Volunteering at Woodman

When COVID protocols permit the school to receive volunteers again, we welcome and encourage parents’ involvement and help in the office, library, sports teams, computer lab, classrooms, field trips, etc.  Research shows that students whose parents are involved in different aspects of school life achieve more in school. If families are interested in volunteering some of their time, please call the school. Having a volunteer coordinator would be a great asset to our school. If interested in that position, please contact the office in September.  We do require that parents/legal guardians have a current police check that has been conducted for the CBE. If they have had one completed at another school within the past 5 years, they do not need to complete another one.   In rare occasions more information is required (e.g. fingerprinting). This could cause security clearances to take longer to process.  It is highly advisable to fill out a volunteer registration form at the very beginning of the year, and then you will be ready to go when the need arises.


Volunteer Needs for 2019-20

Woodman School Council supports Woodman staff, students, and families in a variety of ways. To be able to provide this support we are always in search of volunteers.  Volunteering could be as simple as helping organize orders for 2 hours or being on the school council and attending monthly meetings.  Any support is appreciated.

Current needs


Every two years Woodman school gets to volunteer at a casino.  It is our biggest fundraiser bringing in approximately $65,000.  This money is used to purchase a variety of equipment for the school.  This year we are at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino on October 30 & 31.  There a many spots still available.  No security clearance is required to volunteer.

If you can volunteer, please sign up at the link below:

School Council Executive

All positions are open to nomination.  Currently our Vice Chair and Band Representative positions are vacant.  Please see website for details on what each position entails.

Woodman Playground Grant Writers 

Woodman School Council has identified a need for an outdoor play space. 77% of students and families surveyed last year identified that obstacle course style equipment would meet their needs. The necessary approvals are in place and we are ready to fundraise. We intend to apply for the $25 000 Building Communities Grant (Parks Foundation Calgary) and need individuals to work together to complete the steps of a successful grant application by Dec. 20, 2019.If you are interested in helping please email us. 

Cheque Writing Campaign Lead

We are currently looking for someone willing to set up the cheque writing campaign for the month of March.  This person would set up a structure, manage volunteers and report back to the council.

Chapters Fundraiser Table Greeters

On Nov 7 we are looking for people to help set up and welcome those shopping at Chapters Shawnessy.  Greeters will explain what the event is about and hand out name tags to those participating in the event.  We have three one hour shifts available to pick from.

If you are interested in helping out, please sign up on link below:

Purdy’s Chocolate Distribution

We will be receiving the orders from our Purdy’s Fundraiser Dec 4. 

We are seeking 4 volunteers to check and sort the delivery into individual orders in the afternoon of the Dec. 4.  As well as 2 volunteers to distribute the orders at pick up on Dec 4 and Dec 5 from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

If you are able to help out, please sign up below:

High School Workshop Organizer

Every year we welcome our feeder High School Principals and Counsellors to have a discussion night with grade nine families.  We are looking for someone to be a Liaison between the high schools and Woodman to set dates and times and get the information out to the school population.

Healthy Hunger Distribution

On days that we have Healthy Hunger at lunch or nutrition break we require 4 or more volunteers to come in from 11-12 (Fridays) or 12-1 (weekdays) to organize the orders and distribute to the students.  Volunteers do not have to come weekly, you can choose which days are convenient to you. 

Watch the school’s weekly update for updated Volunteer requests!

How does this benefit my child at Woodman?

On average, Casino funding contributes $65,000 every two years.  This is the most important fundraising activity we do as a school.  It pays for:

  • Chrome Books   
  • Software   
  • Library Books
  • Artist in Residence programs   
  • French LA Grammar Books   
  • Sports Equipment
  • Science Lab Materials   
  • Outdoor Ed. Equipment   
  • Food Lab Materials
  • Industrial Arts Equipment and more!

It may seem like a chore, but it’s actually a lot of fun and you get to meet others in your school community and make new connections.

Don’t worry if you’ve never done it before, you’ll get all the training you need.

You also get a free meal during your shift.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does “working a casino” mean?

All casinos in Alberta require volunteers for them to run.  Volunteers are responsible for the count room.

Some of the roles to fill are:

  • Take chips to game tables when they need to be re-filled.
  • Pay out customers who want to cash in the chips they have been using.
  • Count the money the game tables have brought in during the day.

All jobs are computerized and there is a paid supervisor to walk everyone through the process.

Who can work in the casino count room?

Anyone who is 18 years of age and over, who does not have a criminal conviction and has not excluded themselves from entering a casino.  You do not need a police clearance.

Volunteers can be grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends and adult siblings.  No experience necessary.

How do we get there?

There is free parking on site.  If you don’t drive but would like to volunteer, we can set up carpooling for you.  We will be notified which casino we’ll be at closer to the date.


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​​​​Volunteer with Us

​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​​​

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