The Oak Hill Montessori Parent Association supports Oak Hill Montessori's administration and staff in carrying out the mission of the school, which is to provide a learning environment that embraces Montessori principles, fosters a love of learning and empowers children to develop to their full potential.
The Parent Association does this by providing a coordinated means of volunteering, by organizing and hosting social and informational events that enrich the community and by participating in fundraising events as designated by our Head of School.
Oak Hill Montessori relies heavily on the generosity and support of our parent volunteers. It has been estimated that over 6,000 volunteer hours are donated each year (about 40 hours/family). This equates to an enormous financial savings for our school, as well as providing parents the opportunity to be involved with the school, connect with each other and be an integral part of our Oak Hill Montessori Community.
Building a sense of belonging and community is central to Oak Hill Montessori. We intentionally focus our efforts on fostering friendships and making volunteering fun, and in so doing enrich our school for our children, our families and visitors. We value traditions and gatherings such as the Ice Cream Social, Parent Education evenings, Open Houses, our holiday celebration, staff appreciation luncheon, and the end-of-the-year family picnic. See Oak Hill Montessori Events
for a complete list.
We try to make our school events relaxing and festive, with beautiful settings and sumptuous refreshments to fit the occasion. This requires the efforts of many, and all are welcome to volunteer efforts, large and small, in whatever capacity you can reasonably participate. Thanks to the efforts of our dedicated volunteers, the Oak Hill Montessori Community remains strong and vital, costs are held down, and your children see and understand what it means to be a committed volunteer.
How do I Volunteer?
In an effort to draw on the many talents of our parent community we solicit volunteers in a variety of ways:
In the fall we send out a form that asks each parent to list their skills, talents and hobbies. Then we develop a database from which the organizers of an event can generate a list of people who would likely be interested in helping with a specific event or have the skills (such as photography, painting or decorating) needed for the event. About a month prior to the event, those who indicated they were interested in particular events will be called to see if they are still available to help.
News & Notes
We place announcements in News & Notes about a month before an event soliciting volunteers.
For some of our bigger events (like the Winter Solstice Celebration and the Spring Auction), we send out a link for you to sign up via email. If there is a specific Committee you'd like to work with, please contact the Committee Chairperson.
What if Something Changes After I Return the Volunteer Form?
If you change your mind during the year, learn a new skill that you'd like to share with the school, or your availability changes—no worries! If you checked off your interest in a particular event we'll always call you in plenty of time before the event to see if you're still available. If you'd like to update your Volunteer Form throughout the year, just call the office and someone will give you a copy of your current form so you can see what you originally checked. Then you can update your information and we'll update our records in the volunteer database.