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Livermore Valley Charter School Falling Short on Parent Volunteer Support

OneDublin.org recently received a copy of the following email sent to Livermore Valley Charter School parents regarding recent struggles at Livermore Valley Charter School to maintain the high level of parent volunteer support required by many charter schools.  Livermore Valley Charter School, based in Livermore, California, is administered by the Tri-Valley Learning Corp.  Tri-Valley Learning Corp. has an approved charter petition to open Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory High School in September, 2010, and is seeking approval of a charter petition to open Tassajara Prep in Dublin, California in September 2012.

Parents of Livermore Valley Charter School students are required to “invest 60 hours per year (or approx. 2 hours per week)” because Livermore Valley Charter School is  “truly depend on family participation to accomplish our goals”.  The challenge of getting parents to share the burden has resulted in some Livermore Valley Charter School parents taking on more than their fair share of the burden: “We have many volunteers that have far exceeded their 60 hour commitment, and our logs indicate that we have families that have NOT been volunteering. OUR SCHOOL NEEDS YOU.”

All schools (district-run, charter and private) benefit from parent volunteer support.  Many charter schools are particularly dependent or even built around parent volunteer effort because of limited to no support available from a multi-school district administration and central staff.

In evaluating a charter school option, parents are encouraged to fully understand the volunteer effort that will be expected of them, and to assess the level of parent volunteer support in the charter school community.

From: “LIVERMORE VALLEY CHARTER SCHOOL” email@blackboardconnect.com>
Date: April 29, 2010 10:41:21 AM PDT
Subject: NO PTO NEXT YEAR!
 
NO PTO NEXT YEAR? I am very sad to report that not a single individual stepped up to be on the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) board for the 2010 – 2011 school year. What does that mean to you?

 NO Boo Hoo Breakfast!
NO Welcome Kindergartener Signs
NO Back to School Picnic!
NO Trick a Dooring
NO Cereal with Santa
NO Bingo for Books
NO Boys Outing
NO Princess Ball
NO Middle School Dances
NO Book Fair
NO teacher luncheons
NO End of the Year BBQ!
NO Crab Feed!
NO 8th Grade Promotion!
NO special assemblies (Rhinestone Ropers, BMX etc)
NO fundraising that has funded teacher classroom accounts, staffing, enrichment opportunities, field trips, accelerated reader, clubs and activities.*****Many of the memories our children have of their childhood come from PTO sponsored events.*****

LVCS would not exist without the work of parent volunteers.

In order for LVCS to succeed we need this strong partnership to continue.

Each of you agreed to invest 60 hours per year (or approx. 2 hours per week) to help the school achieve its mission and vision. Your support is important to LVCS and we truly depend on family participation to accomplish our goals.

We have many volunteers that have far exceeded their 60 hour commitment, and our logs indicate that we have families that have NOT been volunteering. OUR SCHOOL NEEDS YOU.

Ways to meet your volunteer commitment before the end of the school year:

1) PTO/CCEF

PTO: PTO is a vital link between home and school. We strive to create an atmosphere where teachers and administrators can do their best work so that our children can do theirs. The PTO takes a very active role in the enrichment activities of the school, while encouraging a feeling of community spirit among students, staff and parents. The PTO organizes and mobilizes the many parents that, through their volunteerism, make an active contribution to the school community. Contact (removed)

CCEF: The Choice for Children Education Foundation (CCEF) develops and maintains supplemental financial resources and community support to assure that LVCS fulfills its mission of excellence in education through competitive choice. CCEF works to develop active corporate, business, community, and educational partnerships to assure strong interest and investment in the success of LVCS. The Foundation’s main role is to fund LVCS through donations, fundraising activities, and grants. CCEF strives to fill the funding gap left by inadequate state and local funding.

2) Support School Wide Events:

GOLF TOURNAMENT 5/21:
*Contact (removed)

Play in the golf tournament
Attend the golf dinner event
Sell Event Tickets before school
Sell Event Tickets after school
Bring ice chests and ice to the event on 5/21 at 11:00AM and pick them up at 5PM.
Sell raffle tickets the morning of the event from 10:30 – 1:30 PM
Sell raffle tickets from 4:30 – 7:30PM at the event.
Transport baskets 4:30PM

End of the Year Dance May 14th (5th – 8th Graders)
*Contact (removed)
Concessions 6 – 7
Concessions 7 – 8
Concessions Clean up
Chaperone 6:00 – 8:00
Sell tickets Wednesday 5/12 from 12:30 – 1:15
Sell tickets Thursday 5/13 from 12:30 – 1:15
Sell tickets Friday 5/14 from 12:30 – 1:15

End of the Year BBQ June 4th
*Contact (removed)

Set up tables from 3:00 – 4:00PM
Sell tickets 5:00 – 6:00
Sell tickets 6:00 – 7:00
Sell tickets 7:00 – 8:00
Concessions 5 – 6
Concessions 6 – 7
Concessions Clean up
Monitor a booth from 5- 6
Monitor a booth from 6 – 7
Monitor a booth from 8 – 9
Pick up ice at Burger King at 4PM
Snowcone Machine 5 – 6
Snowcone Machine 6 – 7
Snowcone Machine Clean up
Popcorn Machine 5 – 6
Popcorn Machine 6 – 7
Popcorn Machine Clean up
BBQ Clean up 7 – 8

Bingo: It’s only every fifth Sunday/3 – 6 hour shift Contact (removed)

Maintenance: Monthly Contact: (removed)

Valet: 1-2X per week before or after school Contact: (removed)

Classroom: End of the Year Parties, Driving on Field Trips, Preparing the classroom for Open
House, Copying, Filing, Grading, Working with a small group etc.

4) Make a cash donation. Contact: (removed)

It’s our school. It’s our children! It’s our challenge! Volunteer Today.

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