Call for Volunteers
To continue all the great programs at Mesa, we ask that each family volunteer their time for at least one activity. Many of the activities that are available for students are due to parent volunteers. All of our children benefit from your highly valued contribution.
Please read through the numerous descriptions below. Many of the tasks can be accomplished at home and/or in a small amount of time, yet they are invaluable to the school and ultimately to your child.
Important Volunteer Forms and Information
- Volunteer Application
- Volunteer Letter to Parents
- Volunteer Background Screening Criteria
- Permission to Transport Students in Private Vehicles - Required for all volunteer drivers, current proof of insurance coverage must be submitted with this form.
- Complete an annual online background screening at https://www.tclogiq.com/bvsdv - TCLogiQ accepts online payment (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express).
- CBI Background Screening Information - CBI/Fingerprint background clearance precludes a volunteer from needing any further screening.
Step 1 - Get your fingerprints taken. One fingerprinting location is the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, 5600 Flatiron Pkwy in Boulder, (303) 441-3600. For Boulder County Residents, there is a $10.00 fee; for non-Boulder County residents, the fee is $15.00 (CASH OR CHECK ONLY).
Step 2 - Take your fingerprinting card, completed CBI Background Screening Information Sheet, and check for $39.50 made payable to ‘Boulder Valley School District’ to the BVSD Education Center, 6500 East Arapahoe in Boulder, and deliver all materials to the Office of Legal Counsel.
Step 3 - Please make a copy of your CBI Background Screening Information Sheet for the Mesa Office so the school knows that you have completed the CBI application process.
Volunteers for Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
All Mesa families are members of PTO! Our fund-raising, school spirit events, and hospitality activities touch every student in a variety of ways and enhance the quality of our school. Your participation is vital!
- King Soopers Gift Cards: Pick up a FREE King Soopers gift card located outside the office. Take the card to King Soopers and add funds at any cashier. Any dollar amount may be added. When funds are depleted, you may "reload" the same card. The barcode on the back of the card is attached to the Mesa PTO. Each time you use the card, our PTO receives a 5% donation. This is free money for Mesa and our students!
- Mesa Telephone/Email Directory Committee (September): assist with publishing and distribution of Mesa Telephone/Email Directory.
- Mesa Elementary T-shirts: assist with distributing T-shirt purchases.
- School Picture Day: help children get ready for their picture.
- Ink Jet Cartridge Recycle: The Wireless Alliance picks up cartridges at school to recycle.
- Bunny Bucks and Play Fair Toys: distribute the store credit to teachers and keep them updated on the account balances. **Store credit is accrued for teachers to use when families make purchases and mention Mesa Elementary at Grand Rabbit Toy Store or Play Fair Toys.**
- Community Fundraisers: These fun evening or weekend events (restaurant nights, CU football games) raise money for teachers to directly use in their classrooms.
- KidzArt, Note Pads, and Bake Sales: A variety of products are sold to benefit the Mesa Art program.
B. School Spirit Events
- Room Parents: organize two classroom parties (Halloween & Valentine’s Day), coordinate teacher’s gifts, assist with distributing PTO information, and organize a booth at the all-school Fall Fest.
- International Walk-to-School Day: help Chairman distribute student prizes and set up morning refreshment table.
- Yearbook Committee: help design and publish the Mesa Yearbook.
- Teacher Appreciation Luncheon: give teachers a warm 'Thank You' with this heartfelt event; help organize, bring food, decorate, set-up, or clean-up.
- Fall Fest: provide help at the classroom booths (set-up, running booth or clean-up).
C. Hospitality Activities
- Vision and Hearing Screening: assist the children as they receive vision and hearing tests or provide support for volunteers (snacks, drinks).
- Election Day Coffee for Judges: provide coffee and snacks.
- Open Houses: greet guests, answer questions, give tours of the school, and provide general assistance as needed.
- Open Enrollment Tours (2-3 hours per tour in December and January): provide tours for parents interested in enrolling students at Mesa Elementary.
- Accreditation Committee Breakfast: provide a breakfast by bringing food, set-up, and clean-up.
- Bakers (as-needed basis): provide food for school events.
- Gardeners: help keep the Mesa garden beautiful.
- PTO Meeting Snacks (second Tuesday night of every month): provide snacks or drinks to enjoy during the PTO meeting.
- Struther’s Ecological Preserve (as needed basis): assist in restoring and maintaining the site, located behind the Mesa school building. This land / educational preserve was provided by the Struther’s family, Mesa PTO, and Boulder County.
- Work Crew (as needed basis): provide manpower for school events.
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A. Academic Assistance
- Classroom Tutors: help students in math, reading, and spelling.
B. Garden to Table: Minds, bodies, environment, food
We need a few good hands. Opportunities include:
- signage and flyer creation,
- classroom volunteers for garden (planting and harvest) and cooking days,
- athletes and wellness aficionados,
- organizers and any others who have a passion for kids and instilling wellness, environmental sustainability, healthy living, and fresh food concepts into young minds.
C. Grant Writing
Work with the Mesa Principal and teachers to write grants for academic programming.
D. Library Aide
Assist with reshelving books, helping children locate and check out books, and processing new materials.
E. Art Education
Assist the art teacher:
- distribute art purchases to students
- mount and label art pictures
- hang artwork for the Art Show (1 day in March)
- post student artwork in hallways
F. Music Education
Assist the music teacher:
decorate for concerts
G. Physical Education
Assist the PE teacher with programs:
H. Office Help
Assist office and health room personnel:
On-Call for General Office Help: answer phones, file forms, make copies, sort mail, etc.
On-Call for Health Room Functions: First Aid certification is NOT needed to help with only the paperwork in the health room. First Aid certification from an approved agency is necessary for anyone who provides care to students. District classes are offered free of charge for volunteers.
I. Playground Monitor (1-2 hours/wk)
Help keep the Mesa playground safe and fun.
J. Expert Demonstration
Demonstrate your hobby, vocation, travel, etc. in certain curriculum areas.
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A. Math Olympiad (1 hour per week)
This national program challenges students' math skills, open to 4th & 5th graders.
B. Junior Great Books (1 hour per week, January-March)
A guided reading curriculum for grades 2-5 with small group discussion of classical fiction.
C. Destination Imagination
Volunteers coach groups of 5-7 students to help them plan and execute their programs.
One-day competition held in March. Mandatory training is provided for judges and coaches.
- Coaches for KG-2 and 3-5 (October-March, 2 hours per week)
D. School Clubs (subject to parent volunteers and Mesa Principal’s approval)
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