Volunteer at Runkle!

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Your voice and suggestions are very welcome to help enhance and better inform our Runkle community. We’re all volunteers and we enthusiastically encourage all parents and guardians to join us. Tell us what you are interested in helping with and we’ll get in touch.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to working with you!

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 Become a Math Tutor
Parents interested in volunteering time in the primary classrooms to support math instruction can become math tutors. Training is provided and mandatory. Parents enter classrooms based on student need and teacher interest.

 Understanding Our Differences (4th Grade)
4th Grade students at Runkle are taught about four types of disability: blindness and low vision; deafness and hard of hearing; physical disabilities; allergies and asthma. Although the town provides the curriculum and the speakers, parents/guardians of the 4th Grade are particularly encouraged to volunteer; but parents/guardians of all grades are welcome.

 Library helper
Runkle library relies on the assistance of volunteers each day during the school week to re-stock books on a weekly basis (about one hour per week).

 Room Parent Helper
These parent volunteers act as the primary liaisons between the teacher, other parents and the PTO Board. Their main responsibility is to convey important messages from school to home via email, but they also help coordinate volunteers for classroom events.


 PTO Annual Fundraising
A committee leads the PTO Annual Fund’s direct appeal, which provides all PTO funding, including teacher stipends, arts/math enrichment and field trip support and more.

 Welcome Wagon
This committee welcomes new parents and students from outside Brookline to the school by connecting them with a host family to help with the transition.

 Music & Arts Festival (May)
This special festival is held each year in May. It is an evening event showcasing the art of every Runkle student around the school. Volunteers are required to help the art teacher prepare the students art work.

 Performing Arts at Runkle (PAAR)
Funded by the PTO, PAAR brings performing arts professionals or speakers to all grades at Runkle. This committee coordinates events, such as Chinese ribbon dancing, a Native American show, and a special middle school event.

 Math & Science Enrichment
This committee offers after-school math and science enrichment opportunities including: Family Math and Science Night, Astronomy Night, Techsploration Workshops, and Math Collaboration.

 Community Service
This committee reaches out to the school and the greater Brookline community. Members run a holiday toy drive and food drives.

 Green Team
As part of a town-wide effort, a Green Team at each elementary school in Brookline works to lower its carbon footprint, integrate an energy conservation program into the curriculum, and carry out special events such as Car-Free Day. The Runkle team has a Walking School Bus and a native Garden & Nature Observation Area. This effort is dependent on adult volunteers.


 Halloween Fair (October)
The Halloween Fair takes place the week before Halloween. It is held on the school grounds, which are decorated both inside and out, and includes inflatable slides, trick-or-treating with the teachers, a variety of games, face painting and refreshments. Many volunteers are required including indoor/outside activities organizer, errand running, Head Chef for cafeteria, decoration director and many more!

 Candy House Decorating (December)
A great holiday craft activity for the kids, this fun event for all ages will take place just after school in the cafeteria on a Friday early December. You can help by donating washed milk/juice cartons in the weeks leading up to the event, by making icing glue days before the event, or you can come to school early the day of the activity to help set up.

 Runkle Bookswap (January)
The school’s annual book swap is held in late January. Run by the PTO, the event takes place in the Multipurpose Room on a Thursday. Those who have donated books may take the same number away again. Volunteers are needed to sort the books on the Thursday morning, move the books after the Swap on Thursday afternoon, and supervise the Multipurpose Room during the Book Swap.

 Trivia & Bingo Night (February)
Trivia & Bingo Night is a popular game night for all Runkle children and their families. It is typically held early on a winter Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Pizza, drinks, and desserts are also available. Bingo Night is run primarily by Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade parent volunteers. A Trivia Night event runs from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

 Skating Under the Stars (January)
This winter evening ice skating party is for the entire Runkle community and takes place at Brookline’s Larz Anderson Skating Rink. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. It usually runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

 Math & Science Night (March or April)
This is held on a Friday night in March or April from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. The evening includes a table display by The Green Team, various other interactive fun student exhibits, a visit into a portable observatory called the Geodesic Dome and exploration of math concepts through fun activities and games. Many volunteers are required.

 International Potluck Night (May)
This event brings the entire Runkle community together for an evening of food, music, and culture. The various country tables celebrating our community’s diverse cultural backgrounds are the major focus and attraction of the night from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. We set up trestle tables throughout the school common areas, and the cafeteria is taken up with food from around the world. Families are encouraged to bring a plate of food to the cafeteria to share. Families who host a table are not expected to bring food as well. From 7 to 8 pm there is entertainment provided by Runkle students and parents in the Multipurpose Room. Many volunteers are required.

 Runkle Book Fair
The Book Fair is held in spring. It is coordinated by the librarian in conjunction with the PTO. It offers parents an opportunity to purchase books for their children or as donations to their child’s classroom. This event is staffed by parent volunteers.

 Music in the Morning
This group schedules short vocal and instrumental performances for the Runkle community on the second Wednesday of every month before school starts in the morning. Runkle students, staff, and parents are invited to share their music.

 Back to School Family Picnic (September)
On a Thursday in the first month of school each year a School Family Picnic is organised for an early evening after school. All families are invited to attend 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Bring a blanket and dinner for your family..


 Runkle Newsletter Editors
The parent-edited weekly newsletter Runkle News is sent to the community via email every Sunday evening. It includes events and messages from the PTO, Principal, and faculty. Volunteer to be an editor.

 Online Family Directory
Administrators required.

The Runkle website is maintained by the PTO and the administration. Contact the PTO with comments, suggestions, useful links or if you would like to volunteer.

Additional Opportunities
 Become a METCO partnership volunteer

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