The learning community within San Elijo Hills cares for its students by seizing opportunities to serve as volunteers in a variety of capacities. Any day of the week you will see adults volunteering in classrooms, parking lots and crosswalks, playgrounds and staff workrooms. You will also see parents serving in leadership positions on the School Site Council, PTO and English Acquisition Council. With additional cuts to the education budget, parents often asked, “What can we do to help our students?” This next school year the CARE, Community Achieving Results for All, team will be another opportunity for volunteerism at SEES.
The teachers at SEES will be focusing on Growth for All as they work in their grade levels to support the learning of each student. As concepts are taught and assessed, teachers will work collaboratively to ensure that those students who have acquired mastery are challenged while those not yet at standard receive adequate interventions. This is where the CARE team comes in to play.
The CARE team is a collaborative effort between staff and parents to fill the intervention gap while assisting all students within the learning community. If you like to work with small groups of students on academic tasks, if you would like the opportunity to watch students gain confidence, or you like to assist learners in applying analytical skills to problem solve, CARE may be for you. Interested parents will be trained to support teachers in specific areas of the curriculum. CAREing is another way to SOAR at SEES.
Frequently Asked Questions about the CARE team:
1. What is CARE?
CARE stands for Community Achieving Results for Everyone
2. When and why was CARE created?
After our 3rd year as an elementary school, CARE was put together to create an additional opportunity for volunteerism on campus. As the state and district continue to experience budget cuts, our intervention resources have diminished, which directly impacts all students and the entire school. CARE is another solution to diminished resources.
3. Does CARE provide support for students performing above and below grade level?
Yes, see the above answer. In addition, as trained CARE parents help students below grade level, that will free up the teacher's time to work even more closely with those students at and above grade level.
4. How is volunteering for CARE different than volunteering in the classroom?
If you are a CARE volunteer, you may or may not end up in your child's classroom. CARE will involve targeted instruction as opposed to prep work, etc. If you sign up to be a CARE volunteer, you will be asked about which subject matter you are most comfortable teaching students. In addition, you will be trained on what you will be teaching.
5. What does the training entail? Am I qualified?
CARE volunteers will be trained to teach specific skills. It is NOT a requirement to have a teaching background. Everyone who is willing to be trained will be qualified! The training session should take approximately 2 hours.
6. How much time will be required of me daily/weekly?
We ask that CARE volunteers work for approximately two 20 minute sessions per week, for a 10 week period. The commitment is only for a 10 week session. You may continue to be a CARE volunteer for additional 10 week sessions if you wish. At this point, we expect the pull out time to be in the afternoons.
CARE volunteers will follow the same protocol as other campus volunteers. Volunteers will sign in at the front desk, wear a name badge, and maintain strict confidentiality.
7. May I come in at my own convenience?
No. In order for the CARE program to run smoothly and effectively, you will be assigned a committed time. This will foster positive relationships with the students you will be working with. We expect the ratio to be 1 adult to 5 or less students (3 students is ideal).
8. Will I work with my own child?
9. May I select the grade level and/or subject matter with which I feel most comfortable?
Yes, we want our CARE volunteers to be comfortable! It is also possible to request that you volunteer with another parent or that you alternate times with another parent.
10. When are the 10 week sessions?
The Fall/Winter CARE session will run from October 12 - December 18. The Winter/Spring session will begin after the winter break.
Take our survey to become part of the CARE team