Clubs, Events & Committee Descriptions

AmbassadorsAmbassadors is a 5th grade community service group.Organize and lead group members in service projects throughout the year.ongoing
Author VisitsTwice a year, childrens' authors lead assemblies for the students. Secure the author visit time/date, set-up/clean up the event if needed.2x/year
Bingo NightBingo Night is an evening event attended by FG students, families & staff.Manage sign-ups, order food & prizes, set up the gym, schedule Bingo callers/volunteers & handle all supplies/clean-up. March
Book FairThe Book Fair is a pop-up bookshop set up in the school gym. It is "open" during the school day and in the evening. A percentage of sales goes back to the PTA. Work with vendor pre-sale, run the day-of activites and help promote the event. The chairpersons also help to secure author visits throughout the school year.November
Box TopsBox Tops for Education is a ongoing fundraing program. Students turn in box top coupons from participating consumer products. Each 10 cent coupons goes to the PTA.Collect/submit box tops, promote/market program, organize classroom contests/awards. This job may be done almost completely from home.ongoing
Brain FuelBrain Fuel is a lunchtime book club offered to students in grades 1-5. Parent volunteers lead the discussions.Secure classroom space for weekly meetings, locate appropriate books from area libraries and work with group leaders who run weekly activity/discussion groups.Winter
Building Leadership TeamThe Building Leadership Team consists of parents, teachers and administrators district wide, as well as a representative from each school's PTA. At monthly meetings, district inititatives are discussed.Attend the monthly meetings. Participate in discussion, report information back to PTA.ongoing
Bulletin BoardsThe bulletin boards throughout our building help to welcome visitors and show school spirit and the warmth of our school.Organize and decorate the boards throughout the school.ongoing
Chess ClubStudents in grades K-5 are all welcome to join this club, to help learn or perfect their chess skills. Set the meeting schedule (usually held in the evening), secure a chess master, promote/market the club, organize the competitions.3 sessions throughout year
Community OutreachCommunity Outreach is a district-wide PTA sponsored program. FG students/families help provide gently used or new clothing, food, etc. for any District 41 families in financial need. Advertise and organize the collection of goods, as needed.ongoing
Dad's Exercise NightSlow-break, pickup basketball games held in the FG gym (13), concluding with a year-end social.Promote the games, set up the schedule & arrange the end of year social.
Dance NightDance Night is family event in the FG gym. Previous years have included western/80's themes.Organize all details (e.g., entertainment, food, games/activities) promote the event and organize a team of volunteers.February
DirectoryThe PTA issues a membership directory-both an online and printed version. Research vendors/printing costs, manage Excel files of data,create layout, turn over files for printing.Aug/Sept
Variety ShowFG students participate in an arts production each year. Past years have been a combination of skit acting & song/dance numbers. Practices are typically held weekly (either before or after school), with the production taking place on stage at a local venue. 5th graders play a larger role in the production, so it is helpful to have at least 1-2 5th grade parents on the committee. Select and develop a theme/production story, secure a date/venue, organize parent volunteer teams, promote/market the show, lead dress rehearsal and production day.Ongoing-March
Fall FundraiserThe fall fundraiser is typically the most profitable fundraiser of the school year. Past years have included product sales (e.g., wrapping paper, food/home goods, coupon books). In 2015/16, plans are to sell engraved bricks for our new outdoor learning space.Manage all details of the inititiave, including ordering and distribution.Sept/Oct
Field DayField Day is a day of fun and games for the students, held at the end of the school year. Usually taking place on FG grounds, the kids participate with the class in various contests/races.Come up with the game ideas, secure equipment, put together a schedule (2 sessions) & coordinate a team of volunteers.May 31st
5th Grade PartyA party is held for 5th graders to celebrate the end of the school year.Order t-shirts, organize party details, communicate to 5th grade parents/teachers as plans transpire.end of school year
5th Grade Q & AA Q/A session focused on Hadley Jr. High is held for 5th grade students.Schedule six 6th grade students (3 boys/3 girls) to serve on panel, arrange for food/drink (pizza, water, cupcakes), set-up/clean up, promote event with 5th graders. April
Flower & Plant SaleStudents may purchase flowers/plants during this event, taking place during the school day.Promote/market the sale, distribute/collect order forms, set-up/run sale with team of volunteers. May
Food PantryStudents are asked at various time throughout the year to donate to the local food pantry in Glen Ellyn. Organize food drives, manage collections and delivery process.ongoing
Garden ClubStudents/volunteers assist with the maintenance of the physical landscape around Forest Glen. Plant flowers in the large pots, pull weeds and upkeep the area around the school sign.ongoing
Boy's/Girls' Running ClubFor 3rd-5th grade girls, following structure of the national Girls on the Run Program. Program kicks off in late March, meets approx. 1x/week (mornings, before school, TBD) and culminates at end of May where girls are invited to participate in local 5k run. 1 or 2 committee chairs needed, along with 6 "coaches" who help at the weekly meetings (typically rotate coaches with a schedule so that each coach attends 3-4 of the meetings, and can find a sub if needed). Mar-May
Head Room Parent LiasonEach classroom has a head room parent who communicates PTA-related information to class parents. Manage the head room parent and class party volunteer assignments at beginning of school year. Serve as a lisaon between the PTA and Head Room Parents-forwarding on communications and soliciting volunteers when needed.ongoing
Hearing & VisionForest Glen offers Hearing, Vision & Dental screening days.Organize a group of volunteers to help on screening days. Put children/parents at ease who are participating. September
High Interest Day
1st & 2nd grades
High Interest Day is special day for students to explore different careers, hobbies and activities. Parents and/or community members lead hands-on workshops in their areas of expertise. This is a half-day event. Solicit workshop leaders and run day-of event activites. April
High Interest Day 3rd, 4th & 5th gradesHigh Interest Day is special day for students to explore different careers, hobbies and activities. Parents and/or community members lead hands-on workshops in their area of expertise. This is a full-day event.Solicit workshop leaders and run day-of event activites. April
High Interest Day LunchThe PTA provides lunch for workshop leaders, volunteers and staff on High Interest Day.Solcit volunteers to donate food/beverage, serve lunch, set-up and clean-up room. April
Hobby NightHobby Night is an opportunity for students to showcase their collections (e.g., Beanie Boos, soccer jerseys, coins). Each participant sets ups their display and other students/families walk around and view them. Market/promote the event, handle registration, manage set-up/clean up and coordinate student recognition (goody bag). October
Ice Cream SocialStudents, families and staff congregate for a night of ice cream and playground time to kick-off the new year. Order supplies (Dairy Queen), promote/market event, set-up distribution station, pass out ice cream (with volunteers), clean up.August
Knitting ClubLunchtime club for 3rd-5th graders. Meets 1x/week for 6-8 weeks. Held as many as 3 times/sessions during each school year. Schedule time/location, market/promote club, handle registration, provide instruction (or seek volunteers) to assist with knitting projects and skills.ongoing
Library Volunteer CoordinatorParent volunteers assist in the FG Library, shelving books and helping with other tasks.Solicit volunteers, work with Librarian to set schedule. ongoing
New Friends CommitteeThe New Friends Committee provides resources and support to new families at our school.Match each new family with mentor family, serve as an additional resource for questions/concerns. Schedule/host coffee Q/A sessions for new families throughout the year. ongoing
PBL Vetting CoordinatorProblem-based learning (PBL) is a district wide educational inititative. Students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem.Recruit parent volunteers (via email/Volunteer Spot) for vetting stage of PBL process. ongoing
Parent Education RepThe PTA Council is a group of district PTA reps that meets monthly to discuss school issues.Serve as the Forest Glen represenative at monthly PTA Council meetings. Communicate findings/discussion points with school community.ongoing
Reading Incentive ProgramThe Reading Incentive Program encourages students to read books outside the classroom with various awards.Promote/market the program, process submissions, distribute awards. Feb/March
ReflectionsReflections is a national PTA arts program/competition. Students of all grade levels may submit their works of art relecting a common theme. This may be in any form- a dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual art piece.Manage submission process, ensure all requirements are met with each entry, promote/market program, solcit judges with backgrounds in artistic categories, organize/host open house showcase for all Reflections participants. Sept/Oct
Restaurant NightOn designated nights, local restaurants donate a percentage of their earnings to the PTA.Solcit partipating restaurants, select dates, promote/market events.ongoing
Safety ChairEach school in D41 has a PTA representative devoted to ensuring saftey on school grounds and district wide. Identify safety hazards, work with school administration to help solve problems/issues. ongoing
School Supplies KitsForest Glen students may order the required school supplies through our vendor. They pick up the kits up before the start of school in the gym.Work with teachers to determine which supplies are needed for each grade, work with vendor supplier, handle ordering (done in April), organize a group of volunteers to set up/distribute kits in August.April/Aug.
ScholarshipThe PTA donates scholarship money to a GBW student pursing a Bachelor's of Education.Read/score essay submissons. April
Science FairThe Science Fair is open to all FG students to present their scientific findings.Promote/market the fair, organize sign-ups, select judges (teachers and/or community members affiliated with science),distribute awards.January
Special Education Support GroupSESG is a district-wide PTA group. Their focus is promoting awareness, education, support and acceptance of students with special needs.Represent Forest Glen at SERC council meetings. Communicate information back to families and the FG community.ongoing
Spirit WearStudents order FG t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc. to wear on school "Spirit Days".Facilitates the ordering processongoing
Summer Send-OffThis family event sends kids home with fun learning activities for the summer.Coordinate carnival type games (e.g., dunk tank), organizing parent and teacher volunteers and promoting the event via posters, eblast/etc.May
Teacher Appreciation WeekFG teachers are honored during a special week in May. Each day, students have a different "assignment" (e.g., bring a flower, write a thank-you), with a staff luncheon on Friday. Organize activities for each day of the week, including a staff luncheon on Friday.May
UNICEFFG students are given UNICEF boxes to collect change at Halloween time.Prepare promotional materials, distribute collection boxes, count/submit funds collected.May
YearbookForest Glen creates a yearbook each school year.Schedule photographers for all relevant school events. Work with team of volunteers to design/layout & proof pages. Help promote/market yearbooks, assist with ordering/distribution. ongoing