Looking for ways to get involved at Orange Grove Middle School? Great! We need your help!

*Lunch Duty

One of our most urgent volunteer needs is for lunch duty help. These are year-round spots that are VERY IMPORTANT and NECESSARY so that teachers get a chance to recharge their batteries by taking their own lunch break, and it also allows other staff members that would be needed in the lunch room to supervise other areas of campus where students might be.

For your ease, we have created a Sign-up Genius to help with scheduling.  You can visit it here.

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*8th Grade Promotion

Help Galena Robinson plan for this momentous occasion in our 8th grade students’ lives.  The Promotion committee plans and organizes the promotion ceremony, the promotion dance as well as the 8th grade breakfast or luncheon.  All parents are welcome to help organize the events; however, 8th grade parents are not allowed to work at or chaperone the 8th grade dance.

*Book Fair

Help Cindee Reynolds with the book fair. The book fair is held in for one week each, in the fall and spring. Volunteers are needed for cashiers and monitors. Shifts are available. Contact Cindee directly at cindeeandgordon@yahoo.com.

*Bus Driver Appreciation

The Bus Driver Appreciation chair coordinates Orange Grove’s contribution to the district-wide bus driver appreciation event in the Spring.  The chair decides what our school will do to show our appreciation to bus drivers at the event, organize whatever activities are needed to accomplish the task and insure that our contribution is delivered to the district.  Past contributions to this event have included a large banner signed by students during their lunch hours; donations of Orange Grove t-shirts; individual and large homemade cards signed by students and more.  If you are interested in chairing this event for the 2016-2017 school year, please contact Galena Robinson at 520-301-8183 or jandgrobinson@msn.com.

*Fall Check In 

All students need to pick up their school schedules before the first day of the year. What better opportunity to get our families to complete a mountain of necessary paperwork!  Collect volunteers and help organize the mass-completion of health forms, yearbook and directory order forms, lunch card payments, locker assignments and more!  There’s lots of room for your ideas to improve upon the efficiency of this event.  If you are interested in volunteering to help out with this year’s August 2014 check-in events, contact Galena Robinson at 520-301-8183 or jandgrobinson@msn.com, for more information.

*Family Support

Help committee chair Anne Gruber mobilize an impressive network of volunteers when members of our Orange Grove family face extraordinary challenges.  In past years, this committee has provided meals to staff or student families experiencing serious health issues; gift cards for school supplies, groceries and gasoline to families falling on hard economic times; condolences and other needed support when deaths in the family occur.  Sign up with Anne Gruber, annelukas@netzero.net,  if you’d like to be notified when help is needed.   You can help in any way that works for you: cooking and delivering meals; donating or generating donations of gift cards, cash and other needed items.

*Foundation Gift Basket

The CFSD Foundation’s mission is to ensure every student who attends our schools receives the highest level of education by raising supplemental funds to attract, develop and retain excellent teachers throughout the district in an effort to ensure our students are prepared to compete in a global world.

*General Office Assistance

In these days of statewide budget cuts, our office assistance staff is stretched pretty thin. The committee chair organizes and schedules parent volunteers who want to help out in the front office. Volunteers may make photocopies, shred old documents, handle filing and other basic office duties that can be done by non-school employees.

*Parking Lot Help

The OGMS staff can use help directing traffic and keeping the children safe in the morning for approx. 20 minutes prior to the start of school each day, just for the 10 days of school. If you can give even one day, thank you!  Contact Galena Robinson at 520-301-8183 or jandgrobinson@msn.com if you can help.

*Hospitality Committee

This committee provides refreshments for any FFO – sponsored get-together, most notably, coffee and treats before each of our FFO general assembly meetings.  Members of the executive committee and usually, our principal attend these meetings, so it’s a great time to get to know them.  Contact our committee chair, Olivia Sethi: oseth71@gmail.com, if you’d like to donate beverages and/or baked goods for these events.

*Lunch Volunteers

Witness first-hand what goes on during a middle school lunch period.  Volunteer to help supervise this period once a month, once a week or on whatever schedule works for you.   Duty is relatively light–helping staff members supervise students while they eat and socialize.   Volunteers need very few skills other than a desire to interact with middle schoolers and gently guide their behavior during this unstructured period.  If you’ve ever wanted to be a “fly on the wall” at your child’s school, this is a great way to do that. Contact our lunch volunteer coordinator to sign up. This year’s lunch schedule:        

Regular Days: 

First lunch:  11:17am to 11:42am
Second lunch:  12:13am to 12:38pm

Late Start Wednesdays:

First lunch:  12:11am to 12:36pm
Second lunch:  12:49pm to 1:14pm

For more information, contact Galena Robinson at 520-301-8183 or jandgrobinson@msn.com.

*PE Uniforms

All Orange Grove students are required to change-out for PE class.  Your FFO uses its purchasing power and community contacts to provide these uniforms at the lowest cost possible to families.  Our PE Uniform committee manages the order form process at the end of each school year, allowing families to pre-order for the following year.  It places the order with our vendor and manages the distribution of the uniforms at our August check-in eventsNOTE:  PE Uniforms are pre-purchased by the FFO, which is then reimbursed by individual payments made by families ordering the uniforms.   Any family who requires financial assistance to purchase the necessary uniforms should contact the school.

*Picture Retakes

All students get their photo taken for the yearbook at the August check-in event.  Sometimes kids just don’t like how they photographed on a 105-degree day and want a retake.  Enter your friendly neighborhood FFO.   On Oct 8th, our photographer returns to Orange Grove to retake photos of students when they’re less sweaty and melancholy about the expiration of summer.  Our Picture Retake coordinator uses parent volunteers to supervise students while they wait for their photos to be taken.  Contact Galena Robinson at 520-301-8183 or jandgrobinson@msn.com if you’d like be one of the volunteers who will coif, groom and herd our middle school students through this event.

*Staff Appreciation

Happy staff members means happy students, right?  Blythe Edmonson will dedicate many volunteer hours to planning events designed to let our staff know just how much we appreciate the good care and education they provide to our children.   Pot luck breakfasts, gifty give-aways, and more.  Contact  Blythe Edmonson at blytheedmonson@hotmail.com if you want to help with these well-timed events throughout the year.

*Student Action Committee

Work with OGMS students on community service projects. Past projects include lunches for homeless, Homer Davis Elementary School supply drive, food packs for needy kids, Food Bank Collection and New Beginnings clothing collection. Meets several times throughout the school year. If you or your child would like to be involved, contact Amy Bhola,  ka3bhola@comcast.net.

*Teacher of the Year Representative

The Teacher of the Year (TOY) program highlights the contributions of Catalina Foothills’ teachers and has the support of the CFSD Foundation.  The program annually recognizes two exceptionally skilled and dedicated teachers from a group of 5 “Distinguished Educators”.

Nominees are those who have gained the respect and admiration of students, parents, and co-workers, and who inspire learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.  They play an active and useful role in their communities as well as in their schools, distinguishing themselves as leaders.  The TOY Committee, comprised of a member of the Foundation board and a parent from each CFSD school site, manages the nomination, screening and recognition process.

*As Needed Volunteers

You will be notified of volunteer opportunities as the needs arise during the year.