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What is a Volunteer?

A volunteer may be described as “an extra pair of hands, an extra measure of personal warmth, a valuable resource for classroom enrichment, and/or a bridge between the school and the community.”

Your support as a volunteer benefits our school community in a myriad of ways. It also sends a message to children that you place a high value on the process of education.

Your efforts help provide classroom support networks, which enable all children to participate successfully. We thank you for sharing your time, energy and talents.

Role of Volunteer and Benefits

 

Role: Work with children. 
Benefits: Expands one-to one and small group opportunities. Provides additional opportunities to meet student needs, e.g. interest groups, enrichment 

 
Role: Perform clerical and other support functions. 
Benefits: Enables teachers to direct instruction, facilitation and planning. 

 
Role: Enrich the program with special talents, and organize special events. 
Benefits: Allows students to expand and extend learning needs and opportunities. 

 
Role: Work on Steering Committees. 
Benefits: Provides support for School Site Council, or other our strong educational committees program and helps to plan for continual improvement and growth. 

 
Role: Participate in fundraising. 
Benefits: Helps to provide activities financial support for additional outstanding programs, materials, and resources.

DONATIONS

Donations are an essential part of maintaining our school site academically prepared.  Parents and community members are encouraged to donate school supplies, uniforms, snacks, and their time. 

Daily classroom materials needed:

 Pencils, crayons, binder paper, glue, paints, copy paper, rulers, and arts & craft supplies.

If you would like to make a larger donation or a monetary donation, please contact Beth Root at

(530) 436-2233.

Thank YOU!

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Partners in Education

Thank you for visiting us on-line. We would like to welcome our new families and hope your experience will be a rewarding one. At GES, we believe parents and teachers are “partners in education.” We know that it takes the combined efforts of both the home and the school working together to educate our children. Therefore, parent involvement is our goal. Giving your time, your talent and ability will not only help our school, but will enhance our children’s learning. GES has an outstanding group of volunteers who will serve our school in many ways this year. You can be part of this great group by filling out the volunteer interest form available at the school office. We are proud of the way in which our community works together for the benefit of our children.

Each year, a volunteer form needs to be completed prior to any volunteer work or going on a field trip. All volunteers need to check into the school office when they arrive (and depart) and to wear a visitor badge.  Information regarding volunteer opportunities will be sent home with  in the GES Connection and Back to  School information.

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Volunteering & Visiting

Classroom Volunteer and Visitation/Observation



Please complete and submit the following documents to the office prior to volunteering and/or visiting GES.

 Classroom Volunteer Form

Classroom Visitation/Observation and Code of Ethics Form
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Thank you in advance for your cooperation and service to Grenada Students!!

Code of Ethics for Volunteers

  • A volunteer enters the school to assume a place on the educational team and acts accordingly to win the confidence and respect of the school staff.
  • A volunteer conforms to established school procedures for reporting in and out, use of materials, etc.
  • A volunteer supports the staff by following school wide or classroom regulations regarding student behavior.
  • A volunteer must be dependable and consistent in order to provide the maximum benefit of such assistance to the teachers and students at the school.
  • A volunteer is there to increase the students’ confidence in themselves and avoids disparaging remarks which might undermine that confidence. Find the good and praise it.
  • A volunteer deals impartially with students regardless of differences in background, intelligence, or physical or emotional maturity.
  • A volunteer does not discuss the child’s progress or behavior with the parent, but refers parents to the appropriate teacher or principal should a question arise. Direct communication with parents about a child’s school work is the responsibility of the school’s professional staff. 8) A volunteer does not discuss confidential information with inappropriate persons.
  • Confidential information includes:
    • Scholastic and health records
    • All information about a student with special needs
    • Character traits of an individual child
    • Discipline problems within a classroom
    • Test scores and grades
  • A volunteer speaks constructively of all professional staff, but should report difficulties involving the welfare of students or school to the principal.
  • A volunteer is in the school for a relatively short portion of the week, and, therefore, perception of a problem can be mistaken because the volunteer is not aware of the total situation. Volunteers should take their questions about such problems to the volunteer coordinator or appropriate staff member.
  • A volunteer consults with supervising teachers at appointed times so as not to interrupt the teachers’ schedules. A volunteer follows school procedures for setting up a parent-teacher conference, and does not interrupt the instructional program, teachers’ planning time and free periods, or volunteer schedule.

PURPOSE OF THE SCHOOL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

  • School volunteers enable teachers to provide students with individualized instruction and enrichment activities by offering them volunteers to assist in classrooms, thereby allowing teachers to give special attention to students needing more help.
  • To free other school personnel to meet the needs of students more effectively by providing volunteer assistance.
  • To strengthen school-community relations by providing a menu of opportunities for interested parents and community members to participate effectively in school programs.
  • To help parents and community members learn more about District and school objectives/programs by providing volunteer orientations and training.
  • To introduce school volunteerism to corporations holding a personal stake in the success of our students and the future workforce.
  • To broaden students’ experiences through interaction with volunteers by providing adult role models to assist the students with tutoring and mentor opportunities.
  • To provide enriching intergenerational experiences for students and senior citizens who help educate students about the lifelong process of growing up

WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?

  • Parents, students, individuals from the private sector and business community. People of all ages, from all walks of life who share an interest in helping children.
  • People who feel the need to support and help the schools in their effort to educate each child to meet his or her full potential.
  • Those individuals who recognize that well-educated children are our greatest natural resource.
  • Anyone who has a skill or talent that can enrich the school program.
  • Someone who wants to learn about their own community and help to create better conditions.
  • People who want to experience the rich satisfaction of helping children.

POSITIVE VOLUNTEERISM

  • Be dependable and punctual.
  • Have a positive attitude and be enthusiastic and cheerful.
  • Set good examples for students.
  • Like children and show it.
  • Work cooperatively with school personnel.
  • Be flexible.
  • Wear a volunteer identification name tag or badge at all times.
  • Sign in and out at the beginning and end of each daily volunteer assignment.
  • Let the teacher or person in charge know how the volunteer assignment is progressing.
  • Praise the students honestly and frequently.
  • Call the school if you cannot complete your volunteer service for the day.

READING TUTORING TIPS FOR

PARENTS AND VOLUNTEERS

  • Find a book or story that your student is interested in. Discuss what you read. Sit beside the student if possible so they can read over your shoulder. If the student can see what you’re reading it will help him recognize words. Talk about what you’ve read. Use questions that will help increase their comprehension.
  • Listen to your student read.
  • Play games with your student.
  • Help your student get a library card from the public library nearest you.
  • Encourage the student to go to the library as often as possible.
  • Talk to your student about subjects that are interesting to him or her.
  • Listen to your student.

MATH TUTORING TIPS FOR

PARENTS AND VOLUNTEERS

  • Use games to encourage drill.
  • Don’t assume too much about your student; make sure he or she recognizes the different numbers before going to more difficult exercises.
  • Try a novel approach to learning multiplication tables; try relating the learning to something the student is interested in. A certain amount of drill is unavoidable, but keeping charts of the student’s progress may help keep his or her interest and motivation up.
  • Get the student physically involved by providing sticks or buttons for him or her to work with in solving problems. Have fun with learning games!
  • Try to devise practical problems for the child to solve, i.e. what is the shortest route from school to your home?

 

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SCHOOL VISITORS

Parents are welcome and encouraged to visit the classrooms. Parents and citizens need never feel that an invitation is necessary. Before visiting a classroom, parents or other visitors must check in at the office and let the secretary or principal know what classroom is being visited.  The following suggestions will make your visit more valuable.

  • Do not go directly to a classroom. The office will direct you to the class.
  • Know the time for the subject you wish to visit.
  • Save the questions for the teacher until after class. Try to have a minute with the teacher after each visit. All parent-teacher conferences should be arranged for and held before or after instructional time.
  • Teachers appreciate a note, a call, or message from the parent prior to the visit.
  • Students not enrolled at Grenada School are not permitted to visit or spend the day in a classroom unless accompanied by a parent or with the approval of the principal.
  • Enter and leave the classroom as quietly as possible 
  • Not converse with the students, teacher and/or instructional aides during the visitation 
  • Not interfere with any school activity 
  • Keep the length and frequency of classroom visits reasonable. 20 minutes is recommended. 

OPEN DOOR POLICY

Grenada School has an "open door" policy. Visitors are welcome on campus under the following conditions: All visitors, including parents and guardians,

  • Must check in and receive approval from the school office.  Visitors will be given an I.D. badge to wear during their visit.
  • Must be a positive influence on the learning process and may not interrupt the educational process.
  • Are welcome to participate as volunteer assistants to the teachers. Anyone interested in volunteering in the classroom should contact the classroom teacher directly and inquire about his/her volunteer needs. 
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PTO Parent Teacher Organization

Research shows that children do better in school when they see their parents as active participants in the educational process, at home and at school. Grenada parents have a long-standing tradition of involvement in the education of their children, whether in the classroom, at home or during fund-raising opportunities. To get more information about the Grenada Parent/Teacher Organzation (PTO), please contact the office, (530) 436-2233 or check their FACEBOOK page located on the HOME page of our website in the blue QUICKLINKS section. Here are some relevant websites:

Effective Ways to Work with Children

Be warm and friendly. Learn the children’s names and show interest in what they are doing and telling you. You are a very important listener.

Encourage children to do their own thinking. Give them plenty of time to answer; silence often means they are thinking and organizing what they want to say or write.

Saying “I don’t know” is OK! If you don’t know an answer or are unsure of what to do, admit it to the children and work it out together. Feel free to ask the teacher or the children for help when you need it.

Use tact and positive comments. Encourage the children and look for something worthy of a compliment, especially when the children are having difficulties.

Accept each child. You should not feel responsible for judging a child’s abilities, progress, or behavior.

Respect each child’s privacy. If a child or a teacher reveals personal information, regard it as a confidence. If other parents or friends ask about your work, tell them you enjoy working with the students and discuss activities you do rather than specific information about a child, the teacher, or the school.

Maintain a sense of humor. Humor can often bridge a gap or ease you trough a difficult situation with a child.

Be consistent with teachers’ rules for classroom behavior, schedule, and atmosphere. If you are unsure of what to do or how to do something ask the teacher before taking action.

Wear comfortable clothes and don’t hesitate to “get down to a child’s level”. Adults seem much more approachable and friendlier when they are not towering over or looking down at a child.

Keep your commitment. The children will expect you and look forward to your coming. If you know you will be gone, tell them in advance. Keep all promises, and make none that you cannot keep. Children never forget!

Agreement of Responsibilities

The Volunteer:

  • Maintains his/her commitment of being at school on the scheduled day and time. Should a conflict arise, please contact the teacher or the office as soon as possible by note or phone and attempt to find a substitute to cover your scheduled time.
  • Signs in and out on the school district volunteer sheet in the office. This verifies that the volunteer is in the school in case of an emergency or in case of an accident (insurance coverage).

The Teacher:

  • Plans all instructional activities in which volunteers are involved.
  • Defines the role and specific tasks of the volunteer.
  • Trains the volunteer in the use of materials.
  • Assumes responsibility for student behavior.
  • Call the volunteer in advance if services are not needed
  • on a scheduled day.

The School:

  • Provides the volunteer sign in/out sheet in the school office.
  • Provides volunteer handbooks and/or training as needed.
  • Provides school wide volunteer opportunities.