How You Can Help Parkside
Our goal is to get 100% parent involvement! It's easy to volunteer in school activities as well as volunteer with the teachers. Our students need to know we are there for them. We want and need your involvement. We have a great volunteer base at Parkside but would love to see new faces, so please join us! Parkside welcomes parent involvement through its many events and fundraisers. Please check out the Parkside PTA Website for more information on how and where you can volunteer.
Parkside Montessori Volunteer Hours
The Montessori philosophy is built on the ability of our teachers to provide many individual and small-group lessons throughout the day at the student’s individual level. Because this individual attention is so critical, we strongly encourage parental involvement in our school, and ask for 30 hours of volunteer time per family at Parkside Montessori.
Reporting Volunteer Hours
Check out the Parkside PTA website for details on reporting Volunteer Hours.
Guidelines regarding volunteers and finger prints are as follows:
If volunteers are ever left alone with students they need to be fingerprinted.
Two things to note:
1. Classroom volunteers technically do not need finger prints, as long as a staff member is always with the class volunteer in the classroom. If class volunteers are needed to observe students outside the classroom, including the hallways or one of the adjacent garden areas, without direct staff supervision - the volunteer needs to have been fingerprinted.
2. All volunteers on field trips need fingerprinting
Additional Notes on getting fingerprinted:
Parents may check in with the office to confirm if their fingerprinting records are in the district system.
It is suggested that parents check their fingerprinting status for each of their enrolled children, if they have more than one at the school, as the fingerprinting record is tied to a child and is not in a separate database of adult volunteers. A parent can request through the office that their fingerprinting record be added to another sibling, but this doesn't happen automatically through the district system.
If a parent/adult needs to get fingerprinted for the district, talk with the office to get the correct triplicate form to take to the fingerprinting location, as well as to get the addresses of the locations that provide this service.
There is a fee of around $55-60 to get fingerprinted, which must be paid by the parent to the place where they get fingerprinted. If a parent is not in a position to pay this amount, and wants to volunteer, please have them talk with Principal Tahai directly.