Volunteer Opportunities Abound…

This is an exciting time to be part of the Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts Community. While we all worked together to make the best of things over the past two years, arrival back at the renovated Humboldt Street campus has felt like a fresh start and the current of enthusiasm and hope is infectious. It was palpable at SACO’s playground build day event in June, and the school was positively crackling with renewed energy over the first two weeks on the new campus.

As we begin using the Humboldt campus, we are learning about how it works. Simple stuff like remembering to sign in at the office before proceeding onto the campus to volunteer, or knowing where the bathrooms are located. Getting our kids safely to and from campus. Because the school administration’s communication system (autodialers, emails, etc) is not up and working yet after the district upgraded it, SACO is including key information from Principal Vogel in the SACO weekly email. If you are not yet receiving the SACO weekly email, please sign up!

This year, the school sent out a form requiring families to acknowledge SRCSA’s 20 hour per family volunteer requirement. It is important to know that volunteer opportunities are abundant, and especially so during the months of September and October. One of the important roles SACO plays is communicating these opportunities and helping recruit volunteers for key school events. We would love to make sure everyone is aware of the options, and we hope you’ll consider attending the September SACO meeting planned for Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 PM in the MPR. This is the best place to get information, meet SRCSA families and teachers, and to contribute positively to school life.

Here is an overview of the key volunteer opportunities for September/October:

September SACO Meeting – Tuesday, September 12

Earn one volunteer hour by attending SACO’s first meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 PM in the MPR.

Campus Beautification – Saturday, September 30 (revised date!)

We are re-starting weekend campus beautification opportunities this year! These provide a great opportunity for families who can’t volunteer during the school week to earn volunteer hours on a Saturday morning. Planning is underway for the first event and an online sign up sheet will be available soon.

Art Walk – Friday, October 13

Art Walk is SRCSA’s annual walkathon and party planned for Friday, October 13! We need 50+ adult volunteers to assist with organizing, setting up, staffing, and cleaning up the event. Teachers will also look for volunteers to help lead the younger kids around the course. The Art Walk kick-off meeting was held on Friday, August 25 and we welcome everyone to get involved.

At this time of the year, SACO is actively recruiting a parent or two from each classroom to work with the other class parents to create the prize basket for each class. These prize baskets are primarily used to motivate students to get a ton of exercise, since they earn a raffle ticket for each completed lap and the baskets are very inspiring. Once we have a class basket captain for each class, outreach to families typically begins in mid-September. The sign up sheet is online. More information at the September SACO meeting!

Halloween Carnival – Tuesday, October 31

Each year, SACO hosts a free after-school carnival for SRCSA students. This fun, low-key event brings families together for wholesome-yet-spooky fun. We’re planning to hold the event on Halloween this year. Just like last year, the carnival will begin immediately after school beginning at 1:20 for kindergartners, 2:20 for grades 1-5, and 2:50 for grades 6-8. We need volunteers to staff the carnival but more importantly we are looking for parents to help plan this year’s event. Join our group of Halloween loving SRCSA parents if you can. Are you able to build cool things? Evening and weekend volunteer hours can be earned building new games for the event. Love to bake? We’ll have a cake walk and will need cakes.┬áThe Halloween planning kick off meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 1 at 8:15 AM.

Ongoing – Stop.Drop.Go.

The school is looking for volunteers to assist with the drop off system in the morning before school.