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Monday, April 10 - 2017
Meeting - 7:00pm

Manning School
Community Room

Babysitting provided!


This chairperson works on ways to improve the school grounds. 
Volunteers are needed to assist the chairperson with a variety of activities.

Birthday Books:
Students are given the opportunity to select a book from a PTO-provided
collection as a birthday gift.  Presentations are done once a month. 
Children with summer birthdays are recognized during the school year. 
Volunteers are needed to assist children with book selection.  Time commitment can
be once or as many times as you wish. Volunteer time is 8:40-9:40am.

Background Check Coordinator:
The chairperson is responsible for making sure all volunteers have gotten a
background check completed at the Westmont Police Station prior to volunteering.

Box Tops for Education:
Manning participates in the Box Tops for Education program which allows us to
purchase many items for our school. All families can help by simply clipping labels and box
tops symbols from designated products. Committee chair is responsible for submitting
labels In addition, volunteers are needed three times per year to help with collection,
sorting and counting. More information can be found at

Cake Walk:
The Cake Walk takes place during the Fun Fair in February. Prior to the date of the
Fun Fair, the two chair people put together and distribute an informational  flyer,
asking for donations of baked goods for the event. The two chair people also try and
acquire some free donated baked goods from local businesses such as Dunkin' Donuts.
Much of the preparation takes place during the school day of the event.

Labels for Education:
Manning participates in the Labels for Education label program which allows us to
purchase many items for our school. All families can help by simply clipping labels
symbols from designated products. Committee chair is responsible for submitting labels.
In addition, volunteers are needed three times per year to help with collection,
sorting and counting. More information can be found at  

Class Pictures/Vision & Hearing Screening:
Volunteers are needed on Class Picture Day and Vision/Hearing Screening Days
to escort children to and from their classrooms.  Class pictures are taken in September. 
The Du Page County Health Department schedules vision and hearing screening in January.

Fall Book Fair:
The Fall Book Fair takes place in November during Parent/Teacher conferences. 
The chairperson works with the Manning School Librarian to select books
from the PTO-chosen vendor and coordinates the set-up, teardown and volunteers
for the event.  The fair is held one evening from 5-9 PM and the following morning
from 8 AM- 12 PM.  Volunteers are needed to help with set-up the afternoon of the fair,
staffing during the sale hours, and teardown after the fair closes.

Fall Fundraiser:
This catalog sale features a lifestyle line which includes everyday items as well as
holiday themed. The fundraiser takes place over four weeks in the fall and is the
biggest fundraiser of the year. The committee chairs are responsible for contracting
with the company and facilitating the order and delivery processes. Volunteers are
needed to help with sorting and distribution when the orders come in.

Field Days and Jump Rope for Heart:
This chairs assists Mr. Cyrus with getting volunteers and providing and setting up
snacks for both events.  Jump Rope is usually in February and Field Days are in May. 

5th Grade Picnic:
Chairs from Manning and Miller meet and plan an afternoon picnic with games and food that takes place after their Junior High tour in the Spring. Kids walk to Ty Warner with their teachers and then parents take over. Many volunteers are needed the day of with no younger siblings. Chairs will send out their own form for volunteers a few weeks before the event.

Fun Fair/Raffle:
This event takes place in February and consists of games and activities, food and
an amazing raffle.  This committee is broken into two sections.  One person is needed to
organize the Fun Fair, and two people organize the Raffle.  The Fun Fair Coordinator
contracts with local business to find a space for the event, sets up games/activities
and coordinates volunteers.  The Raffle coordinators are responsible for creating a
donation request letter for local and corporate businesses.  Volunteers are utilized to
distribute donation request letters and pick up donated items.  Volunteers are needed for
both Fun Fair and the Raffle in hour shifts the evening of the event.

Ice Cream Social:
This event celebrates the start of a new school year and gives families the chance to
meet and reconnect after the summer.  It is held one evening in September. 
Committee chairs attend one planning meeting during the summer, publicize the
event and organize volunteers.  Parent volunteers are needed in hour shifts to help
with set up/tear down, ice cream and activities.

PARC Coordinator:
ISAT snacks are provided by the PTO for grades 3-5, who are tested in March. 
It takes place for only 1 week, with the 4th grade having an extra day the following Mon. 
The snacks must be purchased, separated by class, and left in the Teachers lounge before
classes start.  The teachers then send kids down to pick them up.

McTeacher Fundraiser:
The McTeacher fundraiser occurs twice a year. The committee chair contacts
McDonald’s to set a date for each night and promotes the event. In the past,
15% of the night’s sales including the drive thru go back to the school.

Parent Representatives:

This two person committee oversees the coordination of events throughout the
school year.  They have the responsibility for providing refreshments/decorations for the
New Parent Welcome held on the first day of school as well as for the Teachers’ Tea,
held at the first staff meeting of the year.  This committee also organizes two family
events during the year, such as a movie night and a family roller skating outing. 
They plan events for Teacher Appreciation Week.  They maintain the parent
bulletin board.  Parent volunteers are needed for each event.

Read-A-Thon is a school program supported by the PTO.  It is designed to
encourage students to read regularly by providing incentives in the form of special
activities and prizes.  This committee works with teachers and staff to coordinate events
and they obtain prizes for readers.  Volunteers are needed to help with activities.

Room Parent Coordinators:
The Room Parent Coordinators organize parents for holiday parties.  The coordinators
plan an organizational meeting in late September to provide guidelines for planning
the two classroom parties.  The coordinators are available throughout the year for consult
and to answer questions regarding party planning.

School Directory:
The School Directory Chair lays out the school directory.  This chair gathers all directory
components and works closely with fundraising.  Commitment is in the fall.

School Supply Kits:
Families can order grade-specific kits full of all the supplies needed for the upcoming
school year.  Orders are placed in the Spring.  The chairperson coordinates with teachers
and the supplier and oversees the ordering of the kits as well as the distribution at
“Meet Your Teacher Day” in August.  Volunteers are needed to help with sorting and distribution.

Spiritwear Sale:
The Manning spiritwear sale takes place in the Fall.  This one or two-person committee
works with the vendor and organizes the sale.  This committee also coordinates the
sale of 5th Grade T-shirts in September.

Taffy Apple Sales:
This fund raiser occurs in the fall on the same day as the Market Day sale in October. 
Help is needed from 3 or 4 people on the day of distribution to organize the apples by
order after delivery by Affee Tapple and prior to pick-up by customers,
and then help customers collect their orders.  This is a one day volunteer activity.

The committee chairs coordinate the selection and creation of the ornaments for trees
displayed in Memorial Park during Westmont’s Holly Days Celebration.  Volunteers are
needed to assist children in making ornaments and also at Memorial Park the Sunday
after Thanksgiving when the trees are decorated.

Twilight Stars:
This four-person committee coordinates an evening of the arts featuring
various on-stage performances followed by a “gallery crawl’ and reception in the cafeteria.  Volunteers are needed to assist with setup/teardown and the reception.  Throughout
the school year, this committee works to staff art classes with parent volunteers.

Tyson A+ Project:
This fundraiser allows Manning to earn money to purchase items for the school.
All families can help with clipping labels from packages of  Tyson products and sending
the labels to school. Chairperson is responsible for collecting labels and submitting them.
More information can be found at

Visual Arts:
Visual Art chair person is responsible for organizing art room volunteers for the
school year, along with assisting the art teacher in whatever she (or the district) may
need with regards to art. In years when we have district wide art shows, the chair must
help organize and display artworks at the high school  Parents can volunteer for visual arts by signing up to be an art classroom helper.  A flyer is distributed sometime in late fall through backpack mail, that any interested parent can fill out and return by specified date.

Committee members take and gather pictures throughout the school year. 
The chairperson organizes group/team/class pictures with the school photographer and
works with the yearbook vendor with lay-out.  The committee coordinates the collection of
orders in February and with distribution of yearbooks at the end of the school year. 
Volunteers are needed to take pictures of school and classroom events during the year.