Completing Service Hours
Many hands make light work…and more affordable tuition! Each year, the service hours completed by parents contribute greatly to keeping our affordable tuition model alive. Yearly, these service hours equate to more than $60,000! Speak with your class teacher, class parent, the office, or browse the calendar below to find out what volunteer opportunities are available.
Many of these opportunities are flexible and can be done at any time. Some opportunities, such as snow crew, are seasonal/as needed and other opportunities, such as joining a committee or becoming a parent leader, have recurring commitments throughout the year. Browse the list below to find a way to help during a day & time that is convenient for you!
Sign Up Here! for the following tasks at this year’s Harvest Festival September 30, 2023:
- Set up 8:30-9:30
- Clean up 1:00-2:00
- Ticket sales booth during the festival
- Fall craft sale booth set up, during the festival, and clean up
- Lend a shade tent (EZ up)
Throughout the spring, summer, and fall, help is needed to keep the campus landscaping and gardens beautiful and thriving. Weeding is often needed on school pathways, building perimeters, and labyrinth. Watering trees, especially the newly planted young trees, is critical in the hot summer months!
- General gardening
- Watering trees
- Move and spread wood chips
- Garden in front of music building
Basement Clearing, Organization & Donation Crew
We are working on a library project… so join us to help organized our books!
Otherwise, the basement tends to accumulate many things… Let us know if you can help clear out unneeded items from the basement, load into a car, and take to Goodwill or donate elsewhere. Thank you!
Handywork, Carpentry Projects, & Repairs
If you like DIY projects, using power tools, or have a background in plumbing/electric, these volunteer opportunities are for you! Whether it is building a play structure, re-tiling a bathroom, re-painting a classroom, or filling cracks in the parking lot, there’s always something that can be done to help maintain our campus. Please inquire with the main office to learn more about upcoming projects.
- bathroom tiling project (during vacation)
- picnic bench fixes
- replacing trim/ flooring/ doors
- painting projects
Handwork & Crafting
This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity to do at home and at your own leisure. Crafts are needed throughout the year for classroom activities, school festivals, and Parent Association craft sales. Crafting needs for a specific festival or sale can be found on the volunteer calendar, but should be worked on ahead of time so they are ready by the event date. Please check the volunteer calendar and/or inquire with your Class Parent/Class Teacher/Main Office for more information about upcoming crafting needs.
Winter Snow Crew
Enjoy a little spur of the moment manual labor? Grab a shovel during drop, pick up, or any time to help clear pathways during snowy days. Keep an eye out for slick, icy spots where sand/salt may be needed and help keep our campus safe and walk-able!
- 2-5 families are needed to share the responsibility of clearing walkways around campus shortly after a snowfall.
Join a Committee: Become a Parent Leader
The parent community provides vital support to the school. Parents make the school possible, not only because they send their children, but because they have the willingness to serve and raise funds which are critical activities for all independent schools. Through committee work with faculty & board members, parents are instrumental in coordinating and providing both individual classes and school-wide social activities which generate goodwill, deepen the understanding of Waldorf education, and promote the growth of the school community. Parents share the responsibility for creating and sustaining the life and culture of the school. The parent/teacher relationship is critical to the well-being of the individual child. Parents and teachers support and enhance the growth and development of the children collectively through conversation and mutual support.
Each grade and early childhood teacher invites a parent (or several) to serve as Class Parent(s) for the school year. Class Parents support the teacher in planning events and notifying all of the families in the class of pertinent information. Class Parent positions are usually filled at the first Parent Evening.
PA Committees: Community, Faculty, Fundraising, & Festivals
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with interest and to find out what this commitment means. Join a committee or become a committee chair – currently looking to fill committee chair positions for the School Year!
New Parent Ambassador
Help new parents navigate our school! Community helps us thrive; be a source of support for new families. At least one parent from each class is needed.
Interested in volunteering, but not quite sure what to do? Sign up to let us know what your skills, interests, and availability are.
Service Hours Completed 2023-24 So Far
Logging Volunteer Hours
Please log your hours on BigSIS Parent Portal to make sure you get credit for all of your hard work!
Attention, School Organizers! Need Volunteers?
Volunteer Request Form
If you have a volunteer opportunity to add to the calendar, please fill out a Volunteer Request Form. The office will add your opportunity to the calendar and create a sign up form for volunteers. The link to the sign up will be sent to the designated point person (as indicated on the request form) to manage volunteers for your opportunity.
Parent participation is the lifeblood of the school! Parents are the first teachers and most significant adults in children’s lives. The key to improving student achievement is the involvement of family in education. Whether you are providing support at home, communicating with the school, or volunteering at the school, all of these help our students and community achieve excellence. We are lucky to have parents at the school with so much talent and energy! Your diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills, and interests are invaluable in their strength to support the students and the school. We are so grateful for your involvement. Thank you!
Field Trip Chaperone
Please complete these forms if you think there is a chance you will be helping out with a field trip & to help us match you with volunteer opportunities.
- Field Trip Driver Procedures
- Overnight Field Trip Chaperone Forms (requires fingerprinting appointment)
- Parent Farm Field Trip Waiver (sign & return to office)
This is the opportunity for the class teacher to meet with the parents as a group. These meetings act to create a richer experience and deeper understanding of your child’s school life. Parental attendance is mandatory at a minimum of two Parent Evenings each year. Attendance by both parents is ideal, however, at least one parent is sufficient. These meetings are so important for communication between the class teacher and the parents.
In addition to the Parent Evenings throughout the year, mandatory conferences are scheduled for Early Childhood and Grades 1-8 twice each year. Parents or teachers may request additional conferences at other times during the school year as necessary.
Camp & Childcare During Conferences
Camp & drop-in childcare are available for enrolled students during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Camp is $20 for the afternoon (12:40 – 3:05 PM). There is no charge for drop-in childcare during your conference. Sign up for camp
PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE TO BE NO UNSUPERVISED CHILDREN ON THE SCHOOL GROUNDS DURING CONFERENCES. THE SCHOOL IS CLOSED.
Connect with a Class Parent to help with classroom specific activities or consider becoming a Class Parent yourself! There are one or two Class Parents for each grade. The Class Parent coordinates:
- Teacher support by facilitating communication between parents and the teacher about classroom business via email and telephone
- Volunteer recruitment for class activities such as finding field trip drivers or helping to organize a class party
- Class donation to the annual auction and other class donations
- Teachers gifts
- Flowers for the classroom
- Special Classroom events
- Snacks and clean-up for Parent Evenings
Parent Association Meetings
Connect with the life of the school! All parents are welcome to attend the PA meetings.
The Parent Community provides vital support to the school and the faculty. As René Querido, one of Boulder Valley’s founders, expressed it, the parents provide a “mantle of warmth” around the Board of Trustees and the Faculty. Parents make the school possible, not only because they send their children, but because they have the willingness to serve and raise funds which are critical activities for all independent schools.
Members of the parent community eagerly take responsibility for committee work with faculty members and Board members. Parents are instrumental in coordinating and providing both individual class and school-wide social activities which generate goodwill, deepen the understanding of Waldorf education, and promote the growth of the school community. Parents share the responsibility for creating and sustaining the life and culture of the school. The parent/teacher relationship is critical to the well-being of the individual child. Parents and teachers support and enhance the growth and development of the children collectively through conversation and mutual support.
Each family is required to complete 20 service hours each year, as designated on the Enrollment Contract (single parents need only complete 10 hours). Connect with the Volunteer Coordinator or Enrollment Office to sign up for events and track your completed service hours.