Parent Volunteer Opportunities

Advancement Office

Annual Fund Committee

The Walker School Annual Fund Committee helps educate our community about the Annual Fund and the many ways it directly benefits our students, faculty and programs each year. Walker is very grateful for the time and dedication these parent volunteers give to make the Annual Fund a great success!
  Date: Academic year
  Contact: Cathy LaClaire

Grandparents & Special Friends Day

Grand Day is a biennial event held for our Preschool and Lower School families.  Parents are needed to help greet and check-in visitors and provide assistance to faculty and staff for activities that take place during the event.
   Date: Fall = PS and LS (1st – 4th)
            Spring = 5th Grade
   Contact: Maria Rigby

Alumni Homecoming Activities

   Date: Fall
   Contact: Maria Rigby

Wolverine Warehouse

The Wolverine Warehouse, our school store, is open during school hours and offers quality spirit wear, school supplies, PE and field trip uniforms. The Warehouse is looking for volunteers interested in staffing our open hours and special events.

   Contact:

Groovin' on the Green

Groovin' on the Green is the annual spring event hosted by the WSA, POTA and the Walker Backers. It is a fun picnic for parents and guests, Chastain-style, with live music, table decoration competition and raffles.

Last year's event featured Extra Credit, the fabulous band comprised of talented Walker teachers. Click here for photos of the event.

   Date: May 7, 2016 (tentative)
   Location: 310 Oakhurst Ln, Marietta
   Contact: Erin Tudor

To register: http://thewalkerschool.maestroweb.com/

Click for printable EVENT PARKING map

WSA Volunteer Opportunities

WSA Board Members

The Walker School Association (WSA) Board Member selection process starts in the winter by a Nominating Committee who will solicit input from the parents in the school community. The New Officer Slate is announced in March and voted on in April.
   Contact: WSA

Parent Ambassadors

The Ambassadors will serve their respective school division as liaisons between the WSA, parents and administrative staff.  All School Ambassadors are appointed in conjunction and with the approval of their respective school administrations. The  Middle School Ambassador functions as a special liaison to the Middle School Principal. The  Upper School Ambassador is also a sitting member of the Upper School Parent Council as approved by the Upper School Administration.
   Contact: WSA


Staff Appreciation

The Staff Appreciation events provide our faculty and staff with a small break from their classrooms to thank them for all of their hard work. The WSA and its volunteers provide meals or snacks as well as classroom/recess coverage to provide this well-deserved opportunity for teachers.
   Dates: Sept 3 and Nov 6, 2015,
              Feb 9 and May 5, 2016
   Contact: Jennifer Slipakoff or Amy Beaver

Fall Festival

One of our biggest events of the year, the Fall Festival, is a fair hosted on an October weekend with costumes, food, face painting and carnival games as well as a visit to the famed Bat Cave.  Each LS grade will play a role in the Festival while the PS provides exciting auction baskets.
   Contact: WSA

Secret Shop

The much anticipated Secret Shop is held between Thanksgiving and the Holiday Break each year. This is a time when holiday helpers assist students in finding the perfect items (gifts sold at wholesale prices) for family members. Our holiday helpers are busy during the summer so our little shoppers will have many choices and will be happy with the gifts they purchase.

      Secret Shop Wrapping

      Nov 19, 20 and 23, 2015
      Coca-Cola Family Auditorium

         Contact: Emily Wottrich

      Shopping Helpers

      Nov 30 - Dec 4, 2015
      Coca-Cola Family Auditorium
         Contact: Emily Wottrich

Spring Walker Spirit Auction

For many years, the WSA has hosted an annual auction to celebrate our tremendous community and the wonders of The Walker School. Throughout the past decade, faculty, staff and parents have put together an incomparable list of offerings. The Spring Auction  will focus on the favorite traditions from the Walker Spirit category!
   Dates: TBD
   Contact: Erin Tudor

Fundraising Volunteer

The WSA, the Walker Backers and POTA have come together to create an Educational Rewards program to organize and promote opportunities such as Box Tops for Education, the online Magazine Sale, Amazon Smile, Publix Partners, and Target REDcard, so that as a group, we may maximize our benefits for the school. Funds raised support promotion of the arts programs, our athletic teams, Fall Festival, Staff Appreciation, Secret Shop and many other programs supported by WSA, Walker Backers and POTA. The fundraising volunteer will coordinate, investigate and manage all approved reward programs, from retailers to manufacturers, under the guidance of the WSA Treasurer and the school administration.
   Contact: WSA

Walker Backers Volunteer Opportunities

Concessions

The Walker Backers are looking for volunteers to staff the concession stand at all athletic events.
   Contact: Brad Slade

Golf Tournament

Mark your calendars for the 2015 Tournament to be held on April 20th, 2015. We look forward to having you join us this year!
   Contact: Brad Slade

Fundraising Volunteer

The WSA, the Walker Backers and POTA have come together to create an Educational Rewards program to organize and promote opportunities such as Box Tops for Education, the online Magazine Sale, Amazon Smile, Publix Partners, and Target REDcard, so that as a group, we may maximize our benefits for the school. Funds raised support promotion of the arts programs, our athletic teams, Fall Festival, Staff Appreciation, Secret Shop and many other programs supported by WSA, Walker Backers and POTA. The fundraising volunteer will coordinate, investigate and manage all approved reward programs, from retailers to manufacturers, under the guidance of the WSA Treasurer and the school administration.
   Contact:

POTA Volunteer Opportunities

POTA Board Members

The Executive Board of Officers of POTA shall consist of not less than four (4) nor more than fifteen (15) members and should include: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Liaisons, Communications Chair and Members at Large. All officers shall be active members in good standing with a student currently active in the Fine Arts program. POTA is currently looking for parents interested in leading the organization for the 2015-2016 academic year. Nominations will be announced via the Week at Walker newsletter in the Spring and the voting will occur in May.
   Contact: Cris Thornton

Fine Arts Teacher Liaisons

The Liaisons are responsible for direct communication with the teacher of the assigned discipline.  It is up to the liaison to help decipher the needs of the teacher, class, ensemble or group and communicate those needs to the POTA Executive Board. Other liaison responsibilities include, but are not limited to, hanging, labeling and packaging student art, chaperoning field trips, coordinating food and drinks for performers before concerts or performances, decorating the stage or venue according to the chosen theme, and recruiting more volunteers, when needed, in order to accomplish all the tasks of a given event.

Preschool Liaisons

Art (Mrs. Whittingham) = Kortney Struempf
Music (Mrs. Peebles) = Christine Foster
Chorus (Mrs. Peebles) = Pam Shah

Lower School Liaisons

Art (Mrs. Walker-Taylor) = Stephanie Light
Music (Mrs. Peebles) = Tammy Berry and Edivette Lopez
Chorus (Mrs. Peebles) = Aditi Patel

Middle School Liaisons

Art (Mrs. Simpson) = Nina Kapur
Drama (Mr. Smoot and Mrs. Hawk) = Melissa Gilbert
Band (Mr. Kofoed) = Bhavini Rajan and Jennifer Parker
Music/Chorus (Mrs. Walker) = Danielle Harriss
Orchestra (Mrs. Elliott) = Melinda Mason and Stacey Parlotto

Upper School Liaisons

Art (Mr. Petersen) = Turin Mamoun and Ginny Brandes
Drama (Mrs. Arjona) = Andrea Dresdner and Kim Epstein
Band (Mr. Motter) = Karen Champagne and Markie Cohen
Music/Chorus (Mrs. Walker) = Debora Meunier
Orchestra (Mrs. Elliott) = Kathy Boden

Fundraising Volunteer

The WSA, the Walker Backers and POTA have come together to create an Educational Rewards program to organize and promote opportunities such as Box Tops for Education, the online Magazine Sale, Amazon Smile, Publix Partners, and Target REDcard, so that as a group, we may maximize our benefits for the school. Funds raised support promotion of the arts programs, our athletic teams, Fall Festival, Staff Appreciation, Secret Shop and many other programs supported by WSA, Walker Backers and POTA. The fundraising volunteer will coordinate, investigate and manage all approved reward programs, from retailers to manufacturers, under the guidance of the WSA Treasurer and the school administration.
   Contact:

Upper School Volunteer Opportunities

Spring Fever Cookout Parent Volunteers

Join in the fun during this community-building event! Volunteers will assist in wrapping hotdogs and hamburgers grilled by Chef Bob Murphy, as well as work along side of US Student Service Organization (SSO) volunteers. Multitask with other parents across divisions while cheering on our Wolverines!
   Dates: TBD
   Contact: Kirsten LaDue, USPC Chair

Senior Break

Once a month the Senior class is treated to a special break sponsored by their parents. These may carry a special theme, celebrate birthdays, or just provide an opportunity for the students to eat well and socialize.
   Dates: current academic year
   Contact: Jama Branham

US New Parent Mentor

Mentor establishes contact with assigned new or rising parents prior to entry to the Upper School and follows up throughout the year under the direction of the New Parent Committee Co-Chairs of the USPC.  One-on-one relationship starts dialogue regarding Upper School and gives another point of contact should questions arise or direction needed.  Mentors will be given several opportunities to meet new/rising parents in person (e.g. US Wine & Cheese, summer cookout, New Parent Trivia Night, etc.)  Prefer parent with Upper School student willing to befriend new students.
   Dates: current academic year
   Contact: Kirsten LaDue, USPC Chair

US Parent Council

To get involved in Upper School Parent Council, please email the corresponding chairperson.
   Contact: USPC Chair

Bowden Library Volunteer

Middle and Upper School parent volunteers can help in the operation of the Bowden Library in a myriad of ways. Volunteer duties include barcoding books, placing spine labels on books, placing covers on books, and re-shelving library materials.
  Contact: Rebecca Condon or
  Tom Auger, US Head Librarian

International Day

The Walker School International/Cultural Awareness Day celebration occurs every other school year and is an opportunity for our entire school community to learn about and celebrate the many cultures that shape this country.  Traditional activities associated with this celebration include but are not limited to: A Tour of Nations, Taste of Nations and a Parade of Nations. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate.
   Date: TBD
   Contact: Beatriz Alvarado, Director of Multicultural Affairs

Art Room Volunteers

See POTA Volunteer Opportunities tab.

Music Volunteers

See POTA Volunteer Opportunities tab.

Middle School Volunteer Opportunities

Spring Fever Cookout Parent Volunteers

Join in the fun during this community-building event! Volunteers will assist in wrapping hotdogs and hamburgers grilled by Chef Bob Murphy, as well as work along side of US Student Service Organization (SSO) volunteers. Multitask with other parents across divisions while cheering on our Wolverines!
   Dates: TBD
   Contact: Kirsten LaDue, USPC Chair

Advisory Parents

In the Middle School, room parents are assigned to a particular Advisory Class. Accepting the responsibilities of an Advisory Parent requires organization, flexibility, and some investment in time. For those who make the investment, the rewards are substantial. Your time benefits the teachers, administration, and most importantly, the children. Advisory Parents help by supporting the MS teachers, administrators and the WSA coordinating new family events, MS social activities and special events. Advisory Parents also help coordinate Teacher/Advisory Students activities.
   Date: 2015-2016 academic year
   Contact: Kevin Tilley, Interim MS Principal

MS Parent Council

To get involved in the Middle School Parent Council, please contact the corresponding chairperson.
   Contact: Darcy Beard, MSPC Chair

Parent Partners

A Parent Partner is a parent of a rising 7th or 8th grader who serves as an experienced point of contact for parents whose child is new or rising to the Walker Middle School.
Parent Partners is a new mentor program designed to help welcome and transition new and rising parents to the Middle School by pairing them with an experienced Middle School parent. This relationship will enhance communication, strengthen community, reduce stress, enhance parent satisfaction, and promote a long-term commitment to Walker.
   For more information email walkerparentpartner@gmail.com
   or contact: Christine Stoltz, Denise Crider, or Jenn Washington

MS New Family Mentors and Cicerone Ambassadors

Mentors are 8th grade students that establish contact with assigned new or rising 6th grade students prior to entry to the Middle School and follow up throughout the year. This one-on-one relationship from an experienced MS student allows dialogue and gives another point of contact should questions arise. Cicerone Ambassadors are current Walker 5th grade students paired with a rising 6th grade student that will be new to our school.  Although new to the middle school, these current students are familiar with the Walker community and will be a familiar face in classes on that first day of school. Both ambassadors' and mentors' families will be asked to reach out to new families throughout the summer, answer any questions and to make this exciting transition time as smooth as possible.
   Dates: current academic year
   Contact: Kristie Cowan

Faculty/Student Lunches

Once a week, faculty will eat with a group of students during lunch. The first lunches will be with their advisers. Afterwards, faculty and students will be randomly assigned to tables, providing an opportunity for students and faculty to engage with those whom they normally do not interact.
   Date: Throughout the year
   Contact: Mrs. Terri Woods, Administrative Assistant

8th Grade Lunches

Each quarter, our 8th grade students are treated to a special lunch hosted by a group of dedicated parents. They will have the dining hall to themselves and the food is catered by a favorite restaurant. Every year, volunteers are needed to head up and coordinate these lunches. If you are a current 7th grade parent interested in participating with this project next year, please let us know!
   Date: current academic year, once per quarter
   Contact: Kristie Cowan or Melinda Mason

Staff Appreciation - Cafeteria and Recess Monitors

Four to six times per year, the WSA will host Staff Appreciation events for our wonderful faculty and staff. Parents are needed to cover the cafeteria and recess yard so that the teachers are able to enjoy this opportunity. The requests for assistance will be made via the Friday Week at Walker newsletter, but if you are interested in participating, you may also contact the below representatives!
   Date: 9/3/15, 11/6/15, 2/6/16, 5/5/16
   Contact: Kristie Cowan or Melinda Mason

Spring Social

This is a daytime party and social event where Middle School students enjoy great food, music and fun outdoor activities for everyone. Although teachers will be supervising the drop off, dance, and pickup, parent volunteers are also needed to help monitor the different activities and the large field space. If you are interested in participating in this year’s event, please let us know.
   Date: TBD
   Contact: Kristie Cowan or Melinda Mason

MS Retreat

The Middle School Retreat is a unifying event that involves all MS faculty and students in a day of competitions that focus on fun, team-building and creativity!  The students are divided into teams designated by color t-shirts and participate in a variety of activities that often include warm-ups, games, problem-solving activities, and obstacle course elements. Volunteers are needed for set-up, clean-up, and in some cases, event supervision or water station monitoring. 
   Date: August 28, 2015
   Contact: Mrs. Terri Woods, Administrative Assistant

MS Movie Night

Each fall, the administration sponsors a MS Movie Night for all Middle School students. Taking place after school, volunteers are need to coordinate the event as well as purchase and sell concessions, decorate, set-up and clean-up.
   Date: October or November
   Contact: Kristie Cowan or Melinda Mason

Middle School Holiday Dance

The Holiday Dance is a formal event that takes place in the Dining Hall. Coordinator Jennifer Smith is always looking for assistance with this event, which might include developing decorations, painting props, or shopping for food or decorations. There is also a tremendous need for parents to help with set up the two days before the event and clean up the following morning.
   Date: December
   Contact: Jennifer Smith

Bowden Library Volunteer

Middle and Upper School parent volunteers can help in the operation of the Bowden Library in a myriad of ways. Volunteer duties include barcoding books, placing spine labels on books, placing covers on books, and re-shelving library materials.
  Contact: Rebecca Condon or
   Tom Auger, US Head Librarian

International Day

The Walker School International/Cultural Awareness Day celebration occurs every other school year and is an opportunity for our entire school community to learn about and celebrate the many cultures that shape this country.  Traditional activities associated with this celebration include but are not limited to: A Tour of Nations, Taste of Nations and a Parade of Nations. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate.
   Date: TBD
   Contact: Beatriz Alvarado, Director of Multicultural Affairs

Art Room Volunteers

See POTA Volunteer Opportunities tab.

Music Volunteers

See POTA Volunteer Opportunities tab.

Lower School Volunteer Opportunities

LS Room Parent

Being a Lower School Room Parent requires organization, flexibility and an investment in time. For those who make the investment, the rewards are substantial! In general, the role of room parents is to serve as the liaison between the teacher and parent regarding classroom events and activities. Room parents help communicate and coordinate class parties, Fall Festival volunteers, the Spring Showcase, and numerous other Walker community events. In the Spring, all parents are given an opportunity to express their interest in serving as a room parent. After class lists are finalized in June, room parents are determined and the principal communicates the room parent selections over the summer.
   Contact: Dorie Wiley, LS Administrative Assistant

LS Buddy Family

Being a Lower School Buddy family requires an investment in time over the late spring and summer. For those who make the investment, the rewards are substantial as buddy families welcome new students to The Walker School! In general, the role of buddy family is to serve as the welcoming committee for the new family and answer any questions the parent or child(ren) may have about the school. We ask our buddy families to schedule at least two "play dates" with the newly admitted student and to also try to attend two summer events for all new families. In the Spring, all parents are given an opportunity to express their interest in serving as a Buddy Family. In May and at times in the summer, buddy families are paired up with new students and connected via email.
   Contact: Dorie Wiley, LS Administrative Assistant

LS Library Volunteer

Winship Library volunteers can help shelve books, supervise the circulation desk, create bulletin boards, and assist with the Book Fair in the spring. Volunteers are needed only on Fridays.
   Contact: LS Media Specialist

LS Parent Council

To get involved in the Lower School Parent Council, please contact the corresponding chairpersons.

, Co-Chair
Sara Jones, Co-Chair

Staff Appreciation - Cafeteria and Recess Monitors

Four to six times per year, the WSA will host Staff Appreciation events for our wonderful faculty and staff. Parents are needed to cover the cafeteria and recess yard so that the teachers are able to enjoy this opportunity. The requests for assistance will be made via the Friday Week at Walker newsletter, but if you are interested in participating, you may also contact the below representatives!
   Date: 9/3/15, 11/6/15, 2/6/16, 5/5/16
   Contact: Your Child's Room Parent

International Day

The Walker School International/Cultural Awareness Day celebration occurs every other school year and is an opportunity for our entire school community to learn about and celebrate the many cultures that shape this country. Traditional activities associated with this celebration include but are not limited to: A Tour of Nations, Taste of Nations and a Parade of Nations. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate.
   Date: TBD
   Contact: Beatriz Alvarado, Coordinator of  Multicultural Programs and Services

Art Room Volunteers

See POTA Volunteer Opportunities tab.

Music Volunteers

See POTA Volunteer Opportunities tab.

Preschool Volunteer Opportunities

PS Room Parent

Serving as a Preschool Room Parent is a rewarding experience. Room parents are the classroom events and activities liaison between teacher and parent. They help communicate and coordinate Walker community events.In the Spring, all parents are given an opportunity to express their interest in serving as a room parent. After class lists are finalized, room parents are determined and will be contacted. If you are interested in being a Room Parent, please contact the Preschool.
   Contact: Luanne Bentley, PS Administrative Assistant

PS Library Volunteer

Preschool library volunteers can help shelve books, work the circulation desk, help out with the class activity, and assist with the Book Fair in the spring. Volunteers are scheduled month by month using Sign-Up Genius. Parents should contact Mrs. Zimmerman so that they can be added to the e-mail list for Sign-Up Genius
  Contact: Mrs. Karlyn Zimmerman, PS Technology and Media Specialist

PS Parent Council

To get involved in the Preschool Parent Council, please contact the corresponding chairpersons.
   TJ Ferguson, Chair
   Dave Lazzaroni
   Alfredo Seirotti

Staff Appreciation - Cafeteria and Recess Monitors

Four to six times per year, the WSA will host Staff Appreciation events for our wonderful faculty and staff. Parents are needed to cover the cafeteria and recess yard so that the teachers are able to enjoy this opportunity. The requests for assistance will be made via the Friday Week at Walker newsletter, but if you are interested in participating, you may also contact the below representatives!
   Dates: 9/3/2015, 11/6/2015, 2/9/2016, 5/5/2016
   Tammy Noel, 972-467-3809
   Jackie Wonder
   Amy Beaver
   Jen Slipakoff

International Day

The Walker School International/Cultural Awareness Day celebration occurs every other school year and is an opportunity for our entire school community to learn about and celebrate the many cultures that shape this country.  Traditional activities associated with this celebration include but are not limited to: A Tour of Nations, Taste of Nations and a Parade of Nations. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate.
   Date: TBD
   Contact: Beatriz Alvarado, Director of Multicultural Affairs

Art Room Volunteers

See POTA Volunteer Opportunities tab.

Music Volunteers

See POTA Volunteer Opportunities tab.