Mark Day School Parents' Association

Volunteers for 2019 - 2020

Want to help your kids and the Mark Day School community? Looking to meet new people and make good friends? Please select one or more of the volunteer spots below. You don't need any experience, just a willingness to help. Parents' Association volunteers are on call to partner with or train you. Mark Day School is relying on all of us to keep these traditions thriving! 

Don't have a lot of time? Consider the "ongoing programs" that are not date specific and can often be managed from home in your off hours. 

Need to schedule ahead? Choose from "date specific events" so you can block your calendar in advance. 

Want to know more about the roles? For more complete information, please see detailed descriptions for Date Specific Events and Ongoing Programs in the Parents' Association section of the school website. 

Have questions about timing or which area needs the most help? Email one of Mark Day School's many nice and experienced parent volunteers, Tiffany Greenfield, at [email protected]. Thank you in advance for your help! 

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DATE SPECIFIC EVENTS

 

Kindergarten and New Student Picnic (8/26/19) (10)

Chairs: Semira Habis. The day before school starts, help host a celebration for the new families of all grades. It is a great way to get everyone together in a festive and fun environment to kick off the school year.

 

Welcome Coffee and Volunteer Fair (8/27/19) (4)

Chair: Tiffany Greenfield and Gila Millar. On the opening day of school, help the Parents' Association host a welcome coffee and opportunity for parents to volunteer for PA events and programs, Help set-up and clean up.

 

Lower School Back to School Night (9/5/19) (4)

Chair: Liza Ozkay. Grab some friends and help coordinate light snacks and refreshments for parents prior to the Administration and Faculty presentations.

 

Parent Outreach Hikes (2)

Chair: Is it you? Do you like to be outside? We are looking for a few volunteers to plan and promote hikes for our community. Typically, hikes take place on Fridays after assembly.

 

The Mark Day Fund (Begins Late September, 2019)

Chairs: Amy McConnell, Lindsay Bartsh and Ryan Brown. Help with outreach to Mark Day School families and secure commitments to our annual True Blue fundraising campaign.

 

Fun Run & Pancake Breakfast (9/22/19)

Chairs: Lisa Savage, Johanna La Fleur, Tatiana Fruchtman and Lisa Parker. The Family Fun Run & Pancake Breakfast is a way to celebrate family, fitness, and fun with our school community. Help set up and monitor the course, serve breakfast, and clean up.

 

Mark Day Made (October 2019) (10)

Chair: Courtney Butler and Lucy Dawson. Capture a moment in time with very special keepsakes and gifts made by our kids, just in time for the holidays. Help needed planning the crafts and guiding the kids with their projects.

 

Bocce Ball Event (10/27/19)

Chairs: Charles Roell, Erin Heath and Ashley Ransom. Help us plan, publicize and manage this fun event held at Marin Bocce Federation in San Rafael. It's a fun day of Bocce with the Mark Day School Community.

 

Mark Day School Socials Event Planners (January - March 2020)

Chair: Is it you? It's party time! Help build ties in our community by planning & promoting parent-hosted events for all ages. Play "matchmaker" securing party hosts and suggest themes. Party spots are sold in March to raise money for the school.

 

Book Exchange (1/24/20)

Chairs: Lauren Osher, Nicole Martin and Veronica Harris. A fun, free, community building night celebrating our love of reading and appreciation for reusing and recycling. Help during the days prior to set up tables and display books, puzzles, and DVDs.

 

Trivia Night (2/28/20 or 4/17/20 TBD) (10)

Chair: Lisa Parker & Heather Heselton. A fundraiser for our partner school, eSibonisweni Primary. The event is run by the Upper Division mentor groups and is open to families in sixth through eighth grade as well as alumni.

 

Spring Fundraiser & Community Party (3/14/20)

Chair: Archie Chattha. Join the team creating our largest community party and help raise funds for tuition assistance and special programs to serve Mark Day School's inclusivity and diversity mission.

 

Art Show (April 2020)

Chair: Houda Silcock. Showcasing children’s artwork for parents and visitors to enjoy. Help frame and hang these special works in the art room. No prior experience needed.

 

Garden Greening Day (4/19/20)

Chair: David St. Martin and Garden Council. Our campus beautification day prior to Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day. Help pull weeds, turn & amend the soil, and put in many beautiful plants & bulbs. It’s a fun event that brings the community together.

 

Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day (4/24/20)

Chairs: Is it you? Help our school spirit shine as our students and teachers share their campus and classrooms to showcase all that happens during the school year. Help set up, photograph, or guide visitors throughout the day.

 

Spring New Parent Welcome (5/14/20) (12)

Chair: Nurite Regev. Help welcome the parents and guardians of newly admitted students as they mingle with administrators, faculty, board of trustees, and buddy families. Help set up, clean up, and serve light refreshments.

 

Passport Day (5/15/20)

Chairs: Is it you? Help all of our students be immersed in another world; it might be a country, a region, a culture. In partnership with the faculty, help plan and set up assemblies, workshops, meals, and performances.

 

Faculty Appreciation Lunch (5/19/20)

Chair: Houda Silcock. Hosted by parents, this event is a fun way to express appreciation to our fantastic faculty and administration by providing food, beverages and coverage for the teachers so they can enjoy a relaxing lunch.

 
1 slot filled - more available
Ahnne Rutman-Allen

Track and Field Day (5/22/20) (10)

Chair: Kristin Dickinson. Help all students from fourth to eighth grade enjoy a special afternoon of friendly competition in their chosen track and field events and celebrate their athleticism. Help setting up and managing the course.

 

           

           

 

ONGOING PROGRAMS

 

Adventures After School (6)

Chair: Kim Danforth. Help coordinate classes held on campus and offer students wonderful opportunities to enjoy shared experiences with friends, learn new skills, and build self-confidence. Two session throughout the year.

 

Calendar Keeper (2)

Chair: Monica Rosenberg. Help everyone know what's happening on campus! At the beginning of each month, you update the outdoor sign/calendar with the 5-6 events for the coming month. Active time: One hour per month

 

Community Engagement

 

  > Community: Holiday Giving (K - 8th)

Chairs: Maureen Wilson-Hwang (LD); Is it you? (MD/UD). In December, we undertake a schoolwide effort for Adopt a Family of Marin and Ritter House. Lower School makes crafts to be included with the gifts donated by the Upper School.

 

  > Community: 7th Grade Community Engagement & Bizjack Week

Chair: Is it you? Help coordinate carpools for four community engagement days throughout the year and for the Bizjack Project in the end of May/ beginning of June.

 

Eco-Paper Goods

Chair: Is it you? Help manage inventories of paper goods in the kitchen, in an effort to make our school more sustainable, we use products and utensils that are commercially compostable for our events and programs.

 

Emergency Preparedness

Chair: Charles Roell. Do you like to plan ahead? Participate in emergency preparedness planning in preparation for fire, earthquake, and shelter drills and help maintain a stock of food, water, and other crucial supplies on campus.

 

Family Sunshine

Chair: Deborah Johnson. Help provide temporary, short-term support for families within the Mark Day School community during times of unusual need. This program demonstrates the caring and inclusion that are at the heart of our community.

 

Host Fund/Faculty Gift Coordinator

Chair: Ashley Ransom. Assist in handling any holiday and end-of-year gifts to faculty and staff. Active time: December and May.

 

Hot Lunch Servers

Chair: Lindsay Bartsh. Help feed and nourish our kids, getting to know them as they pass through the hot lunch line. A great sneak peek into their day! Active time: Weekdays, approx 12:00 - 1:10pm

 
2 slots filled - more available
Liza Lorenz
Ahnne Rutman-Allen

Lost and Found (4)

Chair: Is it you? Do you have forgetful kids? Help them and many others reunite with their lost items. Help set up the lost and found display one or two mornings each month.

 

Merchant Cash Back Marketeers (6)

Are you an Amazon shopper? Help promote the Amazon Smile cash-back program and others like it. Send periodic emails & on-campus reminders that Book Passage, eScrip, and other local merchants will give cash back to Mark Day if only we mention it!

 

Nitquest Lice Check Brigade

Chair: Is it you? Go on a nitquest and help with the team at the beginning of the school year and after vacations to check students’ heads.

 
1 slot filled - more available
Ahnne Rutman-Allen

On-Call Volunteers

Call me! For short-term, spontaneous projects. Helping out at times when we need extra hands.

 

Organic Gardeners

Chairs: Genny Biggs and Maureen Wilson-Hwang. Become actively involved in our organic garden including the garden council, supervision, classroom garden assistance, chicken care, and maintenance. Something for everyone!

 

Room Parents (20)

Chair: Pamela Emo. Room Parents aid teachers in coordinating class parties and events as well as serve as a source of communication between the PA, teachers, and the parents in the class. The orientation meeting will be held at the start of school.

 
1 of 20 slots filled
Liza Lorenz

School Spirit Store (4)

Chairs: Andrea Rioja and Christina Peppers. We have spirit, how about you? Help new students get their blue shirts, PE runners find their size yellow shirts, and maintain inventory on all our school spirit-wear. Active time: A few mornings per semester.

 
1 of 4 slots filled
Liza Lorenz

Theater Group / Drama Coordination (2)

Chair: Is it you? Help coordinate with Ms. Truss and the community.

 


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