Activities and Volunteer Opportunities with the PTO
The PTO and its members support many wonderful programs and activities for our students, teachers, and families, funded by PTO membership fees and the proceeds from various fundraising events. Below is a sampling of those activities, all at Winkelman unless otherwise indicated. All proceeds benefit the District 31 PTO, thus benefitting all District 31 students.
Please visit this page frequently for opportunity updates! Sign-up links will be added as they are made available.
Art enrichment – Artwork by well-known artists presented in classrooms by volunteers during the school year. For more information, please contact Michelle Moore, email@example.com or Whitney Beswick, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art to Remember – A sale of keepsake products produced from students' artwork. For more information, please contact Val Hajkaluk, email@example.com.
Art fair – Enjoy K-5 student artwork at the Wildcat Gallery and participate in hands-on art activities at the Wildcat Art Studio. Pre-order your student's beautifully framed artwork that will be displayed in the Wildcat Gallery or purchase on site. For more information, please contact Michelle Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up to volunteer! More details here.
Band hospitality – Baked goods for Winkelman and Field band concerts provided by volunteers who also help plan the band awards banquet. For more information, please contact Shelley Labuda, email@example.com.
Bingo night – A fun family event of dinner and bingo, including great prizes; held in January. For more information, please contact Sarah Yoo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Book fair – An opportunity to build your child’s library while supporting the District’s school libraries. We will have two book fairs in 2019-2020, one in the fall which will allow for online orders all year to benefit D31, and another small one in the spring to get your summer reading stack together. For more information, please contact Amber Meigs, email@example.com or Margo Schwartz-Newton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Catalog fundraisers – Each year there is the opportunity to order your favorite products or foods, such as Yankee Candles or Lou Malnati’s, while supporting the PTO. For more information, please contact Alba Ramones, email@example.com.
Family nights – Fun family events, including a winter ball and a sports night. For more information, please contact
(winter ball:) Alba Ramones, firstname.lastname@example.org, Effy Baba, email@example.com or Evelina Lasch firstname.lastname@example.org;
(Field family sports night:) Georgia Byrne email@example.com;
(Winkelman family sports night:) Victoria Bardic, firstname.lastname@example.org or Erica Sokolowski email@example.com
Holiday shoppe – An opportunity for your student to do some shopping to surprise family and friends at the holidays. For more information, please contact Alba Ramones, firstname.lastname@example.org Effy Baba, email@example.com or Evelina Lasch, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hospitality at Field and Winkelman – Organize and host special events, including providing food for teachers during conferences. For more information, please contact Sara Smith, email@example.com
Parents night out – Meet and mingle with other D31 families at this adult-only evening. For more information, please contact Meredith Estes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Room parents – Parents help organize class parties, act as liaison between the PTO and their classrooms, plan special events like the fifth grade graduation celebration, and help teachers as needed. For more information, please contact Margo Schwartz-Newton, email@example.com
School supply kits – Online sale of school supplies for the upcoming school year, convenient for families while supporting the PTO. For more information, please contact Erica Sokolowski, firstname.lastname@example.org
STEM expo – An evening of upper-grade students showing of what they’ve learned conducting various types of science experiments in the after-school science club. For more information, please contact Renu Natarajan, email@example.com
Spirit wear – Fun wearables and magnets to show your school spirit. For more information, please contact Meredith Estes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Taste of District 31 – Family event featuring food and performances from countries celebrating D31’s diverse cultures. For more information, please contact Lisa Brown, email@example.com or Laurel Shah, firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher appreciation week – Organize meals, desserts, and projects from the students for the teachers taking such great care with our kids. For more information, please contact Allison Slade, email@example.com
Undernighters – A chance for students to enjoy a fun evening at the school, complete with pizza and a movie. For more information, please contact
(K-2:) Debbie Silverman, firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Brown, email@example.com;
(3-5:) Nancy Hammer, firstname.lastname@example.org or Whitney Beswick, email@example.com;
Winkelman school store – A fun opportunity during Thursday lunch for students to learn money management as they peruse and purchase fun supplies and gifts, many under $1.00. For more information, please contact Dimitra Arvanitis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Winkelman Wildcats newspaper – PTO volunteers work with fourth graders on editing articles to create a school newspaper at least twice a year. For more information, please contact Stacy Mikuzis, email@example.com
Other simple ways to support the PTO:
Amazon Smile – Shop on Amazon? Click on the box below to proceed to Amazon so that a percentage of your shopping is donated to Winkelman. www.smile.amazon.com
Box Tops for Education – Earn money for D31 with products you already buy. Download the Box Tops for Education app then scan your receipts. Click here to download the app or get more information.
Cell phone recycling – Recycle your old cell phones by dropping them off at either the Winkelman or the Field school office, and the PTO will get a donation. Simple, easy, and great for the environment.
Mabel’s Labels – Labeling your child's belongings is easy with Mabel's Labels, and if you order and choose to support District 31 (just start typing “31”), we will receive a donation for each purchase.
If you have any questions about PTO membership, or if you are uncertain that you joined for the current school year, please contact Debbie Silverman, firstname.lastname@example.org. For general PTO questions, please email Meredith Estes, PTO president, email@example.com.