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Parent Volunteer Opportunities

Many of the Parent Association’s activities have one need in common – volunteers! There are volunteer opportunities for every interest and schedule. To get involved contact your Parent Association Executive Committee, Class Reps, Event Coordinator, or the PA/Staff Contact(s) listed for each activity. Complete the Parent Volunteer Survey to let us know your interests!

Parent Volunteer Areas

Admissions Support

In October and November Seattle Academy hosts Open Houses for prospective students and families to visit and learn about our school. We host families for conversations and students for visit days November-February.  Parent volunteers play an important role as ambassadors and informal hosts through the Admission season. 

Arts and Athletics Volunteers

The Parent Association helps recruit parent volunteers to work with the Arts and Athletics Departments. In the Arts Department, volunteers help with performances, sets, costumes, ticket taking, and other aspects of both visual and performing arts shows. In the Athletics Department, parent volunteers work with the director and coaches to support athletic teams. Activities include coordinating treats for games, score keeping, or planning an end of season party. Volunteers are also needed to help with school-wide sports events such as Fall Sports Mania, Basketball Mania, and Spring Sports Mania.  

Class Gatherings and Potlucks

Classes typically host potlucks in the winter trimester, and class coffees and other informal gatherings throughout the year, to promote class connection and parent to parent contact. These events are organized by the Class Reps. Check the school calendar for specific dates, times, and locations.

Faculty Appreciation

Parent volunteers engage in a number of activities to recognize and thank faculty for their outstanding work. Faculty Appreciation events include the ever-popular Friday treats delivered weekly to the faculty lounges at the Middle School, Vanderbilt, STREAM, Arts Center, and Temple (now home to our Upper School Humanities Department!); Holiday Gift Baskets before winter break; and an End-of-Year Luncheon.

Logo Wear

Seattle Academy logo wear (hats, sweatshirts, etc.) is sold at special events throughout the year. Parent volunteers play a key role in organizing and managing logo wear sales.  

"Moving Up" 8th Grade Graduation

Parents/guardians of 7th graders organize the reception following the 8th grade “Moving Up” ceremony in June. 

Parent Education Programs

Programs of special interest to parents/guardians are planned and presented by the very active Parent Education Committee sponsored by the Parent Association. Parent Education events are often in cooperation with school faculty and counseling staff.

Ski Bus

The Parent Association organizes the Ski Bus program for students. Weekly trips to Stevens Pass happen throughout the ski season. Volunteers help with scheduling, budget, bus contracts, collecting payments, and arranging chaperones. 

2019-2020 Ski Bus Registration- Ski Bus is coordinated by the SAAS Parent Association. Registration ends December 6, 2019.

Welcome Program

Returning families welcome new families to Seattle Academy as ambassadors at events, organizing socials, and by serving as "summer mentors." Summer mentors call new families to answer questions and provide a helping hand during the transition from applicant to enrolled family and starting the school year.

Parent Association Officer Responsibilities

President

The President sets agenda and conducts Parent Association meetings; serves as ex-officio member of Board of Trustees; and coordinates activities of other Association officers. 

Vice Presidents

Vice Presidents oversee PA activities and manage parent volunteers in the following designated areas: Admissions Support; Faculty/Staff/Student Support; and PA Class Representatives support. 

Secretary

The Recording Secretary takes, transcribes, and distributes Association meeting minutes. 

Treasurer

The Treasurer keeps accounts of financial transactions of the Parent Association; deposits monies; and disburses funds.

Parent Education Chair

The Parent Education Chair leads the Parent Education Committee and execution of the Parent Education Programs.