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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 By Laws

MSCA Meeting Schedule for 2017-2018: Please mark your calendar for this year’s scheduled MSCA meetings:

Friday, September 22, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017
Friday, February 2, 2018
Friday, April 6, 2018

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.

2017-2018

MSCA Officers

PresidentAnnemarie Lange

alange1226@gmail.com

Vice PresidentKelli Offshackkelli_offshack@hotmail.com
TreasurerBridgette Rohrbaughbridgette712@verizon.net
SecretarySarah Leemansaraheleeman@gmail.com
Communications CoordinatorBeth Danielsbasdaniels@gmail.com
Communications CoordinatorHallie Steinberghalliesteinberg@gmail.com

Volunteer CoordinatorDawn Shandlermgtshandler@verizon.net
President EmeritusJean Gessljgessl@verizon.net
MSCA-School LiaisonAllison Stingerastinger@montgomeryschool.org
Montgomery is a unique place where families work in partnership with the School. We welcome family involvement in a variety of activities, and we want to encourage each family to give as much time as they can offer. Serving as a parent volunteer is vital to enriching your child’s education. You will have an opportunity to get to know the community better and even make new friends. The MSCA organizes events and volunteer activities and attempts to involve all members of the community in a beneficial way. We encourage you to review the list of opportunities below and do any of the following to get involved:
  • 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


Volunteer Opportunities

Homeroom Parent

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.

Grounds Beautification

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 Support

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.

The Montgomery Rack

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.

Organic Garden Class Parents

Mr. Kline is looking for a parent from each class to coordinate the classroom garden activities and assist in the school’s organic garden.

Gresh Memorial Golf Classic

This fundraising event for the benefit of the school will be held at Applecross Country Club in Downingtown. Volunteers are needed to serve on the Golf Committee and to help on the day of the event, Monday, October 2, 2017. 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.

Fall Fun Day

On October 31st students enjoy hayrides, pumpkin picking and snacks on campus. Volunteers arrange snacks and assist faculty and administrators with the day’s activities.

Spring Plant Sale

Volunteers are needed to organize plant orders and be available for scheduled pick up times.

Trick or Trunk

On Friday, October 20th (rain date 10/21) families will have an opportunity to decorate the trunks of their cars so that students can then trick or treat with their friends and parents on the school campus. Volunteers are needed to help with the coordination of this event.

Sweetheart Dance

On Saturday, February 10, 2018 (snow date 2/24), a wonderful winter evening is planned for our daughters and their special friend! Volunteers are needed to create a memorable night for our daughters.

Mother - Son Event

Volunteers are needed to help the Chair with logistics leading up to and the day of this fun filled day!

Benefit and Auction

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 May 5, 2018. 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)

Advertising/Sales

⛀ Invitation/Program

⛀ Decorations/Centerpieces

Presentation of Auction Items (organizing and decorating baskets)

Class Masterpieces

⛀ Set-up (May 4th and/or 5th)

⛀ 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.)


Book Fair

This year’s Book Fair will be held at the beautiful Wellington Square Bookshop in Eagleview! Volunteers are needed to help with the book fair and a community event and dine-out.

GrandFriends' Day

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 on Friday, April 13th. The work will be concentrated the week of the event.


Teacher Appreciation Week

A week-long celebration of Montgomery School faculty. Volunteer needed to conceptualize appreciation events and/or items each day of the week and coordinate volunteers.

VOLUNTEER CLEARANCES

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.

Link to information on obtaining your 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.

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