Each year the PTO is pleased to fund thousands of dollars into the Cultural Arts program at Markham Place School. This program provides our students with exposure to musicians, plays, and a variety of other art forms that they would not typically experience in the classroom. Past programs include character building assemblies, The Doodle Dude, The Signature Project, Holocaust Survivor, The Human Body and the Memory Show.
MPS Fifth/Sixth Grade Game Show Night – Sommer Van DeBoe
Our 5th and 6th graders will enjoy a special Game Show Night at Markham on March 13, 2020! Volunteers will be needed for set up, to help run the activities, sell concessions and clean up.
MPS Talent Show – Markham’s Got Talent – Gabriella Bonocore & Normajean Swiss
The 5-8th Grade MPS students will showcase their talents at this event on January 24, 2020. The committee works together during rehearsals Tuesday 1/21 – Thursday 1/23 from 6-9pm and the performance night to assist and monitor students, create an event program and provide refreshments.
MPS Teacher Appreciation – Anne Riddle, Taryn Lenahan, and Caryle Laido
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8. Lunch will be organized for faculty on May 7th. The items needed will be determined by the committee, and a request sent out to parents for food contributions. The committee will then set up and break down the luncheon. Throughout the year we host other teacher appreciation gestures that you may be called upon to assist with.
MPS Teacher Cookie Exchange – Heather Levering
The MPS Teacher Cookie Exchange is a great kick off to the holidays and will happen on December 13, 2019. Volunteers coordinate the donated baked items and set up the display of the cookies for the teachers. Volunteers are also needed to bake!!
Photography – Jen Holzapfel
The photography committee supports the PR efforts and takes photographs at each event. You do not need to attend every event to volunteer your time!
Public Relations – Jen Holzapfel
The PTO writes and distributes a weekly Little Silver Schools Newsletter (via Constant Contact), posts news on www.littlesilverpto.com, social media (Facebook & Instagram), and communicates internally through school-wide e-blasts as needed. This committee promotes the other committees’ events through the internal channels and through local media connections. This committee also manages the bulletin boards at each school.
PRS Festival of the Arts – Kate Galbavy and Alicia Aninowsky
All of PRS is transformed into an art gallery at the end of the school year, with a year’s worth of work from the entire school on display. Volunteers are needed during the weeks prior to the event to help set up the school “gallery” display and also to man the basket auction the day of the fair. Help is also very much appreciated in breaking down the displays after the event
PRS Book Fair – Leslie Dyer & Jennifer Biedinger
The PTO supplies volunteers to set up, work, and break down the Scholastic Book Fair. The fair is held in the multi-purpose room at PRS through the school day and into the evenings on Book Fair week; as well as at the Book Lovers Ball.
PRS Courtyard – Jen Renna
The Courtyard is an outdoor classroom, an interior playground, a magic garden and a quiet place of reflection smack dab in the middle of PRS. Along with volunteer groups such as the Scouts, this committee helps with planting, maintenance, and clean-up, particularly in the Fall and Spring. Volunteers are also needed to water and weed over the Summer.
PRS Cultural Arts – Alicia Aninowsky and Amy Eklof (closed committee)
Each year the PTO is pleased to fund thousands of dollars into the Cultural Arts program at Point Road School. This program provides our children with exposure to authors, musicians, plays, and a variety of other art forms that they would not typically experience in the classroom. Past programs include character building assemblies, Weather with John Marshall, Dino Dig, Native American Indian Dancers, and Laser Mania.
PRS Extracurricular – Normajean Swiss
The PTO will organize an Extracurricular After-school program for students. This committee will work with programming, student registration and marketing. Some programs are run by outside vendors, teachers and parents. If you are able to devote your time to an afterschool venture, we look forward to working with you!
PRS Plant Sale
Held on the Friday before Mother’s Day. PRS students shop during school for plants. This committee oversees the purchase and setup of the plants at PRS, assists the children with their selections, and clean up afterwards.
PRS Teacher Appreciation – Erin Pedersen, Jill Hendricks and Katie Foley
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8. Lunch will be organized for faculty on May 5th. The items needed will be determined by the committee, and a request sent out to parents for food contributions. The committee will then set up and break down the luncheon. Throughout the year we host other teacher appreciation gestures that you may be called upon to assist with.
PRS Teacher Cookie Exchange – Lynn McTaggart
The PRS Teacher Cookie Exchange is a great kick off to the holidays. Volunteers are needed to bake and coordinate the donated baked items and set up the display of the cookies for the teachers. Planned for Dec. 13, 2019.
Spiritwear – Karey Griffin & Jamie Fleming
Be on the lookout this fall for your chance to order Little Silver Warrior tees and sweatshirts, shorts and sweatpants, hats, etc.! Volunteers are needed to assist with sales and delivery of merchandise.
Student Wellness & Safety Awareness – Amy Lazewski and Normajean Swiss
These parents assist the admin team with assemblies given by state and local organizations, corporations and hospitals to promote “safety first” through education, raising awareness and the reinforcement of safety rules for the students. This team also organizes Walk/Bike to School in the Fall.
Sunshine Club – Alison Buleza
This club provides sunshine to those in our community who need it most. This committee does card/gift/flower purchasing & delivery. All requests approved by PTO board. This committee also helps with special faculty days like Principal’s Day and other sprinkles of appreciation to those in our school and community who do so much for our kids.
Winter Event-Ice Skating – Jen Holzapfel and Brian Lootsma
Held on the first weekend in January at the Red Bank Armory. Volunteers needed to sell tickets and check skaters into event.
Wizards – Anne Hannan
Our Wizards fundraiser is one of the most fun events for the community! Help get this basketball game of teachers/staff/community members vs a Harlem Globetrotters type team off the ground. There is a pre-event pizza party to organize, tickets to sell, concessions to manage, and other jobs. Event to be held May 2020.