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    Urgent Volunteer Needs

    1. Kindergarten classroom support

    2. 1st grade classroom support

    3. 4th grade math and reading tutors

    • Van Asselt Elementary

    Volunteer opportunities in other areas of Seattle.


    Van Asselt Elementary School – Kindergarten Classroom Support Needed

    Our kindergarten classroom needs extra support to help youngest scholars adjust to their new "school life". Volunteers will help newly arrived students catch up on materials covered in earlier school year months, and provide one-on-one support to scholars growing to meet academic standards. 

    Kindergarten classroom activity

    Location

    8311 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

    Volunteer role description

    • Support kinder teacher in classroom instruction and planning.
    • Work with students one-on-one. 
    • Facilitate small group activities.
    • Prepare & organize materials.

    In this role, you will work in the same classroom for three months (or until the end of the school year) - this will allow you to build rapport to help students get the most out of your support. You will work directly with the classroom teacher - orientation and regular check-ins will be provided.

    Celebrating Diversity

    Van Asselt Elementary is a very diverse community! We respect and celebrate the wealth and vitality of the ethnic and cultural traditions that abound in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood.

    • 40% of Van Asselt students identify as Black, 37% as Asian/Pacific Islander, and 10% as Hispanic/Latino. 
    • 46% of students are English Language Learners.

    Learn more about our school at http://vanasseltes.seattleschools.org

    Interested? Complete a quick volunteer quiz at http://bit.ly/vakindermatch to get started!

    Schedule

    Please choose one or more shifts per week. Available shifts:

    • Monday 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
    • Monday 11am - Noon 
    • Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
    • Thursday 11am – Noon
    • Friday 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
    • Friday 11am - Noon
      (we can accommodate longer shifts)

    Help kindergartners at Van Asselt Elementary reach their academic goals & become confident learners! Complete a quick volunteer quiz today at http://bit.ly/vakindermatch to get started!

    Hopes and Dreams Artwork



    Dearborn Park International Elementary School - Kinder & 1st Grade Classroom Support

    Kindergarten classroom


    Join our kindergarten and 1st-grade classrooms & help every child succeed!

    When volunteers commit to serving at a school, students achieve higher grades, have access to more opportunities, and gain community connections that help them thrive. Our kindergarten classroom needs extra support to help youngest scholars transition to their new "school life". Volunteers will help to enrich our learning environment with activities and projects possible only with extra adult hands!

    Location

    2820 S Orcas St, Seattle, WA 98108

    Dearborn Park International Elementary School (DPIES) is a very diverse community. We respect and celebrate the wealth and vitality of the ethnic and cultural traditions that abound in Seattle's Beacon Hill and Rainier Valley neighborhood.

     

    Our goal: Increase student achievement by 10% or more as measured by the WA Kids assessment (comparing fall and spring).

    Role description:

    • Support kinder teacher in classroom instruction, behavior management, and planning.
    • Work with students one-on-one.
    • Facilitate small group activities.
    • Prepare & organize materials

    In this role, you will work in the same classroom for three months - this will allow you to build rapport that helps students get the most out of your support. You will work directly with the classroom teacher and the school's assistant principal - orientation and regular check-ins will be provided.

    Interested? Complete a quick volunteer quiz at http://bit.ly/dearbornmatch to get started.

    Schedule

    • Choose one or more shifts per week Monday through Friday
    • Volunteer for two hours per shift
    • Flexible shift times - between 8 am and 2:30 pm (Wednesday shifts end at 1:30 pm)


    What causes achievement gaps?

    Achievement gaps have many compounding causes. One consistent trend is that schools who serve high percentages of students living in poverty (so-called "Title I" schools), tend to have larger achievement gaps.

    74% of Dearborn Park students rely on free or reduced-price lunches, indicating that most families and students in our school community experience consistent financial hardship, including housing instability and food insecurity. Combined, these challenges make it much harder for our students to reach the outcomes students in financially stable families achieve.

    Celebrating Diversity
    DPIES is a very diverse community!

    • More than 35% of students identify as Black, 39% as Asian/Pacific Islander, and 8% as Hispanic.
    • 39% of students are English Language Learners.

    Help kindergartners at Dearborn Park International Elementary reach their academic goals & become enthusiastic learners! Complete a quick volunteer quiz today at http://bit.ly/dearbornmatch to get started! 


    Tutor math and reading at Van Asselt Elementary to help close achievement gaps.

    Join a community of 4th graders and their dedicated teacher and help students reach academic goals. In this role, you will work with the same 2-3 students for three months - this will allow you to build rapport that will help your students get the most out of your support and make a lasting impact on their academic performance. Your one-on-one weekly sessions will be supported by the classroom teacher - you will receive materials tailored to your student's needs and necessary training to succeed in your role. 

    Click here to learn about students and volunteers collaborating at Van Asselt Elementary!

    Van Asselt students

    Location

    8311 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118


    Reading Tutors
    Volunteers focus on filling critical gaps that students have in foundational reading skills. Each week, volunteers will work with the (same) student on important concepts in both reading literature and non-fiction texts, including decoding skills, fluency skills, and reading comprehension. The content used within this role is provided by the classroom teacher in collaboration with the English Language Development teacher.

    Extra reading support goals
    Improve fluency and comprehension skills in reading as evidenced by four levels of growth (higher than average annual growth) on their Spring Reading Assessment. One-on-one volunteer support is critical to meeting this goal. 

    Math Tutors 
    This volunteer opportunity focuses on filling critical gaps that students have in foundational math skills. Each week, volunteers will work with the (same) student on important concepts needing re-teaching from 1st, 2nd, and/or 3rd grade.

    Some of the content will include: 

    • developing number sense,
    • place value,
    • patterns in numbers;
    • addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division using modeling and more efficient strategies;
    • making sense of and solving one-step and two-step word problems.

    The content used in this role is provided by the teacher.

    Extra math support goals

    • Students will have more confidence and concrete foundational skills in mathematics from which to build on.
    • Students receiving volunteer support throughout the school year will progress in their understanding of foundational math concepts, as evidenced by higher than average growth on their MAP Match Assessment.

    Your one-on-one volunteer support will make achieving these goals possible! Visit http://bit.ly/vanasseltmatch to get started.

    Schedule
    Choose one or more shifts per week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:

    • Mornings: 10:00 am until 10:45 am
    • Afternoons: 12:15 pm until 1:30 pm 

    What causes achievement gaps at Van Asselt Elementary?
    81% of Van Asselt students rely on free or reduced-price lunches, indicating that most families and students in our school community experience consistent financial hardship, including food insecurity and housing instability, , and high levels of stress. Combined, these barriers make it harder for our students to reach academic goals than students who don't have to navigate those challenges. 

    Learn more about our school at https://vanasseltes.seattleschools.org

    Interested? Tell us about yourself at http://bit.ly/vanasseltmatch - we will be in touch within two days!

    We are the ones we've been waiting for" mural at Van Asselt Elementary School

    "We are the ones we've been waiting for" mural at Van Asselt Elementary School. 


    Looking for a volunteer opportunity closer to your home or work?

    Reach out to one of the schools listed below where 70% or more students are eligible for free and reduced lunch. These schools are often looking for volunteers to fill a wide range of student and school support needs. 

    You may offer to help in one of the ways described below, but please be open to the most urgent needs the school may present you with: 

    • Classroom or library help: Read or listen to students read in your native language, organize books, prepare materials, tutoring math, and more! 
    • Before and between classes: Help for 30-40min during recess, in the lunchroom, or as students arrive in the morning. Your positive presence will brighten students’ day, help them be safe and on their best behavior.
    • Lost & found: Offer to organize lost and found items once or twice per month.
    • Special talents: Schools have many specialized needs. Are you fluent in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese or Chinese? Can you lend a hand in the learning garden or the robotics club?


    SPS schools serving 70% or more students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches are listed below. Each school name is linked to a webpage with detailed information about their location, hours of operations, and phone number. Please call the main phone line to inquire about current volunteer opportunities at the school.

     Grade
     Span
     School Name  FRL*  General Location
     6-12  SEATTLE WORLD SCHOOL   93%
     Central
     9-12  SOUTH LAKE SCHOOL
     87%
     SE
     PK-5  WEST SEATTLE
     82%
     SW
     K-5  VAN ASSELT
     81%
     SE
     PK-5  BAILEY GATZERT   
     79%
     Central
     9-12  RAINIER BEACH   
     78%
     SE
     6-8  AKI KUROSE   
     77%
     SE
     K-5  CONCORD 
     77%
     SW
     K-5  ROXHILL 
     77%
     SW
     K-5  WING LUKE 
     76%
     Central
     9-12  INTERAGENCY 
     75%
     SE
     K-5  RAINIER VIEW 
     75%
     SE
     PK-5  DUNLAP   
     74%
     SE
     K-5  NORTHGATE  74%
     NW
     K-5  HIGHLAND PARK  73%
     SW
     K-5  DEARBORN PARK  71%
     SE
     6-8  DENNY   70%
     SW
     K-5  OLYMPIC HILLS   70%  NE

    * Percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and milk. 

     


    More Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteering at a Specific School

    If you are interested in working with a particular school, please contact that school directly. Visit the SPS School Directory webpage for contact information.

    Not all schools have a Volunteer Coordinator, but all schools have someone able to respond to people interested in being a volunteer in their school or programs.

    Volunteer Opportunities for Groups

    The Self Help Projects Program regularly needs volunteer groups to implement school building or ground improvements, including: 

    • Painting a classroom
    • Weeding and mulching landscape areas
    • Installing new playground equipment
    • Creating a mural
    • Developing a school garden
    • Landscape renovation
    • Developing a conceptual master site plan

      Learn more on The Self Help Projects Program webpage. 

      Volunteer as a Coach

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      School and Community Partnerships

      Seattle Public Schools believes it is vital to engage families and community members in the life of the school as a community center of learning.

      To learn more visit: our Community Partnerships webpage.


      Communities in Schools of Seattle

      Are you looking for ways to meet people, get involved, and give back to your amazing community? Our goal is to connect volunteers. Just take a quick look below to learn about our various on-going projects and programs: http://seattle.ciswa.org/help-out/volunteer/

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