Committees

If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering for one of our Oak Ridge Home and School Association Committees, please e-mail Wendy Milnes at milneswe@gmail.com or the Home & School Board at oakridgehomeandschool@gmail.com.

 


 

5th Grade Picnic:
A year-end picnic for the outgoing 5th grade class to celebrate the hard work they did in elementary school. It is a day full of games, moon bounces, food, ice cream treats and more at a local park. Kids receive a small gift (for example, t-shirt, cinch sak) to commemorate the day. Committee Heads – 5th Grade Home and School Parents

 


 

Back to School Bash:
This annual event is planned during the first few weeks of school to allow all families to connect in a casual environment. A minimal cost per family is charged for pizza, dessert and drinks. Committee Head – Wendy Milnes, Kristen Pollack and Tara Turner

 


 

Fundraising: 
This committee works on our fundraisers throughout the school year. The funds raised go towards various school programs such as playground or gym equipment, technology needs, field trips, teacher supplies, etc. in support of Oak Ridge Home & School's mission statement.

Fun Run Event: This event is our major fundraising event for Home & School. It is a running/walking event on a designated course. The students raise money for the school by bringing in names of people who are potential sponsors. This event is a wonderful, fun event for the entire school. Through the efforts of our students, teachers, staff and volunteers, we were able to raise over $17,000 the last time we held the event formally known as BoosterThon and Race for Education. Committee Heads – Home & School Executive Board

Purse Bingo: A special night out for the Moms of Oak Ridge! Win a designer purse playing 10 rounds of Bingo. Or maybe you will be a lucky winner of one of the raffle baskets. This event is typically held in mid-May. Committee Heads – Shelley Sweeney and Hilary Wexler

Amazon Smiles Rewards Program – Oak Ridge earns cash through this Amazon Rewards Program. Register with Amazon at www.amazon.com and select Oak Ridge as the school you. Every shopping trip will earn cash for Oak Ridge! Committee Head – Heidi Derstine

General Mills Box Tops – Oak Ridge collects the Box Top labels from General Mills products. The money raised from the Box Tops are used to purchase playground equipment, additional gym equipment and more! Each year we have averaged 16,000 box tops from our families...that means $1,600 for our school! Committee Heads – Hilary Wexler

Giant Food Stores A+ School Rewards Program – Oak Ridge earns cash through the Giant Rewards Program. Register your bonus card at www.giantfoodstores.com/aplus and select Oak Ridge as the school you support (ID#04084). Every shopping trip will earn cash for Oak Ridge! See the Giant A+ Flyer (PDF) Committee Heads – Christina Stephanos

KidStuff Books – Our KidStuff Fundraiser is run during the first few weeks of school. KidStuff coupon books are full of great discount coupons for hundreds of places to shop, eat and play. Oak Ridge earns 50% profit on every book sold and you save money at countless retailers. Throughout the 16 months that most KidStuff coupons are valid, families quickly save more that the cost of the book! Committee Head – Heidi Geist and Kandece Henning

Yankee Candles – Our Yankee Candle Fundraiser helps Oak Ridge Home & School Association fund and support several special programs such as Lip Sync, Just Say No!, Library Donations and more. The Yankee Candle catalog not only offers the great candles you know and love but also soaps, plants, and gifts for all occasions. During our 2012 fundraiser our kids raised over $7500 for Oak Ridge! Committee Head – Monique Asmann and Tara Turner

 


 

Hands Across the District: 
Please fill out the Volunteer Form (PDF) if you are interested in volunteering opportunities such as general classroom help, library help, book fair, field day and more! Committee Heads – Ashley Misir and Emily Vincent

 


 

Holiday Shoppe: 
During a week in early December each class visits the Holiday Shoppe. With the help of our volunteers, every student has the opportunity to shop for inexpensive gifts for their family members. Committee Head – Michelle Smith

 


 

Home and School Communications:
Provides Home and School information to parents via The Oak Ridge Home and School website as well as a monthly "News from the Nutshell" e-mail. Keep up to date on the latest happenings in the school! Committee Heads – Monique Asmann and Stephanie Hughes

 


 

Homeroom Parents:
Oak Ridge Home & School Association organizes and coordinates this group of volunteers. If you volunteer to become a homeroom parent, you will be asked to help a group of parents plan and run the holiday parties for your child's classroom. There are three parties held during the school year – Halloween Social, Winter Social, and Valentine's Day Social. An initial meeting is held in early October for all parents who volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the classroom parties, fill out and send back to your oldest child's teacher, the Homeroom Parents Wanted form (PDF). Committee Head – Shelley Sweeney

 


 

Hospitality: 
This committee's main function is to provide refreshments for various school activities held by Home and School.The committee also organizes a faculty luncheon at the end of the year.This involves contacting volunteer bakers who have signed upon the Hands Across Oak Ridge form at the beginning of the year. Committee Head – Kelly Paturzo

 


 

Ice Cream Sundae Bar: 
This special dessert is held four (4) times per year after lunch in the cafeteria. Check your lunch menu for the dates. Volunteers serve your child ice cream with all the toppings! The sundae is free with lunch purchase or $1.65 if purchased separately. Committee Head – Mary Eckert and Emily Vincent

 


 

Let's Move:
Let's Move is a committee dedicated to identifying and including healthy food options and snacks at our school events. In addition, this committee is partnering with Miss Wegimont and the After School REC committee to organize programs and activities that focus on and encourage individual and family fitness. Past activities have included Jump Rope Club and Family Walks in the Park. Committee Heads – Therese Fritsche

 


 

Lip Sync: 
Lip Sync is one of our most popular nights which takes place in February. The kids get to perform songs in a group in the SAHS auditorium for the entire school community, while never having to utter a word! The children choose their own songs, rehearse and perform for 90 seconds of fun! DVD copies are available after the event for a small fee which helps provide scholarships to Souderton High School AV students. Committee Head – Kelly Paturzo and Lip Sync Committee Heads

 


 

Oak Ridge After Hours:
Various activities throughout the year are provided for children and their families after the school hours. These activities provide a way to bring the school and family together.

After School REC - Throughout the year, we organize and sponsor activities that are age appropriate. They can include sports, crafts, sign language, hand bells, science or games. Volunteers and teachers lead these activities which are scheduled to run between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Notices are sent home throughout the year with your child to register for these activities. Committee Head - Becky Sauerwald and Tara Turner

Family Bingo Night – This activity takes place in early November. Children play Bingo and win small prizes while they enjoy time with their friends and family. Snacks and water are provided as well. Committee Head – Heidi Derstine

Family Fun Night at Jumpin' Jacks  This event is held each 1-2 times per year at Jumpin' Jacks in Hatfield. It gives students and their families the opportunity to utilize the facility to participate in active play on bouncing and play sets at the Jumpin' Jacks arena. Nominal fee per jumper to add support to our Home and School budget. Committee Head – Eileen Vince

Hobby Night – Hobby Night takes place on a Friday night during January. Students are encouraged to bring in their collections or hobbies and share their interests with other students and parents. This event takes place in the cafeteria. Committee Head - Tara Turner

 


 

Oak Ridge Goes Green:
Our goal is to educate our children on the importance of recycling and energy conservation to save our environment. It is a wonderful opportunity to teach the children the importance of caring for the earth and our school community. Committee Head – Becky Sauerwald

Habitat Garden – This committee is responsible for the maintenance of the butterfly and memorial garden located between the pods at Oak Ridge. Kindergartners and first graders along with their parents, attend the annual Spring clean up where they plant flowers, weed and set up bird feeders. Committee Head – Stephanie Hughes, Wendy Milnes and Kristen Pollack

 


 

Oak Ridge Outreach:
Provides services and support to the Oak Ridge community as well as helps to raise the children's awareness of how we can help those in need. Some projects we have done in the past include supporting our fire, police and EMT services by providing them with care packages and we have collected school supplies to donate to help other schools in our district.

Oak Ridge Cares - Oak Ridge Cares was formed in order to better help those in need within the Oak Ridge community. A group of volunteers, organizes and oversees the distribution of donated and purchased items for charity as well as raising the community's awareness of those needs. Committee Head – Maria Malone

Oakies Hearts of Courage - This committee, formed in the late 1990's, is in place to assist Oak Ridge families coping with life threatening illnesses and/or life tragedies. Since its inception, this club has raised over $35,000 to help many families in crisis. Fundraisers include: winter plant sale, clothing drive, on-going Oak Ridge Hometown Collectible sale and students can participate in a yearly Painting With A Twist fundraiser. This club has provided funds for various needs for families and we also have been able to send several children to Camp Rainbow. Committee Heads – Jill Christopher and Shelley Sweeney

 


 

Spanish Club:
This is a SACE (Souderton Area Community Education) run program, held at Oak Ridge from October to May. Registration goes through the district office until September 2016. 8-12 students will meet with an instructor one day a week throughout the school year (24 weeks) for an annual fee $180 -$200/year, per student. Day and Time to be announced. Committee Head - Eileen Vince

 


 

Spirit Wear Sale: 
We sell t-shirts, hoodies, sweats, umbrellas, water bottles, Oakies and more with our Oak Ridge logo on them. These items are offered for sale, at cost, to all families twice a year typically in the early Fall and late Spring. Committee Head - Jacqui Buscarini

 


 

Student Directory:
In the Fall, every family will receive a school directory from the Oak Ridge Home & School. This directory is a great way to keep in touch with classmates as well as a great source of useful information. The directory information is captured via Google Docs so look for an email with the link every September! Committee Head – Mary Eckert and Emily Vincent

 


 

Team Oak Ridge:    
This committee was formed to help our new students and their families feel welcome and involved with our school.  One of the ways we do this is with the "buddy" program. Fourth grade students are paired with Kindergarten students for various activities over the course of the school year. Committee Head – Wendy Milnes

 


 

Where in the World is Oakie the Owl?:
Students buy the Oakie the Owl mascot to take with them on their vacations.  They take pictures with Oakie during their vacation and then they bring the pictures into school so they can be posted in our Oakie display for their classmates to see. Oakie is available to buy during our Fall and Spring Spirit Sales.  See the Oakie Submission Instructions (PDF) for information on how to submit your photos. Committee Head – Tara Turner

 


Yearbook: 
Our Yearbook Committee chronicles the events and activities of the year through candid pictures and student portraits. This is a great keepsake for your child to remember their elementary school years. Order forms are sent out in the Spring and yearbooks are received at the end of the school year. Please see our Yearbook Photographer Volunteer Information (PDF) if you are interested in taking photographs for the yearbook. Committee Heads – Monique Asmann, Tara Dubois and Kristen Pollack