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Volunteers

PARENT VOLUNTEERS
Parent Volunteers are key to the success of our programs. Whether inside the classroom, participating in a school event or working in the office, you can make a big difference in the lives of everyone here at Hilltop Elementary.


WELCOME VOLUNTEERS
We at Hilltop encourage all adults to be a part of our school. Every year we are required to process a Washington State Patrol Request for Criminal History Child/Adult Abuse Information before volunteers are allowed to supervisor children. Volunteers should download (below) a new Washington State Patrol Request for the current year. Please return this form to school prior to your first volunteer appointment.
Washington State Patrol Request
Washington State Patrol Request - Spanish

2020-21: How Parents Can Help at Hilltop 

when our Campus is Closed to Visitors 


This guide is for the many of our wonderful volunteers who have wondered how they can help our Hilltop Community. We expect that the Snohomish Co. Health Dept. and OSPI will not allow people other than staff the during remote Continuous Learning 2.0 phase of our school year. If and when we enter into a Hybrid Model, we expect that only students and staff will be allowed on campus. 


Hilltop Goals 2020-2021

  

Our Hilltop Goals during remote and hybrid learning include:

  • Keeping our students, staff and community safe and healthy.
  • Provide the support that each student needs in our more robust version of distant learning.
  • Strengthen connections between and amongst students, staff and families.

Ways to Volunteer During Continuous (Distant) Learning 2.0


  1. Take care of yourself and your family. When things go back to normal, your Hilltop Community will need many volunteers once again. So, it is okay and encouraged that your time is dedicated to supporting your family during this tough time with new models of instruction, learning, school work and the new way we are living
  2. Respond to individual teacher requests for volunteers. After teachers get to know their students, your teacher may be looking for volunteer support from October on. Teachers will communicate with their families when volunteers are needed.
  3.  Beautify our school. We miss our weeding parties! Come as a family unit or individual to weed. Make large weed piles in the planting areas and we will have the weed piles picked up.
  4.  Please consider donating food or your time to Nourishing Network.  The Hilltop staff want to make sure that all students have the food they need in their household. Various staff members have been volunteering for Nourishing Network, a program of the Edmonds Schools Foundation that delivers weekly food boxes to families. Staff members have spent hours sorting food and delivering boxes to families across the Edmonds School District. We made weekly donations of food to this program last spring. With the increased demands of the fall learning program, it will be less likely that staff members will be able to volunteer. Visit their site for more information.
  5. Be a positive voice with fellow parents. This is still new territory for all of us. If there is something that your child needs support with or if there is a concern that you have, please bring your concerns directly to our staff. Our Website has contact information for our staff members. You can also contact our principal at SomozaM341@edmonds.wednet.edu.  If you prefer a phone call, please leave a message via email or phone and we will return your call. 
  6. Support the PTSA. Fundraising will be impacted, and we rely on our PTSA to financially support our community events and enrichment materials for our classrooms. Please add Smile to your Amazon account, scan your receipts for Boxtop points, and find other ways to support our PTSA. 

During Hybrid Learning


Understand our drop off and pick up procedures, and understand that we will miss  being able to chat with you in person at pick-up and drop-off. 
Volunteer to sanitize manipulatives or science items in your dishwasher.


Look for other requests from PTSA,  your child’s teacher or our librarian.

 



 

 

COMMUNICATION IS KEY

More good volunteers have been lost because of poor communication than for any other reason. Please don’t let this happen to you! You are an important part of the educational team and are asked to cooperate with the school staff in the following ways:

· A school is a place of business. Please make a time commitment that is really workable for you.
· Please sign in and sign out each time you come to school.
· Please wear your volunteer badge whenever you are working in the school.
· Please discuss student problems only with the teacher with whom you are working.
· Please respect the confidentiality of anything you learn in the classroom. Children and their specific problems should not be discussed outside of school. Be professionally discreet. Never publicly discuss parents, children or professionals.
· Please communicate your concern if you find that your volunteer assignment is not working out. Talk it over with the teacher, the principal, or the office manager.
· Please realize that your relationship to school personnel requires respect and confidence.
· Please recognize that your volunteer contribution sets a fine example of an interested and informed citizen helping to improve the community.

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