2019 - 2020 VOLUNTEERS
AUDIT COMMITTEE: Maria Marakas Alexopoulos
2-4 persons from general PTO membership (who have not handled funds on behalf of the PTO). Responsible for overseeing PTO finances to ensure that assets are safeguarded and finances are managed in a business-like manner. Duties include quarterly review of bank reconciliation and annual audit of PTO financial statements (or hiring of independent auditors.)
BOOKS FROM THE HEART COORDINATORS: Cheryl El-Hilali, Amy Glick and Leslie Schutte
Works with Chickering librarian to prepare and distribute books, schedule volunteers for sales, and to communicate this event school wide.
FUNDRAISING: Channel Dagesse and Jackie Taylor
CHICKERING BOX TOPS COORDINATOR: Maria Marakas Alexopoulos and Lindsay Kobuszewski
Manages the communications, collection and submission of Box Tops twice per year. Works with Fundraising Team.
DOVER DAYS TEAM: Channel Dagesse and Jackie Taylor
Works with the Fundraising Co-Chair to plan and organize the PTO games booth at the annual Dover Days fair in September. Organizes games, secures rentals of Dunk Tank, purchases prizes, and gathers and promotes volunteers for the Dunk Tank. Assists with set up and clean up.
COMMUNICATIONS: Lori Johnson
e-BLASTS: Lauren Verni
Prepares and distributes PTO email communications. Computer skills necessary
NEWSLETTER EDITOR: Lauren Vernie
Prepares and distributes monthly PTO e-newsletter. Computer skills necessary.
SOCIAL MEDIA GURU: Maria Marakas Alexopoulos
Posts relevant content from the PTO, Chickering School and the Dover community to Facebook.
WEBSITE CONTENT MANAGER: Lindsay Forde
Manages content for PTO Website. Makes updates or creates new pages as necessary. Computer skills necessary. Wix experience a plus.
COMMUNITY EVENTS: Jennifer Bender and Martha Holt Castle
Plans community related events for Chickering students and their families. Works with Vice President
BIKE SAFETY DAY: Sarah Cole - Plans and coordinates Bike Safety Day.
INTERNATIONAL NIGHT: Archana Venkataraman - Plans and coordinates International Night.
MOVIE NIGHT: Jennifer Bender and Martha Holt Castle - Plans and coordinates one or more Family Movie Nights.
PARENTS NIGHT OUT: Yen Pantano - Plans and coordinates one or more Parent Night Outs.
SCIENCE FAIR: Lindsay Nie and Amanda Smith - Plans and coordinates the Science Fair.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Peter Hoffmann, Esq.
Identifies opportunities for community service (e.g. donations of items, money and/or time). Coordinates the food pantry deliveries, the Halloween candy drive and any other charity drives that the team decide to do. Works with Community Outreach Chair.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE CLUB COORDINATOR: Whitney Gilchrist
Coordinates the Make A Difference community service after school club’s once a month meetings, on half-day Wednesdays, utilizing an existing plan and overseeing volunteer parents that signup to organize individual meetings. The monthly meetings include a trip to the Natick food pantry, a get together with the COA seniors, and making a birthday party box for the Birthday Wishes charity among other things. Works with Community Outreach Chair.
METCO FAMILY FRIENDS COORDINATOR: Mila Clark and Miranda Cohen
Assigns host families to every Metco family and serves as liaison to Metco families. Also coordinates activities throughout the year to facilitate relationships within the community. Works with Community Outreach Chair.
ARTFUL ADVENTURES | MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON: Peter Hoffmann
HALLOWEEN CANDY DRIVE: Jennifer James and Leesa Mullin
LUNCH ROOM COORDINATOR: Courtenay Cabot Venton
CURRICULUM ENRICHMENT: Rachel Motley and Ellie Beasley
Works with Curriculum Enrichment Chairs and teachers to plan, deliver and evaluate grade-specific programs for the year.
CE PRE K: Elizabeth Harry
CE K: Mila Clark and Lauren Verni
CE1: Sara Gutierrez Dunn and Leslie Leon
CE2: Colleen Burt and Anne Poole
CE3: Peggy Gemelli and Amy Johnston
CE4: Janet DeBevoise and Claire Richardson
CE5: Whitney Gilchrist and Purvi Patel
DIRECTORY TEAM: Jean Drum, Maria Marakas Alexopoulos, and Leesa Mullin
Prepares and distributes annual PTO school directory. Computer skills necessary.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: Jennifer James
FAMILY SPORTS OUTINGS: Karen Hussar
FIFTH GRADE CELEBRATION COORDINATORS: Barbara Dawley, Rachel Motley and Janet Williams
FIFTH GRADE CELEBRATION TEAM: Alexy Boudreau, Amie Glick, Liz Hartnett, Monica Herrera, Lori Johnson, Sara Kinney, Purvi Patel, Amelia Slawsby, Reena Tandon and Aihua Yang
Organizes and manages fifth grade end of year celebration
FIFTH GRADE YEARBOOK COORDINATORS: Irena Mroz
Organizes, manages and proofs the fifth grade yearbook.
FISH TANK MANAGER: Brian Rooney
Works with Mr. Wadness on maintaining the Chickering Fish Tank.
HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR: Karen Anderson and Susanne Erickson
Coordinates teacher luncheons and other smaller events that support the staff at school with the help of the room parents and the use of Signup Genius. Reports to Vice President.
LIBRARY COORDINATOR: Ilene Zatylny
Coordinates volunteers for the school library. (Library aides, book “re-shelvers” and K parent helpers)
LUNCH ROOM COORDINATOR: Courtenay Cabot Venton
NEW FAMILY WELCOME TEAM: Rachel Hwang, Stephanie Kube and Jackie Taylor
Welcome new parents to the Chickering Community. Facilitates communications with working parents. Brainstorms on ways to better connect new and working parents with Chickering and Dover PTO.
OUTDOOR CLASSROOM TEAM: Jean Drum and Robin Crooks-Hart
Works with Chickering leadership to plan and develop Chickering’s outdoor learning environment
SCHOOL PICTURE COORDINATOR: Megan Carolla and Leslie Meunier
Manages vendor relationship with Coffee Pond, coordinates picture-day activities and volunteers
UNDERSTANDING OUR DIFFERENCES (UOD) COORDINATOR: Liz Hartnett
Work with teachers to plan, deliver and evaluate grade-specific programs for the year. For more information on UOD please visit http://understandingourdifferences.org
Manages the auction items for the Spring Auction. Oversees ad sales. Manages guest list.
With the help of an acquisitions team; solicits and acquires items for mystery items, raffle, silent and live auctions. Organizes classroom projects.
EVENT PLANNING CHAIR
Plans theme, decorations, entertainment, food and drink for the Spring Auction
ART & GRAPHIC DESIGN
Creates the auction catalog, invitations and marketing materials for the biennial Spring Auction. Works closely with Events Chair and Operations Chair.
Sets a timeline of communication throughout the Spring Auction year including save the date, invitations, press releases, newsletter submissions and emails. Works closely with Operations Chair.
Works to secure advertisements for auction program. Identities potential sponsors. Works closely with Acquisitions Chair.