TJ PTO Volunteer Opportunities
The Thomas Jefferson Parent Teacher Organization proudly supports its students, teachers and staff at Thomas Jefferson School! Please consider volunteering your time to support TJ's wonderful programs, events & fundraising committees!
We have a wide range of opportunities and open positions available, with varying levels of time commitment and we need people with many different skills. Please read through our opportunities below and sign up here! Please note you must be logged into membership toolkit to sign up for any open positions.
The TJ PTO Board is the backbone of the PTO organization and community. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people! To make the workload much easier for busy parents, we have the option to split all of the positions into co-chair roles. We cannot have a PTO next year without board members, so please consider signing up.
2022 Co-Presidents: Sara Osean and Amita Gumpper
The co-presidents will serve as the leaders of the PTO, serve as the liaison with the Thomas Jefferson principal and board members and, will approve events that will be throughout the year. The co-presidents will hold meetings, work with volunteers that coordinate events and partner with the Treasurer to review and coordinate the budget.
Treasurer or Co-Treasurer
2021-2022 Treasurer: Sarah Rubenstein
The treasurer is responsible for the PTO funds and accounts. They will manage the disbursements of funds, oversee collection of money, do the banking, and handle the accounting and books for the PTO budget.
The secretary assists the Co-Presidents. The main role will be to record and distribute meeting minutes for the PTO meetings. The secretary will also work with the Communications Co-Chairs on content for the Newsletters.
Co-chairs: Emma Davis and Alissa Walmsley
The communications chairs assist the Co-Presidents with maintenance of the membership toolkit website and keep information current. Also responsible for sending out weekly newsletters and event notifications / reminders to everyone in the PTO directory.
Committee Chair Positions
We have a wide range of committee chair opportunities within the TJ School community. We wouldn’t be able to do anything without our volunteers! Below is a list of all of our committee chairs with descriptions, please consider signing up for one of our open positions! All parents are welcome and we need your help to make the Spring of 2022 and the 2022-2023 school year the best it can be for our kids. If you are interested in a specific committee that is already filled, please go to the committee volunteer sign up sections below to sign up to be part of the team! We can’t wait to work together!
Book Fair Co-Chairs
Co-Chairs: Kerry Hershberger and Leslie Van Der Heoff
Coordinate with vendors, promote the event and arrange with teachers for classroom visits to Book Fair. Organize book fairy and teacher wish-list programs. Volunteers set-up, help students select books, sell and takedown the Book Fair. Book Fair will be open one evening during TJ’s Literacy Night, in addition to normal school hours.
Catalog Fundraiser Chair
Chair: Keishin Kono
A catalog fundraiser coordinator to organize, collect, manage and distribute orders. For the 2021-2022 school year, please support the TJ PTO by shopping Boon Supply, where we earn 40% of any purchase.
Color Run Committee Co-Chairs
Co-Chairs: Christina Gulish and Jeremy Gulish
The October 2021 Fall color run event was our biggest fundraiser of the Fall and planning for the 2022 Color Run is already underway. The co-chairs coordinate logistics, volunteers, ordering TJ Titan t-shirts and sunglasses for the kids, donations before and during the event, etc.
Chair: Lauren Taylor
Responsible for annual Holiday Drive to support TJ School's families in need such as the Thanksgiving Basket Drive and the holiday gift cards. This chair also has the option to organize and implement additional charitable efforts during the year.
Cultural Arts Chair
2021-2022 Chair: Heidi Griffee
Works with the TJ School Administration to select the Arts in Education programming for the school year. Coordinates with the MEF and participates in roundtables for arts in education. Assists with contracts, booking dates, etc. Also responsible for assisting artists during their time at TJ.
Family Nights Co-Chair Coordinators
Organize and run 1-2 family fun nights through the school year. Coordinate event with parents & teachers, as well as ordering and sale of refreshments during the event. In the Spring of 2021 we are doing a Spring Sports event on May 12th.
Fifth Grade Farewell Picnic Coordinator
Co-Coordinators for Spring 2022: Robin Jenkins and Brandi Szymanski
Each year we need a fifth grade parent to coordinate volunteers and plan a day of activities, food and fun for 5th grade “graduating” students at an off campus location, usually Lidgerwood Park in Morristown.
Fifth Grade Yearbook Coordinator
The coordinator helps organize a committee of volunteers to collect photos, edit and produce a yearbook for the 5th grade class. 5th grade parent volunteers are needed to act as photographers, reporters and editors to complete this project.
Co-Chairs: Emily Lipnick and Randi Albiston
Coordinates 3-4 fundraising events through the school year with local businesses where TJ families can order food or gifts, have restaurant nights, etc. and a percentage of each bill is given back to the PTO. 2021-22 events have included Mangiano’s Pizza in November and Verilli’s Bakery Valentine’s Treats in February.
Hospitality & Teacher Appreciation Co-Chairs
Co-Chairs: Colleen Carey and Donna Grutt
Volunteers are responsible for organizing and working at Teacher Luncheons for Back to School and Teacher's Appreciation Week as well as small "thank you's" throughout the school year. Organize committee volunteers to organize food and cash donations from parents, decorate, serve the luncheon and clean up.
(See Teacher Appreciation Week Coordinator Position below, now recruiting for Spring of 2022!)
Landscaping & Beautification Chair
Chair: Christina Sipley
Solicit donations, coordinate volunteers, plant seasonal flowers for front entrance of building and TJ Sign as well as miscellaneous school beautification projects.
Parent Night Out Event Chair
Chair: Katherine Vizzini
This committee organizes a TJ Parent night out fundraiser in the spring. In the past these events have included the March Madness Event.
Restocking the Teacher's Lounge Coordinator
2021-22 Chair: Jenn Baldessari
2022-23 Chair: Heather Hanna
Coordinates the restocking of the teacher's lounge with donated supplies from parents on a bimonthly basis, depending on need.
Rewards Programs Chair
Coordinate rewards programs for the TJ PTO including Box Tops for Education, Amazon Smile, Shutterfly, and any other additional programs. Provide education and communication to parents and staff about how to participate in these “free money” programs for our school.
Room Parent Coordinator
Chair: Sharon Lee
The room parent coordinator is responsible for assigning room parents based on applications as well as coordinating various volunteer and communication needs for TJ PTO events and programs. Classroom coordinators work closely with the grade-level helping teacher and room parents work closely with respective classroom teachers.
School Clubs Coordinators
2021-22 Co-Chairs: Jessica Chang and Alison Barber
Teacher-led after school clubs are offered to the students for a fee. The committee organizes the offerings and is the coordinator for the teachers and parents. Clubs are offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring and cover varied topics: sports, games, art, etc.
School Store Co-Chairs
Co-Chairs: Amanda Plummer and Lauren Crescenzi
The school store is a sales event where students can purchase small novelty items, such as school supplies, themed items and collectibles, etc. and is usually run on various days throughout the year. The two largest school store events are the Winter Holiday Boutique (December) & Mother's Day Boutique (Spring). Co-chairs are responsible for purchasing items for sale, coordinating volunteers for set up and running the school store, etc.
Spanish Language Communications / Translator
A Spanish language communications translator is a critical role within PTO and this person will assist the co-presidents, communication chair and committee chairs with translating important PTO documents, communications & flyers throughout the school year. This easy role can be done at home.
Spirit Wear Coordinator
Coordinates the sale and distribution of school t-shirts, magnets and other TJ school merchandising at major school events throughout the year. Responsible for coordinating the online store, offering school related Spirit wear. items at the beginning of school.
2022 Chair: Donna Grutt
Sunshine Coordinator is responsible for sending notes and condolences to teachers and staff, as well as minimal gifts for momentous occasions (wedding, 1st baby, retirement). It’s a great way to show appreciation to our teachers for their big life milestones.
Teacher Appreciation Week Coordinator
2022 Chair: Donna Grutt
While the hospitality and teacher appreciation committee manage most of our wonderful teacher appreciation efforts, Teacher Appreciation Week in May needs extra help to make sure our teachers feel the love! We need a coordinator to collect gift cards donated from local businesses in Morristown to be raffled off during Teacher Appreciation Week in May.
Ongoing Volunteer Committee Opportunities
If you don’t have the bandwidth to chair a committee but would still like to be involved throughout the year with the PTO, join one of our committees below! These opportunities are ongoing and happen throughout the year. It’s a great way to stay involved in the school community!
Sign-ups for room parents is in September of each school year. To learn more about room parents for each classroom, click here.
Fifth Grade Yearbook Committee
5th grade parent volunteers are needed to act as photographers, reporters and editors to create a yearbook for the entire 5th grade class. Photos from parents and teachers need to be collected and organized in addition to book layout creation. The yearbooks are a wonderful keepsake for the entire 5th grade class and wouldn’t be possible without parent volunteers.
Hospitality & Teacher Appreciation Committee
Volunteers assist the Committee Chairs in providing lunches for Back to School and Teacher's Appreciation Week as well as small "thank you's" throughout the school year. Committee volunteers help to organize food and cash donations from parents, decorate, serve the luncheon and clean up.
Landscaping & Beautification Committee
This committee needs volunteers to plant seasonal flowers by the front entrance and the TJ Sign, as well as miscellaneous outdoor school beautification projects throughout the year.
School Store Volunteer Committee
The school store is a sales event where students can purchase small novelty items, such as school supplies, themed items and collectibles, etc. and is usually run on various days throughout the year. The two largest school store events are the Winter Holiday Boutique (December) & Mother's Day Boutique (Spring). Volunteers are needed to help plan, set up each school store event, run the events, clean up from the event and during the holiday boutique provide wrapping services to students.
Event-Specific Volunteer Opportunities
If you don’t have the bandwidth to chair a committee but would still like to be involved with the PTO for a one-off event, join one of our committees below! We need volunteers to assist the committee chairs with planning and organizing, as well as volunteers to fill time-slots during the event. It’s a great way to get involved when you have limited availability.
Book Fair (Spring of 2022 and 2023)
Help organize and set up at the book fair. There will also be a need for parent volunteers to help run the book fair during the event.
Color Run (Fall of 2022)
The color run is our biggest fundraiser of the fall! Volunteers help run the event, organize supplies, sell spiritwear, take donations during the event, throw color on the kids, etc.
Family Nights: Spring Sports Event (May 12th)
This year our family night will be a fun-filled Spring Sports Event on May 12th that will include a NY Jets football throw, NY Red Bulls soccer kick, Zumba and a Ninja course. The PTO will need volunteers for ticket sales and help running the event.
Field Day (June 2022)
A fun-filled day full of outdoor games between classroom teams organized by Mr. Brown, the Physical Education teacher. Volunteers help run the event and organize supplies (water, cups, ice, ice-pops).
Keep an eye out for the sign up in June!
Parent Night Out Event (Spring 2023)
This committee organizes a TJ Parent night out fundraiser in the spring. In the past these events have included the March Madness and the Kentucky Derby.
Fifth Grade Farewell Picnic (June 2023)
Each year we need a fifth grade parent volunteer to help with a day of activities, food and fun for 5th grade “graduating” students at an off campus location, usually Lidgerwood Park in Morristown.
- Thursday, May 26
- Friday, May 27
- Monday, May 30
- Wednesday, June 8
- Friday, June 10
- Friday, June 17
- Monday, June 20
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Thank you for the Holiday donations