MWPTA Volunteer Opportunities 2021-2022

Help us create memories you and your family will cherish!

 

Dear MWE Parents,

 

Mount Washington Elementary is such a special school. Aside from our wonderful teachers, staff and principal, our school flourishes due to our amazing community. Your skills, knowledge and heart are needed! Whether it is helping your child’s teacher, participating in our events or lending your creative talents, there is a fun and fulfilling volunteer opportunity for every parent (and grandparent!). 

 

Our PTA and our booster organization, Friends of Mt. Washington School (FOMWS), offer various opportunities to be involved in your child’s journey. There is always something inspiring and fun happening at our school. Our committees would love to have you!

 

To find a volunteer opportunity that speaks to you please see the roles and descriptions listed below. Please fill out the form or feel free to contact our Volunteers Chair, Mike Kopera, at volunteers@mwpta.org

 

 

ON-CAMPUS

Safety Valet
 
We get it.  Morning drop-offs can be stressful.  Luckily we have a dedicated group of parents who make our mornings a little smoother.  If you want to be that parent who helps fellow parents breathe a sigh of relief, sign up for this opportunity.  Ensure that our kids have a safe exit from vehicles while keeping traffic moving.  Volunteer from 7:30 - 8:15 a.m. daily, weekly or on a rotating basis.

Snack Shack
 
Every day after school our kids flock to the coolest spot on campus, The Wolves Den Snack Shack.  We need parents to stock the Shack with healthy yummy treats, supervise the line and help with snack purchases.  The best part?  You get to work side-by-side with your child and score some cool points.  Shifts are rotated throughout the week.  Bonus: it’s a great way for your kid to learn about money, math and some business skills.  And FYI, the popsicles!  Be sure there are ALWAYS plenty of popsicles!

Lost & Found
 
Ugh, we know.  Stuff goes missing pretty quickly and quite frequently!  It’s hard for our kids to keep track of all the things they need to bring to school.  Be their hero (and their parents hero!) by helping us organize the lost and found cabinet so everyone is reunited with their beloved items!  We have periodic clean-outs as well so there are plenty of chances for happy reunions.

Playground Supervision
 
The playground.  A chance for our kids to run free and get all that energy out!  But let’s be honest here, without a lot of supervision it can turn into Lord of the Flies quickly!  That’s where you can step in by being that extra pair of eyes in case a child needs help with their jump rope or finding their bouncy ball.  Our Yard Aides would be grateful for the assistance.  Plus it’s a great way to get to know the kids while providing a safe environment.

 
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EVENTS/FUNDRAISING

Halloween Carnival
 
This is THE event you want to be involved in.  Our Halloween Carnival is a total blast for the kids and parents.  If you love to create haunted houses, gooey potions, spooky cauldrons and scary mazes, you absolutely need to sign up for this!

Winter Book Fair
 
Love books?  Help our kids find and purchase their new favorite book!  Our annual Book Fair is a huge success and we are always in need of parent volunteers to help with the operation.  

Pancake Breakfast / Mt Washington Made Craft Fair
 
The Pancake Breakfast/Mt. Washington Made event is legendary around these hills.  We’ve been known to have folks line up super early for a chance to nab the latest fashionable pants!  Help folks fill their bellies with yummy pancakes and delicious coffee or bag their new favorite find.  The kids love it, the parents love it, the community loves it!  Be a part of the crew that pulls off this amazing event.

Direct Appeal Campaign
 
This is our biggest and most important fundraising opportunity of the year.  The money we raise provides important educational programs, school equipment, and vital resources our children need in order to thrive.  Getting involved with this campaign is a great way to meet other families while having a positive impact on our students’ experience at MWE.

 
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CLASSROOM

Room Representative
 
Are you great with e-mail and want to take a leadership role in your child's classroom?  Room rep responsibilities vary based on the teacher, but each classroom needs help to recruit parent volunteers, promote PTA programs and events, and send weekly school/classroom updates to fellow class parents.  Each room rep acts as the teacher/parent liaison for their particular class, and every class needs one!

Classroom Volunteer
 
If you enjoy working directly with students or would love to lend your teacher a hand, this is for you!  You may work with students on various projects, take work home to prepare for activities or assignments, or chaperone a field trip.  LAUSD requires a volunteer application and proof of a negative TB test for all classroom volunteers.  Please see the Volunteer Application Process at https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/10443

Room Parent-Classroom/Yearbook Photographer
 
Are you always ready to capture that adorable moment in your child's life?  There are so many fun moments happening in the classroom and at events.  We need parents from each class who would love to document some memories for all of us to enjoy, and for the yearbook! 

 
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ART/CREATIVE


Arts Collective After School (ACAS)
 
Have fun with our makers after school!  Once a month during the school-year our committee collaborates with local artists to provide a creative and educational art session.  Help spark their imaginations!  Check out the ACAS page for more details: https://www.mwpta.org/arts-collective-after-school

PTA Reflections Art Program Committee
 
Every year our kids participate in the National PTA Reflections Art Program.  It's a wonderful chance for our students to showcase their talents.  We need parents who are able to assist in facilitating and curating the exhibit at our school.  For more information, visit Reflections Art Program https://www.pta.org/home/programs/reflections

 
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COMMUNITY/WELL-BEING

 
TK/K Playground Committee
 
This committee is exactly as it sounds!  We find fun imaginative and safe ways for our little ones to have a good time on our playground.  Join this team to help brainstorm new ideas and be a part of some wonderful creative activities such as the Loose Parts Program.  We guarantee seeing our tiniest Wolves having the time of their lives will be a reward in and of itself.

FOMWS Garden Committee
 
Do you have a connection to nature or are curious about plants and tiny wildlife?  You don't need a green thumb to be a part of this wonderful committee.  But if you do, this is definitely for you!  Help your child’s class learn about growing their own fruits and veggies, or help them figure out what kind of strange bug is lurking in their backyard!  Classroom Garden Reps get to see firsthand the joy and fun the kids have learning about the wonderful world around them.

FOMWS Green Team
 
Every Monday morning during the school year you will find Green Team parents out front collecting recyclables.  This not only helps our environment it helps our school.  Each student that brings in their recyclables receives a ticket and a prize winner is drawn during the morning assembly.  The kids love it!

Social-Emotional Committee
 
Social-emotional health is imperative.  Our kids need us to help navigate the emotional ups and downs of life.  Plus, parenting is hard, so we parents need each other too!  This committee is designed to help us learn the tools and resources that are needed to support our children on their path to adulthood.  Learn more about this wonderful committee: https://www.mwpta.org/socialemotional

 
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