The parent association helps the school by providing support to classroom and school activities. Parents can help in many areas of the school, and parent volunteers are much appreciated. Some of the areas where volunteers are always required are listed here.
Volunteers are needed to welcome potential new families at various events organized by The Admission Office. These activities include: greeting and registering families during Open Houses, Entrance Exams, and “Visit the School in Action” mornings. Admission volunteers also welcome new parents at the New Parents’ Reception and provide a “buddy system” for them for the upcoming year.
THE ARGYLE SHOP
Volunteers are needed throughout the year to work weekly shifts (approximately two-hour shifts on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays). Additional volunteers are also called on an ad hoc basis to assist with the physical inventory (in January), receiving stock, restocking shelves and to provide additional sales assistance during the busier weeks in the spring and fall. Contact: Business Office, Pia Lalli (email@example.com
, 514-931-9481 ext. 2268)
These volunteers represent the parents of students in a particular class and provide a line of communication with the class teachers. Class Parents must attend Parents’ Association General meetings in order to keep the lines of communication open between the PA Executive and the parents, as well as to facilitate the opportunity for questions and ideas from parents for the school.
Teachers have a variety of support requests and needs. The following are some of the activities a class parent might be involved in:
* Classroom decorating
* Facilitating class-related activities (supervision for class outings, car-pool arrangements, class parent get-togethers)
* Facilitating the Emergency Phone chain in the event of a class-related or school-wide emergency.
* Working with other committees on special events
* Assisting with school photos and Hepatitis vaccination shots
* Purchasing various items and delivering class Holiday Baskets for needy families
DECORATING AND SCHOOL BEAUTIFICATION
Volunteers are needed to decorate the front entrance, main hallways and the Rossy Agora to mark the various seasons and/or holidays. Several display cases also need to be decorated with archival materials and posters before major school events, such as Founder’s Day and the New Parents’ Reception.
Support is needed for the following tasks: shelving books, gentle book repairs before professional re-binding, maintaining and creating displays and bulletin boards, data entry for cataloguing, and correcting errors in OPAC database.
A plant caretaker is also needed to water plants once a week and to provide general maintenance such as re-potting.
This is great job for Kindergarten to Grade 1 parents who will enjoy seeing their sons at lunch! It’s also a great way to meet other parents in the school. Volunteers are needed to help serve lunch to Kindergarten to Grade 1 boys.
PARENT EDUCATION Parent volunteers are needed to brainstorm and initiate activities for parent information events, for example: parenting seminars, parenting lectures and appearances by guest speakers on a variety of topics related to raising children. This committee will work together to provide stimulating and dynamic ways for parents to explore the things that interest, concern or intrigue them.
SPECIAL EVENTS Volunteers are needed to coordinate and offer support for a wide array of school activities and special events. These events include:
Annual Welcome Back BBQ in September
(October & January) Volunteers gather, sort and sell second-hand uniform items during the annual Gryphon Sale. Elementary School Bake Sales:
Volunteers are needed to help bake cupcakes and homemade treats for the Elementary School bake sales on the chosen occasions throughout the school year. Founder’s Day:
(November) Volunteers are needed to help organize all aspects of this Selwyn House School community cocktail event to celebrate the founding of the school. The Speirs Medal and 25-year Service Wall awards will be presented. Elementary School Play:
(December) Working with play director Julie Heath, volunteers help to create sets and costumes, find props and apply makeup for the performances. Contact: Ryan Kennedy (firstname.lastname@example.org
, 514-931-9481 ext. 2335)Teacher Appreciation:
Volunteers are needed to help make this activity extra special for teachers. New ideas for ways to appreciate the faculty and staff are always welcome. Parents are needed to bake or cook for the potluck lunch.
Annual CRC Robotics Competition:
(February) Senior School parents are needed to help supervise the SHS robotics team during the event. Contact: Tom Downey (email@example.com
, 514-931-9481 ext.2259)Career Day:
(April or May) Working with April Wong, volunteer parents and alumni are invited to come to the school as guest speakers to discuss their careers with Grade 9-11 students. A small parent committee is also needed to organize the event at the school. Contact: April Wong, Senior School Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org
, 514-931-9481 ext.2239)End-of-Year cleanup:
(June) Volunteers are needed to help the teachers with some minor cleanup of the labs and classrooms before the summer holiday.
INDIVIDUAL TASKS AND JOBS
Art Aide: Working with our art teacher, volunteers are needed to post artwork, prepare materials and gloss or varnish items.
Judging: Volunteers are needed to judge science fairs, debating and public speaking events.
Lost and Found: Two or three volunteers are needed to maintain the lost and found. Sorting is required before winter holidays and summer break. Unlabeled items need to be delivered to charity.
Miscellaneous Support: Volunteers are always needed for odd jobs such as: sewing and painting; event set-ups and take-downs; repairs; mailings; and decoration prep work for events and other tasks brought to our attention.