Helping in the Classroom

Helping in the Classroom

We’ve done our best to provide information that is accurate and complete, but keep in mind that “the only constant is change!” Estimates of hours are based on everyone doing their fair share and may involve some times of more work averaged with other times of less.

You will have the opportunity to sign up for your classroom volunteer role at back to school night.

Helping INSIDE Your Classroom(s)
Please complete the online OUSD Volunteer Application to help IN the Classroom and to be a field trip driver (this is a new requirement for the 2016-2017 school year).  You must also have a TB test. Information for TB tests can be found here: Information about TB tests can be found here

Art Class Helper
Help organize and file student work. Set-up and clean-up for classes. Assist with displays, shows, and preparation for Open House.
Contact: Your Room Representative or Teacher
When & Where: School Year, Portable C
ESTIMATED Hours per Month per Person: 4

COMPOST/Garden Helper
Assist the teacher with projects in the school gardens in cooperation with the COMPOST Committee and Green Team. Keep class garden plot planted and looking neat.
Contact:Your Room Representative
When & Where: School Year, School and Home
ESTIMATED Hours per Month per Person: 4

Library Volunteer
Provide assistance with circulation and shelving while Librarian reads story and works with children. Each class needs to have a volunteer present when they visit the library. Additional help is needed during fundraising Book Fairs.
Contact: 
When & Where: School Year, School
ESTIMATED Hours per Month per Person: 3

Teacher’s Helper
Let the Teacher teach by assisting with a variety of tasks such as photocopying, correcting tests, working with small groups of children, putting up displays, caring for animals, sewing, sharpening pencils, organizing supplies, etc.
Contact: Your Room Representative or Teacher
When & Where: School Year, School
ESTIMATED Hours per Month per Person: 4

Tutoring Help
Assist the Teacher in providing targeted instruction to one or more students who need special help or one-on-one interaction. Details will vary with each particular situation.
Contact: Your Room Representative or Teacher
When & Where: School Year, School
ESTIMATED Hours per Month per Person: TBD

Field Trip Driver (In addition to completing the OUSD volunteer application, you also must be finger printed and have a TB test). TB test and finger printing information can be found here TB test and finger printing information can be found here

Drive students on class field trips at various times throughout the year.
Contact: Your Field trip coordinator
When and Where: Various times throughout the year
Estimated hours per month: 4-8

Helping Your Classroom(s) primarily OFFSITE. You do not need to complete the OUSD volunteer form to help with these roles: 

Book Orders
Collect individual monthly book orders from the teacher, review for accuracy, place order, and distribute books to students upon delivery. Investigate online ordering options.
Contact: Your Room Representative or Teacher
When & Where: School Year, School & Home
ESTIMATED Hours per Month per Person: 2

Otter Bash Representative
Help your class engage with the Spring fundraiser by coordinating your class basket/project for auction and by encouraging attendance. Facilitate communication between class parents and planning committee.
Contact: Your Room Representative
When & Where: January-March, School & Home
ESTIMATED Hours per Month per Person: 2

“Easy Money” Class Representative
Encourage all parents in class to take advantage of “easy money” programs like eScrip and Lucky S.H.A.R.E.S.
Contact: Your Room Representative
When & Where: School Year, School & Home
ESTIMATED Hours per Month per Person: 2

Field Trip Coordinator
Coordinate field trips per teacher’s direction. Make reservations, collect required paperwork from parents, confirm drivers, recruit additional drivers as needed, compile list of drivers’ cell phone numbers.
Contact: Your Room Representative or Teacher
When & Where: School Year, School, Home & Beyond
ESTIMATED Hours per Month per Person: 2

Green Team Representative
Help pass along information on Green Team initiatives to parents and coordinate with children and teachers on upcoming activities and environmental education info. Might also include ensuring green folder information is coordinated for those needing snail mail, working with Party Coordinators on greening party supplies, and working with zero waste lunch team to ensure that student lunchtime monitors are assigned in your class (roughly twice per year).
Contact: Your Room Representative
When & Where: School Year, School & Home
ESTIMATED Hours per Month per Person: 3

Otter Walk Representative
Rally the class around the Metrathon. Facilitate communication between class parents and Metrathon committee. Help your teacher with his/her bid board event. Coordinate any parties the class may have won.
Contact: Your Room Representative, Teacher
When & Where: Sept-Oct plus, School & Home
ESTIMATED Hours per Month per Person: 10

Safety and Disaster Preparedness Representative
Coordinate classroom participation in school-wide Health & Safety program including collecting emergency food packets, checking class emergency backpacks, and facilitating disaster drill.
Contact: Your Room Representative
When & Where: School Year, School & Home
ESTIMATED Hours per Month per Person: 3

Paperwork Helper
Assist Teacher as needed with paper-related tasks like Green Folder or homework packet assembly, photocopying, collating, etc. Ideally, you’ll work with your Teacher and your Green Team Rep to increase use of electronic alternatives and reduce the classroom’s reliance on paper.
Contact: Your Room Representative or Teacher
When & Where: School Year, School and Home
ESTIMATED Hours per Month per Person: 1.5 or more

Party Coordinator
Organize classroom celebrations around holidays per the Teacher’s preferences. If class wins a Metrathon party prize, you work with your class Metrathon Rep coordinate that event. Enlist other parents to participate in and contribute to these events.
Contact: Your Room Representative or Teacher
When & Where: School Year, School and Home
ESTIMATED Hours per Month per Person: 1.5 or more

Room Representative (aka Room Parent)
Ensure essential classroom tasks are accomplished by coordinating other parent volunteers. Serve as a liason with the Teacher. Assist school communication by forwarding email or initiating phone tree. Coordinate classroom expressions of Teacher Appreciation.
Contact: A’sonda Adams and Kim Watson
When & Where: School Year, School and home
ESTIMATED Hours per Month per Person: 5 or more

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