​​​​Volunteer with Us

Please visit our COVID-19 page for the most up-to-date information. Our plan is subject to change throughout the school year as more information becomes available.

We welcome volunteers in the classroom, on field trips and with certain tasks at school or at home. Certain activities or field trips would not be possible without the active participation of our volunteers. Contact us about ways you can volunteer with our school.

Visit the CBE website for more information on volunteering, including the required registration and Police Information Check. (Please note, guest speakers or visitors to the school, and parents/guardians assisting their own child only are not considered to be volunteers and do not require a police information check.) 

Volunteering for an Off-Site Activity

If you want to volunteer for an off-site activity, please keep in mind: 

  • Volunteers on an activity are considered representatives of the Calgary Board of Education and are subject to the same expectations as staff
  • Volunteers are subject to the requirements of CBE Administrative Regulation 5003 – Volunteers, which includes an application and a police security screening check
  • Volunteers are covered by the CBE’s liability insurance policy while performing their assigned duties
  • Volunteers are covered by WCB while performing their duties
  • Volunteers receive direction from and are accountable to the teacher-in-charge​​​

Volunteer

Together we are better! 

School volunteers are a vital component of any school program. At West Dalhousie School we encourage parents to be involved in our school and the classroom as well as with School Council. 

When coming into the school to volunteer please sign in the volunteer book at the office and pick up your nametag. This is for the safety and security of our children and enables staff to know who you are. We appreciate the support and recognize the value that volunteers have in the school. 

Volunteer Program

We are fortunate to have a very active volunteer program at West Dalhousie School.

We want to introduce to you the aims of the volunteer program as well as tasks you may be asked to complete while volunteering in the school. All volunteers are encouraged to attend an orientation meeting in the fall of each year which outlines the responsibilities and ethics of volunteers. Note: In accordance with the Calgary Board of Education policy, all volunteers must have a police security clearance successfully completed prior to volunteering in the school.

Aims of the Volunteer Program

  1. To enhance the learning of our children by
    • increasing the adult:student ratio,
    • providing students with other adults in a school setting,
    • supplementing teacher instruction by providing support to individual students,
    • lending support in the preparation of instructional material,
    • helping teachers in non-instructional tasks to lessen their loads (thereby freeing the teacher to spend more time with students),
    • providing support to students through parental involvement.
  2. To enhance and encourage partnership between parent and teacher by
    • providing a welcoming atmosphere in the school for parents,
    • enabling parents to understand what goes on in school.
  3. To improve community awareness and communication between the school and the community by
    • providing parents with information so they can advocate for the school,
    • involving the community (i.e., parents) in the educational process,
    • utilizing the interests and talents of the community,
    • promoting an awareness in the community of the school's programs,
    • providing personal growth opportunities to parents and community members.

Types of Parental Involvement

Volunteers coming to West Dalhousie School can help in a variety of ways. Priorities include: working with the children in the classrooms, or working in the library, workroom, or office under the direction of West Dalhousie staff.

Volunteers working in the classroom have a variety of tasks that they might be asked to do by the teacher. Generally, though, the tasks fall under one of the following situations:

  1. Volunteers may be asked to
    • act as a scribe, printing words or sentences that the children will dictate,
    • listen to children read,
    • help students find research material in the library,
    • participate in or supervise different types of board games,
    • supervise a small group of children, while the teacher works with another group.
    • assist in the preparation of educational materials,
    • help put up and take down displays.
  2. Volunteers may be asked to share a particular interest, hobby, or area of expertise which would enhance the learning experiences of the children.

A classroom coordinator is assigned to each teacher. It is the responsibility of the coordinators to schedule the classroom volunteers. All volunteers will be given a copy of the volunteer schedule as organized by the coordinator.

Volunteers working in the library, under the supervision of the library assistant, may be asked to

  • shelve books,
  • check out books and card returned books,
  • help with the end-of-year inventory,
  • work with computers,
  • other duties as needed.

A brief orientation is given by the library assistant to familiarize the volunteers with library procedures.

Volunteers working in the workroom under the supervision of the administrative secretary may be asked to

  • put up and take down displays in the halls,
  • clean up various areas of the school (basement storage, math supplies area)
  • carry out minor typing duties,
  • other tasks as needed.

An orientation is given by school staff to inform volunteers of any procedures involved in the duties assigned.

Throughout West Dalhousie School, volunteer responsibilities are as varied as the children, teachers, and classroom programs that we work to support. Individual classroom needs are best determined by the individual classroom teachers.

In addition to the above, volunteers are frequently required to assist with special events (Terry Fox Run, Sports Day) and field trips.

 


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