How To Volunteer

Want to Help Out?

Our school runs on parent power. Each family is expected to volunteer a minimum of 25 hours over the course of the year. We all work closely with the teachers and administrators to keep the school a great place for our kids, parents, and community. Our tiny school needs help from each and every family.

If you’ve found your volunteer niche — great. If you’re a new parent, or you’re a returning parent who has not yet found a way to contribute — please check out the opportunities below or let us know your special talent or interest. You can also indicate your interests using our volunteer request form. You will also receive this form in the back-to-school packet.

In addition please attend CATSS and CEF meetings to voice your opinion and find out more about how to be involved. For more information the school website is the always the first stop. Do not hesitate to contact CATSS president, David Ward or CEF president, Jennifer Lynn with any questions or suggestions.

Help the Whole School

  • Sign Painting/On-campus Advertising: A few dedicated people needed to help get the word out in the school and community. Tasks include design and printing posters for the school grounds and hand-painting sandwich boards for the the road. For more information, please contact David Ward
  • School Beautification/Facilities: We rely on parents to fix, clean, and improve the facilities and grounds. We have a few dedicated volunteers, but can always use more, especially if you have specific skills/tools/talents. For more information, please contact Gloria Faircloth
  • Library Support: Come spend time among books and kids; help with research projects; create a warm, inviting atmosphere to support our children in developing their love of reading and exploring the layers and tapestry of story. For more information, please contact Stacy Vogan
  • Garden Helpers: A few parent volunteers work to weed, plant, and teach student visitors, with the possibility of holding community events at the garden. For more information, please contact Annie Blackstone
  • Lunch Monitor:  Parents are needed to hand out lunch cards to the students who want school lunch and supervise the playgrounds. For more information, please contact Ramona Nisbet

Help with Community Building

  • Halloween Event (October): A fun event for Canyon School families and the larger community with activities, costumes, games, and food. Volunteers decorate, set up and run booths, sell tickets, seek donations, and assist with traffic, safety, clean-up. For more information, please contact David Ward
  • Art Faire (December): A chance to buy amazing handmade gifts and crafts from students and local craftspeople — just in time for the holidays. Anyone can host a table to sell crafts or join together to run a booth. This will also be the event where the raffle winners are announced. For more information, please contact Esperanza Surls
  • Dad’s Club: Yes, the dads have their own club and have a blast planning kids’ movie nights and other fun activities. For more information, please contact Tony Contreras

Help with Fundraising

  • Become a Member of CEF: Join CEF on the board of directors or serve on the Raffle Committee.  At press time, CEF seeks committed members for the chair positions of vice president and secretary. For more information: Jennifer Lynn
  • Holiday Raffle (October through December): Raise money for the school by selling raffle tickets and procuring prizes. Our raffle is a major source of fundraising for the school. For more information: Jennifer Lynn
  • Walkathon (Spring): Join the kids and raise money by walking in our beloved redwood grove. This event is a family favorite and volunteers are needed to monitor the course, provide refreshments and coordinate food and prizes. For more information: David Ward
  • Canyon School Store (Ongoing): Help manage school merchandise, including ordering items, selling at school events, keeping online store up to date. Any ideas or contacts and sources very welcome. For more information: Mary Burns
  • eScript (Ongoing): Coordinate communication, funds and updates about this behind the scenes fundraising program. For more information: Laura Jung

Parents help in the classroom by bringing snacks, driving on field trips, helping with specific projects, reading to younger kids, and much more. For more information about helping in the classroom, contact your child’s room parent.

Any other feedback for CATSS? Suggestions? Ideas? Email us!