Volunteering

We’d love to help you get involved with Sauganash PTO in any way that works for your schedule and interests. What would you like to do? When would you like to do it?  We’d like to work with you to make sure all parents can pitch in. Involvement is for everyone!

Sign Up Genius’ will be posted for most but if you would like to get a jump on things and sign up today – please do!

2017-2018 Sauganash School Volunteer Sheet

♦ Denotes ideal work from home opportunity!


Family Fun Night

(Carrie Frieswyk and Karla Mina, Co-Chairpersons; many volunteers needed)

Be on the official “welcome back to school” party team!  This event is a great way to catch up and celebrate Sauganash School!  Help arrange food, music, set up, clean and fun. Volunteers make the event fun for everyone!

Date:  September 22, 2017


Book Fair

(Elaine Fitzgerald, Chairperson; many volunteers needed)

If your dream is to be locked in a bookstore overnight and if you love helping children select wonderful books, this is the assignment for you!  Assistants help set up (sneak peek), tear down, and help children, parents & teachers find the perfect books for themselves and for gifts during the fair!  Set up Fridays before the fair, tear down Wednesday afternoons of the fair.

Fall Dates: October 2 – October 4, 2017
Spring Dates: May 7- May 9, 2018

Sign up to volunteer for the Spring Scholastic Book Fair here.


Halloween Party

(Chairperson needed; Assistant needed; volunteers needed)

A family party for grades K-5. Come dressed to thrill and scare for Halloween!  Chairperson and assistants work with a small budget to plan the festivities (food, DJ, games, decorations, etc.). Volunteers make the magic happen at this annual spook-tacular!

Date:  October 26, 2017


Bingo & 50/50 Raffle Night

(Jane Powers Chairperson; many volunteers needed)

Help plan, coordinate and organize a family bingo and 50/50 Raffle event to be held at the school in the cafeteria.

Date: Friday, February 9, 2018


free pasta night

(Volunteers needed)

This community event for our school is so much fun.  Families are invited to come for a FREE dinner, usually donated by an area restaurant.  We need help coordinating food as well as volunteers to help make this happen.  

Date: April 20, 2018


Grand family fling 

(Volunteers needed)

A spring family night that is guaranteed to be a lot of fun for all kids. This will be a new event in lieu of Daddy Daughter Dance, it is open to new ideas and energy!

Date: May 4


Teacher Appreciation week

(Jane Powers and Marcia Shapiro, Co-Chairpersons; volunteers needed)

Our teachers are gonna love you! Within a provided budget, coordinator plans a May Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, which traditionally has included home- and restaurant-made delicacies, special snacks, door decorations and more! Assistants help set up, clean up, and serve.

Date: May 7-12


Spring Benefit

(Volunteers needed)

Help plan, coordinate and organize the PTO Benefit event with a silent auction, music, and eats. Good food, great friends, and a great cause come together for a fun filled evening of giving.

Date: June 2, 2018


Book Swap

(Volunteers needed)

This Sauganash tradition is so much fun, and the best part about it is that it costs nothing, kids love it, and it encourages reading. Students bring in their already read books, and swap them for new ones.  We need someone to coordinate and help organize this fun event during the school day.

Date: June 15


Volunteer Appreciation & Family Dinner Night

(Chairperson needed; volunteers needed)

Help plan, coordinate and organize a volunteer appreciation and family bingo dinner event to be held at the school in the cafeteria.

Date: TBD


Buy-In Party Host/Hostess

(Chairperson needed; 3-4 Assistants/Hosts needed)

Do you love planning a fancy shindig or a casual get together?  Buy-in parties are not only fun, they benefit our school.  Here’s how they work: generous parents or friends of Sauganash host a party with themes ranging from wine tastings to hot yoga.  Host or hostess underwrites the cost of the party, there is a fee to attend each party and fee is donated right back to the PTA.  Some past parties include: Moms and Margaritas, Whole Foods Craft Brew Tasting & Poker Party. Unable to host but have a great idea for a buy-in party? Let us know!

Date: TBD


Free Money

(Mari Lynn Krause, Chairperson; assistants needed)

Are you a fabulous sales person with uncanny organizational skills?  Have we got a gig for you!  Help coordinate and promote all of Sauganash School’s free money programs like North Shore Community Bank, Box Tops, Shoparoo and others.

Date: All year commitment.


Social Coordinator

(Chairperson needed; 1-2 assistants needed)

Are you a social butterfly? Foodie who frequents local restaurants? Out and about as much as a busy parent can be? Be the point-person to coordinate with local restaurants and businesses for social events outside of school hours, especially on No Attendance School Days. Past examples include Lou Malinatis Sauganash Day and Sky High (% of sales generated on certain day are donated). We want to partner with a limited amount of businesses who will partner with us throughout the year, you aren’t shy and will approach business owners and managers and create a variety of social opportunities throughout the school year.


Volunteer Coordinator

(Chairperson needed; 1-2 assistants needed)

Coordinate the coordinators.. Be the point-person for volunteer recruitment and communication with room parents as well as other parent volunteers. You are a whiz with a spreadsheet or great at organizing lots of little details so you know where volunteers are needed most and more importantly know WHO to call to ask. Maintain and update the words you are reading right now… the volunteer descriptions! Assist/take lead on Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast in Spring.

Date: All year commitment.


Green Team

(Catherine Okelman-Anderson & Gladys Gibson Co-Chairpersons; more committee members welcome)

Do you pick up garbage on your walks? Do you tsk and moan while going through your trash? Want to help reduce Sauganash School’s carbon footprint and teach our children the three R’s? This committee is for you! Join our new green team and help identify places for improvement and implement new programs to help make Sauganash an eco-friendly school.

Date: All year commitment.


Other ways to be involved

PTO Newsletter & Technology

(Nicole Morton, Catherine Schumer and Catherine Okelman-Anderson, Co-Chairpersons; more committee members welcome)

Be in the know. Get the scoop and start spreading the news! Help research, organize, and write articles for our PTO e-newsletter. Share the good word of Sauganash School to our community, stay on the lookout for events and notable achievements, and then submit them as articles and calendar listings to local papers such as The Sauganash Sounds, Edgebrook-Sauganash Times, The Reporter, DNAInfo.com and The Chicago Tribune. Work with PTO committee chairs to post up-to-the-minute info about events and activities. This committee is also responsible for maintenance of the Sauganash PTO website and Facebook and Twitter pages.

Date: All year commitment.


Copy Printing Assistance

Would you be willing to help with the important task of helping run copies for PTO handouts that go in Friday folders from time-to-time? This is a small time commitment for someone who would have ability to be at the school between 8-3 pm. Ideal for the person who isn’t interested in an ongoing volunteer commitment but would like to help out once in a while!


Utility (more members welcome)

Nothing above catch your eye? Or want to volunteer but not sure where or when but you KNOW you want to help out? Commit to commit:) Just let us know and we will try to connect you with volunteer opportunities that will fit with your style and schedule. There will also be opportunities throughout the year where more volunteers will be needed. Ongoing.


Ready to reach out? Please contact PTO President, Marcia Shapiro at: sauganashptaprez@gmail.com

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