"Families are the central core of the Pacific School community, and parents are one key to what makes the school as excellent as it is."
-- Pacific School Parent
Volunteer Opportunities at the School
As parents, you are the single most influential person in your child's life. We hope you will become very active in your child's school life. You show your children how important school is by participating in their school community. There are many opportunities to be involved in your child's education by volunteering at Pacific School. The Pacific School Foundation/Parents Club and the Site Council are organized groups who are always looking for participants; however, it is a great help when parents volunteer in other ways: in the classroom, the library, and the garden.
Pacific School Foundation / Parents Club:
Pacific School depends on our Parents Club to sponsor and organize fundraising activities so that the school will not have to cut any current programs. The Pacific School Foundation/Parents Club is a non-profit foundation established in 1990 to benefit Pacific School District. All parents and community members are encouraged to become involved and help support the PSF efforts, either by joining this amazing group of supportive people, or simply by helping out at activities they plan.
School Site Council:
The purpose of Pacific School's School Site Council is to assist in the planning, monitoring, and evaluation of the school's plans and programs and in an advisory capacity to the school board. The committee is made up of representative members of five Pacific School staff and five parents. Regular meetings are held monthly. All parents will be notified of the meetings and all are welcome to attend.
We are eager to have parents volunteer in our classrooms, either on a regular basis or a one-time basis to discuss or demonstrate a particular interest or talent. By means of the newsletter we will notify parents of current units of study in each classroom that might relate to hobbies, collections, slides, etc., which might be shared. Parents, who volunteer on a regular weekly basis, listen to individual children read and generally assist the classroom teacher.
Driving the Bus:
We are always looking for parents who are willing to drive the school's field trip school bus. Driving the bus requires a special license and test. Parent volunteers who have flexible work schedules and are willing to go the extra mile to get certified get the thanks of a deeply grateful school and the satisfaction of seeing happy children piling onto the bus to experience new things, thanks to their generosity. We encourage anyone who has a good driving record and who feels they could be available occasionally to take the test; the more drivers we have, the more flexible it is for all drivers and the more opportunities for the children to actually make use of the bus.
Field Trip Drivers:
We enjoy taking the students on numerous curriculum-related field trips during the school year with the help of pre-registered volunteer drivers. Since there are several precautions we strictly adhere to for the safety of your child, it is important to register in the office as a volunteer field trip driver early each school year. We ask parents not to make changes once teachers have assigned drivers and passengers. No siblings, guests or pets are allowed on field trips.
Parent volunteers maintain our beautiful Pacific School landscaping and help in the Life Lab Garden. Volunteers can adopt areas of the landscape as their own maintenance areas, such as the picking garden, playground or sprinkler maintenance.
Parent volunteers make our school library possible. Volunteers assist children with book checkouts, cover new books, catalog and shelve books, dust, decorate and otherwise maintain the library. New library books are purchased through Birthday Book Club: parents are encouraged to help us develop our school library by donating a book annually to honor their child's birthday. Teachers provide a recommended list and the child's name is put in the donated book. Parent volunteers can send home notices on children's birthdays to remind them of the program