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Volunteer Opportunities | Timber Lakes Elementary PTA

Get Involved Today!

Timber Lakes PTA has many opportunities for parents to get involved in many activities. Whatever your interest or talent, you will undoubtedly find a way to use them in some aspect through the PTA’s volunteer opportunities. We believe the education of children is a joint responsibility. Good communication and collaboration between our schools and parents, families, and the community are essential to improved student achievement. Please get involved in the Ketchup Club, Grandparent’s Day, Fall Festival, and our multitude of other activities.

Also, please remember that each school year you must register with ADDitions to volunteer for any school/PTA activity. Click the button below to be redirected to the ADDitions Volunteer application. There will be an ADDitions Volunteer Orientation offered each fall, and all parents are encouraged to attend this short, one-time gathering.

ADDitions Volunteer Application

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are the designated days for parents to have lunch with their children. Parents are not allowed to have lunch at the school on Tuesday and Thursday unless there is a school event in which their child is participating in or you are Volunteering for Ketchup Club.

Volunteering Procedures

Volunteering On-Campus

It is imperative that the school be aware of All Visitors visiting the campus, there are no exceptions to this rule. Therefore, all visitor and volunteers are required to sign-in & sign out of the school using the computers in the front office upon entry and exit. Depending on the nature of your visit, you will sign in and out using at different computer stations in the front office.

When Visiting the school (i.e. on campus to have lunch or meet with a teacher), the front computer is the appropriate check- in/out computer.
If Volunteering, please check-in and note your reason for volunteering on the computer on the right side of the front office reception area.
Timber Lakes Visitor Sticker: While on school property, please make sure you are wearing your visitor or volunteer sticker at all times
Volunteering Off-Campus

If VOLUNTEERING off campus, you must still record your hours through OCPS. The volunteer check-in/out program is designed to track volunteers’ locations on campus/off campus and their time volunteered. Timber Lakes submits hourly totals on a regular basis to OCPS. Click the button provided here to sign in and out for off-campus volunteering.
OCPS Off-Campus Volunteer Sign In/Out

Become a Room Parent!

As a room parent, you will be working with the teacher to co-plan all of the events for the school year. The teacher must approve all classroom activities. Get in contact with your teacher to determine the best means of communication (for example: email or hard copy notes/reminders) so that you can discuss upcoming classroom events in a timely manner. Try to involve as many parents as you can in the classroom activities. It makes things more fun, allow other parents to participate in their child’s education, and will make your job a lot easier.

Communication via email will enable you to notify classroom parents of upcoming activities more efficiently. The PTA Room Parent Coordinator will inform the room parents of  “Teacher Appreciation Week” dates well in advance (in the spring), along with the specific events throughout the week.  All classes are encouraged to participate in these events to honor the teachers.  Families may also want to voluntarily show their appreciation individually.

Guidelines for being a Room Parent
  • Register to become an approved Additions program volunteer
  • Sign in at the front office each time you are in the school to log your volunteer hours on the OCPS website. Be sure to log in volunteer hours you spend at home too!
  • Make sure your teacher knows how to get in touch with you for classroom needs.
  • Check out the Helping Hands Workroom
  • Attempt to get each parent/guardian e-mail and phone number.
  • Communicate (with approval of teacher) all activities and events.
  • Welcome any new families and students to the classroom. Bring them up to date on classroom and school events.
  • Coordinate a themed donation “basket” for Fall Festival Silent Auction.
  • Help plan the Winter Party and End of Year Party.
  • Help make the Teacher Appreciation Week special for your teacher! Work with that committee to communicate plans to your parents.
  • Find out if you have children with food allergies before parties.
  • Celebrate your teacher’s birthday.
  • Download Room Parent Forms

    Volunteer Committees

    Click on a volunteer project below to learn more about the many PTA activities you can be a part of. Share your time and talents by joining us in taking part in your child’s experience at Timber Lakes Elementary! Please remember that you must be an approved ADDitions School Volunteer & PTA Member in order to become a committee member

    Helping hands room
    Responsible for maintaining supplies.
    Reflections is a National recognized annual contest in the arts whereby students compete in various artistic categories.
    Room Parent Coordinator
    Responsible for maintaining room parents informed of school & teacher activities that require room parent assistance.
    Redemptions (Box Tops/Labels for Education)
    Collect Box Tops and Labels to exchange for incentives. Mail tops and labels for monetary funds to school.
    Talent Show
    Responsible for helping the Art teacher coordinate auditions and event.
    Teacher Appreciation Week
    Coordinates, supervises, and delegates gifts, luncheon, and breakfast for Teachers for this specific week.
    Terrific kids
    Coordinates terrific student ceremony chosen once a month by teacher with Administration. Maintains terrific student photo wall. Maintains relationship with current sponsor for gifts awarded, i.e. Marco’s Pizza certificate.
    Veteran’s day
    Coordinates the Veteran’s Day celebration with Timber Lakes, Timber Creek involvement, and military involvement. Supervises and delegates ceremony, decorations, and reception.
    Book Fair
    Work with our librarian to organize and implement the week long Timber Lakes Fall and Spring book fair.
    Responsible for assisting with the concessions at PTA events.
    Fall Festival
    Responsible for organizing festival events, including vendors.
    Field Day
    Responsible for assisting the Physical Education teacher plan and implement Field Day.
    Grandparents Day
    Special morning breakfast to celebrate our wonderful grandparents.
    Ketchup Club
    Parents who help out at lunch time during the kindergarten & 1st grade lunch periods from 12:00PM– 1:09PM. Chair: Coordinates sign up for each day of the week with monthly calendar.
    Multicultural Night
    Work with teachers and staff to plan and implement a night dedicated to the vast diversity that exists in the Timber Lakes family.

    Ways to easily raise funds from home

    General Mills Box Tops

    General Mills products have a label on the “tops” of their cereal. Look for them on General Mills Cereals, Go-gurts, Betty Crocker, Lloyd’s Tubs, Yoplait, and cookies. We get money for each label we submit. Visit Boxtops 4 Education for more details.

    Labels for Education

    By collecting UPCs and beverage/sauce caps from over 2,500 participating products, our school earns points that can be redeemed for Arts, Athletics, and Academics merchandise. Visit Labels for Education for more details.