Parent Volunteer Opportunities
Each year, parents, grandparents, extended family members and neighbors volunteer at Oak Knoll – in the classroom, through the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization), and through the MPAEF (Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation). It is this community involvement that, together with our talented teachers and staff, make Oak Knoll such a special place.
Everyone is welcome to pitch in, and we encourage you to get involved! There are tasks available to fit every schedule, whether you have time only for an hour here or there, if you want to take on a year-long committee lead job, and anything in between.
There are three main ways to volunteer at Oak Knoll:
1. In the Classroom.
At Back to School Night, you will learn about many different volunteer activities connected to your child's classroom, such as helping in the classroom, chaperoning field trips, and hosting class parties. Activities are subject to COVID safety guidelines, so Room Parents will provide updates as opportunities arise and sign-ups will be done electronically.
As a reminder, proof of vaccination is required for all volunteers seeking to serve on campus, but there are still many ways to be involved regardless of your vaccination status. For example, parents can help plan and organize activities online or provide supplies via drop-off, among other opportunities.
If you wish to learn more, please contact your class Room Parent to find out about available volunteer opportunities.
2. With the PTO.
The Oak Knoll PTO is a partnership between Oak Knoll’s teachers and staff and the parents and families of its students. The parents of the PTO engage in many volunteer activities that enrich our school, including sponsoring community events like the Spring Family Picnic, Friends and Family Day and STEAM on the Knoll, as well as student events, such as the Science Fair, Science Olympiad, the Book Fair and the Third Grade Musical. The PTO also organizes volunteers to help support our library and our hot lunch program. If you’re interested in volunteering, please check out the sign up link below to let us know what kind of job you would like, how flexible you are, and what your interests are. We would love to hear from you!
3. With the MPAEF.
The Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization led by parent volunteers who raise funds to support innovation and excellence in education for students across the Menlo Park City School District. The MPAEF works with the PTO to help fund our school and provide a level of excellence in the areas of art, technology, science, guidance, wellness, and more. There are opportunities for parents to help support the foundation. These include the Annual Parent Campaign, Spring Auction Event, Spirit Day, and the Schoolhouse Rocks Run and Festival.