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Family Involvement

Just as WSA was founded by parents in 1986, parents are vital to its ongoing success. By helping with the school's needs, you not only share in your child's educational experiences, you also have a direct impact on the quality of the community that nurtures and enriches all of our children. Below is a list of some of the volunteer opportunities for this school year.

Below are some of the many opportunities to contribute as a parent to the vibrant life of our school community. Please contact Emily Zdan at with any questions. We truly appreciate your time and support.

Class Parents

Class parents support the teacher in planning class events such as trips and celebrations, and communicating pertinent information to families in the class. In addition, class parents serve as a liaison to the school community.

Although the class parent is the organizer and facilitator, all parents are needed to support the many class activities staged throughout the year.

Holiday Fair (November 8, 2014, 10:00-4:00pm)

Celebrating our 27th annual fair, this is our biggest outreach event of the year. While each class will have Holiday Fair representatives who will provide leadership for the Fair, we ask that all WSA families contribute 3-4 hours in preparation of this event and a minimum of a 2-hour shift for each child enrolled (2 child max) on Holiday Fair weekend. We know that some parents will contribute even more hours toward this wonderful outreach opportunity.

Marketing and Outreach

Join Stacey Alston to assist with campus open houses. You can also help us promote Waldorf education throughout Atlanta at local fairs and festivals. Weekend hours often needed. Activities for 2014-15 include the Decatur Book Festival during Labor Day weekend, the Candler Park Festival in October, Oakhurst Earth Day Festival and Inman Park Festival in April, and the Decatur Arts Festival during Memorial Day weekend.


Work with Paul McClendon to do a wide range of activities for the school's fundraising efforts. Activities include supporting the various mailings (e.g. stuffing envelopes, etc.), making calls for the Annual Fund Phonathon, encouraging Annual Fund participation within the community, recruiting participants in the Apogee program, researching foundations and preparing grant requests, and working to strengthen relations with alumni.

WSA Spring Auction Committee (March 28, 2015)

Work with Emily Zdan and the Auction chair(s) to plan our largest fundraiser and social event for the school year. Over 25 volunteers are needed to create and coordinate this fundraiser. Committee meetings begin in September, and tasks include: supporting class project coordinators, database management, silent auction management, special games, food and music, computer check-in/check-out. Do you like to plan parties? This committee is for you!

WSA Spring Auction Class Project Coordinator

Each WSA class prepares an item for the Annual Spring Auction. Your class decides whether this project will involve a child-made project or something made by just the adults. The Class Project Coordinator works closely with their class to ensure a beautiful finished product.

Meal Preparation for Guests of our School

WSA hosts over 15-20 Waldorf mentors, evaluators, consultants, prospective teachers, and guests to our campus each year. As a gracious offering, our school supplies a snack and lunch for each day our guest is on campus. We are looking for parents who can deliver a basket or small cooler with snack and lunch to the office kitchen by 10:00am. Emily Zdan will email you with specific guest arrival dates and any dietary needs.

Housing for Guests of our School

WSA offers family housing for our out of town guests. Let us know if you have room in your home to host someone for 5 days or less. We ask that you offer a simple breakfast. Some transportation needs may be required. Emily Zdan will contact you with specifics.

Parent Association

The mission of WSAPA is to involve, educate, inspire and support the families of WSA through community building activities and gatherings, parent education, open communication and outreach, faculty and staff support, and fund-raising endeavors.

Foundation Studies

Throughout the year, our Foundation Studies group will offer special opportunities to hear guest speakers. Read more about the group here.

Each individual class will have opportunities to support the teachers and class activities. Whether you drive the mini bus for a field trip, keep score at a basketball game, go grocery shopping for a class camping trip or bring fresh flowers to the class, we hope you find many meaningful ways to be involved at WSA!