The Crow Island Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a volunteer organization that oversees important programs at our school.  There are more than 50 committees requiring chairpersons and volunteers.  It takes more than 250 volunteers to run all the PTO programs each year.  Please consider how you can get involved! Please fill out the form below to let the PTO know your volunteering preferences for the next school year.

For Questions about volunteering opportunities, please contact Amanda Sundt, amandasundt@gmail.com.

Thank you for volunteering!

*Asterisk after committee name denotes a fundraising committee

PTO Volunteer Form

  • Work with our Art Teacher, Mrs. Lillian Johnston, to organize volunteers via Sign Up Genius to help with certain art projects throughout the year.
  • Help the Crow Island Resource Center teachers and our partners at Anderson Book Fair Co. to staff the school-wide Book Fair in the Fall. For the 2016/17 school year, the Book Fair will be held pre-holidays, on November 9th and 10th, 2016. Organize books, help students and parents purchase books and assist with a very quick clean-up. Everyone LOVES new books!
  • Act as liaison between families and the bus drivers. Coordinate and run a bus evacuation drill at the beginning of the school year. Ride the North and/or South bus a few times at the beginning of the year until the driver is familiar with the route and the students.
  • A Crow Island Tradition, a parent from each grade hosts a casual cocktail party, at their home, for parents to mingle and celebrate the beginning of the school year. Room Parents and parent volunteers will help coordinate the invitation, set-up and any help you may need. These parties are mean to be casual and a fun way to re-connect after the summer. Please indicate below which grade you would be willing to host a party; or if you would be willing to volunteer to help.
  • Coordinate and assist with school-wide service projects such as the Holiday Sack Supper to benefit the homeless, Secret Valentine’s for our community and the Crow Island Day of Service for Martin Luther King Day (school is in session on MLK Day this year). This committee provides a wonderful opportunity to work with the kids and give back.
  • Work with a team to schedule and plan the beloved all-school Crow Island Family Picnic, held in the last weeks of school on a Sunday evening in the Crow Island Woods. This includes catering by The Grand, games for all grades and good times for all.
  • If you’ve got a Suzuki aficionado, this committee is for you. Serve as a liaison between the strings instructor and parents; coordinate parent volunteers for weekly before-school lessons. Plan holiday and spring pizza lunch parties to support our very own orchestra.
  • Promote environmental awareness at Crow Island and support green initiatives, especially during Earth Week (April, 2017).
  • We need LOTS of help on Field Day—one of the kids’ absolute favorite and most fun days of the year. Help with games such as shooting hoops, Frisbee-toss and tricycle races. Hand out popsicles and water to our little athletes and cheer them on throughout their team competition.
  • Collect and tally receipts from Grand Foods to receive a 3% return for our school! Can be done any time from your home computer.
  • Help find and coordinate volunteers via Sign Up Genius to help with our very popular Hot Lunch Program. Marla’s Lunch will provide staffing 3 days/week; we will need volunteers 2 days/week for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Help coordinate registration day for incoming 2017-2018 Kindergarteners and Parents.
  • Our Landscaping team works with the Crow Island teachers and staff to keep our campus beautiful and enhance the learning experience through flower and bulb planting, outdoor beautification projects and garden planning.
  • Crow Island has many wonderful traditions including Run-A-Thon, Halloween Walk, Calling of the Ghost, Butterfly Migration and Pioneer Room. Help communicate these traditions and Crow Island’s rich history to our new families. This committee will help match incoming families with current CI families, plan a Welcome Playdate for new families in August, the Kindergarten Popsicle Party, and New Family Coffee. We are also looking for committee members to serve as New Family Mentors over the summer and into the school year.
  • Math Night is FUN—spend an hour with your kids solving problems and figuring out solutions. Kids can show off their math skills in a fun, creative environment. This is a great way to get involved at a fun EVENING activity!
  • Our annual Parent/Teacher party is a fun night with friends. Co-Chairs will plan a party, held locally, with food, drinks, music and entertainment. This year’s party will raise money for a specific need which will benefit Crow Island and all of our students.
  • Picture Day is held in the first few months of school. This committee coordinates order forms and helps organize the classes and students on Picture Day. Say Cheese!
  • Crow Island’s biggest fundraiser is an annual, fun and active tradition. Volunteer to help our little athletes as they run laps to help our school community.
  • Coordinate online, school-wide purchase and delivery of student supplies through our vendor.
  • Help plan monthly treats for our teachers and administrators including lunch and refreshments. This is a fabulous way to get to know our staff.
  • Help plan a week of gratitude for our awesome teachers and administrators, including a gift card raffle, flower bouquets and thank-you notes.
  • Our annual Staff Luncheon wraps up another great year of learning at Crow Island. This event also commemorates our 5/10/15/20+ year staff members. Help coordinate a catered lunch on this weekday event during lunch hour.
  • (Formerly Science and Math Expo) Volunteer at the STEAM Expo this Winter---help set-up and display our student’s awesome STEAM projects in the lobby and gym as our students show off their Science knowledge.
  • Coordinate a super-casual class-wide playdate at a Winnetka park at least once over the summer. Friends will reconnect before school starts back up on August 29th.
  • Help to communicate our traffic safety guidelines through videos, signs and handouts. Work with the 4th Grade students and Resource Center to create a fun “traffic circle guidelines” video for parents.
  • Coordinate National Walk-To-School Week at Crow Island and encourage students to walk throughout the year.
  • Represent our school in the community. Attend meetings and share information.


  • GRADE SPECIFIC COMMITTEES & COMMUNITY AFFAIRS ORGANIZATIONS
  • Coordinate the documentation of special events for each grade with photos and videos (Butterfly Migration, Spring Sings, Halloween Walk, Immigration, etc.). Photos from K-4th grade will be used in the 4th grade DVD. 3-4 Co-Chairs are needed. This is a very fun way to be involved with every Crow Island event!
  • Coordinate and run bicycle inspections with Crow Island staff and Winnetka Police.
  • Help tidy-up and prepare the Pioneer Room for use by the 3rd grade class, plan Open House for District 36 third grade parents (January). Coordinate parent laundry volunteers and maintain room as it’s used.
  • Peace Power is an integral part of our daily life at Crow Island. Work with the 4th Grade Peace Power Corps to support school-wide efforts and serve as the liaison for the District 36 Anti-Bullying task force.
  • Our Book Club has become very popular—choose a book with input from our 4th grade teachers and meet during lunch with interested 4th graders. Lead weekly book discussions.
  • Coordinate the fantastic end-of-year celebrations for our 4th graders. Ensure communication between the 4th Grade committees: TShirt, DVD, Finance, Party, Photos, Yearbook.
  • Work with class Historians and a committee to produce a DVD commemorating our 4th graders and their journey through Crow Island.
  • Responsible for online order management of TShirts, DVD and Yearbook. Manages overall 4th Grade committee budget..
  • Coordinate this year-end event held in June for 4th grade students and their parents.
  • Coordinate photo session with a professional photographer (Stuart Rodgers).
  • Design and distribute a t-shirt to all 4th graders to commemorate their graduation.
  • Create a yearbook using photos from the Historians and the 4th Grade Class Photos to distribute to all graduating students.
  • Coordinate a special, international luncheon served as the culmination of Crow Island’s 4th grade Immigration unit. Work with teachers and local vendors (ie. Grand, Avli), to provide a luncheon served upon their arrival on Ellis Island (aka the Crow Island Auditorium).