Volunteers are an essential part of Westwood’s comprehensive educational and enrichment programs. Together, the staff and parents of Westwood Charter School work hard to inspire our children with a love of learning and to provide them with the environment and tools to learn successfully. Without volunteers to lead activities and fundraise, many essential programs would not exist.
Maintaining Westwood’s tradition of academic excellence requires a commitment FROM EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. Whether the amount of time and resources you have to share is small or large, there is a valuable contribution that you can make. Volunteering is a wonderful way to participate in your child's education and show him or her that you think school is important.
Please volunteer for as many committees as you'd like, but please give at least a couple of committees a try! Follow this link to sign up today!
Wondering who to contact to get more information about an event or committee? Here’s a roster of all the committee chairs – we’d love for you to pick a couple committees and give volunteering a try (or try something new)!
ARTSHARE (March 2017)
ArtShare is a parent-run, campus-wide arts program that encourages students to use their imagination and creativity to reflect upon a given theme. A series of one-hour after-school workshops led by parent mentors will be held during the week of March 6. Students are then invited to submit a piece to showcase at the ArtShare Gallery Night during Open House. We are looking for artistic parents who would like to work with students during the after-school sessions, either spearheading a project of their own, or assisting. Organizational help is also welcome!
AUCTION (January – March 2017)
Westwood Charter’s Auction is the second largest fundraiser of the year and consists of four parts: (1) an Online Auction, (2) an adults-only Live Auction Party scheduled for March 3, 2017, (3) the Armchair Auction, where your child can win a fun outing with his or her teacher, and (4) Host a Parties, where parents host a party for kids, adults or families and tickets are sold through the auction website. The Host a Party Chairs also welcome parties throughout the school year. We can use help collecting donations, preparing for (or cleaning up) the Live Auction Party, or organizing the Armchair Auction. We’d also love you to host a party!
BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC (Late Summer 2017)
The Back to School Picnic happens the last week of summer and is where your child can meet his or her new teacher and classmates. Volunteers are needed to help set up, clean up and/or coordinate activities. We are looking for help for the 2017/2018 school year.
Think the school could use some cleaning? Come help! If you’ve got a green thumb, enjoy gardening, or you just want to help clean, then this committee is for you! Our Beautification chair has projects big and small that need your help!
BOOK FAIR (September 12-16, 2016)
Ever fantasized about owning a bookstore? Try the next best thing – volunteer for the Book Fair! During this event, the library is transformed into a bookstore run by parent volunteers, with a portion of all sales benefitting Westwood Charter. By volunteering, you will encourage reading and raise money . . . a win-win! Help is needed setting up, breaking down and taking shifts (running the cash register and helping students and parents find books) before, during, and after school.
BEDTIME STORY JAM (September 16, 2016)
Bedtime Story Jam is an evening of fun for the whole family, where children’s authors and illustrators read their works and talk about the writing process. Kids come in their pajamas and the fun is punctuated by delicious milk and cookies! The committee needs help with tasks like set up, supervision, clean up and promotion.
CHILL ZONE (Ongoing)
In the Chill Zone, students in Grades 1-5 engage with each other during recess in non-sports related activities, including board games, art and legos. Volunteers are trained to set up the games, supervise the play, and put the games back in storage when the recess period has ended. The time commitment is approximately 12:00 - 1:30 pm, for as many or few days as you are able to help.
CLASSROOM CLEAN-UP DAY COMMITTEE (January 21, 2017)
Please note, this committee position is in addition to your volunteer commitment to work in the classroom on Classroom Clean-Up Day. Classroom Clean-Up Day happens one day each school year and is a great opportunity for families to show Westwood teachers how much we appreciate them and to make our campus shine. We need help to make sure that all classrooms and common areas have the needed people and supplies to make sure the day is successful!
CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP (Ongoing, but busiest in the Fall)
The Sponsorship Committee is dedicated to seeking out additional funding and support for Westwood Charter from the broader community. We are looking for volunteers to help solicit and process sponsorship donations.
EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT FUND DRIVE (Ongoing)
The Education & Enrichment Fund Drive is the year’s biggest fundraiser, raising nearly two-thirds of the funding needed by W.I.S.E. to support the school. Most recently, donations to the Education & Enrichment Fund have paid for, among many other things, 100% of the Art, Music, Technology, Gardening and P.E. programs, as well as a class-size reduction teacher, 18 teaching assistants and supplemental cleaning and nursing. We strive for 100% participation and begin seeking support for the Fund in the Fall. In addition to financial contributions, the E&E Drive seeks volunteers to assist with both marketing and administrative needs.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS (Fall 2016)
Committee members work as parent liaisons to the teachers' emergency preparedness committee, supporting their needs by, for example, coordinating parent participation during the school's emergency drills. The committee also coordinates checking each classroom's emergency backpack at the beginning of the school year through the Room Reps to ensure complete inventory and the collection of individual emergency baggies for each student.
FOOD DRIVE (November 16-18, 2016)
The Food Drive takes place just before the Thanksgiving break and can always use help with coordinating donations and collecting donation bins from the classrooms.
GREAT BOOKS LEADER (Ongoing)
Carefully trained volunteers lead small groups of children in discussions of selected short stories. Group leaders work with their child’s classroom or others (subject to teacher approval). Time commitment is flexible: working closely with the classroom teacher, leaders create a timetable that works for them, usually an hour or two per week for periods of six to eight weeks.
HALLOWEEN HOOT (October 30, 2016)
Please note, this time is in addition to your classroom volunteer commitment to work at the Hoot. On the last Sunday in October, the yard will be transformed for Westwood’s annual Halloween Hoot. It is a festival complete with games, crafts, food and entertainment. In addition to working the required shift at your class booth, we need volunteers in many areas including: tickets, prizes, and food. We also need volunteers to help build our incredible Haunted House.
JOGATHON (January 27, 2017)
This year will mark our Fourth Annual Jogathon where the kids and teachers run laps around the block and, with the support of family and friends, raise money for the school. We need help setting up, coordinating water stations, tracking the kids’ laps and promoting the event.
KINDERGARTEN CONVERSATION (February 22, 2017)
This morning event for prospective families is an informative conversation about the Kindergarten program at Westwood Charter. Help is needed in publicizing the event ahead of time, and greeting parents upon arrival. So easy!
LOST & FOUND (Ongoing)
We need parents to facilitate the collection, display, and removal/donation of lost and found items at Westwood Charter. Lost and Found items should ideally be cleared off of the yard throughout the week, hung on the rack, and then purged when the rack is full. This is a flexible opportunity – you can sign up for as many or as few weeks of Lost and Found duty as you’d like, or help with the periodic donation of unclaimed items.
MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT (TBD)
A panel discussion with current and former Westwood parents whose children attend different middle schools on the Westside. These parents will share their experiences and advice about making the transition to middle school. This is a rare opportunity to get frank answers to your questions and concerns as you make the decision about which middle school is the right choice for your child. Help is always needed with set up, clean up and coordination.
MULTICULTURAL WEEK (December 12-16, 2016)
Multicultural Week celebrates cultural diversity. We showcase and explore art, artifacts, food, music and traditions from our school community. Join us and share your heritage. While each room will have a dedicated Multicultural Week representative, additional volunteers are always appreciated to help host class visits to the Multicultural Week Museum, photograph the week's activities, and assist with a school-wide assembly.
PARENT WORK PARTIES (First Friday of Each Month)
The chairs of this committee host work “parties” on the first Friday of each month to prepare classroom materials as requested by the teachers. The projects include copying, cutting, stapling, collating, etc. Volunteering for Parent Work Parties is very flexible, as there is no specific time commitment or specific skill, just the desire to help. And, not only will you make a valuable contribution to the school, you can enjoy a cup of coffee with fellow parents!
This committee provides refreshments to various meetings throughout the school year. Reach out and we will get you the schedule so you can pick a meeting that works for you. Committee members do not need to attend meetings, but can instead just provide and set up the food.
SCHOOL TOURS (Second Half of the School Year)
The School Tours Committee members provide guided tours of the Westwood Charter campus and answer questions for visitors. The tours are scheduled in advance and are on selected Wednesday mornings, mostly during the second half of the school year. We need tour guides!
Help sell SCRIP to raise money for our school! What is SCRIP? SCRIP is a program through which the school sells gift cards for retailers and restaurants, with the school receiving a percentage of the sales. This program also purchases gift cards for teachers and staff gifts. Help is needed coordinating purchases, distributing gift cards and promoting the program.
STUDENT STORE (Ongoing)
Need a new Westwood Charter t-shirt, water bottle, or bag? Now you can get it all year round at our student store as long as supplies last. We need volunteers to fill orders, work at the store, pick up, and just help out. This is very flexible as you can just pick a day to run the store at drop off or pickup, or you can staff the store at the school event of your choice.
SCIENCE SLAM (April 29, 2017)
Join the Science Slam team in bringing an exciting day of science to our students. At this weekend event, parents set up classroom labs to lead small groups of students through experiments and/or presentations and also staff open experiments on the school yard. We welcome help with set up, clean up and organization, as well as running labs, experiments, concession stands, and ticket booths. Join us for an amazing day of science!
SWEET FRIDAYS (Ongoing on Fridays)
School families provide breakfast goodies and coffee every Friday for the teachers and staff. We encourage you to look for the Sign Up Genius in the Sunday night email, grab a friend or two or three and sign up to feed the fantastic staff of Westwood Charter! While you need to bring enough for about 70 people to have a bite to eat, if you grab a few friends, it can be as simple as each bringing in a couple of coffee cakes or a couple dozen bagels each and dropping them off in the office in the morning. Easy and rewarding!
STAFF APPRECIATION (May 8-12, 2017)
We appreciate our staff at Westwood Charter! Staff appreciation week is a weeklong celebration of the teachers and staff, typically involving a parent-provided breakfast and lunch during the week. The chairs of this program also ask parents to help their children bring homemade cards and flowers, on separate days, for teachers and staff. Volunteers are needed to help with the breakfast and the lunch--volunteers can bring an item of food or beverage and help set and/or clean up.
TRAFFIC SAFETY (Ongoing)
The Traffic Safety Chair assigns each class its week or weeks of traffic duty for the school year. This occurs in the summer before school starts. The Chair also helps to coordinate traffic duty during the year by sending out weekly emails to the class(es) who have traffic duty for the upcoming week to familiarize them with their responsibilities. Additionally, the Chair is available to answer any questions and address any traffic safety concerns that come up at our school and coordinate with local police, LA City Parking Dept. and LAUSD Police on patrol and ticketing around the school. Although each family must take a shift of traffic duty (one for each child), we are always looking for people willing to take an extra shift in a pinch!
This school's website provides our community with important information. Website skills are necessary.
WESTWOOD CARES (Ongoing)
The Westwood Cares committee serves the entire Westwood Charter community in times of need – whether happy or sad times. This committee helps organize carpools, meals, and play dates when a family needs an extra helping hand.
WESTWOOD FRIENDS (Ongoing)
Westwood Friends are parents who volunteer time to provide support to new families at Westwood Charter by attending the Ice Cream Social for incoming kindergarteners and by acting as friendly "ambassadors" for families with questions about Westwood Charter.
WESTWOOD WINDOW (Ongoing)
The Westwood Window is a student-run paper and we need interested parents to help support students as they become journalists.
VOLUNTEER BUCKET (Ongoing)
Have an unpredictable, last minute-type schedule? Let us reach out when we need help with a discrete project - it could be staffing the student store for an hour, doing paperwork, or anything under the sun. Sign up and we'll reach out at some point!
Did we forget something that you would like to contribute? Do you have a skill or resource but you aren't sure how to apply it? Let us know. We can always use access to free photocopying! And writers, artists, florists, caterers, fundraisers, videographers… let us know!