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ART IN ACTION
This is an opportunity to work in your child’s classroom as a Team Leader, Teacher/Docent or an Assistant.  Four volunteers per class are needed to make this program effective.  No skills necessary, training and art materials are provided.


BINGO NIGHT
This annual social event is great fun for the entire family.  It features a buffet dinner and bingo with loads of prizes!  The committee will secure a caterer, procure supplies and prizes, and will be responsible for set-up and clean-up.

BOOK FAIR

South School hosts two book fairs which will take place in the fall and Open House week in May.  This committee works under the direction of the librarian and assists with set-up, sales, and break-down.


DOOR OPENERS
Volunteers are needed to open car doors during the 8:15-8:30 a.m. drop-off period each morning to ensure child safety and smooth traffic flow.  Volunteers should commit to the same morning each week.

EVENTS

  1. STAFF HOLIDAY LUNCH:
    This annual event takes place in December.  Committee members are needed to help with invitations, decorations, teacher gifts, set-up and clean-up. 
  1. STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCH:
    This annual event takes place in the spring, and is a wonderful way to show our appreciation for our teachers and staff as the school year comes to an end.  Committee members are needed to help with invitations, decorations, teacher gifts, set-up and clean-up. 
  1. HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE:
    Volunteers are needed to pick up coffee and pastries at local shops (Starbucks, etc.) for various South School sponsored events throughout the year (Board of Trustees meeting, Superintendent’s Coffee, Parent Ed 101 meetings, etc).
FATHERS & FRIENDS DAY
Our first Fathers & Friends Day in 2010 was a huge success and it has become a tradition our students can't wait to share!  Fathers & Friends will again get the chance to spend time at school throughout the day helping with creative projects, working with students in the classroom and other activities.  Volunteers are needed to join the fun and spread the word! 


FITNESS FRIDAY

This is a wonderful opportunity to help promote health and fitness at South School.  Fitness Friday occurs every Friday from 12:00-12:40 pm.  Volunteers assist the students at strategic points on the route, collect “lap sticks”, and give out the fabulous shoe “charms” that the students earn and add to their Fitness Friday necklace.   Wear your South Tiger wear each Friday.

HOT LUNCH
The HOT LUNCH program is not possible without the support of our parent community.  You will set up and help serve lunch to students.  The lunch room is a great and flexible way to see your children during school, meet their friends, teachers, staff and other parents.  The commitment is minimal but you get credit for one lunch for each day you volunteer.  So your child essentially eats free every time you help.

HTV
 
Hillsborough is unique to other school districts in that it has its very own television station.  HTV committee members are responsible for recording footage of class field trips, classroom presentations, musicals, and other various activities. The footage is professionally edited and uploaded to our very own Vimeo channel for all to see.   Also this footage is used to create the 5th grade memory DVD which all the kids get in their final year at South.  Video camera and training will be provided.  No experience necessary. 


INNOVATION CHALLENGE

Each year, the 5th graders work for many weeks in ILab preparing for the Innovation Challenge.  They combine the Design Thinking Process and Essential Outcome skills such as collaboration, innovative thinking and problem solving to come up with a solution to a real world challenge.  The challenge is based on the San Jose Tech Museum’s annual Tech Challenge and is truly about the evolution of the team’s ideas and how each team comes up with a solution.  The process the children experience to get to their end result is truly an accomplishment.  To make this event a continued success, the following volunteers are needed for one full day:  two team-leaders who collect students before their appointment time, help the team get ready to present, and debrief the team after the presentation; one or two photographers to take pictures and short video clips of the interviews and device performance; and one or two people to provide snacks and light lunch for the judges and volunteers.

LIBRAR
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  1. BORROWING:
    Parent volunteers are needed to help check in books that have been returned as well as to help check out books that are being borrowed.  Library volunteers will be trained in the very simple library computer system prior to their first shift.  This is a great way to learn about outstanding contemporary children’s literature and to see your child in a relaxed setting.  Please note this is a 1x/month commitment where you are expected to find a replacement if you cannot make your selected date.  Time slots are recurring days and times (1x/month).
  1. COLLECTION MANAGEMENT:
    Maintaining and adding to the library at South is the work of many hands and minds.  If you enjoy learning about current and classic children’s literature in the company of friends, please consider volunteering to add, mend, cover, or label library books.
  1. CURRICULUM HELPERS FOR K & 1ST GRADES:
    The library curriculum for transitional kindergarten, kindergarten and first graders features many interesting art activities that are tied to outstanding classic or contemporary literature and to the California standards.  If you like listening to great picture books, helping kindergarten and first grade students, and prepping art materials, please consider volunteering in this capacity. 
  1. BOOKMARKS:
    South students love making bookmarks celebrating good books they have read. You will be using the color copier and laminator in the library to make copies of bookmarks created by South students.
  1. BIRTHDAY BOOKS:
    This is a great way to help the library on your own time.  Be in charge of the Birthday Book Program for the library!  Keep track of the donations by families for the birthday books, organize the children's birthdays by month, and make labels to put in their chosen books.  You will be taught how to do this job at the beginning of the school year. 
MULTICULTURAL DAY
Volunteers are needed to lead their classroom with gathering all booth elements (asking class parents to provide), soliciting volunteers to assemble the booth the day before the event, and manage time-slots for parent volunteers to man the booth on the day of the event.  A clear description of booth requirements and design will be provided to all classroom leads.  2 Leaders/classroom required.

READING TIGERS

The Reading Tigers is a lunchtime reading program that promotes a love of reading and the ability to discuss great, age-appropriate literature in a small group setting. There are five meetings a year.  Each parent volunteer is expected to read the chosen book, select questions for discussion, and decide upon appropriate activities for his or her group.  Student groups range from five to seven members and do not include a leader’s child.  All Reading Tigers parent volunteers must attend one of the two scheduled training meetings in the fall. 

RED RIBBON WEEK

The focus of Red Ribbon Week is to educate and encourage children to make healthy lifestyle choices, while showing its commitment to a drug free life.  This committee will assist the school counselor and Principal with various activities throughout the designated week. (which usually falls during the third or fourth week of October).

ROOM PARENTS
Each classroom will need four room parents, a Lead, an Assistant, a Yearbook/HTV, and Multicultural Day contact.  Lead Room Parent will oversee and coordinate classroom support as required by the teacher or the South Parent Group.  She/he is also the communication link to the classroom parents.  The Assistant will help the Lead with managing the finances, planning class parties, teacher gifts and staff appreciation week.  The HTV parent will ensure class events are filmed and photographed.  Yearbook meetings are attended on an as needed basis.  The Multicultural Day parent will help with and coordinate set-up/clean-up, booth shifts and items needed for the booth.    

SOUTH SOCIAL
Celebrate the start of school at this annual South School family tradition.  Committee is responsible for organizing, purchasing and serving refreshments, set-up, and clean-up.

STEAM EXPO
Please come participate in a committee that will explore options for a Science Event at South School. Committee will collaborate with teachers and Elizabeth Veal.

YEARBOOK

The South School Parent Group photographs and compiles an all-school yearbook.  Volunteers are needed to photograph school and classroom events, and assist with design and layout for this special project.