Get Involved as a Family Volunteer or PTO Member
All events are organized and run by family volunteers. Become part of Meadowbrook today!
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
- Provide community-building opportunities for students, families, and educators in a welcoming environment
- Communicate through a variety of modes with the Meadowbrook community to support connections between students, families, and educators
- Provide fundraising opportunities to support our mission
Meeting ID: 886 415 0562
Plan all aspects of the school carnival with the help of a small committee of volunteers. Determine and plan games, prizes, community partners, volunteers, communication, teacher adventures, and food.
Jenny Dennis and Lindsay Gerten
Meadowbrook Mingle Auction Chair
Find a team of people to work on event with you: Party Planning, Great Gatherings, Advertising/Social Media Lead MM Committee meetings Work in tandem with the party planning chair to determine date, ticket prices, event plans, volunteers, etc Solicit donations from area business via email, online forms and mail Solicit donations from parents (tickets, physical items, baskets, etc) Collect donations from businesses Organize donations for easy distribution after auction Enter donations in online system Price items for online site and manage bidding Coordinate with administration on school donations (front row seats, tours, etc) Determine ability or need for live auction and coordinate live event.
About Meadowbrook Mingle - Silent Auction
This event is our #1 PTO fundraiser and our goal is to raise over $15,000 for the staff and students of Meadowbrook.
In a typical year, Meadowbrook Mingle is a parents only social event. In 2021, our plan is to offer the Silent Auction virtually.
Service Night Chair
- Schedule and lead planning committee meetings (typically 5-6 biweekly meetings leading up to event)
- Oversee the selection of stations (typically 10-15) Oversee the communication with the selected organizations we choose to work with
- Oversee the that the required supplies are ordered/requested
- Oversee the event's communication to students and families
- Oversee the event's execution (gym reservation, table set-up, clean-up, volunteers)
We are targeting February 2021 for our next Meadowbrook Service Night. Subject to change with COVID-19 concerns in mind.
Leah Persky: firstname.lastname@example.org
RMR's Parent Co-Chair Chair
oversees the planning of the annual Run Meadowbrook Run event. RMR takes place in the Spring and includes a 5K race and one-mile fun run, refreshments and awards for the top student finishers. The goal of the event is to raise funds to construct outdoor recreational facilities at the school including a running path and kickball field and promote health and wellness in the school and within our community.
Other PTO chair positions
Lost and Found
Website and Newsletter
Online Directory and Volunteer Hub
Positions with smaller time commitment
Student Picture Helper
Online School Supplies
Recess Running Sticks
Book Swap (PTO supports this school event that is chaired by 3rd grade teacher Rachael Ramy)
Fall Conferences Meals Support (Girl Scouts)
Spring Conferences Meals Support (Cub Scouts)
- Fall Festival
- Book Fair
- Lost and Found
- Online Directory and Volunteer Hub
- Plant Sale
- Display Case
- Boohoo Yahoo
- Restaurant Nights
- Recess Running Sticks
- Graphic Designer
Fall Festival Chair
The Fall Festival is an all school Autumn celebration hosted at the school on a Saturday morning late in October. The Fall Festival includes a pancake breakfast in the cafeteria and games, face painting, and craft activities held in the gym/outside. Responsibilities of the chairs are securing volunteers for set up, pancake making, games, and clean up. Additionally, chairs are responsible for planning/delegating games and crafts and purchasing all needed supplies.
More about fall festival 2020
delivered in a COVID-19 safe way! Join us over MEA break for a socially-distanced scavenger hunt in your community. Search for these items, take a picture of your completed game board, and send it to email@example.com by 10/19/20 for a chance to win some very spooky (and fun) prizes!
Book Fair Chair
Each year, the Meadowbrook family celebrates literacy and support of the Meadowbrook PTO by hosting a book fair. A portion of book purchases goes directly to the Meadowbrook PTO and is given to the Media Center leaders to buy books for our Media Center. Also, students and families can recognize their favorite teachers by purchasing books to donate to their classrooms.
Lost and Found Chair
Chair works alongside other volunteers to keep the lost and found area neat and easy for students and parents to find lost items. They look for items that are labeled with students names and return those items to teachers mailboxes so that they can be reunited with their owners. We tag items as they arrive in the lost and found and if they are there for several months without being claimed, we wash them and donate them to PRISM or other charity.
Online Directory and Volunteer Hub Chair
The Online Directory and Volunteer Hub Chair is responsible for managing the front end Wordpress website (www.meadowbrookpto.ptoffice.com) and the back end administration portal. Key responsibilities include registration campaigns, maintaining data integrity, creating volunteer sign-ups, and building and maintaining the website. The majority of work happens at the beginning of the school year when studentclassroom assignments are made in the system and new registrations campaigns happen. Also at the beginning of the year, this chair will generate a master volunteer signup.
Chair has hands-on involvement in execution of the Plant Sale from start to finish - including coordination of logistics (dates, times, volunteer sign ups), communication with the grower, managing customer orders and general troubleshooting. Orders are typical taken in March/April and plants delivery is around Mother’s Day. On the Gardening/ Grounds side, the chair coordinates volunteers and timing of Meadowbrook grounds cleanup.
About the 2021 plant sale
Orders are due in April and delivery is right around Mother's Day.
Every single plant ordered earns the PTO between $2 and $10!
This chair position requires a commitment of a few hours monthly to maintain the PTO display case of upcoming PTO events and promotions. The display case is located at door L. This chair position works in collaboration with the PTO President(s) and PTO Chairs to obtain event information and additional resources and materials.
Provide a welcome connection point onsite for parents and younger siblings in tow at the start of school year. Typically the first day of Kindergarten, given all students are in school by then, from 9:35-10:30 am. Located on west side of building near drop-off; indoor location (if rain) possibly near the Media Center. Provide coffee (ideally donated), juice and store-bought baked treats, plus Kleenex (boohoo) and balloons (yahoo!). Started in the Fall of 2017, there have been approximately 20 adults with 5-8 preschoolers/babies.
This chair helps Meadowbrook PTO benefit from the Box Tops for Education (BTFE) and Amazon Smile programs, based on parent participation. Every family has the opportunity to select Meadowbrook for automatic donations each time they purchase items using the Amazon Smile website AND they can link Amazon Smile to their smartphone Amazon app. Families can also purchase a BTFE eligible item. BTFE still has certain "clip" items but most are now receipt scannable from the free BoxTops app. Incentives could be a small committee but two co-chairs is feasible. The co-chairs can educate the school population, encourage families to recruit their extended families, design contests for the students, and meet BTFE semi-annual deadlines. Most important is to promote the "easy" funds AND represent the students voice in how the earned monies are used.
Social connection and passive fundraising opportunity, coordinated 4-9 times over the course of the school year (usually not in May). Work with school admin on available dates, avoiding major religious holidays (school admin has some district guidance on this) and weeks with too many MB activities. Most successful participation has been from GV restaurants, Chipotle, Noodles, Culver's, Davanni's plus Roller Garden (SLP). Thursday preference and Monday second choice. Be sure to read fine print (in 2019, Panera required the emails of the MB PTO community; not able to provide). PTO has reusable yard signs for fall/spring (not winter) for Culver's and Davanni’s. Culver's on the final week of school year has been successful.
This chair coordinates parent volunteers that will pass out recess running sticks. Students would run a lap around the track and earn a stick. In the past, the gym teachers would also get involved with getting the sticks collected and counted. Children's names and school pictures would then be put up on poster boards near the front office. There were posters for the "10 mile club" and 25, 50, 100 mile club. As each student would enter each club ... there was a reward (water bottle, T-shirt, etc) and this achievement would be announced with the morning announcements. This is a bit of a reboot at Meadowbrook. We could start with a goal to sign up a parent volunteer for every Tuesday and Thursday (as Monday-Friday might be a tough initial goal). If the Tuesday/Thursday signups are going well ... perhaps we could start a third day ... and so on. Volunteers shifts would be from roughly 11:00-1:30pm (this would span all of the recess breaks from grades K-6). Those 2 1/2 hours could be filled by 1 parent ... or split into 2 shifts (each 1 1/4 hours). This chair would promote this volunteer opportunity (advertise on the Facebook pages, the Principal's Friday newsletter, PTO newsletters, paper flyers to go home, etc). Also as chair, you would maintain the Recess Running Sticks volunteer sign up list. Also as chair, you could also reach out to the gym teachers and classroom teachers and see if they'd help you to market this opportunity to their students ... and then the kids could help by asking their parents to sign up. The heaviest Recess Running Sticks months are Sep/Oct/Nov and Apr/May/Jun. You could take off the months of Dec/Jan/Feb/Mar.
Our PTO hosts an annual donation drive every year. We pride ourselves in our practice of never asking our students to sell anything.
We can all probably agree this is one of the most challenging school years we’ve ever experienced. It’s one we won’t soon forget — even if we want to! But as we all know, there are lessons here and silver linings. Among them are learning to be resilient, to live in the moment, and to show grace to others and to ourselves. But perhaps one of the shiniest silver linings in all of this is coming together to produce creative solutions to new challenges and problems we never dreamed we’d be facing.
It is in that vein that the PTO is asking for donations to fund creative solutions to the academic challenges our kids and teachers are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funds raised will be used to support learning needs in this new school environment. Examples of requested items include:
- Picnic tables and tents to create more outdoor learning environments
- Headphones for all students who need them
- White board paddles for teachers of distance learners
- Other resources and subscriptions to support distance and hybrid learning
To support the donation drive:
- Send a check with your student to school (Payable to Meadowbrook PTO)
- Mail a check to the school - 5430 Glenwood Avenue, Golden Valley, MN 55422 (Payable to Meadowbrook PTO - please note child's Name/Teacher!)
- Donate online using the PayPal/credit card option! To donate online, visit: http://tinyurl.com/mbpto
Don’t forget, your donation is tax deductible in 2020 for contributions dated no later than 12/31/20. Please also check with your employer about the possibility of matching funds! This is a great way to leverage and increase your donation!
- Aren't the PTO expenses much less this year with no field trips?
- Are there any unexpected COVID-19 related expenses this year?
- Will the PTO be able to earn money with other fundraising events throughout the year?
Yes, our PTO is being asked to support a number of new projects that are needed in our classrooms due to pandemic special circumstances. Both our hybrid and distance learning teachers are finding new challenges this year, and the PTO is helping in every way we can. Examples include outdoor classroom materials, document cameras for teachers to make videos, and postage for sending materials to distance learners.
The name of our PTO on AmazonSmile is "Meadowbrook School PTO".
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com on your web browser or activate AmazonSmile on your Amazon Shopping app on your iOS or Android phone (found under settings on your app). On your browser, you may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. When you’re using the app, always check for the “AmazonSmile” logo to ensure you’re activated for AmazonSmile.
How do I activate Amazon Smile on my Amazon Shopping App?
AmazonSmile customers on Android devices with version 5.0+ or iOS devices with version 12+, who have upgraded to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app can find “AmazonSmile” listed in the Settings menu. From there, you can follow onboarding instructions to activate AmazonSmile on your device.
There are two ways to submit your Box Tops coupons and that money goes right to the kiddos!
Tangible coupons on product packaging AND also in digital coupons with the new Box Tops app!
1. Look for and cut out the pink Box Tops coupons on participating products.
Please check the expiration dates before submitting.
2. There are two ways to prep the tangible Box Tops for submission.
#1 Place the loose Box Tops in a baggie or envelope.
#2 Glue the Box Tops on to a submission form (pdfs below).
3. Send the Box Tops to school with your child to school to give to their teacher.
Alternatively, you can drop them off in the big Box Tops blue bin at the entrance of the school.
Click here for the "how to" video!
Thanks for supporting Meadowbrook PTO!