Dear Richmond Families,
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your willingness to volunteer and support the educational journey of our Richmond students. Our mission statement says: “Through partnerships with families, community members, students, and fellow educators, Richmond School District will be recognized for its academic excellence by developing the whole student to become a life-long learner.” It is through our volunteer program that parents and community members can assist in meeting our mission.
In previous years, many of the volunteer trainings were done through the viewing of a podcast. This year, all participants who plan to volunteer on a regular basis in the classroom or library setting, working with children, will be required to complete a face-to-face training. This type of volunteer position is known as Staff Support, according to the volunteer handbook terminology.
This year, new training will be provided on verbal de-escalation of students who are experiencing a change in behavior, generally known as anxiety. There are many proactive strategies that can help a student feel supportive and defuse the behavior before it becomes defensive. Since this training is for participants who will spend time working with children, it will help volunteers learn strategies that can be independently implemented with all children.
The two scheduled trainings are on Thursday, August 22 at 3:00 pm and Wednesday, September 4 at 2:30 pm. Staff Support volunteers will need to attend one of the sessions. One alternate training date later in September will be offered for volunteers unable to attend one of the first two sessions. Contact the office to put your name on a waiting list to be notified of the alternate date.
Thank you again for your support and willingness to volunteer and work with our students and staff. We value your partnership and look forward to working with you during the 2019-2020 school year.
Principal/Director of Pupil Services
Richmond School District
There are many ways to make a difference in the lives of children at Richmond School and Richmond values and embraces community and parent involvement. We hope you will consider one of the following ways to give a “little time for a big difference” for children at Richmond.
Staff Support Team Volunteers – If you would like to volunteer on a regular basis at a specific time in a specific area then this is for you! These volunteers receive training and are assigned regular weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly duties. Examples include: helping in the LMC or classrooms.
On-Call / As Needed Volunteers – If you are unable to make a commitment to a scheduled volunteer activity, consider signing up for the On Call/As Needed list. This group of volunteers assists with opportunities that come up during the school year that require a brief commitment. Examples include: providing snacks for faculty, helping at picture day, assisting during school-wide events.
PTOBC Volunteers – The Richmond PTOBC sponsors events and raises money for large and small projects. To get involved in committee work, contact a PTO or Booster Club representative.
Time with Your Child – Want to chaperone a field trip from time to time, help at a classroom event, or be involved in a school activity? Notices throughout the school year will be sent home from room parents regarding these volunteer needs. If you are interested, be sure to contact the grade level room parent or classroom teacher.