Volunteer

 

Volunteerism is a huge component of our organization which is fun and rewarding work. It’s also a great way to get to know other students and families within the Lange Community! Whether you are available during the daytime or only available to help occasionally outside of a full-time work schedule, there are a wide variety of ways in which you can contribute to our school. Our volunteers assist students in many ways ranging from hearing and vision screenings to assisting with lessons in our garden, writing PTO newsletter articles, helping with Scholastic Book Fairs, selling spirit gear, translating documents, preparing for the Open House display and much much more. Please take the time to look over the Volunteer Survey Form as well as the brief event descriptions.

Opportunities to Volunteer

ASSEMBLIES                                                                                                                          

Event Dates:  Year-Round

Assist with planning performances or booking outside organizations, and executing these fun school-wide assemblies that kids look forward to once every trimester!

BOBCAT RUN                                                                                                                                

Event Date:  March

One of our biggest and best fundraisers!  This jog-a-thon event is something our kids look forward to every year!  In the months (starting Dec 2011) leading up to the event, we need help with soliciting donations of food and raffle prizes.  Before the event, we need help sorting and copying pledge sheets to send home.  During the event, we need help setting up the field, counting student laps, cheering students on, and handing out student snacks and water, and cleaning up!  After the event, we need help tallying donations and distributing raffle prizes to students.

 BOOK FAIRS                                                                                                                                  

 Dates:  Fall & Spring

We run book fairs twice a year:  once in Fall and once in Spring.  Assist with promotions, set-up and sales.  We need lots of hands to man the “store” during the week.  Book fairs coincide with Fall’s Family Reading Night and our Springtime Open House.

“BUDDY’S GARDEN”                                                                                                                    

 Date:  Year-Round

Volunteers are needed to maintain garden equipment, research and schedule guest lecturers for garden lessons (lots of school families in agriculture can contribute), keep boxes free of weeds, seek seed and plant donations, update teacher binders, serve as liaison for Master Gardener consultants, etc.

 CLASSROOM HELPER                                                                                                                    

Date: Year-Round

Volunteer in your child’s classroom by helping the teacher with classroom parties, field trips, help prepare classroom materials, and help with student centers and other various activities in the classroom.

ENGLISH LEARNER ADVISORY COMMITTEE (ELAC)                                                    

 Date: Year-Round

Potential members of the ELAC committee will be voted by parents or guardians of English Learners.  Members will take a role in assuring that funds are spent responsibly and programs/services provided for our English Learners keep the best interests of the students in mind.  ELAC meetings are held monthly.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS                                                                                                                    

Event Dates:  TBD

Help plan these fun, FREE Friday evening, Family-friendly movies in the MPR, which usually take place once every month or two in the Winter or Spring.  Assist with food and snack sales as needed.

FAMILY READING NIGHT                                                                                                                  

Event Date:  Fall

Join in the fun and help organize and execute this great family evening that our Lange kids all love!  Help with coordinating guest speakers, set-up of reading rooms, book exchange and snacks in the MPR, and break-down of the event.

 FOOD DRIVE                                                                                                                                      

 Event Date:  Nov or Dec

Organize, collect and distribute/deliver food for families in need during the Thanksgiving season.

Genevieve’s Fall Fundraiser                                                                                            

Event Date(s):  Sept and Oct

This sale of wrapping paper and other goods from Genevieve’s is one of our biggest and best fundraisers of the year.  Help with counting packets; promotions; collecting, verifying and sorting order forms; and sorting and distributing orders to classrooms when they come in.

GRANDPARENT’S DAY                                                                                                                  

Event Date:  Fall

Help welcome and sign-in grandparents, direct visitors to classrooms, etc.

 GRANT WRITING                                                                                                                        

Event Date:  Year-Round

Research available grants to match with teachers or school-wide projects in need of funding, and write the grant proposals.

 HEARING & VISION SCREENINGS                                                                                                

Dates:  Misc

Volunteers are needed to escort students from classrooms to screening locations.  Also assist school nurse with seating students.

HOT TEAM (COPYING, ETC)                                                                                                          

Event Date:  Year-Round

Help teachers and other school staff with miscellaneous projects (copying, cutting, etc.) throughout the year.  There is a box in the Office Work Room at school that the PTO Hot Team checks regularly for these projects.  FINGERPRINTS ARE NOT REQUIRED IF YOU ARE IN THE WORKROOM ONLY.

OPEN HOUSE                                                                                                                                        

Event Date:  Spring

Open House showcases all of the student’s hard work late in the spring.  Help with preparing displays of student art work in the MPR, and possibly managing a silent auction, or food/spirit gear sale plans.

PHOTOGRAPHERS                                                                                                                        

 Date:  Year-Round

At least three photographers needed to capture important school events on your own camera and share with the PTO/School for use in the yearbook, year-end DVD show and other school materials.  Big events include Back-to-School Night, Trimester Assemblies, Family Reading Night, Winter Performance, Bobcat Run, Open House, Field Day, 6th Grade Promotion, 6th Grade Clap-Out, and other miscellaneous events and student award pictures needed.

PICTURE DAYS                                                                                                                                        

 Dates:  Misc

Volunteers are needed to escort students from classrooms to picture locations.  Also assist teachers with maintaining order in line, combing hair and removing outside jackets for pictures.

POPCORN PARTIES FOR CLASSROOMS                                                                                  

Event Date:  Year-Round

Make popcorn in PTO’s old-fashioned popcorn machine and serve to students in classrooms at reward parties.

PUBLICITY                                                                                                                                

Event Date:  Year-Round

Assist with getting good news about Lange and our events out there… Bobcat Run, Food Drive, Restaurant Nights, Academic Achievements/awards, etc.  Also help with flyers, website, etc., if you wish!

 RED RIBBON WEEK                                                                                                                    

 Event Date:  Fall

Help plan for and distribute student gifts and recognition events during this week-long National Drug Prevention campaign.

ROOM PARENT                                                                                                                      

 Date: Year-Round               

Being a Room Parent does not require a major time commitment, and is a great way to be involved in the life of your child’s classroom and school.  Room parents will work with their teachers to decide how bet to be of assistance.  Room parents might help recruit chaperones for field trips, organize class parties, or help prepare classroom materials.  Room Parents will also serve as a liaison between the PTO and your child’s classroom, primarily by encouraging your classroom’s families to participate in and volunteer for PTO activities throughout the year.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC)                                                                                                      

Date: Year-Round

Members of the School Site Council will participate in the development of the Single Plan of Student Achievement, including the school budget.  They will collaborate with the staff, parents, and administration regarding school goals.  Members will also help assure there are opportunities for active parent and community involvement, as well as assisting in the evaluation of the effectiveness of school programs and services. SSC meetings are held monthly.

SPANISH TRANSLATIONS                                                                                            

Event Date:  Year-Round   

Assist with translating all types of documents into Spanish from flyers to newsletters.  Some documents are last minute and need a fast turn-around time, so the more volunteers we have to contact by e-mail, the better!

SPIRIT GEAR                                                                                                                                        

Event Date:  Misc

Help with ordering, sales and distribution of school t-shirts, sweatshirts, magnets, etc. throughout the year.  Also help to staff product tables at major school events (Back to School Night, Open House, Kindergarten Round-up, etc.)

STAR TESTING SNACKS                                                                                                  

Event Date:  TBD (Apr/May)

Order and distribute snacks to all classrooms taking STAR testing daily during the two weeks of testing.  Exact dates to be determined, but usually takes place in April/May.

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK                                                                                        

Event Date:  Spring

Assist with planning student recognition of teachers, teacher luncheon and various recognition events, and solicitation of donations for teacher gifts.

WEBSITE                                                                                                                                                        

 Date:  Year-Round

Help develop content and update PTO’s website

YEARBOOK                                                                                                                                        

Event Date:  April – June

Help compile teacher/classroom yearbook pages, assist with student orders, printing order and classroom yearbook distribution.

YEAR-END DVD SHOW                                                                                                                                  

Event Date:  June

Help compile a year of memories with creation of the year-end DVD show, which all students view in the Multipurpose Room on the last day of school!

OFFICE ASSISTANCE                                                                                                                                

 Dates:  Year-Round

Daytime distribution of mail to teacher  boxes, assist with checking in tardy students, or with stuffing packets/envelopes, etc. as needed by school office.

CAMPUS CLEAN-UP                                                                                                                          

Dates:  Misc. Saturdays

Assist with weeding, pruning, picking up trash, raking leaves, planting flowers and other general campus beautification.