Volunteering at SOEC, is one of the most rewarding experiences you could have. The opportunity to make a difference in young people’s lives, as well as the chance to spend more time with your own child, is not worth passing up.
But what if you don’t know what you want to do?
There are so many ways to volunteer and make a difference.
–Volunteer in your child’s classroom. Talk with your child’s teacher to see how and when you can best help out in the classroom. Some teachers prefer volunteers in the classroom; while others prefer volunteers that can work on projects at home. Volunteers make the student-to-adult ratio in the classroom even lower. Another adult in the classroom can be beneficial, when the kids split up into small groups. This is especially important in the lower grades such as Kindergarten and First. Tasks may be as simple as helping cut and staple materials. Your passing TB test results are required at the school before you can volunteer. See below for important details on TB tests.
–The Governance Council. The Governance Council is informative, rewarding, and vital to our school’s future. There are a few ways you can become involved. Attend the monthly meetings which are open to the public. Be part of one of the Council committees. At our next election, put your name up for election to become a parent representative. And as is the case for everything at SOEC- please voice your opinion – seek out Council representatives when you have an idea or concern
-SOPA and SOPA events. Participate in Sherman Oaks Parents Association (SOPA). To learn more about SOPA please read about this vital part of our community here- SOPA. SOPA has many programs and events that are conducted solely by volunteers. If there is a particular program or event at school that interests you, the person in charge would certainly love some help. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved, no matter how much or how little time you can give. To see a list of SOPA events that need volunteer help please go to the Events page in this section. To contact event chairs, go to the SOPA Board & Committee Chairs page. If you cannot find the event or contact you are interested in, contact any board member and we will be happy to point you in the right direction.
–The Parent Center is a great place to help, especially for parents with small children not yet in school. Since non-SOEC children are not allowed in the classroom (except during school-wide events), parents can help with projects in the Parent Center and their young children can play with toys and books provided. Either ask your teacher if there is a project you can work on, or you can help with on-going projects, such as the notifications that go home to school parents. Our Parent Center, located in the J Building, across from the outside cafeteria seating area, is open from 8:30am-11:30am each day. The director, Irina Khazanov, is looking forward to your visit and meeting all of you.
No matter what your interests or expertise, your presence alone will provide a great help as well as show your kids how much you care. So please take a moment and contact someone from the school, whether it be a teacher, an administration, a member of the Governance Council or a SOPA board member and we will do whatever we can to assist you in making a difference in your child’s educational experience.
TB TEST- In order to volunteer in the classroom, the school must have documentation of your negative TB test. If you are a new parent at the school, your TB Test needs to be within the last 6 months. If you are a returning volunteer with results on record, you need to renew the TB Test results every 4 years. See your family doctor, or the school district offers free TB tests in Encino. Visit the office for details.