Parent Teacher Organization


The 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. Download our flyer!

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

Theresa Valois
Montessori Co-Chair

Ingrid Kleckner
Prep Co-Chair

Judy Averbach with any questions, or to volunteer.

For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Can we Call on You? Complete the Volunteer Sign-Up Form

Seasonal Volunteer Needs

Teacher Appreciation Week - May 7-11, 2018

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 visit the Teacher Appreciation Week webpage, or contact Janice Pliner.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Volunteers are needed to plan and execute this favorite event on Friday, May 11, 2018. Please contact Judy Averbach.

Finding Neverland

Peter Pan themed spring family event open to the community on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from Noon-3:00pm. Sign up here to volunteer for the planning committee, set-up, and various stations on the day of the event. Please contact Theresa Valois with any questions.

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 visit the After Prom webpage, or contact Rachel Lee.

Spring Bonfire

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. Contact Theresa Valois.


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 Scholastic Book Fair is held each year at the end of October in Strauss Gym on the upper campus. 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 Clare Bolek for more information. Students may also volunteer.


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. Contact Theresa Valois.

Annual Fundraising Auction

Help make Barrie's annual silent and live auction a success! A fantastic evening full of good friends, yummy food, fun drinks, and amazing auction items! NEW this year: Mardi Gras theme! Volunteers needed for the planning committee, donation procurement, and set-up. Contact Judy Averbach to assist!

Ongoing Volunteer Needs

Serve as a Class/Grade Rep - Class/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 Theresa Valois.

Be a New Family Mentor (Buddy Family) – Welcome new families to Barrie. 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 Judy Averbach about helping provide leadership.

Be an Admission Ambassador - Assist the Admission Office with outreach by attending school recruitment fairs, helping at the Open House on October 14, and welcoming admitted families at spring receptions. Contact Admission Director Ingrid Yuryev for more information.

Help 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!

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, Coordinator 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 Judy Averbach, Manager of Development.