Montgomery School Community Association (MSCA)
When you join the Montgomery School community, you are also welcomed into the Montgomery School Community Association (MSCA), whose focus is improving each student’s school experience. The MSCA, run by volunteers, and led by elected parent officers, supports the School by helping to organize a variety of events and volunteer activities. All parents are encouraged and welcomed to participate, but the level of participation and involvement is up to you. Any time you can give to the MSCA is greatly appreciated! You will find information about our activities and meetings in several places, including the Schoolhouse News that is sent to you each Thursday. We hope that you will be as active as possible in the MSCA, and we look forward to your input!
MSCA Meeting Schedule for 2016-2017: Please mark your calendar for this year’s scheduled MSCA meetings:
Friday, September 23, 2016
Friday, December 9, 2016
Friday, February 3, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – Volunteer thank you breakfast & election of officers
All MSCA meetings are held in the Dining Room at 9:00 am following the Friday chapel program, and usually last about one hour. Younger children are welcome to attend with their parents.
|Vice President||AnneMarie Langefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|MS Coordinator||Beth Danielsemail@example.com|
|LS Coordinator: PreK-2||Dawn Shandlerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|LS Coordinator: 3-5||Lauren Gearyemail@example.com|
|Volunteer Coordinator||Donna Mylesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|President Emeritus||Linda Brassingtonemail@example.com|
|MSCA-School Liaison||Allison Stingerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
- Contact one of the MSCA Officers, your Homeroom/Class Parent, a committee head, or the Development Office.
- Watch the weekly Schoolhouse News for volunteer opportunities and contact the committee head, faculty or staff member directly.
- MSCA Volunteer Sign Up Form
- Homeroom Parent
- Grounds Beautification
- Library Support
- The Montgomery Rack
- Organic Garden Class Parents
- Gresh Memorial Golf Classic
- Trick or Trunk
- Fall Fun Day
- Spring Plant Sale
- Father - Daughter Dance
- Mother - Son Event
- Benefit and Auction
- Book Fair
- GrandFriends' Day
- Teacher Appreciation Week
A Homeroom Parent/Grade Parent is someone who volunteers to assist the teacher in coordinating field trip chaperones, class party volunteers and shares necessary MSCA/School and classroom information with parents. This individual also assists in seeking a volunteer to host the grade social. If we have multiple individuals interested, all names will be placed in a bowl and a representative will be selected at random.
Volunteers work to improve the Montgomery School property through seasonal plantings and grounds’ upkeep. Gardening experience is not required. This group plants containers and decorates the outdoors for the various holiday seasons and school events and tends the gardens and containers throughout the year (weed, plant, prune, fertilize etc.). Work schedules are flexible.
Library volunteers help to keep our library space organized by checking in returned books, re-shelving books, and generally straightening up within various sections of the library. This is a quick and easy way to volunteer that helps to maintain our beautiful Gresh Center library both for the children’s use and for a variety of Admissions and Board events. Interested parents and grandparents should plan to attend a brief training session early this fall, and they can then work independently throughout the year. Library volunteers will be able to select 1-2 hour windows of time that work within their schedule. An online sign-up sheet will be available seasonally, but volunteers are not required to be at the library during any particular time of day. In addition, there are occasionally opportunities to support the library by cataloging new books, repairing covers, or arranging displays.
Volunteers maintain inventory at the community’s gently used uniform shop. The Montgomery Rack is located in the cottage building next to the farmhouse. Donations of clean, good quality uniforms, gym clothes and concert attire are accepted at any time. The key to the “boutique” is kept at the reception desk in the farmhouse, and the honor system is used for purchases.
This fundraising event for the benefit of the school will be held at Rivercrest Golf Club in Phoenixville. Volunteers are needed to serve on the Golf Committee and to help on the day of the event, Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Please note that player and sponsorship requests have been sent separately. You may view/select sponsorship opportunities online at montgomeryschool.org/support/golf or you may request a golf pamphlet from the Development Office.
The Annual Benefit is Montgomery School’s largest fundraising event. It unites our community for a fun-filled night of entertainment, fabulous food, auctions and great company. The tremendous success of the Benefit is a direct result of our dedicated volunteers, who donate their time, skills and energy, and the generosity of the entire Montgomery School community. Involvement in this event is social, fun and extremely rewarding, especially when all the hard work will culminate into an amazing evening on April 22, 2017. Planning begins in the fall, with the largest number of volunteer hours needed in the winter/early Spring. Whether your commitment is to lead a Benefit Committee, offer your expertise or donate an hour of your time, we need you!
Volunteers are needed for:
⛀ Procurement (donation management for auctions)
Presentation of Auction Items (organizing and decorating baskets)
⛀ Set-up (April 21 and/or 22)
⛀ Breakdown (night of the event)
⛀ Check-in (night of the event)
⛀ Would like to volunteer in some capacity. Please contact me.
⛀ Will donate item(s) to be auctioned at the Benefit __________________________________
(We are interested in everything, such as: sports tickets, memorabilia, art, home furnishings, jewelry, accessories, a special craft or project, service, gift certificate, etc.)
Each spring, the students invite grandparents or special friends to spend a half-day on campus. Volunteers are needed to decorate the dining room with children’s artwork, prepare mementos, and assist with registration. The work will be concentrated the week of the event.
Volunteers also assist the faculty with simple costumes, scenery and props for the musical production performed on GrandFriends' Day (May 5th). The “stars” of the production are the 2nd grade with the 1st grade and Kindergarten in supporting roles. Accordingly we encourage parents with children in grades K-2 to coordinate this effort with our Music Department. The timing of the work will be in March/April.
A PA state law (Act 153) requires all volunteers to have three completed clearance checks. These clearances will need to be renewed every five years. This means in part that parents of students who the School has identified as School chaperones on School-sponsored field trips, or are regularly scheduled to assist in the School during school hours and/or after School at School-sponsored events, who have regular direct contact with children and/or who will be responsible for students, will need to obtain the clearances.
Limited contact visitors or event participants that are not responsible for students, such as attendance in an audience, participation in a celebration, incidental role at a School event, guests at parties, where students are supervised by professional and/or authorized School staff, will not require clearances.