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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. We look forward to receiving your form back, indicating where your interests and skills match with one or more of the categories below. Please contact Emily Zdan at ezdan@waldorfatlanta.org with any questions. We truly appreciate your time and support.

Holiday Fair (November 7, 2015, 10:00-4:00pm)

Celebrating our 28th 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 and Rhonda Wildman in their work promoting WSA through Open Houses and local festivals. Weekend hours often needed. Activities for 2015-16 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.

Development

Work with Paul McClendon in 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 for the Apogee program, researching foundations and preparing grant requests, and working to strengthen relations with alumni.

WSA Spring Auction (March 28, 2015)

Work with Claudia Pineda and Amber Mason 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: 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 just might be for you!

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.
  1. Parent Association leadership, volunteers, and/or initiative leaders Be a "listening ambassadors" to the WSA parent community, hearing concerns and needs, and providing support to parent leaders, initiating and sustaining projects that benefit and enrich the WSA community.
  2. Parent Initiative for Media Lite Living, led by Sara Michelson (samichelson@gmail.com) - In-school advocacy, programming, discussion, support, and activities around developing our children's play, intellect, and social life with alternatives to electronic media.
  3. Teacher and Staff Appreciation Initiative, led by Brooke Fraser - All-school holiday and end-of-the-year gifting efforts and development of new structures for expressing parent gratitude to WSA's teachers and staff.
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!