Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year! As a parent of a current student, you are automatically a member of the Kalamazoo Country Day Parent Association. Your support of our students, faculty and staff through this group is an important part of the Country Day difference.
For more information on being part of the Parent Association please read the Welcome Letter.
The mission of the Parent Association is to create a sense of community among the families, faculty and staff at Kalamazoo Country Day School.
Parent Association Meetings
Parent Association meetings will be held on the last Tuesday of every month in the school's library. The meeting time will alternate each month between mornings at 8:15 a.m. and evenings at 5:00 p.m (childcare is available). Both a morning and evening meeting will be held on September 25 - the first meeting of the year.
Parent Association Volunteer Opportunities:
The first year in any new environment can be difficult. We at KCDS have designed a Mentor Program to assist new families to acclimate to KCDS. Every new family is assigned a Mentor who will guide the family throughout the year with needed information within our school community (i.e. Annual Auction, Halloween Carnival, Talent Show, Parent Association just to name a few).
Classroom Parent Liaison
Volunteer for each classroom including preschool classrooms who assists the teacher via email communication of important events or reminders within the school and individual classroom. The liaison will typically communicate once or twice a month to parents of your assigned classroom.
Continual Monthly Service Project
Volunteers are needed to organize and collect items for Monthly Service Projects for the entire school to participate in. The items received at the end of the month will be gathered and given to the appropriate need. Such examples of the Monthly Service Projects are Pretty Lake Vacation Camp, Hospitality House, Kalamazoo Animal Resuce, The Heifer Project just to name a few.
Halloween Carnival Committee
The Halloween Carnival is our biggest family event here at KCDS. The kids love to get dressed up, see their teacher, hang with their friends, play fun Halloween games and marvel at the wonderful Halloween decorations in the hallways. This committee will be responsible for organizing volunteers for decorating the halls one week prior to the carnival, set-up of games the night of the carnival, enlisting teacher volunteers for games, ticket sales, food preparation and clean -up. You are sure to have a gooly-good time!
Volunteer/s needed to prepare coffee and rolls in front entryway after morning drop-off on the third Thursday of each month for a time of social gathering among families of KCDS
Grandparents Day/Special Friend Day Committee
Grandparents Day/Special Friend Day will be held on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving break begins. It is a wonderful time for your child to show their Grandparent or Special Friend their school and some of their accomplishments. Volunteers are needed to prepare a brunch for the guests, arrange a photograpy session during the morning with their Grandparent /Special Friend, and possibly assist with a craft to be done with the child and their Grandparent/Special Friend.
Parent/Teacher Conferences Luncheon
Volunteers are needed to help provide one main lunch for the teachers 2x/year during Parent/Teacher Conferences. Volunteers will provide refreshments, appetizers, lunch and dessert. They will be responsible for set-up and clean-up of the luncheon.
St. Patrick's Day Dance
St. Patrick's Day Dance is again another wonderful gathering of our students, their families and faculty. The Dance occurs immediately following dismissal of school at 3:15pm. Volunteers are needed to provide refreshments along with organizing a professional DJ. Kids are encouraged to come dance, chat with friends and dress up green!
Annual Benefit Auction Committee
Volunteers are needed to assist with preparation of our annual auction. It is our main fundraising event for our school. This event is organized jointly by the Development Committee and the Parent Association. All proceeds benefit the school. Volunteers assist in the procurement of auction items, encourage attendance, and assist with set-up and take-down on the day of the event.
Teacher Appreciation Week
Volunteers are needed to plan and prepare a variety activities (i.e. luncheon, massages, gift bags) for the teachers for one full week in appreciation for all they do for us at KCDS. Teacher Appreciation Week takes place in May.
End of Year Celebration
Volunteers needed to plan and prepare hot-dog roast for the children and their families on the last day of school. Food items such as hot-dogs,, carrots and dip, fruit, chips, drink and dessert will be offered to all who are present. It's a great time of gathering and celebrating all the students accomplishments at the end of the school year.