Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Oppertunities

Ways to Become Involved:

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  • Come to a PTA meetingMeetings are held once a month on the third Thursday of each month at 9:30am.
  • Participate/Volunteer in a Family Event or Committee -   Get to know other families and have fun supporting a good cause!
  • Volunteer  - in the classroom, library, computer room, playground and noon duty.

 

We realize that each person would like to be able to give freely of their time and talents so that students at Bollinger Canyon have the best possible educational experience.  However, we also realize that there are only so many hours in a given day!  This volunteer information has been compiled so that you may choose those activities that are best suited to your interests and talents as well as your individual schedules.  We encourage you to become involved at Bollinger Canyon.  There truly is a place for everyone!

Please feel free to contact any committee chair or PTA member listed in the roster with questions on how you can help.  We want to hear from you!

 

Description of PTA Committees:

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FAME Program

FAME is an acronym for “Fine Arts Mini Experience.”  FAME is a fun and exciting program that introduces our children to the classics in Art and Musicand is run entirely by parent volunteers! No experience is necessary; full training and all materials are provided.  FAME needs volunteers to present as well as to help with behind the scenes activities.  Time commitment is flexible. The FAME committee presents 3 school wide assemblies per school year.                        

 

Family Events Committee

This committee organizes events to bring our Bollinger Canyon community together. Previous years’ events have included the Fall Carnival, Donuts with a Loved One, International Festival, and various Family Socials such as the New Family Social, the Ice Cream Social and the Craft Social.  Volunteers are needed to bring their ideas to the committee, work the events, and have a great time!  The committee is also responsible for taking pictures at events for the yearbook. Work one event or all whatever works best with your schedule.

  • Donuts w/ a Loved One
  • New Family Social
  • Welcome Picnic & Ice Cream Social
  • International Festival

 

Family Reading ProgramThe purpose of the Family Reading Program is to foster the love and fun of reading. Activities include:

  • Breakfast Book Club
  • Family Reading Night
  • Birthday Books

Volunteers are needed to help once a month before school at book club meetings, assist with Family Reading Night activities, distribute birthday books, and take pictures at our events for the yearbook.  We welcome new ideas and anyone who enjoys books.

 

Head Room Parent Coordinator

The head room parent coordinator is responsible for informing each classroom parent about their responsibilities, forwarding information and assisting in all teacher and classroom events throughout the school year. 

 

Health Safety

The Health Safety Committee is a very important committee for the well being of our children. Volunteers are essential in fulfilling many responsibilities:  traffic patrol, lunchroom helpers, noon duty/playground helpers, Red Ribbon Week, and vision and hearing screening. Work one day or everyday!  Whatever time you can give will benefit all of our kids at Bollinger!

 

 

*Traffic Patrol

Parents are needed to volunteer for early bird and late bird traffic patrol.

The early bird traffic patrol schedule is from 8:15 am to 8:35 am and the late bird traffic patrol schedule is from 9:05 am to 9:25 am.  We want to ensure that our children get dropped off safely and are attended until their bell rings. Sign up for this position and if you end up having a conflict, you are not obligated to volunteer for that time period.

 

 

*Lunch Room Helpers/Noon Duty/Playground

Noon Duty volunteers help in the lunch room and on the playground during the lunch recesses.  This is a great way to connect with the children.  Everyone should have experience with the kids out at the playground.  This is a time that they can personally choose what they want to do.  Please consider helping at the playground for Noon Duty at least one day a week.  The more parents out on the playground with our children the better.  It’s a fun way to meet other parents, and you will enjoy getting to know the kids at Bollinger. 

 

*Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign to unite schools and communities in an effort to create a drug-free America.  This event is historically in October.  Volunteers are needed to help the Health Safety Committee with special Red Ribbon Week activities focusing on healthy and drug free lifestyles.

 

*Vision and Hearing Screening

Vision and hearing screening occurs annually. The school district screens all students in kindergarten, second and fifth grades as well as any teacher referrals.  Volunteers are needed to assist the Audiologist and the Optometrist, in addition to escorting children from their classrooms to the testing locations.  Testing is usually over a three-day period.  Volunteers are needed for all three days.

 

*Emergency and First Aid Supplies

Volunteers are needed to check, re-stock and update emergency backpacks and first aid kits that are located in each classroom and in the white container on the blacktop

 

Hospitality

This committee is responsible for organizing and providing snacks and refreshments for events throughout the school year including school registration, Welcome Back Coffee for parents and the Reflections showcase. The committee needs volunteers to periodically help with set up and clean up for selected events.  

 

Kids Night Out

Kids Night Out is a great program for both our children and us.  The students bring their sleeping bags, pillows and special stuffed animals to a fun-filled evening of a G-rated movie, popcorn and time with their friends.  This is a student-only event but can only happen with a minimum number of parent volunteers.  The time commitment is minimal.  Volunteers are asked to help with set-up, check-in and greeting the children, supervising the students during the film and assisting them with clean up at the end of the evening.  This is a fun way to get to know the students and parents of Bollinger Canyon.

 

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee is actively involved in keeping abreast of the workings of the various governing bodies that can affect public schools.  Members of this committee will be asked to be liaisons with the school board, city and county officials and state and federal legislatures on issues that impact school children.  A committee volunteer can anticipate being asked to:

·        Attend local meetings to stay informed and speak on behalf of Bollinger Canyon.

·        Organize and participate in voter registration drives and/or telephone campaigns that support ballot measures which are endorsed by PTA and support issues that are in the best interest of our children.

·         Attend the annual trip to Sacramento to meet with our legislative representatives on issues that concern education.

This committee can always use parents to assist in letter writing campaigns and phone trees for communicating concerns to our legislators and our community officials.

 

Library Volunteer

If you would like to help your child’s class during library time, please sign up at Back to School night.   Each teacher will have a sign-up sheet in their classroom.  Tasks include checking library books in and out with use of the computer as well as shelving the returned books.  Training will be provided for all new volunteers.  The library also needs volunteers to help with the book fair that takes place in the fall.  Sign-ups for the book fair are in the library.

 

Parent Education

The Parent Education Committee works with other schools’ PTAs to put on the Annual Parenting Program with the District.  The program includes speakers and workshops on helping and supporting individuals to become better parents.  This committee’s responsibilities include:  helping to develop the program, organizing registration, helping with set-up and clean-up, putting together workshop packets and publicizing the workshop to Bollinger parents.  The committee may also set up parenting workshops for Bollinger parents.

 

PTA Newsletter - “The Bulldog Bulletin”

Bollinger Canyon PTA produces a weekly school newsletter which is send out via e-mail.  This newsletter contains many newsworthy articles about the various PTA sponsored activities and events, a school calendar of events, and much more!  We encourage you to read it to keep informed about your children’s educational experiences.

 

Run for Education

Run for Education has been an annual event in San Ramon Valley for 30 years.  It is the main fundraising event for The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation (SRVEF), of which the Bollinger Canyon Education Fund is an affiliate.  SRVEF is a non-profit organization that supports and promotes educational programs in conjunction with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.  SRVEF raises money to support district-wide programs as well as monetary grants to individual schools and teachers within the SRVUSD.  The primary event is the Race for Education, which will take place on a Sunday, October 16, 2016.  It involves three events: a Half Marathon, a 5K Chip Timed Run, and a 5K Family Run/Walk.  Bollinger earns money based upon the number of participants that specify BOLLINGER on the registration form.  In addition, individuals who volunteer to help with the event can also earn money for our school.  For more information or to register, please visit http://raceroster.com/events/2016/8439/the-run-for-education.

 

Reflections

Reflections is a national program sponsored by PTA to encourage creative talents and individual creativity within the arts area.  The categories are: Art, Music, Photography and Literature.  Reflections is open to children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Volunteers are needed to help set up the school display and the district presentation and prepare certificates and ribbons for all participants.  

 

Room Parents 

Volunteering as a room parent is one the most important and fulfilling ways of volunteering at Bollinger Canyon.  They are a vital link between the teachers and the parent community.  Room parents work with the classroom teachers to plan classroom parties, organize volunteers for field trips and other classroom activities.  With the assistance of other parents, they coordinate teacher appreciation activities and end of year activities. Room parents may also be asked by their teacher to assist with other classroom activities and projects.  Responsibilities vary from teacher to teacher.  One head room parent and several assistant room parents are needed for each classroom.   One room parent is asked to take pictures of their class for the yearbook.  This is a wonderful to get to know your child’s teacher as well as all of the students in their class.  Each teacher will have sign-up sheets in their classroom at Back to School Night.

 

Run Club

The Bollinger Run Club organizes fall and spring runs on Wednesdays 3 times per month.  Our goal is to inspire students to lead a physically active and healthful lifestyle, enhance school community through parent and student involvement and parent support, and enhance self-esteem and self-confidence.  Open to all students in Grades 1-5.

 

School Beautification

This committee is composed of an enthusiastic group of parents that would not only like to make a visual difference at Bollinger Canyon but also offer a way to encourage school pride.  The committee plans various clean up days and landscape events that will need your help.  If you like gardening, are handy with painting and fix-up projects or would just like to see an improvement in the physical surroundings at Bollinger, then this is the committee for you!

 

Sister School Community Program

This group of parents meets throughout the year to plan and organize activities that encourage students and their families to reach out to communities around them.  Bollinger Canyon’s sister school is Stege School in Richmond, CA.  This committee organizes a healthy snack and donations during STAR testing, a school-wide adopt-a-family holiday project, and a fundraiser for school uniforms.  We need your help to make the world a better place for all children!

 

Special Needs Committee

This committee provides information and support to parents, teachers, and district staff so they can help maximize the potential of children with learning differences.  Special needs children include those who have been identified as GATE and those who have  ADHD, non-verbal learning disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia and many other learning differences.   We present speakers for evening programs on a variety of topics relevant tochildren age birth through high school, and host meetings/coffees to discuss issues of interest to parents.  We also work legislatively to secure and retain adequate laws and funding for children with special needs. 

 

Talent Show

The Talent Show is typically held in May.  Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas to help showcase our students’ accomplishments!

Sign up for this and you will be contacted near the end of the school year.

 

Teacher/Staff Appreciation

This committee plans special ways to show our teachers and staff at Bollinger how much we appreciate all they do for our children.  They provide lunch or snacks for the staff throughout the year as well as plan events for Teacher’s Appreciation.

 

Ways and Means (Fundraising)

The Ways and Means committee welcomes your help for Bollinger Canyon’s many fundraising efforts.  This committee gives you plenty of opportunity to make new friends, get to know more parents, staff and students and help our school.

Parents’ help are needed for the following:

·        Spririt Wear – place and sort orders, and distribute spirit wear

·        Printer Cartridge Recycling – collect ink-jet and laser cartridges for recycling program

·        Boxtops for Kids – collect and send out boxtops

 

Yearbook

The Yearbook Committee is seeking one or more parents per classroom willing to volunteer as “Classroom Photographer.”  These parents should be available during classroom activities such as parties, field trips, and special events to take pictures and supply them to the yearbook committee for possible placement in the Bollinger Canyon yearbook.  One volunteer from each class should be responsible for making sure their class has enough quality pictures submitted for the yearbook.  This way the yearbook can be balanced with pictures from all the classes.  General photographers will take pictures of the staff, aides, clubs and other special events throughout the year and put together page layouts.

Non-Discrimination Statement

San Ramon Valley Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

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