How to Become a School Volunteer

Graham Hill loves volunteers! There are lots of opportunities to help out in classrooms, at events, and as part of projects. Even if you have limited time, there’s something for you.

In order to volunteer, you’ll have to complete the Seattle Public Schools volunteer checklist. It takes a little time, but once done, it’s good for the year. Here are the guidelines (copied from their website):

Checklist for Becoming a School Volunteer

STEP 1:

Complete the Volunteer Application Packet (4 Pages) once a year. Applications are available below or you can ask the school or dept. for a copy of the Application Packet.

STEP 2:

View the Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention – online course (click here)

  • If you already viewed the video in the past you do not need to view it again. Please make a note on page 4 in the Volunteer Application Packet (additional notes section) that you have already completed the video and your coordinator will confirm that your name is on the completed list.
  • If you have NOT viewed the video in the past then please click on the link above –> watch the video –> when prompted by the video enter your full name and select your school –> then print/screenshot the certificate or note the date on page 4 so your coordinator knows you completed this step and can confirm your name is on the list.

STEP 3:

Turn in your application to the school or dept. volunteer coordinator/contact.

STEP 4:

The Volunteer Coordinator/Contact will ask to view your ID and run a background check.

  • A background check is mandatory once each school year. We appreciate your patience with this process.
  • Depending on the type of volunteer position you are applying for, or the length of your residency in Washington State, you might need pay a vendor fee for you background check. You coordinator will be able to assist you with additional information about this policy.

Please note: While all volunteers must be screened through the background check, a criminal history does not automatically disqualify one from volunteering in the schools.

You can find the full guidelines for volunteering in Seattle Public Schools here. That includes a list of volunteer opportunities, plus links to the Volunteer Handbook in a variety of languages.

Please reach out if you need help with any step of this process.

Work Party!

Hi all!

A small group of parents and staff gathered Sunday to paint a section of walls on the 1st floor, and scrub down walls on the 2nd floor. We spent 4 hours and think the work was transformative. It is so important that our kids have a bright, clean space to enter into at the beginning of the year! A huge thank you to Ellen Kleynman for sending out the rallying cry and supplying the paint and supplies.

 

Jump Start, Eclipse, Success!

The first day of Jump Start at Graham Hill this year was a great success. There were over 30 kindergarteners present, and almost all of them were able to experience the eclipse with their parents. The PTA provided eclipse glasses for all, along with pastries and coffee- even beautiful home baked cookies from the Sochulak-Colasurdo family (picture attached). Thank you to all of the PTA members who made this experience possible, and to the teachers and staff who embraced the learning opportunity! *Kid picture used with permission of his parents.

-O’Hara

PTA Retreat #2

Hi All! We had another great retreat on Tuesday. Both Ms. Russo and Ms. Eckert were able to join us and give us an update about this upcoming year. Ms. Russo spoke about the importance of the partnership between the school and the PTA, and her excitement about our commitment to communication and equity.

The board decided that the first priority this year is tackling a major equity issue and starting a school-wide snack program. Karen West is spearheading this effort, but will need a lot of help. The first couple of months will be a scramble to deliver on our promise, so if you have any time to commit to this effort please let either me know. My info is in the “who we are” tab.

Many dates were set- PTA board meetings (open to anyone to attend) will be on the 3rd Wednesdays of every month, the first meeting is September 20th. I will forward notes from the meeting to the groups.io list serve as soon as they are available. If you aren’t on the list serve that means you aren’t a PTA member yet! Join today!

KEY DATES: (may be subject to change)

PTA Board meetings will be on the 3rd Wednesdays of every month from 6p-7:30.

September 11th 7:55 am: Coffee and breakfast for first day of kindergarten students’ families in the cafeteria.

Sept. 20th 6p-7:30p: The first PTA board meeting. All are welcome and child care will be provided!

September 29th 6p-7:30p: The PTA will be sponsoring an informational open house for all families. Learn more about the PTA and other school and community services.

October 15th: Graham Hill Elementary Family Day at the Seattle Sounders Game

October 27th: All school Walk-A-Thon PTA Fundraiser

November 3rd: Dia De Los Muertos Celebration (Previously Fall Fest)
-O’Hara