Lower School Opportunities


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Scheduled Activities
Class Projects
Pre-K Carol Burton & Kimie Fukuda Kristin Deshmukh

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Kdgtn Beth Breiten & Colsie Tharp

Rachel Young

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Kdgtn Deborah Bridgnell Lana Lervick

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Kdgtn Lauren Endicott Shuba Venkatesh

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Primary

Chris O'Toole Ashley Bingham

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1st Claire Kucera Andrea Nicholas

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1st Katheirine McCall-Petke Kate Fox

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1st Doug Whitmore Kathleen Drinkward

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2nd Jackie Blake Wendy Wray

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2nd Alysa Brauer Verity Loudon

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2nd Janet Schilling Shauneen Field

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3rd Tonya Griffin Jane Gratteri

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3rd Kiah Johnson-Mounsey & Suzanne Lee

Anne Borus

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3rd Erin Moulton Stephanie Allderdice

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4th Tracy Arensberg

Shan Devaraj

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4th Asha Sathyaraj Ann Stone

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4th Rachel Taylor Jen Gabrielson

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5th Tina AkehurstKristina Davis

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5th Mary Duden Hillary Day

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5th

Natasha Busick Kelly Hatler

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LS Homecoming Volunteers

Time of year: Friday, October 6th, 2017
Time of day: afternoon, early evening
Frequency: once
Time commitment: 2 to 3 hours
Location: Aardvark Community Park

Job description: Volunteers assist with LS specific homecoming activities in advance of the celebration and/or at the event by helping set-up, running the parade and fun-food booths (popcorn, etc.), and cleaning up after the afternoon/early evening festivities.

Homecoming is an annual all-school celebration including soccer games, food and fun for all. Current families and alumni are all invited to attend. Dinner is provided by OES food service.

LS Teacher Appreciation Day

Time of year: TBD
Time of day: during and after school
Frequency: once
Time commitment: depends on committee
Location: discretionary for planning time, event is on campus

Job description: Volunteers help with the preparation and activities for Lower School Teacher Appreciation Day.

Activities may include Breakfast & Coffee, Appetizers & Desserts, and Teacher Appreciation Bags. Preparations include decorations and invitations.

LS Discovery Day Workshop Leader

Time of year: TBD
Time of day: school hours
Frequency: 1 day, 2 sessions
Time commitment: 2 hours for workshop, plus prep time
Location: Planning time is discretionary, workshops will be on campus

Job description: Workshop leaders prepare and lead 2 1-hour workshops for Primary through 2nd grade in various interests or expertise. Workshop size varies from 4 to 10 students.

LS Discovery Day Event Volunteer

Time of year: TBD
Time of day: school hours
Frequency: 1 time
Time commitment: 4 hours
Location: on campus

Job description: General volunteers assist workshop leaders and help gather the children and take them to and from workshops.

Discovery Day is an opportunity for Primary, 1st and 2nd graders to explore something new through a variety of quality learning workshops. Workshop leaders are OES staff & parents and professionals from the community. The workshops vary year to year, but have included: fencing, archery, Indian dance, Japanese food, basketball, computers, gardening, sewing, cooking, etc. Workshops are small – ranging from three or four to ten children. Each child participates in two one-hour workshops after lunch. These are fabulous opportunities for these children to experience something they might not otherwise explore.

LS Used Uniforms

Time of year: throughout the year
Time of day: discretionary
Frequency: Usually once per month, more often when Lost and Found items are put out and advertised
Time commitment: 1 month minimum, 1 to 3 hours for the month
Location: mostly off campus, some on campus

Job description: Volunteers fold, and sort donated Lower School uniforms and stock and maintain the uniform shelves in the Used Uniform Closet in Room 10. They also wash Lost and Found items.

The used uniform closet provides a way for families to donate uniforms in good repair that their children have outgrown or no longer need. It also provides a source of reasonable priced uniforms to families needing to buy uniforms for their children. Proceeds go to LS PAL. Uniform donations may be dropped off in the LS office; access to the Closet is via a key located in the LS Office. Room 10 is under the 1st/2nd grade wing in Lower School; the door to the room is at the end of the walkway that connects the Beginning School and Lower School buildings (and has the entrance to the Lower School office).

LS Library Volunteers

Time of year: throughout the year
Time of day: school hours, discretionary
Frequency: discretionary
Time commitment: 1 hour minimum
Location: Lower School Library

Job description: Volunteers, in collaboration with the LS Librarian and Library assistant, help with special literacy events including author visits, the writing celebration, and Oregon Battle of the Books. Additionally, volunteers are needed to help with the shelving of books and other materials.

LS Teacher/Faculty Meeting Snacks

Time of year: throughout the year
Time of day: snacks need to be delivered to school Wednesday at 3 pm
Frequency: about once a month
Time commitment: about 1 hour
Location: off campus with delivery to campus

Job description: Volunteers provide snacks for teachers at faculty/staff meetings and Lower School conference days.

Snacks may be store-bought or home-made. No nuts.

LS Walk for Fun & Fitness

Time of year: Friday, September 29th, 2017
Time of day: school hours, before and after school
Frequency: once per year
Time commitment: 1 hour shift
Location: OES track

Job description: Volunteers supervise the track, record miles on lap cards as students’ complete laps, and cheer students’ progress.

Walk for Fun & Fitness is a Lower School event that happens once in the Fall and once in the Spring. The purpose of the event is to promote awareness of health, fun, and fitness. Following a kick-off morning assembly, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to complete as many laps around the OES track as possible in the course of a school day. Work with the PE department to schedule specific dates and promote the event. Recruit OES volunteers to support students on the OES track for specific time slots. Schedule these volunteers to ensure consistent support throughout the day. Volunteer support includes marking the students’ lap cards, offering words of encouragement, and in some cases, joining students for a lap or two around the track.

LS Family Fall Festival

Time of year: Tbd
Time of day: school hours, before and after school
Frequency: once a year
Time commitment: 1 hour shift
Location: OES track

Job description: Facilitate family fun time and answer questions. Volunteers will have a laminated card outlining the basic rules for each activity station. Volunteers are not required or expected to referee. Activity stations will be monitored by LS parents and OES staff.

A LS family event designed to promote community and connection. Work with the LS administration to promote the event and plan activities and games. Recruit and schedule parent volunteers to support students and families. Schedule these volunteers to ensure consistent support throughout the event.

LS Family Fun Night

Time of year: Tbd
Time of day: school hours, before and after school
Frequency: once a year
Time commitment: 1 hour shift
Location: OES track

Job description: Volunteers will sign up for a specific time slot and facilitate activities/stations

A LS family evening event designed to encourage outdoor games and activities for the whole family. Work with the PE department to promote the event and plan activities/games. Recruit and schedule parent volunteers to support students and families. Schedule these volunteers to ensure consistent support throughout the day.

LS Service Learning

Specific classroom or grade-level service learning project sign-ups are found on the classroom scheduled activities sign-up.

Giving Chapel

Time of year: Friday, December 8th, 2017
Time of day: school hours, morning
Frequency: once
Time commitment: 2 to 4 hours
Location: St John the Baptist church

Job description: Assist with service by acting as ushers, helping students with gift bags, or help supervise the distribution of gifts to the non-profit organizations

Giving chapel is held in early December each year. Prior to the service LS children receive a recyclable brown bag which they may decorate and fill the bag with items that have been requested by the organizations that will ultimately distribute the bags. The children bring the filled bags to chapel where the gifts are blessed and the non-profit organizations say a few words about their agency. At the conclusion of the chapel gifts are sorted by agency and loaded into vehicles for transport.

LS Classroom Scheduled Activities - Sign-up on grid at top of page

Classroom scheduled activities are during school hours and on-campus. They can vary by classroom and grade; some grades may not have all the activities listed below. See your classroom room parent for specifics.

LS Science

Assist Jane Kenney-Norberg (Primary through 4th grade) or classroom teachers (5th grade) with weekly science activity.

Time of year: entire school year
Frequency: 1 time per week, may sign up for more than one session.
Time commitment: 1 hour.

LS Class projects

Assist teachers with projects related to topics covered in social studies. Topics vary by grade. Time of year will also vary by grade.

Time of year: will vary by grade, Winter and Spring
Frequency: will vary by grade from 1 time to multiple sessions, multiple sessions will occur over the course of several consecutive weeks.
Time commitment: 1 to 4 hours (shorter times for multiple sessions, longer times apply to single day events).

LS Math Helper

Work with small groups of students on math topics. This is not done in every grade, check with the room parent.

Time of year: entire school year
Frequency: weekly.
Time commitment: 1 hour per week.

LS Wednesday Envelopes

Put student papers in reusable envelopes that will be sent home to parents on Wednesday afternoons.

Time of year: entire school year on Wednesday
Frequency: 1 time per week.
Time commitment: 30 to 60 minutes from approximately 1:30 to 2:30

LS Production

Assist teacher with administrative tasks such as copying or laminating.

Time of year: entire school year
Frequency: 1 time per week.
Time commitment: approximately 1 time per week, volunteers usually sign-up for a one month commitment.

LS Lunch helper for Beginning School

Supervise children during lunch hour. 1st grade – escort students to the main dining hall on teachers’ common planning days.

Time of year: entire school year
Frequency: once a week, may sign-up for multiple times.
Time commitment: approximately 1 hour.

LS Classroom Projects - Sign-up on grid at top of page

Classroom projects do not have specific times associated with them and may involve time which can be done off-campus, outside of school hours. They can vary by classroom and grade; some grades may not have all the activities listed below. See your classroom room parent for specifics.

Class parties

Each classroom will have several parties during the year. Volunteers plan and host party in the conjunction with the classroom teacher. May volunteer for multiple parties.

Time of year: 3 to 4 times during year – October, December, February, Late May/Early June
Time of day: school hours
Frequency: 3 to 4
Time commitment: 1.5 hours per party, an additional 2 to 3 hours if planning the party
Location: classroom

Field trip chaperone

Accompany children on field trips; assist teacher as instructed. Because of the popularity of this activity, volunteers will only be allowed to go on one trip per year.

Time of year: varies by classroom
Time of day: school hours
Frequency: 2 times during the year
Time commitment: 1 to 4 hours, depending on destination
Location: begins and ends on-campus, field trip destinations will vary

Class Auction project helpers

Consult with the teacher and the auction committee, to select class auction project; plans and runs students’ work sessions; provides item’s description to auction catalog committee; and ensures item is delivered to auction office. Assist with preparations for work sessions and assists students during work session

Time of year: November to February
Time of day: school hours for student work sessions, planning time is discretionary
Frequency: 1 time
Time commitment: student work sessions will be approximately 1 hour each, may be multiple sessions depending on item. Planning and organization time will be around 20 hours.
Location: on and off campus

Book Orders

For classes that subscribe to book clubs, prepare book order forms for distribution to students, collect completed forms from teacher, and prepare consolidated order form for class. When books arrive, sort books into student orders and distribute to students.

Time of year: throughout school year
Time of day: discretionary
Frequency: 8 times, once a month
Time commitment: 2 hours per month
Location: discretionary

Parent Social

Plan and organize grade-wide socials for parents to get to know each other.

Time of year: discretionary
Time of day: planning time will be discretionary, event will be in the evening
Frequency: 2 to 3 times
Time commitment: 4 hours per event
Location: discretionary

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