A variety of district-level committees and advisory councils, such as the Curriculum Advisory Council, Finance Advisory Committee, Special Education Advisory Council, and Community Education Advisory Council, are important ways parents can help shape district policies, procedures, and programs. For more information, log onto www.edenpr.org or call (952) 975-7150.
The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) at each elementary school is comprised of parents working to enhance your child’s school experience. The group sponsors family-oriented social and/or academic activities during the year and also organizes a wide variety of parent volunteer programs. The PTO plans events that serve as fundraisers with money used for programs and curriculum supplements that directly benefit students.
Opportunities: Elementary schools offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that can vary by school and school year depending on need. Some of the possibilities include volunteering in the classroom, computer room, art classes, on the playground, or at lunch. Parents can also help with “Box Tops for Education,” vision and hearing screening, events, field trips and the PTO. If you are unable to make it to school, there are some opportunities to work on projects from home.
Procedures: Volunteer forms will be available at your school at the beginning of the school year. Please fill one out and return it at any time. Volunteers are required to follow the school security sign-in procedures. Staff are instructed to ask if they can help any visitor without a volunteer badge. This procedure has been developed in response to safety concerns. As you work with staff and students, information of a confidential nature may be shared with you. The problems, abilities, relationships, and confidences of students, their parents and staff should never be discussed with anyone who does not have a professional right or need to know. Like teachers, volunteers are bound by a code of ethics to keep confidential matters within the school.