Osborn Hill is known for its spirit, enthusiasm, and dedication. Through the tireless effort of parent volunteers, there are many opportunities for fun, enrichment, friendship, and academic growth for all of our students.
Some of our programs are looking for additional help and input. Special training is not needed, just your enthusiasm. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities to fit your schedule, during the day or outside of school hours. All Volunteers must be paid members of the PTA.
We welcome you to get involved and help us make this year the best one yet!
If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to the OHS Volunteer Coordinators at OttersVolunteer@gmail.com.
In continued efforts to provide for a safe and secure learning environment for all students, Fairfield Public Schools is implementing a new administrative regulation (#1212AR) regarding Volunteers/Resource Persons. This regulation requires all Volunteers/Resource Persons in our schools to complete a registration form and waiver of liability. Any Volunteer/Resource Person working before, during or after school in a school-or PTA- sponsored activity is required to complete this form as well as a Code of Conduct form. Please complete both forms and return to the Main Office prior to the start of any volunteer work.
Program and Volunteer Descriptions
Please read the PTA Volunteer Handbook for a full list of volunteer opportunities and more detailed information.
After School Activities
Osborn Hill offers a large selection of interesting, educational, and creative after school activities. Sessions are offered in the fall, winter and spring. A parent volunteer is required to be in attendance for each class.
Art Smart was developed by the PTA as a cultural enrichment program. It introduces children to famous pieces of art in a low-key, fun way by letting them observe, think and discuss famous paintings and artists from around the world.
The Art Show takes place in the spring for grades 3-5 and is a wonderful display of all our children’s hard work throughout the year. Work alongside the talented Miss G to display art work in the APR for viewing. Truly a beautiful exhibit of all the artistic talent here at Osborn Hill!
Find pertinent and grade-appropriate authors and arrange one-day OHS visits as applicable (preferable all grades, sometimes K-2 and 3-5). Coordinate logistics leading up to visit, and basic “host” duties while author is at OHS. If possible, coordinate with other schools and PTAs to share visits and costs. Advertise (in school) ahead of time and collect book orders; distribute books upon arrival.
Beautification of our Osborn Hill School grounds, including gardening and planting flowers.
The PTA donates a book to each child on his or her birthday. The birthday boy/girl picks a book and then a sticker is placed inside personally wishing them a happy birthday. The chair is responsible for purchasing the books and replenishing inventory.
Osborn Hill hosts Scholastic book fairs to foster the importance of reading. Our school also earns Scholastic dollars which allows OHS to purchase valuable items to enhance our library and classrooms.
Book Swap is a free event where students have an opportunity to bring in used children’s and adult books at a specified collection time. Students receive 1 ticket per every book they donate and have an opportunity to “shop” with the tickets they’ve received and pick “new” used books.
Box Tops For Education
Box Tops are collected twice a year-once in the fall and once in the spring and are submitted to receive money for our school.
Donate a book to the OHS Library for any occasion (birthday, new school year, graduation, etc.). Choose a book from the Celebration Books cart in the Library workroom to purchase and donate. The book will receive a bookplate in your child’s name. Books are a great way to celebrate!
Diversity Celebration Week works in conjunction with C.A.R.E.S. to support and enhance the environment of acceptance and understanding at Osborn Hill School. This school-wide celebration includes simple classroom activities that provide students with opportunities to recognize and embrace the similarities/differences they share with their peers.
Environmental Awareness (C.A.N.E.)
The CANE (Connecticut Audubon Nature Explorers) Program is offered for students in the eleven Fairfield Public Schools and St. Thomas Parochial School in Fairfield. Parent volunteers are trained to present three science enrichment programs to their child’s class.
Field Day is always a fun filled day at Osborn Hill! The field day coordinators work with our wonderful physical education teacher Mr. Marko to plan various games/relays for the classes. Volunteers are needed to run each station.
Fifth Grade Committee
Organizes special activities for fifth grade graduates. Coordinates volunteers to plan special activities including: moving up ceremony, beach day, fifth grade service project, softball game, t-shirts, baby-picture board, moving up party and more.
Harvest Faire is one of OHS’s largest fundraisers and attracts hundreds of attendees. The Faire offers games, bouncy houses, prize baskets, a cake walk, arts & crafts, and more! Many volunteers are needed to run this fun event.
Health, Fitness and Safety
Chair focuses on ways promote healthy eating, exercise and safety issues for our school community.
Junior Achievement is an amazing organization that we are lucky to take part in and is offered in grades 1-3. It inspires and prepares young people to succeed in the real world by helping them learn about business, community, and the economy through fun, age appropriate hands on activities! As a volunteer, you will receive a materials kit that has everything needed to teach the class with detailed lesson plans that are easy to follow.
Library Media Center
The Library Media Center volunteers are responsible for shelving books and keeping our library organized. Volunteers may be asked to check books out for students if the media specialist is unavailable.
Mill River Captain (Grades 3-5)
River Lab is science based environmental studies curriculum, developed under the aegis of the Mill River Wetland Committee that teaches all Fairfield public and parochial school students about the river basin structuring of the Earth. Each grade has a very important and informative field trip which is dependent on the participation and support of parent volunteers. It’s an opportunity for parents to connect with their kids through nature and the environment we live in.
Operation Hope is our local service shelter for homeless and at-risk of homelessness participants. This is a great way to get involved and help those in need!
The Parent Social is a great event for the parents to meet and socialize as an Osborn Hill community!
At the end of the year, the Publishing Center is used to create a keepsake for each student. Their writing is typed, bound and sent home as a keepsake. This volunteer works directly with the students, teachers, and library staff to bring their “manuscript” to the “published” book by editing, formatting the text, and binding. Both children and families treasure these books!
Reading Celebration Week
Reading Celebration Week works in conjunction with Author Visits to come up with creative ways to promote reading for the love of reading (hence “celebration” not “incentive”).
At the start of the school year, coordinators identify Room Parents for each classroom. Room parents act as a liaison between the teacher and parents, execute ongoing communications and work with the class teacher to coordinate classroom needs.
Osborn Hill has great pride in Ozzie Otter and the children are proud to wear the OHS spiritwear during the year and on spirit day once a month. The person in charge of spirit wear is responsible for ordering, taking inventory, and selling the OHS spirit wear at Harvest Faire, book fairs, and throughout the year.
Our teachers work so hard for their students all year. Teacher Appreciation week is one way we can show our gratitude for all they do!
The Turkey Trot is a food drive that OHS does for the food pantry “Daughters of Charity” in Bridgeport.
The UNICEF Coordinator is responsible for organizing our school’s participation in the annual Halloween fundraising event – Trick or Treat for UNICEF. UNICEF stands for the United Nations Children’s fund which is a wonderful organization that helps thousands of children all over the world by providing such basic needs as clean water, proper healthcare and so much more.
The annual Variety Show is an amazing and cheerful event that celebrates the performing arts and talents within our student body from kindergarten through the fifth grade!
The OHS Walk-A-Thon is a fun activity for all students and an important spring fundraiser for our school.
The Yearbook Committee is responsible for organizing the School Portrait program and producing the annual yearbook, which celebrates our OHS students and the school activities and events.