Volunteer

There are so many ways to volunteer time, and volunteers are at the heart of all the extra programs and activities that make Lafayette the special place that it is. Whether it’s in the classroom, through our fundraisers or our community building events, join us in supporting our Principal, our teachers, our kids and our school. Find your passion and get involved!

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A description of each volunteer opportunity is below:

Advocacy

Description
Advocate on behalf of our children for the right to a quality education provided by the state.

Estimated people needed
5

Different roles needed, including services
Attend bi-monthly meetings of the A-team (A Legislative Advocacy Team comprised of parents from schools throughout the city); inform parent community about current legislative issues impacting public education and empower parents to affect change within this realm by contacting legislators, signing petitions, attending rallies etc…

Time commitment
A few hours a month

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Art in Action

Description
Lafayette parents currently teach art to grades K-3 through a program funded by the PTA called Art in Action. There are 12 lessons for the school year that use famous masterpieces as teaching tools. Parents lead each class and then help with set up and clean up. This is a great way to be actively involved in your child’s classroom and interact directly with the students. An art background is NOT required. You do not need any artistic skills to volunteer for this program. Training is provided at the beginning of the school year.

Estimated people needed
30

Different roles needed, including services

  • Volunteer:  Teach AiA lessons to students. Coordinate lesson schedule with the classroom teacher. Attend fall training workshop.
  • Volunteer Assistant: Arrive before the lesson to help set out art supplies. Assist with clean up of supplies and storage of art project.
  • Time commitments: The time commitment involved is 2 to 4 hours a month, during the school day. Date and time determined by volunteers and teacher in the Fall.

More Information about Art in Action
Lafayette parents brought Art in Action to Lafayette Elementary at the beginning of the 2006/2007 school year. The program was funded through a grant from the Lafayette PTA. There are 12 lessons for the school year. Parents lead each class and help with set up and clean up.

From the Art in Action Web Site (www.artinaction.org)
Art in Action is a Bay Area nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing visual arts education to the classroom. The Art in Action program enriches the lives of thousands of students each year through an engaging, hands-on curriculum that teaches art history, art appreciation, and art techniques. A leading visual arts provider for over 25 years, Art in Action currently serves more than 16,000 K-8 students in over 60 schools throughout San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Alameda counties. Through the training and support of educators, Art in Action seeks to make visual art an integral part of every student’s classroom experience.

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Annual Giving Campaign

Description
One of the primary income generators for the PTA is our direct appeal fundraising program. Each Lafayette family is asked to support the wonderful programs at Lafayette.

Estimated people needed
30-35

Different roles needed, including services

  • Prepare schedule and content for solicitation letter
  • Keep track of contributions and send thank-yous
  • Work with Treasurer to manage PayPal and online payments and corporate matches.

    Time Commitment
    Varied, ongoing. Fundraising drive likely to occur in September and October.

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Autumn Carnival

Description
fun-filled family weekend day in the school yard with traditional games, music, snacks, a cake walk, jumpy house, prizes, and more!

Estimated people needed
30-35

Different roles needed, including services
Set-up, cliean-up, prize table, inflatables, crafts, refreshment sales, ticket sales, etc.

Time Commitment
1 hour or more

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Field Day

Description
Annual all day school wide picnic and field day. Usually scheduled the Friday before the last week of school.

Estimated people needed
30-35

Different roles needed, including services
Transportation of food to Golden Gate Park area, food preparation and distribution, supervision at schoolyard for transportation of supplies, supervision at Golden Gate park as children walk around, bathroom supervision, face- painting, run activities, clean-up.

Time Commitment
1 hour or more

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Gardening

Description
This team is focused on supporting the school garden as a component of the curriculum. School beautification through greening of the schoolyard and perimeter of the school is a big priority as well.

Estimated people needed
All are welcome!

Different roles needed, including services
We hold gardening days once a month (typically on the first Sunday), from 9-10:30 AM. Please join us! No experience needed. Kids are welcome. If you have gardening tools and gloves, please bring them.

For a schedule of upcoming gardening days, please check the school calendar.

Time commitment
As above

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Grant Writing

Description
Our purpose is to write grant proposals to raise additional funds for Lafayette. We search for grants online or through word of mouth and collaborate to write them, editing over e-mail primarily. 2010/2011 focus is on acquiring funding for a new playground and a new computer lab. Other areas of interest are beautifying the school and supporting our teachers.

Estimated people needed
2 chairs, all are welcome!

Different roles needed, including services
All levels of interest and experience are welcomed. This is an extremely rewarding committee to join. We are making a difference in our children’s education at Lafayette!

Time commitment
2-6 hours monthly, meeting once or twice a month

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Halloween Parade & Carnival

Description
One day carnival held in the auditorium;

Estimated people needed
25 people for anywhere from 2 hours to 8 hours, for favor assemblage, day before Halloween set up, and working game booths. Also need clean up people at the end of the carnival.

Different roles needed, including services
Chair will coordinate volunteer sign up for set up and manning of games, popcorn making, and assemblage of party favors. Party favors to be ordered and packaged in weeks before Halloween carnival (about 460 needed for all students). Halloween themed decorating to be purchased and set up the day before Halloween. We will optimally have eight people for set up. This includes game set up: mini-golf course, rubber rat toss, fishing for spooky for treasures, face painting. Also to set up popcorn popper. Voluminous disposable spider webs adorn auditorium. All reusable supplies are stored on site. Clean up to include removing all reusable items and toting to Lafayette basement which is actually scarier than the carnival decorations. Chair and volunteers optimally dress up, but not too scary.

Time commitment
Day before Halloween and day of Halloween about four and eight hours at school, respectively. Preceding coordinating, favor assemblage, errand running, approximately twelve to fifteen hours. Any number of volunteer participants anywhere from two to eight hours on day of set up and Halloween.

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Lafayette Community Cares

Description
A committee to help out Lafayette families with an immediate caregiver living with a Lafayette student who has a long term illness or has passed away. The committee organizes families to deliver meals (or help in other ways) during the time of crisis.

Estimated people needed
Varied.

Different roles needed, including services
Prepare or purchase a meal and deliver it to the family.

Time commitment
2 hours

PTA Contact
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Language Translators

Description
Parent volunteers to help translate PTA documents into various languages.

Estimated people needed
2-6

Different roles needed, including services
Russian, Spanish, Chinese translation services.

Time commitment
0-2 hrs/week depending on the amount of information to be translated.

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PTA Membership

Description
This committee manages the PTA membership process at Lafayette.

Estimated people needed
2-3

Different roles needed, including services
Preparation of membership materials to be distributed when school starts, collection of all membership forms and dues, input of member info and volunteer preferences into master excel file; completion and issuance of membership cards, targeted recruitment of members during parent-teacher conference week and at other points during the year

Time commitment
Approximately 2-3 hours a week during the fall, 2 hours a month in the spring; work can be done when convenient at home.

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Room Parents

Description
Act as liaison between the class and the teacher/PTA/school to help coordinate classroom volunteers, teacher gifts/appreciation class parties, Stop Drop and Go, events and fieldtrips.

Estimated people needed
2-3 parents/class

Different roles needed, including services
The room parent will act as point contact in each classroom and will help to improve communications between the school and the individual class parents. This person will be responsible for forwarding emails to the entire class to make sure everyone is kept in the loop. They may also help to recruit volunteers for fieldtrips and programs such as Stop, Drop and Go and Art in Action. Some party coordination/teacher appreciation may also be involved.

Time commitment
5 minutes/week – 2 hours/week depending.

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School Musical

Description
Theatrical performance–usually a musical production run entirely by the parents towards the end of the school year. All students are encouraged to audition and everyone is given a part.

Estimated people needed
number varies depending on the cast size…20-30 people

Different roles needed, including services
Stage crew, costumes, makeup, Asst. Director, childcare for rehearsals, set design, music, lighting crew, casting, props.

Time commitment
Average of 3hrs/week during the months of the play.

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Smart Money

Description
Smart Money includes: Box Top for Education, Target card program, smile.amazon.com, Campbell’s Label for Education, Jamba Juice, eScrip (Macy’s, Big 5, etc) S.H.A.R.E. card (SaveMart, Smart Foods, Food Maxx and Lucky). Lafayette collects money when you collect or shop.

Estimated people needed
1-2

Different roles needed, including services
Update and maintain yearly membership cards (eScrip cards), collect and submit Box Tops and Labels for Education, and promote these Smart Money programs at the beginning of the year and periodically as needed.

Time commitment
Just a few hours a month.

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Spellathon

Description
Annual fundraiser in which students study grade-specific spelling lists and gather pledges over the course of several weeks, culminating in a school-wide spelling exam.

Estimated people needed
1-5

Different roles needed, including services
One chair to organize logistics, including gathering spelling lists from teachers, preparing practice material, sending out informational flyers, preparing pledge sheets, calculating pledge amounts and maintaining spreadsheet totals. Several volunteers to grade tests and calculate pledge totals.

Time commitment
For the chair, several hours of preparation, spread over the course of about a month. One week of concentrated grading and pledge calculating. In the final week, several hours collecting money, calculating totals, updating spreadsheet. For test graders, 1- 3 hour shifts correcting exams and calculating pledge amounts.

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Stop Drop & Go

Description
Our Stop, Drop & Go program is an award winning drop off program that allows students to be dropped off safely in front of the school while keeping traffic and parking issues at a minimum. Its success is due to the the commitment and shared responsibility of all the parents at our school. There are 2 rotations scheduled for each classroom per year… once in the Fall and once in the Spring.

Estimated people needed
5 per day

Different roles needed, including services

  • Classroom Rotation: Help set out cones if needed. Open car doors of arriving students to let them out safely. Help put away cones.
  • Program Committee: Run the program by managing the rotation schedule, communicate with room parents, help with daily rotations.

Time commitment

  • 15-20 minutes for each day of classroom rotation
  • 1 hour/week of program coordination for committee members

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Teacher/Staff Appreciation

Description
The Teacher/Staff Appreciation Committee seeks opportunities to acknowledge our Teachers and Staff through several activities during the year. The funding from the PTA has allowed us to buy dinner for the teachers at “Back to School Night”, provide snacks periodically at their staff meetings, purchasing coffee tokens for their coffee machine and small snacks in their mailboxes during teacher/parent conference week in the fall and lastly purchase soaps and lotions for the teacher/staff bathrooms. The biggest event is in May with the Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon.

As budget cuts continue, the committee would like to secure more parent involvement to ensure we maintain our goal of saying “Thank You” to our educators throughout the year. The emphasis has moved from the single activity in May for their staff luncheon to adding other activities during the year. This has all evolved from conversations via email or on the school yard and executed with help of parents. Your input, ideas would add to how we expand our activities throughout the year. Wouldn’t you enjoy the opportunity to say “Thanks” through these PTA sponsored activities? It brings such gratitude and smile of thanks from all.

Estimated people needed
Varies depending on the activity, 2-4 or the staff meeting food set up. 1 person to distribute toiletries in the bathroom, 2 times a year. For the luncheon 5-7 people, this is spread out throughout the morning with decorating, set up, serving and clean up.

Different roles needed, including services
Roles vary throughout the year. It can be sending emails out to parents to help with setting up snacks for the staff meetings, themes for the teacher luncheon, decorating staff lounge for the luncheon. We’d love you to brainstorm with us to make a plan for the year. We meet about 1-3 times a year and have often done much of our communication vial emails and phone calls. This is a low key involvement with lots of gratification in return! We’d love the opportunity to discuss other ways to say “Thanks” to our teachers and staff. This could range from a special theme or grade level activities organized by parents in each grade. Lots of ideas and simple ways to execute these activities it comes from the parents at Lafayette.

Time commitment
Volunteers needed to help out in any way possible. This committee does not require you to sign up for the entire year. At any time you could contact us with an idea or help out for one event.

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Website Committee

Description
Lafayette PTA website with calendar, events, committee information, photos, updates, etc. www.lafayettedolphins.net

Estimated people needed
3

Different roles needed, including services
Collecting content, updating website with content, maintaining website.

Time commitment
varies, 2-4 hours per month

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Yearbook

Description
It’s a collection of photographs of events, classroom/staff, field trips, after school programs and advertising for Lafayette School – all put together in a beautiful yearbook.

Estimated people needed
8

Different roles needed, including services
Needed -collecting photographs from all classrooms, laying out the yearbook, schedule flyer reminders through Wednesday envelope, confirming advertisers and collecting/filling family orders.

Time commitment
Collecting photographs throughout the year, before deadline 20-25 hours for layout.

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