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Volunteering - A Gift to Laurel and our Children
 

 

Each year, parent volunteers contribute thousands of hours of their time to help enrich our children's education at Laurel School. Every parent has competing demands on their time, from paid employment to younger children. But we encourage you to volunteer in a way that will be meaningful to you and your child -- we can assure you that it will be meaningful for the entire Laurel School community.

 

Maybe you can spare one morning each week to help in the classroom; a half hour a month to assist in art class; a couple of days in the summer to set up the car line/carpool; or one morning in April for the STEAM Fair.

 

Either way, click on the tab that best represents the amount of time you think you can spare, and check out what volunteer positions are available. Then click to email the appropriate person, who will give you more information, answer your questions, and sign you up!

To volunteer, please contact Wendy Horton, the Laurel PTO President at president@laurelpto.org.

 

By Availability (click headings below):

 

Weekly In-school Commitment

Once a Month In-school Commitment

Infrequent In-school Commitment

One Chunk of Time Commitment

Work from Home - Infrequent Commitment

Work from Home - More Frequent Commitment

 

Weekly In-school Commitment

 

Library

Help children develop a love of books and reading! Check books in and out of the library for your child’s class; shelve books as required during their 30 minute time slot. Training provided to all volunteers.

 

Hot Lunch

One in four Laurel students have hot lunch every day, and we need four volunteers each day to run a successful program. Every day you volunteer, you get one free lunch for your child! Training provided.

 

In-classroom Support

Your child’s teacher will let you know about his or her needs for support in the classroom. Having parent helpers enables teachers to spend more time with students in small groups, targeting specific needs. You could do be asked to be a reading buddy, play math games with the kids, do a special project, and more. Just discuss with your teacher how much time you can commit!


 

Once a Month In-school Commitment

 

Art Volunteer

Art Volunteers will stand available (with some notice) to help with projects to be done in class or at home, such as helping refill paint pallets, making black glue, refilling bottles of glue, etc. The Art Studio Volunteer Coordinator will reach out to these volunteers as needed.
At certain times of the year, Monique and the Art Studio Coordinator will solicit volunteers for projects that require more adult assistance (paper mache, for example).
(Monique Donecho will manage the classroom volunteer schedule on her own.)

Art in Action
Art in Action is an enriching, engaging, hands-on curriculum that teaches art history, art appreciation, and art techniques. The docent volunteer teaches the lessons by leading a discussion and an art project. There are 12 lessons over the course of the year: 1 hour for kinders, and 1 ½ hours for 1st through 3rd graders. No experience is necessary and training is provided.  Assistant docent positions also available.

 

In-classroom support

Having parent helpers enables teachers to spend more time with students in small groups, targeting specific needs. You could do be asked to be a reading buddy, play math games with the kids, do a special project, and more. Just discuss with your teacher how much time you can commit! Your child’s teacher will let you know about his or her needs for support in the classroom.

 

Library

Help children check books in and out of the library; shelve books as required. Training provided to all volunteers. Check books in and out of the library; shelve books as required for a 30 minute time slot with your child's class. Training provided to all volunteers.
 

 

Infrequent In-school Commitment

 

Head Room Parents

Help your classroom teacher coordinate volunteers, party preparation, send classroom and PTO announcements via email.

 

Hospitality

Provides "hospitality" for events involving parents and community. Events include Back to School Coffee, the fall and spring General PTO Meetings, and the Volunteer Appreciation Brunch. Volunteers are needed to help donate food items, pick up donated items and set-up/take down responsibilities.

 

Yard Duty

Help relieve teachers on occasion by performing yard duty when they have staff meetings, luncheons, or other.

 

Disaster Prep

Works with the school and district to assess emergency supply needs. Helps create Emergency ID tags and organizes storage and access to supplies.

 

Lost and Found

Help the lost and found stay organized. Take a few minutes to hang up clothing and check for items that have been tagged with names and help return them. Once every three months, help wash remaining clothing and take it to a shelter to donate.

 

Staff Appreciation

Show our staff how much we care! Host various events and provide gifts of appreciation throughout the year to help honor Laurel teachers, aides, and administrative staff for all that they do to educate and nurture our children. Volunteers needed to help donate homemade and store bought food items for events and support activities associated with Staff Appreciation Week.

 

Front Office Support: Volunteers needed to staff the front office periodically for short durations, or help front office staff during particularly busy times. Help office staff with Kindergarten Registration, and Filing Emergency Information at the Beginning of the Year.

 

ASIST

Help organize, coordinate with principals, and conduct lottery for the Encinal to Laurel shuttle. A time commitment of about 20 hours, most just before the start of school. The bonus? Your child is guaranteed a seat on the shuttle!

 

Spirit Wear

Design this year’s Spirit Wear and set up our online store with our provider, SpiritWear.com. Advertise Spirit Wear at school events, such as the Back to School Coffee and Fall Family Picnic. Deliver Spirit Wear through teachers’ boxes.

 

Walk & Bike Week

Supports the practice of safely biking and walking to school, thus reducing traffic and creating healthy life habits. Plan and run Walk & Bike Week in April, where you staff an information table, help at the bike inspection station with Menlo Velo Bikes, and manage class competitions, giving stickers as prizes.

 

One Chunk of Time Commitment

 

PTO Membership

Spring planning with the new President for the Fall campaign (2-3 hours). Campaign begins mid-August and runs through the end of September (~6 weeks). There are two parts to this job:

1. Marketing - Helping spread the word about joining the PTO

2. Data management - This position is responsible for processing all the payments and running weekly reports to the Treasurer, the President, and the fellow Membership Co-chair. Total hours = 60

 

Caring and Sharing

  • Early Bird Breakfasts - Sign up to bring a healthy, homemade breakfast for needed students. Make the food at home and drop it off before school in the office in individual brown bags for about 12-20 students.

  • Holiday Drives - This important committee runs the Thanksgiving Holiday Drive in November and and Giving Tree in December to collect gift cards and gifts for Laurel School families in need. Spend just a couple of hours to sort the gifts, and help bring a smile to students’ faces at the holidays.

  • Ongoing Needs - Take care of any ongoing needs that arise for Laurel families in need.

 

Sweetheart Bake Sale

This delicious community event raises money for our school and puts sweet smiles on faces! You can help arrange an auction of items donated from Laurel parents; bake; package baked goods; serve behind the counter on the big day; and/or clean up after.

 

Volunteer opportunities at the event:

- Help package all the treats the day prior and day of event

- Help set up and decorate

- Staff the event by selling treats to families

- Clean-up

 

Volunteer opportunities outside of the event and school hours:

- Bake all sorts of homemade treats (suggested list available)

- Donate funds toward compostable packaging materials

- Donate any red or pink ribbon

- Create bows for packages. Ribbon will be provided

 

STEAM Fair

This incredible event relies on almost 200 parents to act as teachers for one morning of the year (in April) and run workshops in art and science. Not an artist? Not a scientist? Not a problem! Each workshop comes with a full set of instructions, a supply list, and information from previous volunteers with tips and advice.

 

The STEAM Fair committee also has positions that require a bigger time commitment, including helping to recruit and manage volunteers; data processing of workshop preferences for kids; securing donations; and general coordination.

 

Fall Family Picnic

Organize the first community event of the year; coordinate food trucks and activities, featuring entertainment from local face painters, hair bling experts, the Menlo Park Fire Department, and more. Volunteers needed for set up, manning activities, and clean up. Prior to the event and outside of school hours, you can help by purchasing items needed for the event.

 

Pop! Pop! Read a Lot!

Help put on the annual literary event and fundraiser by planning, organizing, and facilitating the reading challenge, tracking, advertising, and collecting donations from reading sponsors, as well as plan the lemonade and popcorn celebration at the close of the challenge.

 

Spring Fling

Coordinate the final all-school event of the year, where we say farewell to those students moving on and hear the Kinder - 1st grade students sing! Volunteers needed to arrange food trucks, help set up, clean up, and coordination with Mrs. Beckstrom and the Art Show Coordinator (for the music/Art Show portions of the evening).

 

Art Show

Volunteers are needed to work with Art Show Committee Co-chairs to select and display student artwork and get ready for this popular springtime event with set-up and take-down responsibilities.

 

Picture Day

One or two volunteers needed to help on picture day, for the full day.

 

Book Fair

Organizes, manages, sets-up, and works at the week-long Banana Seed book sale in the Fall. Volunteers also needed to help advertise, schedule class visits, and organize volunteers.

 

Field Trip Chaperone

Self explanatory! The PTO funds field trips for every grade at Laurel School. Your classroom teacher will let you know if and when chaperones are needed.

 

Yearbook

Join the yearbook team to work with our new yearbook provider, TreeRing.com (affiliated with iClick Smiles, our school pictures provider), who will start our yearbook by populating with class photos and student portraits. Manage the yearbook process, take pictures at all-school events to use in creating school pages, and coordinate with HRPs who will make class candid picture spreads. Advertise the yearbook for sales at the end of the year (via newsletter, through HRPs, etc.).

 

Work from Home - Infrequent Commitment

 

Kinder and New Family Welcome

Become a “go-to” family for new members of our school community. Answer questions, point them in the right direction and all around offer a helping hand. Come along and make the new kinders feel especially welcome at our Q+A+Play in August in the kindergarten yard.

 

Caring & Sharing:

Donate to drives to help Laurel families in need.

 

Graphics

Help design and produce logos/designs for Laurel collateral (e.g., forms, flyers, handouts, website, newsletter, posters, etc.).

 

Spanish Language Translation

Help translate our Laurel collateral (see above) for distribution to our Spanish-speaking parents and immersion students.

 

School Directory

Help deliver the district-wide directory.

 

Carpool/Car LIne

Organizes and manages the car line system at Laurel, including sign distribution.

 

Box Tops

Organize the collection of Box Tops, one of the oldest fundraising traditions at Laurel. Help prepare newsletter content to promote the twice yearly collections and mail in the clipped box tops by the fall and spring due dates. Lastly, promote the e-Box Tops program, a program that allows us to collect Box Tops when parents shop online.

 

Web Management

Help maintain and update the Laurel School website and post Facebook and Twitter posts, as directed by the Board Communications Coordinator.

 

Work from Home - More Frequent Commitment

 

Newsletter

Our weekly newsletter and mid-week updates are our main means of communicating with parents and the Laurel community. Preparers are needed to input blurbs submitted by various teachers, parents, district administrators, and community members in the weekly newsletter. An editor is needed to edit the newsletter and prepare it for scheduling. Constant Contact is easy to use, and we’ll teach you how! Takes a couple of hours each week.

 

Head Room Parents

Help your classroom teacher coordinate volunteers, party preparation, send classroom and PTO announcements via email.

 

Art Volunteers

Volunteering in the art classroom is a fun and fantastic way to relate to your child and get to know their classmates.  Set up materials, circulate through the classroom, motivate students and assist with cleanup.

These Art Volunteers will stand available (with some notice) to help with projects to be done in class or at home, such as helping refill paint pallets, making black glue, refilling bottles of glue, etc. The Art Studio Volunteer Coordinator will reach out to these volunteers as needed.

(Monique Donecho will manage the classroom volunteer schedule on her own.)

 

After School Programs

Help manage, schedule, and contract with all after school program vendors; check in on programs to ensure they are successful; coordinate volunteers to help direct at the beginning of each term of programs.

 

Library Coordinator

Coordinate volunteers for Library for all classrooms.

 

Art Studio Volunteer Coordinator

Manage Art Volunteer list. Check in with Monique once per week to see what the need is. Then, email parents who are on the volunteer list to see if anyone can help with various tasks, such as making black glue, refilling glue bottles, paint pallets, etc.

(Monique will manage the classroom volunteer schedule on her own.)

At certain times of the year, Monique and the Art Studio Coordinator will solicit volunteers for projects that require more adult assistance (paper mache, for example).

Banners

Coordinate with Board Communications Coordinator Committee Chairs to hang needed banners to advertise for Laurel events, including updating dates and times on the banners. Manage Banner file/calendar.

 

Campus Calendars

Prepare and hang monthly English and Spanish calendars in display cases at carpool and the stage/arbor.
 

To volunteer, please contact Wendy Horton, the Laurel PTO President at president@laurelpto.org.

 
 
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