Events and Organizations
Throughout the year a variety of events provide opportunities for parents to be a part of the campus community. Current parents find that being a part of the team that makes one of these events happen is a great way to build their own network on campus.
Eat Lunch With Your Child
Parents to join their children for lunch on campus with great options from the grill. Proceeds support financial aid and parents make it all happen, from planning through cooking. Led by the BPO (Black Parents Organization) in late September, all parents are welcome to join the team to help before or after you eat with your own child.
Grandparents and Special Friends Day
On Friday, hundreds of grandparents or special friends come to campus for a classroom visit and lunch. Parent volunteers host the visitors assisting in both planning and putting on the event. With jobs ranging from classroom guide to golf cart driver to serving lunch, parents help make this day go smoothly for our visitors. It will be easy to find a role for yourself in this busy day.
Families return to campus on Saturday to enjoy great music and our traditional barbecue chicken. A casual day on campus with all kinds of opportunities for parents to help.
Library Donation Sale
A special book sale on this weekend allows grandparents and parents to browse options to donate an addition to the school library. Come enjoy seeing wonderful new books and maybe pick a book yourself to add to our well loved library collection.
The Great Pumpkin Sale
While on campus, families can pick a pumpkin from a great selection. Sales support financial aid.
Art Visions Fine Art and Craft Sale
Paideia hosts local artists for a sale that raises funds for the visual arts program. The sale kicks off on a Friday in November with a party and gallery opening for parents in the evening and continues through the weekend. Come see the variety of works by talented artists and bring your talents to help hang art, cook delicious food or simply help with checkout.
In the spring, hundreds of Paideia parents join forces to put on our largest financial aid fundraiser. Come join us for the party and think about the talents you can offer to help make it happen. Talents needed range from folks to request sponsors and donations, to doing set up and decorations to serving food and drink. There is a role for everyone.
Junior High and High School Concert Attire Sale
Parent organizations support the campus in many ways. Below is a brief description of some. To get involved, be sure to fill our your “Interest Survey” in the Parent Sign up Center of our website. You will get emails to let you know of options for getting involved during the school year.
The Booster Club has a place for everyone as simply a member (which brings you discounts for seeing athletic events) or as a volunteer. Funds from the concession stand and other fundraising events to provide funds for enhance athletic programs. Booster club provides additional support for the athletes and teams by coordinating team parents for teams, supporting informational and educational gatherings for parents and students.
Black Parents Association (BPO)
A busy calendar includes leadership of campus events like the annual program for Black History Month and the fundraiser “Eat Lunch with your Child” in September. Gatherings during the year also include receptions to welcome new students and to honor graduating seniors.
Latino Parent Group
Ongoing Volunteer needs
Bakers for Coffee with Paul
Paideia Elementary Service Committee (PESC)
On any typical day you are likely to find parents around campus helping out in various ways. Every class is different and teachers choose to ask for parents’ assistance in different ways.
For younger students, parents might help out by playing math games, listening to early readers or simply having lunch with the kids while the teachers are meeting to compare notes with other teachers. Older kids tend to have less need for “in class” time but teachers still appreciate drivers for field trips, shoppers to fill occasional special needs help with the annual auction fundraising project.
Paidiea has traditions that you will find at almost every age. A faculty/staff favorite are “Teacher appreciation” breakfasts or lunches hosted by parents. So find your favorite recipe for an egg casserole or, even better, learn to cook large quantities of bacon in the oven..
Also common are the Tuesday lunch “Pizza Sale” fundraisers. Students never seem to lose their enthusiasm for pizza and many classes, teams and clubs use Tuesday lunch to raise a little money. Parents are recruited to help by setting up, selling pizza or just counting money when it is over. You can expect to get emails asking for many pizza sales.