Volunteering

We depend on parent volunteers for the PTC’s success!

Many of our volunteer calls go out via Sign Up Genius. If you would like to receive our Sign Up Genius emails, click here.

Some of other ways parents can help include:

  • Help at the Book Fair.
  • Make a dish or donate items for the staff conference dinner.
  • Attend our events with your children!
  • Volunteer in your child’s class, leading BRAVO, or Art Adventure programs. (See below.)
  • Donate to our Silent Auction.
  • Join our Read-a-thon Committee to help with our biggest fundraiser!
  • Help plan our Family Fun Night Carnival and run a game during the event.
  • Distribute ButterBraids boxes.
  • Serve as a PTC coordinator (see position opening here)

If you are interested, please contact our volunteer coordinator.

BRAVO & Art Adventure

Does your child know the difference between Bieber and Beethoven? Wimpy Kids and Warhol?

BRAVO and Art Adventure will ensure they do!

What are BRAVO and Art Adventure?

They are programs designed by artists in coordination with Schmitt Music and the Minneapolis Institute of Art to each music and art appreciation to elementary school kids.

What is the time commitment?

We need volunteer classroom presenters to present 6 lessons between
November and May of this school year.  Grades K-3 receive BRAVO music appreciation and grades 4-5 receive Art Adventure, art appreciation. In addition to the six 30-45 minute lessons in class, BRAVO presenters will attend 2 ½ hour training at Schmitt Music in Edina and Art Adventure presenters attend a 2 ½ hour Picture Person Training Session at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts this fall.  Each of the different trainings is offered over the next few months at a variety of dates and times.  PTC covers all the costs of training, which includes a booklet with lesson plans and ideas for the classroom presentation.

What do you do in the classroom?

A PowerPoint lesson for use on the smartboards in the classroom will guide you through each lesson.  You will discuss the work or works of art for that session, using the PowerPoint and the information in your training booklet, and then work on a small, quick, related project.  You are welcome to adjust the lessons to make them unique for your class.

How can I volunteer if I work everyday?

This is great way for working parents to get involved with their child’s
education.  The six presentations can be planned with the teacher to fit
your schedule.  Trainings can be attended in the evening.

What if I am afraid to get in front of a classroom?

Start with kindergarteners!  They just love that you show up! You can
either teach your child’s class or another classroom at Westwood, which
ever you would prefer.  And, the best part is, these programs are designed to be easy to administer for anyone, even if you don’t have an artistic background.

More questions?  Contact Kim Franz (BRAVO Coordinator) or Shelly Garrity (Art Adventure Coordinator) or complete our Contact Form.

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