Community

Volunteering

All In

To sustain a school like Jacksonville Country Day School requires more than just a great faculty, staff, and curriculum. It also takes involvement from the broader JCDS community - from all of those who deeply care about our students and understand the importance of carrying out our mission to celebrate the love of learning and the joy of the journey.

To achieve our mission and provide students with the full JCDS experience, we rely on the active participation and support of our entire community - parents, grandparents and more!

There are a number of meaningful ways to support our school and become involved!

The Gift of Your Time is Most Precious

Jacksonville Country Day School welcomes our volunteers whose contributions make many events possible throughout the year. 

The Parents Association needs volunteers for events such as school picture day, vision screening, field day, family nights, uniform resales, and our annual book fair.

Ongoing volunteer opportunities await in fine arts enrichment, athletics enrichment, lost and found, library, and teacher/staff appreciation, plus more!.

Classroom Volunteering

Volunteers become involved in their child’s classroom in a variety of ways from reinforcing academic skills to special projects. Volunteers will be assigned for each classroom based on teachers' needs. All volunteers must complete a volunteer training session before being added to the classroom volunteer list. You will have the opportunity to sign up for participation with your child's teacher throughout the school year. The volunteer schedule varies by grade level and teacher.

Volunteers only help in their children’s classes on an "as needed" basis. Both teachers and homeroom parents do the scheduling of classroom volunteers.

Prior to volunteering in the classroom, all volunteers must complete a volunteer training session. Please check the school calendar at mySharkHub for the dates and times these are offered.  If a scheduled date or time does not work for you, please contact Tonya Elstein, Director of Education, to set-up a training.

We look forward to having you involved on campus!

Homeroom Parents

Jacksonville Country Day School promotes family involvement and parental participation in all aspects of student life. Homeroom Parents have an important impact on students' educational experience by providing in-room assistance to our teachers.
 
Homeroom parents act as a liaison between teachers and the parents in each classroom. Responsibilities vary by teacher and grade but may include scheduling other volunteers, planning holiday functions and special events, or coordinating chaperones for field trips. Homeroom parents will request volunteers for specific activities throughout the school year so there will be many opportunities to get involved. It is the responsibility of homeroom parents to organize activities and delegate the work to those parents who have offered to help.
 
Homeroom parent assignments will be determined in early September. Grade level homeroom parents will be contacted directly by the Parents' Association Homeroom Chair. To be considered for a homeroom parent position please complete the appropriate space on the volunteer sign-up form located in the secure parent portal, MySharkHub.

Parent Volunteers FAQ

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  • Who can volunteer?

    Any person who is directly involved in raising your child, including parents, grandparents, and nannies.
  • Where do I volunteer?

    You can choose to volunteer:
    • In your child's homeroom
    • In art, band, chorus or dance
    • In our enrichment after-school athletics program
    • In the STEM Lab, Design Studio or Production Studio (K-6)*
    • For Spanish special events (Grades 4, 5,6)*
  • Are there requirements to volunteer?

    • Attend a mandatory, short training session
    • Volunteers who have already attended a previous training session are not required to do so again
  • When and where are the upcoming volunteer trainings?

    • Watch the Shark Weekly and the PA News for location information
    • No RSVP is necessary to attend a volunteer training.
  • I am already volunteer trained. What happens next?

    You are automatically enrolled in the classroom volunteer program after training and each year thereafter. When your teacher reaches out looking for volunteers, make sure to sign-up! 
  • Questions?

  • Interested in volunteering outside the classroom?

    The Parents' Association has many events throughout the year and we need your help!

    If you wish to volunteer in other areas of the school, outside of your child's classroom this sign-up needs to be completed annually through our secure parent portal. Once enrolled, you will have access to this link.

Parents' Association Volunteer Opportunities

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  • Book Fair

    The annual Book Fair presents an opportunity for our students (and parents) to purchase new books to add to their personal libraries - or to add to those of friends and family. Volunteers are needed to set up and decorate for this two-day event, assist shoppers, and check out patrons.
  • Community Connections

    Volunteer to assist in coordinating opportunities for our JCDS families to give back to the Jacksonville community. Our mission of teaching social responsibility doesn't end on campus. Rather, through our Community Connections program, we work to connect our JCDS families with organizations in our area where they can offer volunteer support -- parents and children working side-by-side!
  • Fall and Spring Community Events

    Come and volunteer for these on-campus, community events! These are a chance at the beginning of the school year and end of the school year to connect all of our JCDS families for some fun and friendship! Volunteers are needed to set up and decorate the campus, supervise activities, and register guests.
  • Homeroom Parents

    Assist in your child’s classroom, organizing volunteers, and help with teacher needs in the classroom throughout the year.
  • Library

    You will have the opportunity to help shelve library books (we have active readers and there are a lot of books to shelve!) and other activities and projects the library staff may need.
  • Yearbook

    We will need photos from school activities and who better to capture these than parents! 
  • Parent Ambassador

    Parent Ambassadors are volunteers who assist the Admissions Office team with welcoming prospective and new families to Jacksonville Country Day School!  
  • Athletics

    Our after-school athletics program is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of sports while they also gain skills for life in sportsmanship, leadership, and character development. As our athletics program grows, so does our need for volunteers.
  • Art

    Classroom volunteering in art class is an opportunity for providing assistance with the sorting, mounting, and hanging of art for displays. This would include the exhibits at the JAA, the Young Artist Forum (the school-wide show), the Art Shark shows (the after school program), and around the JCDS campus. No artistic skills are required.