Parent involvement makes a big difference in the operation of a school. Not only do your own children benefit from help and modeling, many other children, as well as our staff, benefit greatly from volunteers.
We appreciate your offer of assistance. Your efforts make a significant difference for our students. Naturally, we want those who are generously donating time and talent to feel comfortable in our school.
Teachers will be posting schedules for when they need volunteers. Talk to the teachers to make sure you understand the expectations and procedures for the time you are in the classroom.
Other volunteer opportunities will be coordinated through the Volunteer Coordinator. Check the volunteer board for information.
We appreciate your discretion in discussing information that you learn about particular student or school situations. We try to maintain a high level of professionalism about students’ situations, and we request the same of volunteers.
Who are school volunteers?
School volunteers are people who are willing to give their time, talent and services to the school.
Who can become a volunteer?
Everyone! Parents, grandparents, community members, retirees, university, high school, and junior high school students.
What are the rewards?
It can help increase understanding and awareness of issues in education. It offers an opportunity to gain new friends, new skills, and to take joy in serving others. Volunteering lets students know that adults care about them, their teachers, and their education.
What is the role of a volunteer?
The role is to support the students by supporting the staff. Children benefit from having more adults in the school. It is the teacher’s role to instruct the children or to introduce them to concepts that are unfamiliar to them. We ask that you respect the professional judgement and responsibilities of the teacher
Do volunteers need special training?
If special skills are required for a task, you will be given instructions. You will never be asked to do something with which you are not comfortable
What kinds of things do volunteers do?
You may be asked to work with children, individually or in a small group, to read with and/or to children, to prepare materials, to help supervise field trips, to assist in the library or in the office.
What does a volunteer do on each visit?
Always sign in by the office so you can be reached in case of an emergency. Please wear a name tag to identify yourself to the children and staff and then proceed to your designated assignment. If you are unable to come, please call the school at 403-777-6140 to let us know you are unavailable.
Who is responsible for discipline?
The teacher is responsible for maintaining classroom control even though other adults may be working with children in the room.
What to volunteers to at recess?
Volunteers are welcome to have coffee in the staff room. We would ask that you be sensitive to the staff’s need for a break or to attend to supervision responsibilities.
May I bring my preschool child to the classroom?
The education of the children in the classroom is always our first priority. Please check with the teacher regarding this matter.
With whom should you discuss your concerns?
Our genuine wish is that you will enjoy your time with us and find it personally enriching. We want to know about any concerns that may be interfering with a positive volunteering experience. Please discuss any concerns with the teacher, the Parent Volunteer Coordinator or the principal.
What makes you a valued volunteer?
- Being prompt
- Being positive
- Being patient and kind
- Remembering the importance of confidentiality
- Enjoying yourself