Volunteer

Volunteer Information

Volunteer for as many, or as few, things as you would like! From classroom programs to potlucks, plant sales to school events, dances to graduation, there are so many ways for parents and families to volunteer. Volunteers make the difference between a good school and a great school. The time you dedicate matters very much – whether you can commit a little time or a great deal of time, on school premises or in your home – it counts! Thank you for the best gift you can give Seward Montessori, your valuable time.

Volunteer Opportunities Throughout the School Year

  • Seward PTA
    The Seward Montessori Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is the umbrella under which Seward Montessori parents come together to hold special events, donate much needed supplies, and keep bettering our best! The PTA supports its mission by raising money to fund field trips and after school activities, purchase classroom and media supplies, provide teacher and student grants, pay for child care for parents who wish to attend school meetings, and much more. ALL PARENTS are welcomed to participate at either a board meeting or a roundtable meeting.

  • Lunch and Recess
    Assisting students in the lunchroom including helping them to learn about composting and recycling. Play with them afterwards on the playground.

  • Classroom Volunteer
    Assist in a classroom as requested by the teacher. Opportunities may include: coordinating Scholastic book orders, organizing snacks, compiling Friday folders, making copies, organizing classroom community-building events, helping with classroom materials.

  • Room Parent
    We are looking for room parents for the 2021/2022 school year. This is a wonderful way to get involved in your child's class and help build a community outside the classroom. Room Parent Signup Form

  • Seward Montessori Site Council
    Through effective and inclusive communication and decision-making, the Seward Montessori Site Council acts to establish strategic planning, resource allocation, site-specific policies and processes designed to support the achievement of Seward students. Seward Montessori Site Council is open to any parent or community member who wants to work to improve the educations experience at Seward. Seward Montessori Site Council usually meets the first Friday of every month and during the monthly Seward Montessori Round Table the second Thursday of every month.

  • Photographers
    Take pictures for the school’s website, classroom web pages and the newsletter.

  • Splash monthly newsletter
    Help with the layout. Gather stories. Volunteer from home and keep this communication line open!

  • Donating baked goods for various events
    Donate food throughout the year during conferences, staff appreciation and special events.

Volunteer Opportunities Once a Year

  • Fall Family Potluck Picnic – Help at the first gathering of Seward families in September.

  • Kindergarten Drop Off Welcome new parents to Seward as they drop off their kinders for the first day.

  • Picture Days – Prepare children for their school photographs (one date in the Fall and Spring).

  • Seward Great Gathering Help plan our Great Gathering at Midtown Global Market.

  • Read Around – This fundraiser encourages all students to read in January/ February.

  • Book Fair – Help set-up this fun event where we recycle our used books, videos, music, etc.

  • E2 Dance – Help plan for this event for 4th and 5th grade families.

  • Courtyard – Help maintain the school’s courtyard: weeding, planting, laying mulch, etc in the Spring.

  • Plant Sale – The Spring Plant Sale volunteers are involved with sorting and labeling plants for pickup by the buyers. Volunteers may also help to bring loads of plants to cars.

  • Kindergarten Registration – Welcome incoming kindergartners in May.

  • Spring Event – Assist with planning and carrying-out our school’s biggest social event in May.

  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon – Coordinate the end-of-the-year luncheon for our fabulous staff.

  • 5th Grade Graduation – Help the graduation run smoothly.

Questions?

If you have any questions or would like to discuss volunteering, contact Seward PTA's volunteer coordinator at volunteer@sewardmontessori.org, Seward Montessori Family Liaison, Kerry Cashman: kerry.cashman@mpls.k12.mn.us 612-668-4952 or Somali Family Liaison, Abdullahi Abdulle, abdullahi.abdulle@mpls.k12.mn.us, 612-668-4975