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Volunteer Opportunities for 2018-2019


To access all volunteer opportunities, you must first register with Konstella by clicking here: https://www.konstella.com/cd/udjP3Q


Please read the various job descriptions below. To participate in a committee and join the fun, please register for Konstella and then click on the following link: https://tinyurl.com/southvolunteers


Any questions? Contact VP Volunteers, Nahall Fells, nahall.fells@gmail.com

ART IN ACTION Co-Chairs: Mia Alioto, Courtney Rodgers,

Jane Jajeh and Yasamin Murtadha


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 Co-Chairs: Stephanie Ko, Erin Schaefer, Jaynry Mak, Jessica Brandwein


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 Co-Chairs: Katherin Baban, Amy Lin & Beth Rosen

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

DIRECTORY Chair: Laura Miller

The directory lead for South School is responsible for collecting and curating the South contact information for our school directory. This role works with the South School secretary and the South VP Volunteers to ensure directory is accurate and up to date.  


DISASTER PREPAREDNESS Co-Chairs: Katrina Reynolds and Catherine Breen

Work closely with the principal in making sure South School is ready for a natural disaster. Responsibilities include annual review of red emergency backpacks in each classroom, assistance with copying and binding policies and procedures manuals as needed, annual review of emergency shed at South School, annual review of emergency shed at Fire Station, refresh supplies in the sheds as needed.  


DOOR OPENERS Chair: Patrice Wilbur  

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 Co-Chairs: Danielle Simon & Jennifer Keane


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.


STAFF APPRECIATION LUNCH: This annual event takes place in May, 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.


FATHERS & FRIENDS DAY Co-Chairs: Bryan Keane, Gil Simon & Ken Yu

Our first Fathers & Friends Day in 2010 was a huge success and it has become a tradition our students look forward to every year! This October, 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! 


FIFTH GRADE EVENTS Co-Chairs: Cris Mendell & Katie Schmidt

This is a great opportunity to take part in your child’s last year at South School.  Spearhead the special events for the 5th Graders (i.e. 5th grade t-shirts, parent reception, promotion ceremony, and 5th grade promotion party).  


FITNESS FRIDAY Co-Chairs: Maurissa Heffran, Anita Tabrizi & Debbie Sharp

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 during the Fall and Spring. 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 spirit wear each Friday.


HOT LUNCH Chair: Jaynry Mak

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 Co-Chairs: Mona Shah and Jenna Golde  

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 Teacher liaison: Mrs. Bautista

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.


KINDERGARTEN PLAYGROUPS Chair: Kayoko Wong

Welcome all incoming families to Kindergarten. Responsible for communicating with incoming families, setting up kindergarten playdates, attending the summer playdates so kids can get to know one another.  


LIBRARY Co-Chairs: Shannon Seeberan & Jessica Zucker


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 at school.

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.


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.


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.  


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.


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.


LOST AND FOUND Co-Chairs: Becky Selna & Jessica Zucker

Weekly duties include going through left behind clothing, looking for names and delivering items back to students; hanging all non-labeled clothes on rack. Monthly duties include making a lost and found sign, notifying Tiger Tales about when items will be donated, bringing out the rack of clothes for 1:15 dismissal and putting it back after 3. Also, coordinating with a door opener to bring out the rack by 8:10 and put it back by 8:35. Washing and donating any unclaimed items two times per year is appreciated.


MULTICULTURAL DAY Co-Chairs: Debbie Crisp & Shannon Seeberan

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 booths on the day of the event. A clear description of booth requirements and design will be provided to all classroom leads. Two leaders per classroom are required.


MUSICAL DECORATIONS Co-Chairs: Jessica Zucker & Mia Alioto

Volunteers will assist in decorating the MPR stage for the yearly musical. There is are musicals for grades 4/5, 2/3 and K/1.   


NEW FAMILY WELCOME COMMITTEE Chair: Jessica Zucker

Be a new family buddy to welcome new families into South School. Make initial contact, set up a time to meet, follow-up with the new family after school begins to make sure questions are answered.


NOMINATION COMMITTEE Chair: Past Parent Board President

Be a part of the seven member committee to select the executive parent board (SPG) for the following school year. The committee meets in February and there are three open parent positions. Other committee members include current and past president, one South committee chairperson, and the principal. Parents ideally have younger children at school in more than one grade.


READING TIGERS Co-Chairs: Debbie Crisp & Soraya Oliven  

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 per 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 Co-Chairs: Alicia Rodriguez and Shanon Smith

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


ROOM PARENTS Room Parent Coordinator: Jamie Harris

Each classroom will need four room parents: Lead, Assistant, Yearbook/HTV, and Multicultural Day. The Lead Room Parent will oversee and coordinate classroom support as requested 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 and attend yearbook meetings 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.


Responsibilities of a room parent include:

  • Attending the Room Parent orientation

  • Meeting with your classroom teacher during the first few weeks of school to discuss the needs and expectations for the school year

  • Welcoming new families

  • Providing refreshments for Back to School night and Open House

  • Communicating class activities and school events to parents in your classroom

  • Coordinating volunteer schedule for the classroom


All room parents will assist with classroom volunteer needs which may include class parties, coordination of field trip chaperones, teacher gifts, assisting with teacher appreciation week, etc.


SOUTH SIGNAGE Co-Chairs: Amanda Hoffmeister & Amanda Trimble

This volunteer role requires one to change the dates/events on the marquee outside of South School once per month. The dates/events come primarily from Tiger Tales unless there is a special request from the principal or other staff.   


SOUTH SOCIAL Co-Chairs: Joanna Bruso & Angela O’Connor

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 Co-Chairs: Tessa Walters & Amy Fenton This committee will execute a science fair event at South School. The committee will collaborate with teachers and the principal to organize the event.


WALK TO SCHOOL EVENTS Co-Chairs: Kayoko Wong & Jessica Zucker

Walk to School is a twice yearly event to encourage kids to walk or bike to school. Duties include coordinating with the HPD to have a presence on the designated days, working with student council to promote and make posters, keeping an accurate tally of participants in each class, arranging for music to be played, and handing out trinkets for participation.


YEARBOOK Chair: Cris Mendell & Charlotte Soja

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