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If you’d like to be a part of classroom activities, please contact your child’s teacher with your ideas or just ask “How can I help?” There are lots of ways you can help the class, before, during, or after the school day, or at home.

This page gives a comprehensive list of ways to support our school outside of the individual classrooms.

Whole-School Parent Volunteer Opportunities

Whole School Picnic


Setup, cleanup, walking with classes to the park, serving food, running games, supervising free play activities.30-40 volunteers

Work with Principal and Family Liaison

Camping and Outdoor Adventures

(October and March/April)

Assist teachers with planning, purchasing and organizing food for campouts.  Also could assist with planning field trips such as hiking and kayaking. 2-3 people per grade level to work with classroom teachers, Family Liaison
15+ to pull off event

(Early November)

Super fun weekend school carnival!  Games, prizes, food, aguas frescas, jumpy house, face painting, dunk tank (!) etc.3-5 organizers to work with Family Liaison
25+ to pull off event
Book Fair

(Dec., week before winter break)

Set up, help with selling books, clean up1 person to organize; about 15 to work 2 hour shifts in library

Work with Librarian

Project Open House Support

(Dec. and May)

Purchase and set up snacks (milk and cookies/root beer floats), help with cafeteria clean up2-4 people

Work with Principal

Bilingual Student Celebration


Dinner and dessert, decorations, certificates for all students who speak more than one languageELAC members and 10 people for set-up, serving and clean-up

Family Liaison supports as well

Pancake Breakfast

(March or April)

Pancakes, sausages, fruit salad, coffee, juice

Paul Griffiths band, jumpy house, face painting

2-4 organizers to work with Family Liaison
20+ to pull off
Mother and Father’s Day Celebration

(Early May)

Potluck weekend event at SFC.  Support needed with extra food, decorations, set-up and clean-up.Mzuri + ELAC and 10 people for set-up, serving and clean-up

Family Liaison supports as well

5th Grade Graduation

(End of May)

Potluck, certificates and decorations3-5 people to plan, set-up and clean-up

Work with Principal, 4/5 teachers

8th Grade Graduation

(End of May)

SFC Tradition:  7th grade families do the food and decorations planning, set up, serve food, and clean up at the event.3-5 to plan, 8-10 to run event

Work with Principal, Middle School Advisors

Ongoing Throughout the Year:
Fundraising crewBrainstorm and implement new ideas for raising money for our school – maybe raffles or auctions, Box Tops for Education or getting families onboard with a fundraising app?2-5 people who work with PAC and possibly Family Liason and Principal
Outreach CrewHelp with school tours (October-early December), represent SFC at Parents for Public Schools and SFUSD enrollment fair (October)3-4 people who work with Principal
“Thank you” CrewCreate and send thank you cards to volunteers, donors, etc. on behalf of the school.  Also send out welcome postcards to incoming K families in the Spring.1-2 people who work with Family Liaison, Principal
T-Shirt Seller CrewTake and fill orders for T-shirts 1 x per semester, track sales, organize any shirt replenishments and get $ to Project Ole.  Also sell at 2 school events per year.2-3 people who work with Family Liaison
SFC History CrewHelp us tell our school’s story through the years!  Work with veteran staff to frame and display photos of SFC from past years.  Help get displays of SFC graduates framed and displayed.  2-3 people who work with Mary (Student Advisor) and Family Liaison
“Professional” Printing volunteersWe need color copies sometimes, especially around Project Open House, Bilingual Celebration and Graduations. We don’t have a color printer at school, so we need to get this done elsewhere.1-2 people who are contacted by the Principal and Secretary
Teacher and Staff Appreciation CrewOrganize and deliver teacher and staff gifts for holidays (Dec.) and teacher appreciation week (May)3-5 people who work with the Principal, Secretary and/or Family Liaison
School Beautification CrewPainting projects, bulletin boards, garden/playground tending, calling about trash on street2-4 people to work with the Family Liaison, organize projects and share information about

calling for trash removal

Imagination Playground & recess playCreate rules for play (in conjunction with teachers and noon monitors).  Set up, manage, clean up and store during recess times on upper or lower yard.1-5 people to work with Principal
Grant Writing CrewHelp with drafting grant applications, no experience needed!5-7 people to work with PAC (Project OLE) Grant Writers
Garden (join the garden listserv)Work with the Garden Educator to maintain the garden; monthly workdays and other special events.1 person as primary liaison with the Garden Educator; as many people as possible for workdays!
Technology (join the technology listserv)Assist staff with maintaining and troubleshooting computers; work on special events such as Hour of Code; help develop technology vision for school.1 person for primary liaison with principal & technology teachers; 5-10 to be in the primary working group
Library (join the library listserv)Shelve books; repair books; process new books.3-5 people to work with Librarian

See something you want to get involved in? Have a great idea for something you don’t see here? Contact us at volunteers_at_my-sfcs.org.