Volunteering at Park Day School
 
The Park Day School community is amazing. Taking dictation from kindergarteners to serving on the board of trustees; driving on field trips to leading our Diversity and Justice Alliance; teaching a week-long "mini-course" to 7th-graders to being a stage manager at our very own East Bay Mini Maker Faire–Families of Park Day School students have a wealth of options as to how to get involved.
 
Here are some frequently asked questions about the importance and fun of volunteering at Park Day School.
Why do we ask this of you? 
As you know, Park Day parents or guardians are expected to fulfill a volunteer hours commitment each year. You might wonder why this is so important.

Yes, your time is important to enrich the unique learning environment we have here at Park Day – help in the classrooms lends a hand in a very direct way, and assistance at fundraising events provides the money needed to fulfill Park’s education mission. The piece this doesn’t measure however, is the community we build when we roll up our sleeves and work together. That is the deepest benefit of volunteering. We know it when we feel it, and our kids feel it too – our support, our participation and our commitment to the community we build here. Click here to download the PDS Volunteer Hours FAQ's and Tracking Log Form

How much time is required? 
The requirements are varied, to be equitable for different types of families. Here is a recap:
• Families with one child and two parents are expected to complete 25 hours per school year, 10 of those hours in a fundraising activity such as the Maker Faire, silent auction, read-a-thon, year end raffle or other Park Day fundraising campaign. In addition, 4 volunteer hours are required as a part of our Social Justice Initiative (SJI), and can be satisfied by attending or participating in PDS diversity events and programming. Each family is strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to participate in diversity programming at Park Day while fulfilling their volunteer hours requirement. 
• Families with one parent are expected to complete half of the volunteer hours noted above (12.5 hours total, 5 in fundraising, 2 diversity hours). 
• Families with two or more children double the volunteer hours noted above (50 hours total 20 in fundraising, and still 4 diversity hours).

Who tracks our hours? 
You are in charge of completing your hours (or paying the difference). Return your completed volunteer hours log to the main office in the Palm Building, or mail it t Park Day School, Attn: Volunteer Hours, 360 42nd Street, Oakland CA 94609, no later than the last day of school in June. If you have completed your hours before June, by all means please send in your sheet early. 

What if I don’t have time? Can I purchase my hours?
If volunteering does not work for your family this year, please write a check ($15 times the total number of hours required) payable to Park Day School, and deliver it with your blank hours log (include only your and your child(ren)’s names) to the main office in the Palm Building, or mail it to Park Day School, Attn: Volunteer Hours, 360 42nd Street, Oakland CA 94609. You can complete this at any point in the year, but no later than the last day of school in June.

I’ve lost my form. Where can I get another? 

How do I find out about volunteer opportunities? 
The Park Parent Association (PPA) hosts a back to school gathering in September of each year. It is an afternoon of family fun, and an opportunity to make connections with committees and events being organized for the school year. In addition, watch for volunteer opportunities in Thursday Notes. If you’re still stuck for ideas, email Cathy Shields
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