Welcome new and returning families!

Families have a pivotal role to play at The Gardner School. Perhaps more than in other schools, we depend on all of us to make the school run smoothly and happily. Every family is encouraged and welcomed to become active participants in our learning community. Every family is also asked to give of their time and share their talent with the school. Families in Kalama through Tahoma are asked to contribute a minimum of 35 hours and Mazama families are asked to contribute a minimum of 20 hours to supporting school-wide community activities.

Accounting for your hours and submitting them to the volunteer team at volunteer@gardnerschool.org allows us to keep track of the investment parents make in our school. This information is vitally important when we submit applications for grants to develop our school. Our $60,000 grant from the Murdock Charitable Trust would not have been possible without the information we submitted pertaining to parent volunteer hours.

When you volunteer at The Gardner School, your children see that you value the community enough to give it your time and energy. By watching you at work in school, they learn how to be an active and committed part of a community, part of our country, and a citizen of the world. They learn how highly you value their education and their school. And The Gardner School community can’t run without the thousands of volunteer hours that you contribute.

Volunteering can also benefit you as a parent. It allows you to meet other parents who can give you deeper insights into the lives of your children and their classmates. Meeting fellow parents may also enhance your professional connections and personal friendships. It lets you get to know your child’s school: who the staff and volunteer leaders are, why the school does what it does, and how the mission is carried out. But perhaps most importantly, volunteering is an expression of your interest in, and commitment to, your child’s daily life.

Below is a list of some of the volunteer opportunities and events during the year so you can look ahead and decide how best to be involved in our school. Sign up sheets will be posted as the school year progresses, so watch for them in the foyer and outside your child’s classroom. Without your volunteer help many of these activities would not be possible.

2013-2014 Volunteer Opportunities

PTO Representative: Serve on this great Parent/Teacher Organization helping with school-wide events and coordinate many activities with family/classroom participation. This is a fun and active organization that really makes a difference at the school. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the farmhouse at school and you are always warmly invited to attend.

Classroom Coordinator: Work closely with the homeroom teacher to coordinate classroom volunteers, field trips, special events, celebrations, etc

Classroom Volunteers: There are many ways to support the education offered at school including but not limited to reading to and with individual children or small groups on a weekly basis, driving on field trips or assisting with classroom events.

Committee Volunteer: Various school wide committees are formed at the start of every school year. Join other parents to help get the word out about our school, write grant applications or help us become more sustainable and environmentally conscious. Committee sign up lists will be posted at the start of the school year.

After School Club Leader: Lead or facilitate a club on Wednesday afternoon – see Clubs letter for further information

Auction Committee: Join this fun-filled committee to work on The Gardner School Auction, the year’s biggest fund-raising event!

Garden Committee: Help plant, nurture and grow flowers and vegetables in our school’s central garden and coordinate the yearly plant sale.

Harvest Festival Committee: Help plan the family fun event of the year. Volunteers needed for planning, decorating, and organizing this fall favorite.

Upcoming Volunteer Events.

Sweat Equity Day Work Party – Friday, September 6th, 12:45 pm – 5:30 pm.

We invite you to join in the community work party, on a school day this year! Come together for an afternoon of work to improve and beautify our school facilities and grounds.  Please bring building, painting, gardening, and cleaning supplies and tools.

Welcome Back Potluck – Friday, September 6th 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Following our sweat equity work, join new families; meet older families, teachers and staff, and members of The Gardner School Board of Trustees at the potluck picnic.  Get to see who is who in the school and chat with them after the introductions.  Please sign up in the lobby to bring food or supplies and to set up or clean up.

Scholastic Book Fair – Monday, September 23rd thru Friday, September 27th

This is an opportunity to purchase books for your children and as gifts.  All profit made will go toward providing the teachers with books and other supplies.  Help set up, work, or clean up the book fair.

Harvest Festival – Saturday, October 19th 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

The Harvest Festival is one of the most exciting nights of the year for Gardner School families – activities include:  a sit-down dinner; game playing for prizes; a cake walk; family photos; and prize drawings. Come in costume and have fun. Volunteers needed to organize, set up, run, and clean up event.

If you have any questions please email volunteer@gardnerschool.org

We look forward to your commitment, service and support. Together we will make this a wonderful year!

Current Gardner Parents!

Please download your monthly timesheet here and return to volunteer@gardnerschool.org