We welcome participation from all families. There are many ways to be involved. We hope this list willhelp you decide how you would like to contribute. Please contact Mary Frawley, the Tobin’s Family Liaison, for more information on particular groups. She can be reached at 617.349.6600 x153.
General Volunteer Opportunities
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities at Tobin – and many of them don't take more than a half hour! We need help with Iggy's bread delivery, packing bags for the weekend backpack program, and picking up flowers from Trader Joe's. Sign up via VolunteerSpot >>
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School Advisory Council
The Tobin School Advisory Council meets the first Thursday of each month from 8 - 9AM in room 129 and is open to the public. Agendas are made available in advance. Two co-chairs of the council are elected to design the agenda and facilitate the meeting in conjunction with the principal. At the beginning of the school year, parent and teacher representatives are nominated and subsequently elected to represent Children’s House, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary. Two of the elected parent representatives are also designated as Tobin representatives to the Citywide School Advisory Group (CSAG) comprised of parent representatives drawn from the School Advisory Councils of each of the public schools in Cambridge. CSAG meets one evening a month for two hours with the Superintendent and Cabinet of the Cambridge Public School District. Learn more >>
Family Outreach Council
The Family Outreach Council is a sub-council of the School Advisory Council. It meets the third Thursday of every month at 8AM in Room 129.There is also a Google group for email discussions and information dissemination. The Council also serves as a forum for room parents to share information. Subcommittees may have additional meetings or email discussions. The Family Outreach Council has launched several important initiatives including: Transitions of children and their families into Tobin and from House to House, Cambridge School Committee Outreach, Superintendent Liaison, and Events and Fundraising. Examples of events for which volunteers are needed include the Staff Appreciation Luncheon in March, the annual Spring Concert bake sale, International Night, and the annual holiday fundraiser. Learn more >>
The Arts Council is another sub-council of the School Advisory Council.It meets as needed and also has a Google group where most of the discussion and planning takes place. The Arts Council raises funds and arranges for an author/illustrator for each grade each year. The Council also supports the Tobin’s visual and performing arts teachers in their endeavors and seeks out grants to support arts programs at the Tobin.
This sub-council is a volunteer group made up of teachers and parents. The goal of the science council is to support and enhance the science curriculum at the Tobin School. The Science Council supports events such as Science Night and the Cambridge Science Festival's Curiosity Challenge.
Friends of Tobin
Friends of Tobin School, Inc., (FoT) is a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation established by Tobin parents in June 2011. FoT's goal is to supplement funding which advances learning and family involvement at the Tobin. FoT hosts two main fundraisers, a written annual appeal in December and a family-friendly fundraising event in spring. FoT also works to find and apply for outside grants as well as other funding partnerships when appropriate. During the 2013-2014 school year, FoT raised over $13K was able to support over $10,000 in requests for funding from teachers, ranging from classroom materials that are outside of the normal school budget, to literary and artistic visitors, to educational excursions that have otherwise become too expensive. A volunteer board of eight parents oversees and runs FoT's activities;nominations are sought in April/May to fill several seats on the board that open each June.
Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested. Room parents assist their teachers and serve as the primary contact for in-classroom coordination and family outreach The duties of room parents differ as determined by the needs of the classroom teacher, but generally speaking, room parents assist in coordinating volunteer participation with classroom events and help share classroom news. Room parents utilize the monthly Family Outreach Council meeting (see above) to coordinate and communicate. This takes place on the 2nd Thursday of the month in room 129 at 8AM.
Montessori Materials Volunteers
This group supports the Montessori teachers with the creation, procurement and maintenance of materials and works.
Literacy Room Volunteers
Literacy volunteers assist Tobin’s Literacy Coordinator in organizing the books in the Literacy Room. This is separate from the School Library. The Literacy Room maintains the books available for the students to use in Guided Reading in their classrooms.
CitySprouts is the non-profit organization that has created and maintains the garden in front of the left wing of the school. In the fall, parents can help the students learn how apple cider is made. Training to use the cider press happens in late September. Planting, harvesting and garden-clean-up events are held throughout the year (on weekends and school days).
For more information, please contact the Family Liaison, Mary Frawley.