Volunteering

We Need Help! Top things we currently need help with:

  • One Time Audit of PTO Financials
    We need someone to do a one time audit of PTO Financials from last year. We do this to assure our financials are in order. The volunteer does not need to be a PTO parent, it could be a retired accountant, a neighbor or a friend. Please volunteer or help recruit someone.
    * Email: opmcentralpto@gmail.com
  • Help with Flash Dash!
    Flash Dash, OPM’s biggest fundraiser of the year will be in early May this year. Planning is beginning. Please reach out if you have interest in volunteering or sponsoring.
    * Email: Lisa Nowak at lisapnowak@gmail.com

General PTO Volunteering Information

We would love your help!

Are you ready to get involved with Okemos Public Montessori PTO this year? You don’t need to make a big commitment, and you don’t have to come to monthly meetings to make a difference (although ALL are welcome)! Whether you are a First Time time OPM Central Parent or a Seasoned “Pro”, if you have a little or a lot of time to donate, all help is appreciated. Many tasks can even be done at home, online, or outside of school, and positions are open to any parent.

School Community Events

Social Events Include:
(See the Events Page for a full list of scheduled events)

  • Eat Outs (1 Per Month)
  • Popsicles on the Playground (August)
  • Decorating and Walking with the OPM Float in the Okemos Homecoming Parade (September)
  • OPM Fall Festival (October)
  • Sweatheart Tea (Spring)
  • Impression 5 Event (Spring)

Special School Events and Support

Special School Events Include:

  • Meet the Masters
    Meet the Masters art appreciation program is a fun and fascinating way to volunteer in your child’s room. Once a month you meet with the class to discuss a painting by a famous artist. Sessions run about 20-30 minutes. Plenty of background material is available on the art and artists, and the children are full of questions and observations. You’ll learn a lot and love it! (2 people may share duties and alternate months). We need presenters for each classroom.
  • Mileage Club (Spring)
    Mileage Club is a program designed to make exercise fun by offering OPM students the chance to walk/run during designated break periods at school and earn incentives for reaching key milestones. We need volunteers to help log participants’ times/miles. We also need Chairperson to lead the group of volunteers in the planning and coordination of each day.  Most volunteer time is during school recesses. Smaller children are welcome to accompany volunteers.
  • Upper Elementary Coordinator / 4th Grade Graduation (June)
    Coordinate the upper elementary end of year party (draft sign-up provided), print graduation certificates (template provided) and wrap up the graduation pens for the year-end assembly.
  • Yearbook
    This year our photographer vendor that took school photos will be leading yearbook creation.

Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Events Include:

  • Teacher Luncheon (Monday, October 24th)
    Lunch provided by Zaytoons and dessert provided by In Kind Bakery. Thank you to these businesses, who also have students at OPM for their donations!
  • Spring Teacher Appreciation Luncheon and Week
    Assist in a variety of roles to show appreciation to our teachers and commemorate Teacher Appreciation Week.

Fundraising

Fundraising Related Events Include:

  • Spirit Wear Sale (September)
  • For Small Hands Montessori Items (October)
  • Spirit Wear Sale (November)
  • Flash Dash (May)
    This is our big fundraiser of the year! Volunteer opportunities include: Assist with event planning; corporate donation solicitation; day of help. We have committees for: Incentives, Communications, Day Of, Sponsorship, Finance. We need a group of dedicated parents to help organize this event. Email: Lisa Nowak at lisapnowak@gmail.com if you can help or have questions.
  • Field Day (June)
    Volunteers will assist Phys Ed teacher with set-up; clean-up; water balloons; refreshments; and game monitoring/coaching.

Non-Event Related Support

  • Landscaping
    If you have a green thumb, or would just like to help beautify our school’s outdoor setting, we could use help with: Fall and Spring clean-up of front landscaping; water new plantings; help with planting a potential Herb Garden; and other potential outdoor beautification projects.
  • WordPress Website Help
  • Grant Research
    We need people who can work with our PTO board to research and/or apply for grants for our school. Grants allow us to help out with projects that might not normally be in the budget.
  • CPA Auditor (once per year)
    Review the books to ensure that the bank statements and the electronic QuickBooks File mirror one another. Ensure that each transaction has proper documentation and is filed appropriately with a back-up on the google drive.
  • Communication Team
    Help manage and create content for the OPM PTO website, emails, Facebook page, and other social media. If you use social media regularly and/or are a good communicator and would like to help share our events happening at school, this is for you! We could use your help with our communications and social media presence. Tasks could include content writing, answering user questions, strategizing and implementation.
  • Class Supply Coordinator
    Help coordinate distribution of school supplies.
  • District Parent Council
    Represent OPM at the monthly district parent council meeting and report back to the OPM PTO.

Board Positions

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

General Volunteers

Not sure yet if you can commit to a specific activity or event? Do you have other general skills like baking, photography, computer/web skills, carpentry, public speaking, design, artistic, writing, requesting donations, fundraising ideas, etc? Please let us know what your strengths are and we’ll work with you on how you can help. Email: opmcentralpto@gmail.com