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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 and all help is greatly appreciated! 

Please mark your calendar for this year’s scheduled MSCA meetings:

Friday, September 20, 2019
Friday, December 6, 2019
Friday, February 7, 2020
Friday, April 3, 2020

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.

2019-2020

MSCA Officers

President  
Vice President  
Treasurer  
Secretary  
Communications Coordinator  
Communications Coordinator  
President Emeritus  
Montgomery is a unique place where families work in partnership with the School. We welcome family involvement in a variety of activities, and we encourage each family to participate when they can. Serving as a parent volunteer is vital to enriching your child’s education and is a wonderful way to get to know others in the community. To get involved:
  • Contact one of the MSCA Officers, your Homeroom/Class Parent, a committee head, or the Development Office to inquire about volunteer opportunities.
  • Look for volunteer opportunities in Schoolhouse News, our weekly newsletter. 

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. 

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.

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.

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 8, 2019. 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.

Fall Plant Sale

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

Trick or Trunk

On Friday, October 25th (rain date 10/26) 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 8, 2019 (snow date 2/22), 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 April 25, 2020. 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 (April 24th and/or 25th)

⛀ 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

 

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, May 8th. 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.