Dear Parents of Sibylla Kiddle School,
This past week was recognized as National Volunteer Week. I recently learned that 12.7 million Canadians volunteered for charities in 2018 and approximately 74% of Canadians engaged in informal volunteering that same year (StatsCan, 2020). Clearly, we are a nation that uses our time for the benefit of others.
COVID-19 has put a significant crimp in the ability for parents to volunteer in a school setting since we cannot formally have parents in the building. While volunteering has specific connotations, I believe any time you do something, whether big or small, to make our school community a better place, you are a volunteer. Some of you volunteer your time for big things, sitting on our School Council or Fundraising Society, organizing fundraisers, participating on our Playground Committee or designing our yearbook. These individual volunteers have put in countless invisible hours, behind the scenes, contributing to our school. Thank you!
We recognize that time, circumstances and resources can prevent some parents from volunteering in big ways but we also want to acknowledge the small, yet important ways you also contribute to the on-going development of our school. Staying informed by actually reading school based emails, picking up a piece of garbage that may be on our school field, filling in a survey or even political advocacy for issues related to our school all make a difference in the learning journey of our students. Thank you!
We look forward to the coming day when we can have you volunteering within our school walls, once again. Until then, thank you everything you do, big and small, in making Sibylla Kiddle School a great place to learn.