Volunteering

As an important part of our school community, each family at Ridgeline has committed to donating 40 hours of volunteer time. Ridgeline Montessori is an amazing community of committed and caring families. We rely on family involvement to organize, facilitate, and participate in a wide variety of activities. Not only does volunteering enrich the educational environment for our students, it also brings us together as a community. Welcome to Ridgeline and the volunteer community!

How can I help?

The possibilities are endless! Here is a sampling of the HUGE list of activities that our parents help out with:
  • In the classroom (reading with students, making materials, chaperoning on field trips, sharing expertise through special projects, and classroom maintenance).
  • Office cleaning fairy, grounds cleanup, working in the garden, events setup and cleanup, planning events, vision screening day helpers, serving on councils and boards, working in the cafeteria, directing traffic in the parking lot, sewing, gym assistants, making Spanish materials…and much, much more!

What's required?

Fill out a background check form and volunteer interest form. Ridgeline Montessori requires criminal background checks on any volunteers (including parents) who:
  • have unsupervised contact with students; 
  • have a regular and ongoing assignment at the school; 
  • will be off campus with students in an unsupervised situation, including driving students on field trips; 
  • are mentors to a student or students; 
  • act in the capacity of coach or activity director; or 
  • are unknown to the school or department staff.
Folks can volunteer at Ridgeline without a background check if they are:

  • NOT alone with students, and
  • NOT off campus with students in an unsupervised situation, including driving on a field trip.

If you will be driving students, you'll need to submit a completed proof-of-auto-insurance form along with other documents as requested.

How do I find out about volunteer opportunities?

Why do I need to sign in and record my hours? How do I do it?

Whenever parents or other family members put in volunteer time at Ridgeline, we want to know about it! This is vital information, especially when we are applying for grants. The greater the participation and support for our school that we can document, the greater chance we have of receiving generous grants. Even when you reach your 40-hour goal, please continue to record your hours. Last year our families logged more than 10,000 hours!

In the office there is a binder with volunteer log sheets. Please record all volunteer activities on this sheet, writing down the type of activity and the number of hours devoted to it. (A parent is in charge of tracking the volunteer hours and breaking it down by category so we can see what percentage of our volunteers' time is spent where).

To volunteer with students or at school during school hours, you need to have an approved background check. Forms are available in the office. Once you are cleared, you will receive a green name tag. Keep this in the volunteer-name-tag binder, and wear it whenever you volunteer. If you do not have your name tag, you will need to be escorted throughout the building.

Thank you for joining our community of volunteers! If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We look forward to working with you!



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