We welcome volunteers at our schools – we could not accomplish all that we do without your help! Volunteers enrich the learning environment, extend the teachers’ teaching time and expand our resources. Volunteers work under the direction of each classroom teacher who will explain the best way to provide support during the Fall Parent Information Night/Open House. You can sign up for specific activities and roles at that time. If you cannot attend, speak directly with your classroom teacher.
Volunteer opportunities in the classroom
Classroom teachers assign the role of Room Parent to one or more people at their discretion generally following the Fall Open House. Room parents facilitate communication between the teacher and the classroom parents, providing support to the teacher as the need arises. Room Parents may manage classroom volunteers, organize special events, assist with classroom supplies and traditionally coordinate the purchase of gifts to the teacher from the class.
CORI: criminal offender record information
All volunteers at the school are required to obtain “CORI” approval:
On November 27, 2002, chapter 385 of the Acts of 2002, “An Act Further Protecting Children,” was enacted. That law contains a provision authorizing school committees, Superintendents and Principals to have access to criminal offender record information (“CORI”) and requires that they obtain “all available” CORI of “any current or prospective employee or volunteer of the school department, who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children, including any individual who regularly provides school related transportation to children.”
To volunteer, you must update your CORI every three years. Visit the school office to complete a CORI check. Be sure to bring Photo identification such as a driver’s license or passport.
Volunteers must strictly respect the confidentiality of student information at all times. Any misuse of information results in the immediate termination of your volunteer services. As a volunteer, you are required to sign a confidentiality statement.
Due to safety concerns, we ask that even if you spend a substantial amount of time in the school on a regular basis that you not to bring younger siblings.
Volunteer opportunities: PTO
The mission of the Boxford PTO is raise money to enrich our children’s educational experience from pre-K through the 6th grade. Funds that are raised provide grants to teachers, purchase equipment and library books and fund curriculum enrichment programs and parent
seminars. Each school year, the PTO produces a directory of families and also publishes yearbooks for both schools. They also maintain an active website. The organization strives to bring the community together through events like the Fall Fundown, Annual Halloween Party, school talent shows, as well as other special events. Each Fall, the PTO holds its annual Membership Drive. By joining the PTO, parents can help support all of these wonderful initiatives. PTO meetings are held monthly, and parents are welcome to attend. There are many opportunities to get involved throughout the school year, and volunteers are always welcomed and appreciated.
For more information, visit http://boxfordpto.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer opportunities: BEST
The Boxford Elementary Schools Trust (BEST) is an all-‐‑volunteer, non-‐‑profit organization dedicated to fostering excellence in our public elementary schools by raising private funds to support the long-‐‑term strategic goals of our schools. Our efforts focus in the areas of innovative teaching tools and professional development.
Since it was founded in 1996, BEST has contributed over $500,000 to our elementary schools, funding the installation of SMART Board technology, laptop computers and iPads in our classrooms, supplemental programs in Math, Science and Art, as well as professional development grants for our teachers.
Over the years, BEST has continued to address the very real challenge of maintaining excellence in our schools in the face of changing financial climates. There is an important need for public schools to have funds over and above what is provided through taxes. This additional funding can help to make the difference between an average educational experience and one that is more meaningful.
For more information, visit http://bestforboxford.org or email email@example.com
Volunteer opportunities: D.A.S.H.
Disability Awareness Starts Here (D.A.S.H.) is a sensitivity awareness experience designed to educate elementary school students about a variety of disabilities. It provides them with the knowledge and insight to understand, be sensitive to and meet the special needs of people they encounter who have disabilities.
For more information, visit http://ttdash.org