Give a little * Get a lot
How can you help Sun Valley School shine? By joining our team of dedicated volunteers! Sun Valley parents and community members log over 2,500 hours a year to help our students. That's no small potatoes. So we could use your help.
Read on to see what might suit you, or contact volunteer co-coordinators Ariel Gutierrez and Bethany Womack with any questions, ideas, offerings of your time...
Open Volunteer Positions
Lunchtime Compost Educators
Hang out during lunchtime (12:30-1:15p.m.) to show kids where to put their compostable leftovers. Ideally, we need volunteers only during the first four weeks of school to help spark this good habit.
Book Fair Coordinator - For Fall 2020
Share your love of all things literary with the Sun Valley Community. This position requires someone who can spend a bit of time leading up to the event, coordinating with the book seller and the school. During the book fair week, you'll coordinate volunteer help as needed. Then you're done! Grab a friend to help and this job will be easy as A, B, C.
Help engage and inspire young minds in the Friday assembly (once a month) by booking outside speakers. Kids love to have a new voice to listen to.
Can't commit to a whole position? No worries! The PTO has opportunities to help out in jobs jobs both big and small. Look out for "calls to action" in your weekly PTO newsletter and your monthly Grade Level Rep email.
These jobs require as much time as you can give and don't have a long commitment period.
Come January, the auction team will be looking for volunteers to help solicit donations, do data entry, help with the party and more. How can you help? Let them know your skill-set and your availability and they'll find something for you to do.
A couple of times each year, the PTO hosts a potluck lunch courtesy of our wonderful and talented families. When your Grade Level Rep sends out a request for help, consider signing up for your secret-recipe brownies, or grab your favorite takeout dish, or just sign up for drinks!
Throughout the year the PTO and various groups (Dad's Club, Garden Club) host community building or fundraising events that depend on parent participation. These are great opportunities for many parents to lend a hand as they're usually outside of traditional work hours and the whole family can come along with you! (Bonus: Your kids see you helping out and think you're a hero.) You'll be notified though the weekly PTO newsletters, so keep an eye out.
The district-wide organization, HeadsUp, hosts two fundraisers each year in which you can get involved. HeadsUp is an amazing organization that funds 1st-5th grade music at all San Rafael City Schools as well as providing funding for a variety of other needs at all city-wide campuses.
Where do you come in? Like PTO, HeadsUp is run by volunteers and needs your help to succeed. Look out for opportunities in the fall to help out at Carnival, and again in the spring, to help out at Rock n Run.
Sun Valley teachers are lucky to benefit from parents who can help IN the classroom! If you're not ready to dive into schoolwide participation, in-classroom help is a great way to be involved.
Reach out to your child's teacher(s) to see where and when help is needed.
Morning Greeters are Always Needed!
If you're really not sure you have a lot of time to commit, you can always find 15 minutes before school starts once or twice a year. Each grade is assigned to two months per year in which the parents of that grade are asked to help move along our morning drop-off line, ensuring a safe route to school for our kids.
Look out for sign-ups in the weekly PTO newsletters and your monthly email from your Grade Level Rep email.