Blue Heron has many different ways for parents to get involved in their child's school or classroom. Your kids will get to know their peers and school staff outside of pencils, notebooks, and homework. The below items are just the main ways to do this but, please, reach out to the PTA board or the front office staff if you have other ideas. 

Opportunities throughout the Year

Our events don't run themselves and require the involvement of several families to run smoothly. Our major events for the year are listed below as well as smaller opportunities to assist. 

Fall Festival: parent volunteers to help run the games or donate prizes, set-up and take down

Diversity Night: We will need families of all cultures to volunteer to set up a table in the hallway of the school and showcase something special about their culture (dress, food, craft, dance, music, architecture). 

Spring Festival: parent volunteers to help run the games or donate prizes, set-up and take down

All breakfast events: pick-up 2 carafes of coffee and help set-up

Treat Tuesday

This is a Blue Heron tradition. Every Tuesday during the school year we aim to provide the teachers and staff with snacks or donuts or treats. This is our way of showing appreciation throughout the year to our staff. We have approximately 60 staff on hand daily. If you would like to pick a Tuesday to bring in some goodies please sign-up here.

Watch D.O.G.S.

Want to spend the day (or a few hours) at your child’s school being a positive role model for the Blue Heron students?

What is WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Defenders Of Great Students)?

Watch DOGS help to provide an extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying. WATCH D.O.G.S. (Defenders Of Great Students) is an innovative parental involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering. Learn more about WATCH D.O.G.S. here.

Click Here to save your slot for the 2023/24 School year! A great day to pick is on or around your student’s birthday! 

Who are Watch DOGS and how does WATCH D.O.G.S. work?

Watch DOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, mothers, grandmothers and aunts moms who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school. Watch the video below and see firsthand how this program works at schools just like Blue Heron.

Room Parent

Hello Blue Heron Grade Parents,  

Thank you for volunteering to be a grade parent for your child’s class for the 2023-24 school year. Grade parents play an integral part in the communication between teachers and parents throughout the school year. Below you will find information that will help you fulfill the room parent duties. Please let the PTA board know if you have any questions.

Please click here for a list of the grade parents for this year. (coming soon)

Responsibilities of Grade Parent

Important to note: Though parents will have already provided their email address to the school during the registration process, they still need to expressly release that information to you for classroom communications. Please let parents know that, if they choose not to provide an email address, they may not receive important classroom information. Parents may sign up at Back to School Night or the classroom teacher may send an email on your behalf asking for permission.

Grade Parent Responsibilities: May include but are not limited to: 

1. Act as a liaison between the classroom parents and the PTA. It is helpful to attend PTA general meetings when possible.  

2. Act as an activities coordinator for all celebrations in the classroom and provide information between the teacher and classroom parents. 

3. Maintain a positive working relationship with the teacher. 

4. Coordinate volunteers as requested for classroom activities and instruction. 

5. Coordinate volunteers for classroom events. 

*The PTA does not cover the cost of food or supplies used for classroom parties or special event. 

**Each classroom may have more than one room parent. Parents can act as co-room parents, with all room parents taking on the responsibility of representing the PTA.  

Documents: 1. Blue Heron Room Parent Handbook    2. Blue Heron Room Parent Checklist 3. Guidelines Regarding Food for School Parties/Celebrations     4. Teacher Favorite Things  5. Room Parent Contact Spreadsheet  

Please contact us at if you have any questions!

Volunteer of the Month

The Blue Heron PTA Board recognizes a Volunteer(s) of the Month (VOM) for each month of the school year.  A spotlight of the Volunteer of the Month will appear in the newsletter and website. They will receive a PTA pin and have access to the share parking spot with Watch D.O.G.S for the month.

Volunteers of the Month for the 2023-2024 School Year

August: n/a January:

September: Haley Waind and Sabrina Pellerin February:  

October: Maggy Vlasek March:

November: Elke Diefendorf April:

December: Becky Raguso May:

Blue Heron Elementary is fortunate to have a very active and involved community. Many of our volunteers silently raise their hands to support the school in many ways – from the classroom to our special community events. The PTA would like to acknowledge the efforts and impact our volunteers make throughout the year. If you know someone who has made a significant contribution to our school and has had a positive impact through his/her volunteer efforts during this month, please email them to for a chance to recognize their efforts. The board will vote on the VOM for the previous month at the next board meeting.

If you would like to get involved in the upcoming Blue Heron PTA community events, we would love to have you!