One of the PTSA's main focus areas is identifying, training and supporting parent volunteers to serve as school Vice Presidents, Grade Parents and Class Parents. In these roles, volunteers serve as advocates and resources to families in the District.
Each of the four schools is represented by 2-3 parent volunteers who serve as Vice Presidents and represent their school community on the PTSA Executive Committee. Vice Presidents also lead each school's Parent Advisory Council (PAC) along with a team of grade parents. The PAC is an anonymous forum for parents to submit school/District-wide questions and concerns to school administrators. Click here to learn more about PAC and submit a question.
Each grade in each school is represented by a volunteer Grade Parent, who is responsible for communicating with the families of students in that grade about upcoming news and events, helping to coordinate volunteers for programs and initiatives relevant to that grade, and assisting in school events.
Volunteer Class Parents at Dows Lane and Main Street School partner directly with each elementary school teacher to assist in class-related activities and work as a liaison between the teacher, the PTSA, and families with children in the class.
How do you volunteer to be a Vice President, Grade Parent or Class Parents? Vice Presidents are selected via an application and interview process run by a nomination committee. Grade Parents and Class Parents are selected through an online application process. We'll announce each year's application dates via our email newsletters and on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, so keep an eye out!
I'm not hearing from my Grade or Class Parent. What gives? Grade and Class Parents send communications to their class lists, which we compile each fall. If you're not receiving email communications from your Grade or Class Parent, reach out to them directly to ensure you are added to their list.