Contact Volunteer Coordinator Linda Smith at

We need volunteers to help run the PTO Fundraisers/Services and Events. When family members participate in their child(ren)'s school and education, the results are plenty. Only with your help can the PTO continue to offer these extra activities to our students and families that everyone has come to enjoy! If you would like to receive emails about PTO related volunteer opportunities, you need to OPT IN to the volunteer list by emailing Linda Smith at with your name and email address. This DOES NOT sign you up for any events/services, it only INFORMS you of opportunities for volunteering.

In addition to PTO volunteer needs, Harriet Bishop (HB) also has opportunities to volunteer for academic programs. Emails for these opportunities will be communicated out from the school, but are also detailed below to provide you a one-stop-shop of all HB's current PTO and Academic Volunteer opportunities. 




    • While every PTO event needs volunteers for day/s of the event, we are in need of Team Members to help plan and lead the success of the PTO Fundraisers/Services and Events. Please review the following open needs and consider signing up to receive more information:       SUG: HB PTO Team Member Needs 2019-2020 


  • Staff Appreciation Conference Meal (2/27/2020) - Every year during conferences, parents from Harriet Bishop provide a meal for the staff to show our appreciation. The Spring Conference Meal will be served on Thursday, February 28th: SUG: Staff Appreciation (2/27/2020)


  • SAVE THE DATE: Family Fun Night (3/6/2020): We are planning a fun games night, and will need some help with set up, monitoring, making popcorn, clean up etc. SUG coming soon!


  • Yearbook photos: WE NEED YOUR PHOTOS….If you have photos to share for inclusion in the yearbook, please send an email to Nikki at to request access to our Shutterfly share site* to upload photos.  Please upload your photos by February 21st,2020

* Please only load new photos that you have NOT previously submitted for the yearbook via email or shared on the yearbook Facebook page.   


We have a couple important Academic Related Volunteer Needs as detailed below. For these volunteer opportunities, you are REQUIRED to have a cleared BACKGROUND CHECK before volunteering. Please see further details below.

  • BREAKFAST WITH A BOOK (2/7/2020):

    • HB loves to kick off “I Love to Read” month with this fun family activity, where parents join their students before school sharing continental breakfast and a book, magazine or newspaper.

    • Volunteers are needed for set up on 2/6/2020 and for during and after the event on 2/7/2020. Please sign up here: SUG: Breakfast with a Book (2-7-2020)

  • ​KINDERGARTEN INFO NIGHT (2/20/2020 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.): 

    • We are looking for 4-5 parents to assist as Parent volunteers to help answer questions about our school and maybe lead some tours of the school. Please sign up here: SUG: Kindergarten Info Night (2/20)

  • PATROL CROSSING VOLUNTEER NEED (FEB TO MAY): SUG: Patrol Crossing Volunteer Need

    • Harriet Bishop is in need of one or two parents to commit a week at a time, to assist with a Patrol Crossing at the end of the school day. This need is for every 4th week, with all the weeks detailed in the SUG (Sign up Genius) above!

    • No previous experience needed. Training will be provided by Mr. Risteau. 

    • If you are interested in more information, please contact Mr. Risteau at:


    • Volunteers are needed to assist students planning and preparing their SMART or Science Fair Projects. Help is needed either before or after school. Please sign up here:

    • Science Fair Head Judge: A volunteer is needed as a new Science Fair Head Judge. The head judge needs to be comfortable with the scientific process and what constitutes a well-executed experiment. The head judge is responsible for distributing training and instruction material to other judges and compiling the scores on the night of the fair. We have training and scoring materials already! If you are interested in more information, please email

    • Science Fair Judge: We are once again looking for people to help evaluate student science projects at the Harriet Bishop Science Fair. Judging will be held the evening of Thursday, April 2 2020, from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Pizza and refreshments will be provided for judges. Many of you are familiar with the Fair, but for those who are new: To volunteer as a judge, some science background is helpful, but the most important requirements are a desire to work with students and an enthusiasm for science. Past judges have really enjoyed the experience, and we will provide everything you need to help make the science fair a success.

    • Please contact Jessica McDonald if you have any SMART/Science Fair questions or to volunteer as a judge.


  • * PTO VOLUNTEERING focuses on volunteerism related to fundraisers, events and services that enhance the overall community of Harriet Bishop families. These fundraisers, events and services benefit/originate from the PTO.

  • ** ACADEMIC VOLUNTEERING focuses on volunteerism related to academic programs and projects that enhance the overall learning experience of students. These programs and projects originate from the principal and school staff.


    • The school district has a policy that all school volunteers, age 18 and older, are required to complete a background check before they can volunteer in the school during school hours

    • If you are planning to volunteer in the school during school hours, please complete the online form as soon as possible so you can have the green light to go ahead with volunteering. The link to "Complete the Volunteer Background Check Form Online" can be found at: 

    • The cost of a background check is $20 and takes about 3 days to process

    • Volunteers who have a cleared background check, do not need to redo the background screening unless there has been a gap of two years or more in your volunteering with District 191,

    • Please contact Melanie Liyanage (, at the school office, with any questions.



    • When you come to school to volunteer, please sign in on the Volunteer Computer in the Main Office. This will log you in as being at the school and lets the district track who's volunteering at which school.

    • Once you have logged in, please use one of the volunteer badges that are available in the office for you to use during school hours.

    • During non-school hours events, you do not have to wear a volunteer badge. 

    • If you forget to log in on the computer at school, you can log your hours from home. The link to "Log Volunteer Hours" can be found at: 

    • When you click that, the screen will be the same as what you see on the school's computer. Fill out the information and save. 

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14400 O'Connell Rd, Savage, MN 55378