Volunteering

Parents play a pivotal role at Community School of Davidson. A vital partnership is created between the home and school with parents viewed as the child's first and most important teachers. We need and expect your help in educating our students.


We welcome and encourage parents into our school to volunteer in a variety of ways.  All onsite volunteers are required to attend Volunteer Training to ensure that all volunteers are equipped with the skills needed to be successful with our students.  If you are interested in volunteering, but are unable to attend the "in person" session, we require you to watch the following video,  Volunteer Training,  and read the information contained in the Volunteer Training Packet. Once you have viewed the video and read the packet, please complete the Volunteer Consent Form (Background Check Paperwork) and submit to the Front Desk.


If you would love to volunteer but it's a challenge for you to be available during the day; there are many different ways you can contribute!  Send us an e-mail through our contact us section of the website and we'll connect you with the right person!



Opportunities

Elementary

Room Parent – You will be contacted by Committee Chair Eileen Simon or Kathy McCoy.
Room Parent(s) act as the liaison between the classroom teachers and classroom parents.  Typical duties of the room parent include coordinating volunteer schedules, sending out communications concerning classroom requests/needs, and working closely with the teachers assisting with needs that may arise in the class.  You will be responsible for attending 3-4 meetings to coordinate scheduled events with the Room Parent Committee.  You will be responsible for contacting the class and collecting monetary donations for teacher and staff gifts.  You may need to back up the Auction Coordinator and Teacher Appreciation Coordinator as needed.  Ideally, two people sharing these duties works best.

Bare Book Typing
This opportunity is wonderful for parents who like to do computer work from home.  Your class will “publish” books several times throughout the year and volunteers will be asked to type the children’s written versions.  Assistance may be requested for assembly of the pages.

End-of-Year Celebration Coordinators
You will aid your class teachers in planning your class’s end-of-year celebration.  You may need to collect a nominal fee from parents for this event

Library Contact
Depending on our course of study, reference materials may be needed to enhance our research and exploration of the topic.  This contact will be given a list of Pubic Library items needed to be checked-out and will be asked to return these materials once the unit is complete.

Park Chaperone
You will assist the teacher in walking safely to and from the park.  Assist in the supervision of the children while at the park.

Performance Coordinators
You will assist in any preparations for the event.  This may include organizing snacks or refreshments for the class and their invited guests.

Pet Helper
Help the teachers purchase supplies, food, etc. for the class’s pet. 

Scholastic Book Order Coordinator
This parent volunteer helps distribute book order forms, sorts the orders, and distributes the orders for your classroom


Middle


End of Year Celebration Coordinators
Need several volunteers per class to assist the teachers in planning a 6th and 7th grade end of year dance/celebration.

 

Explore Elective Volunteers

Middle School Explore Electives are classes where volunteers are able to share their passions with the students. These informal classes start with the students eating lunch and then learning a new hobby or talent.  They take place each Monday and Wednesday from 11:15-12:15

Open Lunch Volunteers 

Help with 6th and 7th grade Open Lunch on Fridays from 11:15-12:15. This 1hr/week commitment gives our students and teachers a much-needed break during the middle of the day on Fridays. No preparation is necessary - only your supervision.

 

8th Grade End of Year Dance Coordinators
Need several volunteers to assist the teachers in planning an 8th grade dance

8th Grade “Moving Up “ Ceremony Coordinators
Need several volunteers to assist the teachers in planning this very special event

Grade Level Parents
One parent to represent each grade level in the middle school.  The parent would assist in communicating information to middle school families.  Assist teachers and advisories in coordinating needs for field trips, special projects or events.  For example, this may include sending out requests and coordinating items for a special lunch or reception

Helping Hands Grades 6-8 Committee Members
Helping Hands was created by our CSD Community to assist families in need.  This may include helping organize meals, carpools, childcare, etc.  They will assist with setting a schedule for family assistance between classes.  We would like to have one volunteer per advisory.

MS Administrative Support
Parent Volunteers needed to perform various administrative duties, such as copying, cutting, laminating, etc.  Work to be done will be kept in the MS workroom.  Parents can choose their times of availability

Media Center Volunteers – General Assistance
Volunteers will enter books into the computer system and assist in shelving books as needed.  Parents can choose their times of availability.

Media Center – Open Check Out
Volunteers are needed to supervise middle school students checking out media.  There will be grade level open check out Monday – Thursday from 8AM – 8:30AM.  Volunteers can choose their day and report to the media center at 8am.

Auction Project Coordinator You will be contacted by Committee Chair Joyce Burke.
There will be four project coordinators per grade to assist the students. The auction coordinator is responsible to spearhead their grade level project that will be auctioned off at the November 6th auction.  The coordinator will meet with middle school staff and decide on a project, collect a nominal amount from the grade (if needed), and work with the students to complete the project.

Open House Parent Volunteers - You will be contacted by volunteer coordinator Angie Ward.
Elementary and MS parents are needed to help with open houses for parents of potential new students.  You need to arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled open house to register and give paperwork to parents and also help at the end of the open house session with tours of the school.  There will be 6 morning sessions, 4 evening sessions and 1 afternoon session during October, November and January. Times and dates are listed on the website.  Please help with as many sessions as you are able.  The time commitment for each open house would be up to approx.  2 ½ hours.  A schedule will be created so we can have volunteers organized in advance

Sports Booster Grade Representative You will be contacted by Committee Chairs Daune Morris or Heidi Samples.
Communicate/remind grade level of upcoming Booster Club events such as monthly Pizza Lunch, Sports Night/Tailgate party in fall, CSD 5K in spring, membership spirit wear.  Also recruit volunteers for home game admission and concession stands and various other sports events.

Teacher Appreciation Committee Members (Please NO staff members, due to the fact that their presence is necessary at many of the planned events)
These parents will assist in the coordination of the Teacher/Staff Appreciation events.  Unlike in the past, we will be sharing small tokens of appreciation with our teachers/staff throughout the school year.  These events/tokens will be simple in nature and will require minimal effort and planning.  The Teacher/Staff Appreciation Committee will meet near the beginning the school year to discuss our plans.

Vision Screening Volunteers – (7th Grade only) - You will be contacted Committee Chair Nancy Ellington.
6 volunteers are needed.  Volunteers will need to watch a 20-minute training DVD, then complete vision screening for the 7th grade, which will take about 2 hours.  Vision screening is completed in the fall.

Yearbook Grade Level Volunteers.
Yearbook Volunteer (2 for each grade) - Take pictures in the classrooms and at Middle School special events (or arrange to get the pictures from other parent photographers).  Coordinate with the yearbook staff to download the pictures to the yearbook website and label all pictures with the names of the children.  Check your yearbook class pages to make sure all of the children in the grade are represented in the photographs.  Check the portrait pages for the class to make sure the names are correctly spelled and all the children and staff are pictured.  Attend an occasional meeting with the yearbook staff to review progress.

 


Schoolwide


Class Auction Coordinator –
You will be contacted by Committee Chair Joyce Burke
The class auction coordinator is responsible to spearhead their class project that will be auctioned off at the November 6th auction.  The coordinator will meet with their teacher and decide on a project, collect a nominal amount from the class (if needed), and work with the students to complete the project

Classroom Earth Day Volunteer – You will be contacted by Committee Chair Kim Aichele.
We have 6 Earth Day activity days so that each grade (K-5) has their own Earth Day experience.  We need 4 parent volunteers for Earth Day from 8:30-11:30.  Our “Earth Week” typically falls around April 22nd, which is our national Earth Day.  Responsibilities include: Set up/Clean up, re-setting activities after each rotation, and assisting teachers.  All activities are teacher led.  This is a fun and easy volunteer activity to be a part of and the students love it!

Davidson Walk and Rolls – You will be contacted by volunteer coordinators Regina Whiteside or Katie Anderson.

This is a program sponsored by the Town of Davidson designed to promote exercise and healthy choices.  Parent Volunteers will meet at a designated location prior to school and will lead groups of student walkers safely to CSD.  This occurs only once or twice per month.

Fast ForWord Volunteer - You will be contacted by the Committee Chair Elissa Huffstetler.
The Fast ForWord program is a proven language intervention through software products that strengthens brain processing and literacy skills.  These programs help increase reading proficiency and language skills in students of all ages.  Volunteers are needed to monitor students while they complete the exercises on the computer.  Volunteers will walk the student back to their classroom and get the next student on the schedule.  The schedule runs on 30-minute blocks, so prompt start and end times are necessary for the students.  Volunteers can sign up for any amount of time (i.e.: 30mins or 2 hour block of time, etc), however, times/days must be consistent on a weekly basis. The volunteers are needed each week for the times they choose.

Garden/Art Classroom Coordinator (Grades K–3 Only) - You will be contacted by Committee Chair Kim Aichele.
Do you like to be outside?  Do you like to help kids make things?  The garden/art classroom coordinator does just that and it doesn’t take a lot of your time!

Most of the K-3 gardens are already planted so the gardening part involves helping out with our workday in October and some occasional weeding and watering.

The art part is lots of fun.  Students love to create art to display in their garden.  You can create something as elaborate or as simple as you want and you can do this once or twice a year.

Helping Hand K-5 Volunteers – You will be contacted by the Helping Hands Coordinator.
Helping Hands was created by our CSD Community to assist families in need.  This may include helping organize meals, carpools, childcare, etc.  This person will coordinate the efforts of the classroom with the Helping Hands Coordinator.  They will share information between classroom reps where there is a family in need who has children in various classrooms.  They will assist with setting a schedule for family assistance between classes. 


Hospitality Volunteer – You will be contacted by Committee Chair Lisa Reece.
This committee is responsible for providing food once a month for our teachers’ staff meetings as well as providing teachers a soup luncheon in January.  The committee has also been called on to provide snacks for the school garden cleanup day, teachers Christmas luncheon, the golf outing, and the staff retreat in May.  It’s a good way for working parents to be involved. 

Open House Parent Volunteers - You will be contacted by volunteer coordinator Angie Ward.
Elementary and MS parents are needed to help with open houses for parents of potential new students.  You need to arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled open house to register and give paperwork to parents and also help at the end of the open house session with tours of the school.  There will be 6 morning sessions, 4 evening sessions and 1 afternoon session during October, November and January. Times and dates are listed on the website.  Please help with as many sessions as you are able.  The time commitment for each open house would be up to approx.  2 ½ hours.  A schedule will be created so we can have volunteers organized in advance. 

Sports Booster Room Representative – You will be contacted by Committee Chairs Daune Morris or Heidi Samples.
Communicate/remind class of upcoming Booster Club events such as monthly Pizza Lunch, Sports Night/Tailgate party in fall, CSD 5K in spring, membership spirit wear.  Also, recruit volunteers for home game admission and concession stands and various other sports events.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Committee Members – You will be contacted by Committee Chair Nancy DiGioia.

Please NO staff members
, due to the fact that their presence is necessary at many of the planned events. 

These parents coordinate the Teacher/Staff Appreciation events.  Unlike in the past, we will be sharing small tokens of appreciation with our teachers/staff throughout the school year.    These events/tokens will be simple in nature and will require minimal effort and planning.  The Teacher/Staff Appreciation Committee will meet near the beginning of school year to discuss our plans.

Vision Screening Volunteers (Grades K, 1st, 3rd, and 5th only) – You will be contacted by Volunteer Coordinator Nancy Ellington.
Two parents are needed to help administer a vision screening test for the classroom.  Volunteer will need to watch a 20 – minute training DVD, and then complete the vision screening for the classroom which will take about 1 – 2 hours.  Vision Screening is completed in the fall. 

Yearbook Classroom Volunteer (2 for each class) – You will be contacted by Committee Chair.
Yearbook Volunteer (for each class) - Take pictures in the classroom and at the class's special events (or arrange to get the pictures from other parent photographers).  Coordinate with the yearbook staff to download the pictures to the yearbook website and label all pictures with the names of the children.  Check your yearbook class pages to make sure all of the children in the classroom are represented in the photographs.  Check the portrait pages for the class to make sure the names are correctly spelled and all the children and staff are pictured.  Attend an occasional meeting with the yearbook staff to review progress.