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Get Involved

We welcome participation from all families. There are many ways to be involved. We hope this list will help 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 >>
(Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you'd prefer not to use your email address, please contact to sign up manually.)  

School Advisory Council
getinvovledThe Tobin School Advisory Council meets the first Tuesday of each month from 8 - 9AM in room 129 and is open to the public. 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.

Family Outreach Council
The Family Outreach Council is a sub-council of the School Advisory Council. It meets the second Tuesday 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 holiday fundraiser, and Box Tops collection. 

Friends of Tobin
Friends of Tobin School, Inc., (FoT) is the all-volunteer parent run non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the experiences of Tobin students by supporting a variety of programs and purchases throughout the school that are not provided by the school budget.

Some of these wonderful experiences include:

  • Movie Nights
  • Reflex Math subscription
  • The two-night trip for Upper Elementary students for environmental education and community building
  • Fresh Pond Field Studies
  • Dance in the Schools program in Children's House and Lower Elementary
  • Spring Family Day
  • Tara LaRosa, President
  • Jeremy McDiarmid, Clerk
  • Kerry Tanwar, Treasurer
  • Lauraine Boccone
  • Rachel Henke
  • Shane McMahon
For more information, please contact Mary Frawley, our Family Liaison.

Room Parents
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. 

For more information, please contact the Family Liaison, Mary Frawley.