How You Can Help

Everyone at John Muir has something to share. Below are some of the volunteer opportunities.

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Summer garden volunteers needed!
We need summer helpers who can water and help harvest the bounty of the gardens our students have planted. Sign up for watering shifts during the summer for the beds in front of the school and at the playground (can take about one hour). After you sign up, you will receive an email reminder with information on what is ready for harvest and specific info on new plantings or garden issues to be aware of. 
Sign up here

Coffee Fridays!
Fridays 7:45 AM – 8:05 AM
Greet parents as they drop off children.  Provide coffee and baked goods with the idea of building community and allowing a space for the community to linger and talk.  This is a PTA sponsored and reimbursed event.  Contact, if you’d like to volunteer.

Volunteer hour
Fridays 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Drop in after Coffee Friday to help complete teacher projects. Meet at the Coffee table at 8 a.m. each Friday to help.

Lunch Room Helper
Weekdays 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM. 
Help students navigate the social and emotional demands of school in the less structured environment of the school cafeteria. Maintain orderly conduct, dismiss for composting and recess. Make friends and be a positive role model for all students.

Library Helper
Help classrooms during their weekly library hour. Help kids checkout; shelve books; possibly read to kids; and help the kids on laptop computers. Help on Wednesdays (morning or afternoon) in the back room processing books, entering them into the library database, covering, stamping, putting on barcodes – no direct work with kids.  Great for a detail oriented person who likes quiet and to work alone. Volunteers report to Steve Marsh, our librarian.

All-School Dance
A well-attended and popular event!  Help create posters for school. Reserve the DJ. Coordinate volunteers to bring snacks, set up, chaperone and clean up.

Teacher Appreciation Week
Typically held the first or second week of May. 
Celebrate staff and teachers during a week of PTA organized events, including a potluck lunch at school, coffee delivery, thank you notes and flowers.

Art Room Helper
Help our art teacher, Julie Trout by doing any of the following prep materials (cutting, rolling clay, organizing) for art class and help mount  artwork.  Mounting can be done from home or in the art classroom.  Help in the classroom with students (on Mondays and Wednesdays only).  Help hang art work once a month.  Visit her amazing website.  Please contact Julie Trout.

Student Directory
Create a school-wide “phone book” for families to connect outside of school for playdates and birthday parties, or coordinate after school pickups. Point person would distribute forms, perform data entry, manage printing and distribution of completed directory.

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