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It Takes a Village

Parent and community volunteers are integral to our school’s success. From working with students, to beautifying the grounds, to fundraising, to offering enrichment opportunities and special events, our school would not be the unique community it is without our Volunteers. There are many ways for you to get involved in our community. You can simply help with events, join a team or volunteer to take on a leadership role. Scroll down to find more information about these opportunities. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Just generally want to help out? Fill out this form to let us know what you are interested in doing at THES. At the bottom of the page you will find more information about ongoing volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Form

Leadership Roles

We currently have the following openings for Leadership positions:


PTA Vice President

Supports the President, helps to keep track of the PTA calendar and supports PTA event coordinators. Average time commitment- 1 hour/week (sometimes more near events or on board meeting weeks).

Filled! PTA Secretary

Takes notes at monthly PTA board meetings and bi-monthly general meetings. Average time commitment- 2-3 hours/month

Carnival Co-Coordinator

A THES tradition since the 1950s, Fall Carnival is a night filled with games, food, and fun- all while raising money to support our school! Help us keep this awesome tradition alive by volunteering as Carnival Co-Coordinator. Duties include supervising teams of volunteers to organize games/booths, provide publicity, recruit volunteers, solicit donations and arrange for logistics at the event. We have one co-coordinator identified but need to find another to make next year’s Carnival happen! Time Commitment: 1-2 hours/week in Sept/Oct, (more the week of the event).

Filled! Hospitality Coordinator

Organizes volunteers to provide hospitality and food for our Young Writers’, Young Artist and Young Scientists’ Workshops. Time Commitment: 1 hour/week in weeks prior to the events, (more the day before and day of event).

T-shirt Sales Coordinator

Organizes volunteers to sell T-shirts and other merchandise, tracks inventory, and publicizes and arranges logistics for sales. Time Commitment:1 hour/week to prepare for sales (more during sales) primarily in August/September

Filled! Box Tops Coordinator

Helps organize collection schedule, counts box tops, and publicizes program. Time Commitment: 3-4 hours for each collection date, approximately 3 times a year.

Welcome Coffee Coordinator

Arranges publicity, coffee, snacks, decorations, and volunteers at the event. Time Commitment: 1 hour/week in weeks prior to the event.

eFolder Leader

Helps to collect information and reminders for the weekly e-folder.  Average Time Commitment: 1-2 hours/week.

Carnival Co-Coordinator

A THES tradition since the 1950s, Fall Carnival is a night filled with games, food, and fun- all while raising money to support our school! Help us keep this awesome tradition alive by volunteering as Carnival Co-Coordinator. Duties include supervising teams of volunteers to organize games/booths, provide publicity, recruit volunteers, solicit donations and arrange for logistics at the event. We have one co-coordinator identified but need to find another to make next year’s Carnival happen!Time Commitment: 1-2 hours/week in Sept/Oct, (more the week of the event).


Carnival Co-Coordinator

A THES tradition since the 1950s, Fall Carnival is a night filled with games, food, and fun- all while raising money to support our school! Help us keep this awesome tradition alive by volunteering as Carnival Co-Coordinator. Duties include supervising teams of volunteers to organize games/booths, provide publicity, recruit volunteers, solicit donations and arrange for logistics at the event. We have one co-coordinator identified but need to find another to make next year’s Carnival happen!
Time Commitment
: 1-2 hours/week in Sept/Oct, (more the week of the event).

Rock Store Leader

The ROCK store allows students to trade in their hard earned ROCK tickets (given for positive behavior) for prizes.  The ROCK store leader will order prizes and organize volunteers to run the ROCK store each month. Time Commitment: varies depending on number of volunteers helping. Approximately 3-4 hours 1-2 Fridays a month.

Teacher Appreciation Co-Leader

Leads the team that organizes events which make our teachers and staff feel loved!

Volunteer Co-Coordinator

Works with our current coordinator to train and place volunteers for the school.  Volunteer Coordinators also assist event leaders with creating volunteer sign ups and maintaining the volunteer database.  Time Commitment: 1-2 hours a week in the first weeks of school.  1-2 hours a month the rest of the year.  
Time Commitment
: 1-2 hours a week in the first weeks of school.  1-2 hours a month the rest of the year.

Wednesday Folder Leader

Arranges materials and supervises volunteers at the filling of Wednesday Communication Folders each week.
Time Commitment: ~1.5 hours weekly on Wednesday mornings.

Young Writer’s Workshop Assistant

Our current Coordinator is amazing, but she’s looking for someone who can help with the lower grade presentation, presenter gifts and thank you notes. She’s got contacts and systems already in place for these tasks, and just needs someone to stay on top of them.  
Time Commitment:
1 hour/week in weeks prior to the event & assistance at the event.

If you are interested in learning more about these positions, please contact:

volunteers@travisheightselementary.com

Join A Team!

Communications Team

This group helps ensure that parents are kept informed about what’s happening at the school by updating the website, bulletin boards, maintaining our social media presence, and sending the e-folder/Wednesday Folder each week.

Fall Carnival Team

The group behind the Fall carnival fun! Help is needed to organize booths, food, supplies, signs, set up and more.

Cultural Festival Team

Organizes this event which celebrates the diverse cultures of our school. Team members are needed to arrange performers, organize cultural tables and the Mercado, and handle logistics.

Fundraising Team

Members are needed for a variety of tasks including: identifying potential donors and partners, researching or writing grant proposals, requesting donations, building business partnerships, writing or designing communication materials, planning fun events, and more.  Contact the fundraising team at fundraising@travisheightselementary.com and thank you!

Grants Team

This group researches grant opportunities and writes grants which are essential to help keep our academic programs running.

Advocacy Team

Works with the larger community to enlist support for our school and families

If you are interested in learning more about these positions, please contact:

volunteers@travisheightselementary.com

Ongoing Opportunities

Assisting Students

Help is always needed leading learning groups, reading with kids, tutoring, and assisting with special projects in the classrooms.

Workroom Helpers

Help make copies, laminate, make die cuts, or prepare materials for teachers or the office

Wednesday Folder

Show up Wednesday mornings to help stuff folders. Come when you can and stay as long as you are able! No commitment required!

Library Helpers

Shelving books- Drop in anytime and shelve a few books, every little bit helps!

Creative Projects

Creative individuals are needed to help with creating and updating bulletin boards, making signs, photography and design work

Beautification/Outdoors

Help keep THES looking great by sharing your gardening talents.

Chicken coop

Animal lovers are needed to help care for our chickens on weekends and school holidays.

Translation

Help to translate letters, flyers, forms and emails from English to Spanish.

Staff Appreciation

Volunteers are needed to help with organizing events to show our teachers and staff how much their hard work means!

Technical Support

Help with database or website maintenance and other technical needs

Sign up here to help with these ongoing needs:

Ongoing Volunteer Form

Volunteer Orientation

All new volunteers are encouraged to attend a Volunteer Orientation. If you are not able to attend an orientation, the pdf below contains the training information we go over in the sessions. Please read it and familiarize yourself to the contents. If you have any questions you may contact the Volunteer Coordinator: volunteers@travisheightselementary.com

THES Volunteer Training Handouts 2017

Orientation Dates 2017-18

  • Tuesday, August 29th-8am
  • Tuesday, September 13th-8am
  • Thursday, September 28th- 8am

Annual Background Check

Volunteers who will be working directly with children should request a background check each year. This includes Field Trip Chaperones, Tutors, and Classroom Helpers. This process can take a couple of weeks, especially at the beginning of the school year, so submit yours early! (Note: Background checks do not check immigration status & information is not shared with other agencies.)

Instructions for Requesting a Background Check:

  • Go to: austinpartners.org
  • Select the Volunteer button
  • Select School Based Volunteer
  • You can choose to make a donation or click through without donating
  • Select Travis Heights Elementary from the school-based volunteers list
  • Choose School volunteer
  • Information about what the background check looks for is available by clicking the Background Check Guidelines link
  • Complete the information requested for the background check.

If you have questions or concerns about the Background Check process or need assistance in completing the online form, please contact the Parent Support Specialist (414-4495) or Volunteer Coordinator: volunteers@travisheightselementary.com

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