Parent Teacher Organization

Barrie's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) promotes relationships between and among families and the school in order to foster a vibrant community in support of the school’s mission and values. 

        

You are a Member!

Membership in the PTO is automatic for faculty, staff, and families. There is a $50 per family fee to help offset the cost of events.

PTO Contacts

Ingrid Kleckner
PTO Co-Chair, Barrie Prep (Grades 6-12)

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PTO Co-Chair, Barrie Montessori (18 months - Grade 5)

Patty Simon
Executive Assistant and Coordinator of Parent and Alumni Engagement

Volunteering at Barrie

Barrie suggests six volunteer hours per year, per family. Families may volunteer all at once or a few times per trimester, and hours can be fulfilled in many ways, including off-campus.
 

FAQs

For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions

Ways to Volunteer

Help with an Event

Volunteers are always needed to help with events such as After Prom, Book Fair, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, the annual fundraising auction For the Love of Barrie, and more!  Your help with planning, set up, staffing the event, and clean up are all greatly appreciated.

See the Volunteer Needs by Season section below for all events, or contact the PTO to indicate your availability.

Serve as a Class or Grade Rep

Class and Grade Representatives foster communication among parents and assist teachers by helping to organize traditional classroom celebrations, potlucks, class social activities, and work on school-wide events such as International Children’s Day, For the Love of Barrie, Teacher Appreciation Week, The Book Fair, After Prom, Finding Neverland, and others. If interested, please contact the PTO.

Be a New Family Mentor (Buddy Family)

Welcome new families to Barrie and serve as a resource to them throughout the school year. Volunteers are needed during the summer to reach out to families. Contact Theresa Valois in the Admission Office to help.

Lead a PTO Program or Event

Review the school calendar and contact the PTO about helping to provide leadership.

Be an Admission Ambassador

Assist the Admission Office with outreach by attending school recruitment fairs, helping at an Admission Open House during the year, and welcoming admitted families at spring receptions. Contact Admission Director Ingrid Yuryev for more information.

Create Montessori Materials

Parent "material maker" volunteers are needed on an occasional basis to assist with a range of class projects and materials in the Lower School Office, which may include organizational projects in classrooms requested by teachers. Contact Montessori Front Office.

Cook for a Class Potluck

Classes host potlucks for various events throughout the school year. These are paired with program level events, such as International Children’s Day, Songfest, and Folk Tales, and allow parents to get to know each other. All parents are encouraged to participate! Contact your child's teacher for more details.

Support Diversity Initiatives

Barrie’s Parent Diversity Alliance is an intentional space created for parents to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and perspectives into the lives of Barrie families. Parents are supported through diversity education, equity initiatives, and inclusive community building events. Alliance gatherings and events happen throughout the school year. Please contact Maati Wafford, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs, to learn more or to get involved!

Help with Fundraising

Barrie's Advancement Committee ensures that the school has effective development and alumni relations. Volunteers reach out to other Barrie families to encourage their support of the Annual Fund and help organize Annual Fund events including the annual auction, For the Love of Barrie. Contact Patty Simon for more information.

Volunteer Needs by Season

Fall

FALL

Homecoming and Fall Festival

Each October, Barrie School sponsors a fall festival for Barrie families and the community. Volunteers are needed for 1-hour shifts for setup, during the event, and clean-up. This is a FREE event for families with great food and fun activities for all ages. Contact Patty Simon for more information.


Book Fair

Barrie’s Annual Book Fair will be in the form of a Bookmobile this year, and will be open October 22-26, 2018. The Book Fair is typically open to parents before and after school and during Parent/Teacher Conferences. Volunteers are needed to help students create a "Wish List" of books to bring home and to provide support during open hours. Contact the PTO for more information. Students may also volunteer.

Winter

Winter Bonfire

The Winter Bonfire is a great opportunity to mingle with Barrie families and friends while sipping hot chocolate around a roaring fire. Volunteers are needed to set up, clean up, and monitor snacks. Please contact the PTO to volunteer!

 

Spring


Annual Fundraising Auction - For the Love of Barrie

Help make Barrie's annual silent and live auction a success! A fantastic evening full of good friends, food, drinks, and amazing auction items!  Volunteers needed for the planning committee, donation procurement, and set-up. Contact the Development Office to volunteer.


Teacher Appreciation Week

This is an annual tradition at Barrie School where we express our appreciation for the faculty and staff with activities each day across campus. Volunteers are needed to coordinate activities throughout the week. To help plan or volunteer, please contact Janice Pliner.


Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Volunteers are needed to plan and execute this favorite event in May. Contact the Development Office to volunteer.


After Prom

After-Prom keeps our teens safe on Prom night. The After-Prom Committee creates a fun, fabulous, safe, drug-free, chaperoned place for our kids and their friends to wind down after the “big night.” We throw one way-cool party that no one wants to miss. If you’d like to help plan or volunteer for the event, please contact Rachel Lee.