Volunteer

Dear Parkwood Families,

This is going to be an exciting year at Parkwood! The building might be different, but we are still the same, awesome  community! One of the reasons Parkwood is such an amazing place is because our parents and families all pitch in for a common cause – our fantastic kids! Volunteering is a great way to connect to the school and other families. It also sets a great example for our youngest community members. Our goal is to have 100% volunteer participation from our families. We think this goal is attainable because there are so many different ways you can contribute. We have small projects, ongoing roles, events, and opportunities to help from home. Whatever your desire or skill set, we have something for you! Feel free to email me about your availability and what works best for you!

Thank you,

Bridgette Shima
Parkwood PTA – Volunteer Coordinator
shima.bridgette@gmail.com

Below are different ideas of events, tasks, needs, etc. that might help you in determining what volunteer activities would be best for you. You can also download a printable copy here and return it to me via email or leave it in the Parkwood PTA box in the office.

I am interested in helping. I am most available: (check all that apply)

□ In the morning

□ In the afternoon

□ In the evening

□ During weekends

□ To help with projects or tasks that can be done from home

□ For monthly PTA meetings

I am interested in helping with Ongoing Activities:

□  Committee Work: I would like to help on one of the committees described below.

□ Interpreter / Language Assistance: If you speak or write in multiple languages we need your help! There are over 25 languages spoken at Parkwood. Volunteers can help translate at events or assist in creating new PTA documents, invitations, announcements, etc.

Classroom Parent: You will help your child’s teacher; coordinate classroom communication, activities (field trips, parties, and orders). This is for a single school year.

□ PTA Enrichment: Help with an after school class (or) teach one! Do you have a skill such as sewing, cooking, or yoga that you would like to share with our community?  

□ Legislative Chair: We’re looking for someone to help keep the PTA informed on the changing WA laws, budgets, and national issue impacting our schools and the PTA.

□ Monthly Teacher Appreciation Lunches: Help create a menu and food donation sign-up, serve food, decorate, and clean up. Lunches are hosted by the PTA once per month.

I am interested in helping out with some of our ONE TIME EVENTS:

Below are details on all the exciting things our volunteers make possible! Please check any events, committees, or tasks that sound exciting to you!

Sept □ Fall Fundraiser – This is our largest fundraiser of the year. Committee work includes stuffing envelopes, tracking donations, printing thank yous, creating bulletin boards, year-end tax letters, etc.

□ Picture Day – Parents are needed to help keep classes in order on specific days.

□ Back to School BBQ – This event happens at the beginning of each year so we will sign you up for next year – in our brand new building! Organize food donations, host a PTA booth, collect volunteer forms and copy drivers licenses, etc.

Oct □ Vision Screening – Parents needed to help test kids on specific days.
Nov □ Harvest Festival Dance – This is such a fun community event!  Committee work includes planning, running stations, organizing the bake sale, making popcorn, decorating, etc.
Dec □ Food Drive – We participate in a food drive along with the Shoreline PTA Council, Shoreline Fire Department, Hopelink, Lake Forest Park Rotary Club, the City of Shoreline, and Dale Turner Family YMCA. Together, we provide quality food & gift support to Shoreline School District families needing assistance over the holiday break. You can help coordinate the drive, place boxes outside classrooms, count items donated, and organize transport to Einstein.
Jan □ Procurement for the Spring Auction – Volunteer from home! Email businesses asking for donations – we have amazing participation from local businesses and it’s a fun way to get to know the Shoreline Community. This is done on your own time over a few months. 10-20 businesses per person.
Feb □ Heritage Night – This is one of the most well attended Parkwood events. Bring a dish to share from your history or heritage. Committee work includes planning, decorating, connecting with Parkwood community members, scheduling performers, etc. Would you like to educate our school on your specific heritage? We have “Heritage Classes” leading up to the culminating event and would love to have more volunteers!
Mar □ Musical Play – For the last few years we’ve had an amazing play at Parkwood! You can donate your time helping with auditions and/or rehearsals, printing, operating lights, etc. Do you have theatre experience? This is for you!
Apr □ Dia del Nino – Work with the Parkwood Natural Leaders to show how we celebrate children all over the world. This year we are planning a carnival-like event—help plan games and more!
May □ Staff Appreciation Week – Each day we do something special for the Parkwood team. Committee work includes organizing, decorating, etc. We give flowers, write notes, host a lunch, etc.

□ Silent Auction – This is our 2nd largest fundraiser of the year and a really fun event! Committee work includes organizing, procurement, picking up donations, printing flyers, creating a bulletin board, etc. The night of the auction you can help post signs, close sections, sell food, assist at check-out, etc.

□ Talent Show – Once the auction closes we all get to enjoy the amazing talents of the Parkwood Panthers! Committee work includes helping with auditions and rehearsals, flyers, lights, etc.

June □ 5th Grade Garage Sale – We need some 5th grade parents to take this one on! All proceeds go to help pay for 6th grade camp in the fall. Committee work includes organizing, selling spaces, creating flyers, and helping the day of.