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8th Grade Graduation
The 8th Grade dance follows the 8th grade graduation 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. Additionally, 1-2 volunteers are needed to create a slideshow to be shown at the dance
2021-22 Chair: Kelly Boyer
Slideshow team: Carlye Laido
Volunteers are needed to coordinate the year-end 4th Grade Brunch in the courtyard, graduation slideshow and Clap Out Ceremony. These activities require several planning meetings in the early spring, and on-site help at the event itself. A volunteer (other than Chair) are needed to create the slideshow. A cleanup crew is also needed after the event, 3rd grade parents interested in chairing the committee should volunteer to help setup and cleanup.
2021-22 Chairs: Tara Kazinski and Alicia Holmgren
The annual Little Silver Classic 5K Run & Kids One Mile Races (USATF CERTIFIED) happens on Sunday, September 30, 2018 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!
Tara Kazinski and Michelle Teroni
Little Silver 5K After-Party (This event has been postponed)
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.
Annual Fundraiser and Neighborhood Competition centered around holiday lights and a neighborhood tour. Born out of Covid and continued because of the joy it brought to the community. This event is held the 1st weekend in December and involves recruiting a title sponsor, homes to join the competition and selling maps of the tour on a single afternoon.
Karey Griffin and Kristen Meulener
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.
By clipping Box Top coupons or participating in online promotions, you could fund a class trip, a set of books or any number of special school projects. Sign up for this committee to help get the word out about how easy it is to raise money for our schools via everyday purchases, help count coupons and determine prize winners.
2021-22 Chairs: Gina Gill and Dani Cohen
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.
Alicia Holmgren and Lynn McTaggart
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.
Fundraising/District Support - Extracurricular Activities Program
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!
Fundraising Events - Winter Event-Ice Skating
Held on the first weekend in January at the Red BankArmory. Volunteers needed to sell tickets and check skaters into event.
Fundraising Events - Father Daughter Dance
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.
Chair: Erika Bartels
Fundraising Events - Mother-Son Event
A Mother-Son event for Point Road students is in the works!
Chair: Erika Bartels
Fundraising Events - Lakewood Blueclaws Game
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.
Fundraising Events - MPS Fifth/Sixth Grade / GAME SHOW NIGHT
Our 5th and 6th graders enjoy a special Game Show Night at Markham on March 8, 2019! Volunteers will be needed for set up, to help run the activities, sell concessions and clean up. DATE IS March 11, 2022
Works with Karen Seligman (PRS Media Assistant) to coordinate author visits.
2021-22 PRS Coordinator: OPEN
2021-22 MPS Coordinator: OPEN
Student Wellness & Safety Awareness
These parents arrange 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.
Aimee Lazewski and Cortney Thomas
PRS Cultural Arts
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.
Normajean Swiss and Erica Bartels
PRS Festival of the Arts
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 few weeks prior to the event to help label and organize art work, set up the school "gallery" displays and also to man the framed artwork checkout and the basket auction the day of the fair. Help is also very much appreciated in breaking down the displays after the event.
PRS Field Day
MPS Cultural Arts
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.
Carlye Laido and Alicia Aninowsky
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!
MPS Field Day
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.
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 20th.
2021-22 Chairs: Normajean Swiss and Kia Barone
Different Learners Day (PRS)
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
Lauren VanVelson and Courtney Peduto
MPS Talent Show - Markham's Got Talent
The 5-8th Grade MPS students will showcase their talents at this event on January 25, 2019 . The committee supplies direction, publicity, refreshments and volunteers with practice sessions and the main event.
Markham CARES Day
This is a special day for 6th graders where they connect with local charities. Students collect donations and do work to benefit them.
Chairs: Kristen Flaherty and Carlie Laido
"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. Bag Brigade is the main event and is in November.
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 welcome tables are always needed and appreciated.
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.
The photography committee supports the PR efforts and takes photographs at each event. This committee will also track and clip news coverage. You do not need to attend every event to volunteer your time!
Public Relations / Communications
The PTO writes and distributes a weekly Little Silver Schools Newsletter (via Constant Contact), posts news on www.littlesilverpto.org and our Facebook page, 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.
Chair: Jessica Reithinger
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 Teacher Appreciation
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10. 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.
PRS Cookie Exchange
Taking place on Dec 14, 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.
Alicia Holmgren and Lynn McTaggart
MPS Teacher Appreciation
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10. Lunch will be organized for faculty on May 9th. 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
The MPS Teacher Cookie Exchange is a great kick off to the holidays and will happen on December 14, 2018. Volunteers coordinate the donated baked items and set up the display of the cookies for the teachers. Volunteers are also needed to bake!!
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.
Alison Buleza and Kristy Haise
GRANTS PR and MP
This committee would oversee the teacher grant process for each building - which will now be open and considered throughout the year as well as write grants and recruit others to research available grants and and complete grant applications available to our two school buildings. Dr. Albert is looking for grants to help fund playground improvement as an example.
Friends of Different Learners (FODL)
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 Gifted and Talented interests and 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
Other Ways to Help
Volunteer to be a Room/Class Parent
Volunteer to help with the 5K