​​We are so lucky at Sandpiper to have many wonderful events for our families and volunteer opportunities to help our teachers. These events truly exemplify the sense of community that we all feel here at Sandpiper. Parents tell us all of the time that the sense of "community" at Sandpiper is one of the things that makes our school special. However, this sense of community only happens when we all pitch in to help create it!

We are beginning to plan our events for next school year and need your help! Please consider finding a way to volunteer during the 2017-2018 school year. We know that everyone's schedule is different, so there are volunteer opportunities after school, during school and even from your own home! Big jobs and small jobs- we have something for everyone!

Below are all of the different ways to get involved. At the bottom, you'll find a way to let us know how you'd like to help out. Questions? Just ask! We look forward to working with you next year!



Scholastic Book Fair (Twice a Year, December and May)

  • Communicate with our Scholastic representative to schedule book fairs
  • Schedule arrival of book cases to display books for sale at fair
  • Setup and Break down book fair
    • Additional volunteers will be needed to help with setup and break down
  • Advertise Book Fair (Hang Posters around school, send home flyers with students, send home book lists requests to parents)
  • Additional Volunteers will be needed to work at the Book Fair as well (help check out purchases, help students find books, etc.)



Read-In Night (Fall)

  • Usually held the night before Veteran’s Day
    • Start planning in September after Sock Hop
  • Work with Ms. Cross and Teacher Literacy Committee to plan event
  • Secure Guest Readers (Community Members, Teachers, etc.)
  • Secure Therapy Dogs for kids to read to at the event. PTO has contact info for Therapy Dog group who we have worked with in the past.
  • PTO provides free snacks (fruit, individual bags of snacks, water). These items will need to be purchased and brought to event.



Grandparents Picnic (During Fall Book Fair on ½ Day)

  • Decorate ramadas in back of School. Maybe have music.
  • Make sign directing people to Book Fair



Donuts with Dad (December)

  • Held in Sandpiper Park, not on school property, before school
  • Donuts are donated. PTO has donor information.
  • Set up 2 tables in the park to hold food and drinks (tables are under the stage in the cafeteria)
  • Buy drinks (juice, water) with PTO $$
  • We can make our own coffee to serve. Coffee machine must be turned on at 6am by custodian at school


 

Bingo Night (January)

  • Held in the Cafeteria
  • Bingo bucket is in PTO shed (cards, bingo balls, everything you’ll need for event)
  • Get crayons and markers to mark off bingo cards
  • Arrange for snack sales at event (PTO or 5th Grade Catalina (5th grade preferred))
  • Purchase prizes- go to dollar store and get 20-25 prizes


 

School Kits (SchoolKidz by Staples) (Late Winter/Spring)

  • Get school supply lists from teachers in February
  • Submit school supply lists to SchoolKidz
  • Set deadline for kits to be ordered by parents
  • Distribute online order link to parents (all ordering is done online)
    • Make sure incoming Kindergarten parents also get link
  • In August, distribute kits to classrooms before school starts
    • Will need 2 additional volunteers to help with distribution




Trekkers (Spring)

  • 8 weeks in the Spring, always on Friday. Finish just before Spring Break
  • Create student lap cards to keep track of laps run
    • Cards will need labels – name, teacher, grade (Tracey in the office will print labels)
  • Get volunteers to help mark lap cards during each Friday (1/2 hour shifts)
  • Check cards each weekend. Monday and Tuesday prizes are delivered to classrooms.
    • PTO buys prizes. “Fitness Finders” are where we ordered prizes in the past (key chains)


 

Art Show (Spring)

  • Order panels from the district 6+ months in advance. The main office will do this. Best bet is to order in September.
  • Work with Art Teacher to collect art from students throughout the year and hang it.
  • Start hanging art 1-2 weeks in advance.
  • Will need many volunteers to help hang art (a few volunteers from each grade)
  • Order award ribbons
  • Order food trucks, 3+ months in advance for the night of the Art Show
  • Book live music to perform at art show


 

Muffins with Mom (May, Friday before Mother’s Day)

  • Held in Sandpiper Park, not on school property before school
  • Muffins are donated. PTO has donor information.
  • Set up 2 tables in the park to hold food and drinks (tables are under the stage in the cafeteria)
  • Buy drinks (juice, water) with PTO $$
  • We can make our own coffee to serve. Coffee machine must be turned on at 6am by custodian at school.



 

ONGOING:

Copy Cats (Weekly)

  • Provide copy services to teachers
  • Need one person to coordinate volunteer schedule and copy when needed.
  • Ideally need 5 volunteers (one per day) to commit to checking the copy cat inbox in the copy room and making copies.



Box Tops (Can be done from home)

  • Send home Box Top worksheets to collect Box Tops.
  • Collect, sort and count all donated box tops for a collection in the fall (early November) and spring (early March).
  • Then mail in all the Box Tops collected by the deadline.



Family Restaurant Nights (Monthly)

  • Contact local restaurants to plan monthly fundraisers August-April
  • Negotiate percentage back to school from sales, date and time for the event, etc.
  • Check with PTO before scheduling date to make sure there are no conflicts.
  • Advertise restaurant nights (posters, flyers, etc.) and provide VP Communications event info to put in email OTP



Garden Club (Weekly)

  • Weekly trash removal
    • Clean up trash from garden and empty trash can and any other trash to dumpsters.
  • Recycling
    • Take any plastic plant pots or trays to Moon Valley Nursery for recycling as needed.
  • Watering
    • Starting in February, water garden Tuesday, Wed, Friday
  • Shed Organizer
    • Keep shed clean and organized
  • Afterschool Garden Leaders (3:15pm-4:00pm)
    • Be present after school for kids and their parents to work in the garden
    • Give instructions help with materials, clean up. 
  • Weekend garden leaders
    • Same as above just on weekends
  • Recess garden leaders (11am-12:30pm on Mondays and Thursdays)
    • Same as above, just during recess
  • Drip irrigation purchase and install. 
    • Get the proper lengths etc and lay it in the south side garden area.
  • Summer Help
    • Watering to maintain year round and trees and grapes.
  • Spring, Late Summer, Early Fall Help
    • Clean up and prep work. 
    • Can be during school, after school or weekends, 



 

PTO EVENTS:


Hoedown (October)

  • Book Hayride. PTO has contact info.
  • Book Petting zoo. PTO has contact info.
  • Rent Outdoor Lights. PTO has contact info.
  • Plan craft for kids to do.
  • Book Food Trucks
  • Coordinate ticket Pre-Sales before event and ticket sales at event
  • Coordinate grade level games on basketball court. Each grade is responsible for one game.
  • Music at event. School has a speaker to plug a phone into.
  • Need MANY Volunteers (high school and middle school kids and parents)




Variety Show (February)

  • Hold Auditions
    • Split into K-3 and 4-6
    • Before Winter break, send announcement that auditions will happen one month before Feb show.
  • One rehearsal, Wednesday before Friday evening performance. Thursday is school performance.
  • Collect music from performers by the week before the show.
  • Performers MUST have permission slip signed to participate
  • Emcees only 6th graders
  • 5th grade parents will sell snacks to fundraise for Catalina
  • PTO sells flowers for performers
  • Will need about 5 volunteers to help during show


 

Carnival (March)

  • Rent Inflatables and dunk tank. PTO has contact info.
  • Book Face Painter
  • Coordinate Carnival Games (games are in PTO shed)
  • Find Carnival Sponsors
  • Find Raffle Prize Donors
  • Book Food Trucks
  • Coordinate ticket Pre-Sales before event and ticket sales at event
  • Music at event. School has a speaker to plug a phone into.
  • Contact custodian ahead of time- trash bags and bins, folding chairs and tables
  • 5th grade parents will sell snacks to fundraise for Catalina
  • Hold Poster contest to advertise the event at school. (Top posters win tickets/wristbands for Carnival)
  • Need MANY Volunteers (high school and middle school kids and parents)


 

We are always looking for Volunteers to help us make Sandpiper a great school for our kids! Let us know how you'd like to Volunteer at Sandpiper by filling out the form below.

If you have general questions about volunteering, please
email our VP of Volunteers, Ruby Cropper.

Volunteer Opportunities

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