The Felida PTA has Volunteer Opportunities for everyone, both big and small! Below is a list of them by availability during school and non-school hours. Please email us for more information on volunteering for one of these opportunities. We also post volunteer sign-ups for various events on our home page.
Regular Volunteer Opportunities(at School) During School Hours
Art Adventure (Oct-May):Students explore the artwork of famous artists with the help of a parent volunteer.Share your love of art & desire to get involved in your child’s classroom – no art skill necessary. Chair organizes & buys supplies (from a budget). Lessons are designed to be easy to implement at all grade levels K-4.Requires one 60-90 min. lesson each month, as scheduled with your child’s teacher.
Battle of the Books (Jan –April): Teams of 4th-5th grade students read books and answer questions in a game show format during lunch recess periods. Program is run by Mr. Wagner in the Media Center with help from parent volunteers keeping score and assisting during competitions. Approximate time: 2 hours per week during winter months.
Boo Hoo/Yahoo Social (Sep): Solicit donations for breakfast items and coffee for parents to gather after dropping off their child for the first day of school. Promote to Kindergarten parents. All parents invited. Budget and past donor list available.
5th Grade Reception (June): PTA provides cookies & punch to 5th grade students & families to celebrate their promotion to 6th grade. Volunteers (parents of 4th grade or younger) provide decorations & food service so the 5th grade parents can enjoy their 5th grader’s special day.
Friday Folder Collecting (every Mon):Monday morning, 8:30-9am, all year. Collect and sort Friday Folders from grade level clusters. Money collection/deposits must be handled by a PTA member.
Friday Folder Crew (every Fri):Friday, before noon. Commit to every Friday morning to sort fliers & fill students’ Friday folders. Volunteers are assigned one class for the year. This weekly folder is the main communication between the school, PTA and parents.
Hearing/Vision Screening Day (Oct or Nov): Help school nurse with screening as she conducts the annual hearing & vision screening of all students. Help classes move between testing rooms. Parents who work in the health care industries can help administer the testing.
Jump Rope for Heart (Feb): Help Mr. Cast, the PE teacher, with children as they Jump.
Library Helper (anytime):Our librarian needs help applying new stickers that show point values to ALL of the books in the library for our new Reading Counts programs.
Mileage Club (May): Help Mr. Cast, the PE teacher, keep track of laps the children run during lunch and hand out toe tokens.
Payback Books (Sept): happens Monday, Wednesday, Friday, September 12 - 26th, times can vary. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year; we make about $10,000 to fund PTA programs. We track all books returned by student & envelope payments for books sold. Attention to detail is a must, but we have an excellent tracking system in place. Must be a PTA member to process funds, but not to organize paperwork. Help is needed especially on the last Monday, in September, 8:30am-noon when the sale period ends, and on the last Thursday in September from noon-2:50pm for preparing sold books to go home.
Picture Day (Oct):Provide general help to the photographer as a runner coordinating classes as they come for school pictures on Picture Day.
Production Room (anytime):Happens every day, any time, all year. There is a box in the production room where all teachers can leave projects that need to be copied, collated, etc. These projects are put in the box by their due date, or by grade level if it's a project for all classes in that grade. If you've got 15 minutes, swing by the Production room - to help complete a project for a teacher.
School Reader Board (every week, all year):Update the school reader board at main entrance to the parking lot with new calendar and message information each week to keep families informed of current events at Felida.
Staff Appreciation:This group plans and organizes periodic breakfast or lunch events for the staff and teachers at Felida to show our appreciation for their hard work on behalf of our children throughout the year.Volunteers organize sign ups for parents to donate food items or they can cook or buy food with budgeted money, set up and clean up for events at school.
Track (April – May):Help teachers record times, jumps or throws after school on Tues or Thursday for one hour. 3-4pm.
Volunteers, On Call: Be on our “on call” list to be contacted as various needs arise for volunteers throughout the year.
Yearbook (all year):Take photos and gather photos taken by other parents and teachers at events throughout the year.Layout and production of yearbook with assistance from production company. Photo submissions to the yearbook may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Opportunities During Non-School Hours or at Home
Bingo Night (Jan-Feb):Event is in mid-February.Family Activity & Fundraiser. Teachers featured as our Bingo callers, while families join in the quest for “Bingo” & a chance to win GREAT prizes.The chair of this event coordinates with our Donations Coordinator to gather prizes in the months leading up to the event, arranges details of flyers, pre-packet sales, concessions, event set-up, prize distribution & clean-up with a small army of volunteers.Scheduling of chairs & tables needs to be done by September at the latest. Virtually all of the chair’s organizational work can be done at home, with event day commitment of 3-5 hours.
Book Fairs (Nov & April):Works with our Scholastic representative to bring in a huge assortment of affordable books for students and families to shop from during our fall Costume Carnival (last Friday in October or first Friday in November) and the spring book fair that coincides with our End of Year Social.Chair organizes details of set-up, teacher previews, Battle of the Books lists, check-out registers, cash box request, & clean-up with a small army of volunteers during event.Money raised allows Media Center and teachers to buy books for student use.
Boxtops & Labels for Education (all year):Gather Box Tops & Labels for Education that are turned in by Felida families to raise money for PTA programs.Collection spot is at school but processing all the labels can occur at home & be sent into these programs for redemption.Organize competitions between students & prizes rewarded. Prepare flyers to encourage Felida parents to send in their labels.
Cocoa and Caring (Dec):Coordinate with Giving Tree Chair the presents to be wrapped. Supplies wrapping paper, tape, etc for presents as well as music and cocoa & snacks for volunteers who wrap the Giving Tree presents.
Costume Carnival (Nov): Provides a fun way for families to spend an evening at school socializing, sharing snacks and showing off your costumes! Need help with flyers, setup, decorations, photos, concessions & clean-up. Occurs the same night as our Book Fair (last Friday in October or first Friday in November).
Donations (all year):Solicits and gathers donations from community business partners to support various social, incentive and fundraising programs here at Felida.Manage thanks you’s, receipts and letters for donations. Especially instrumental in gathering prizes for Bingo Night in Feb. Past donor lists available.
End-of-Year Social (June):A fun social event to bring students and families to school to celebrate the end of another great year.Events usually include concessions, music, or active play opportunities (bounce houses).Chair organizes flyers, activities, set-up, volunteers to man the activities and clean-up. Coincides with the Spring Book Fair.
eRecycling (periodically):Check bin to the left of the old school bell in the main hallway for printer cartridges to mail in to Recycling Center with prepaid labels. Make flyer to send out to families or regularly put information in Newsletter to remind families of opportunity to earn money for school.
Giving Tree (Dec):Help Felida families support others in need by partnering with community organizations to decorate a tree in Felida’s front office with ornament tags listing desired gifts that Felida families can buy and return to school.Tree is set up during Harvest Dance and chair coordinates delivery of gifts to the partnering organization(s) in time for the holidays.
Hospitality Committee (all year):Love to Bake? Throughout the year, we need volunteers to provide service by baking goods for events. Sign up & we will email you with a description of what’s needed & the dates.
Membership (All year):Gather and input PTA membership forms through WA State PTA’s online system. (about 2 hours in mid-October)Build a group of volunteers to connect with new & potential PTA members at PTA & school events throughout the year.
Plant Sale (April):This fundraiser lets Felida parents order beautiful plants & flowers from a local nursery to brighten their yards while earning money for PTA activities.Need help organizing flyers, tallying orders, and filling orders on pick-up day.
PTA Bulletin Board (all year): A creative volunteer decorates & updates our PTA Bulletin Board in the main hallway throughout the year to keep our school community informed.
PTA Newsletter/Communications (all year):Ideally, chair attends monthly PTA meetings to stay “in-the-know”.Helps craft periodic newsletters, flyers and other messages to keep Felida parents informed as to what is happening at Felida with all of the many PTA activities throughout the year.Graphic design experience is helpful but not necessary.
Reading Counts (all year):Organize the RC incentive program with lanyards & pins.Students earn points & pins to display on a lanyard by reading age-appropriate books & passing computerized tests.Program is run by Mr. Wagner from the Media Center with PTA helpers who LOVE to inspire kids to read! Happens all year, less than an hour a week; during school or at home.
Screen Free Week (May):Usually the first full week in May. Help organize activities for children to do daily, fill out a form and get a prize for staying off of TV, computers, & technology.
Spirit Wear (Aug-Oct):Help the school spirit at Felida by organizing the sale of t-shirts & other Felida Falcon logo items.Prepares flyers & processes orders – tally, sort, & deliver orders.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Night (March):This evening event includes science/math experiments, games, & displays.Chair organizes volunteers to set up event, run stations, & clean up.