Manzano Day School

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MDSPA Volunteer Activity Explanation

Volunteer Opportunities & Activities 2016-17



Welcome Back Coffee: Wednesday, August 17 - This event is part of Ringing of the Bell. Coffee, juice and goodies, e.g., fruit, donuts, cookies, are served. The volunteers help coordinate the donations of goodies and assist with set-up, serving and clean-up. This is a great opportunity to say hello to old friends and welcome new friends!

Dean & Rhonda Chavez

School Pictures: School photos is an all-day event in the GAC. Typically 6-8 volunteers are needed to escort children to and from class, to help with last minute primping, to get kids in line and to keep the photos on schedule with minimum classroom interruption.

Tuesday, September 6 - Fall Pictures
Monday, October 19 - Retakes
TBA - Spring Pictures

Vanda Savage

Fall Festival: Sunday, September 25 - Fall Festival is celebrated in late September. We have carnival games, art, food and lots of fun! Our volunteers help set up games, run games, serve food, welcome parents and friends at the gate and cleanup.

Christen Payne

Golf Tournament: Friday, September 16 at 9:00 a.m. - 16th Annual Golf Tournament. Volunteers help with set-up, check-in, décor, cleanup and hole monitoring.

Clarissa Krinsky

Book Fair: November 7-11 – Volunteers are needed for set up, break down and shifts during the week. Shifts are during the school day while the fair is open, 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and for evening events. Volunteers help children find books and cashier.

Penny Ewell
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Turkey Trot: Thursday, November 17 - Strap on your running shoes and join us for the annual Turkey Trot! A designated route is mapped out across campus and all children (and hopefully, parents, faculty and staff) will run as many laps as they can before the time limit is up. The event needs volunteers for marking student and faculty wristbands for each lap completed, tallying laps for each child and totaling the laps for each class. Cheering from parent volunteers are greatly appreciated!Go Manzano, Go!

Andrea Cook-Julian

Thanksgiving Celebration: Monday, November 21 (pre-k thru 2nd grade) and Tuesday, November 22 (3rd thru 5th grade) - Each class celebrates as a classroom with their families and decides what type of lunch will be served, e.g. potluck, catered, etc. This Development Office and MDSPA co-sponsored event needs volunteers to be gate greeters for family and friends joining the students for lunch and to make cider and monitor the cider tables in each grade level area.

Clara Kilcup
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Grandparents’ & Grandfriends’ Day: Thursday, March 16 - Volunteers are needed to setup/cleanup for the reception held in the Library, Front Office, monitor gates, distribute programs and help guests find their way.

Liz Griego

Science Fair: Wednesday, April 5 (Pre-k – 3rd grade) andWednesday, April 12 ( 4th & 5th grade) - Parent volunteers help with setup, fair operations, data entry, photography, cleanup and a few volunteers are needed before and after each fair date to help with preparation and after the fair for distribution of boards and other items. This is a great opportunity to see how scientifically creative our students are.

Richard Schiek

5th Grade Musical: Friday & Saturday, May 12 & 13 - Fourth and fifth graders produce a full-scale musical play, complete with sets, props and costumes. Many third graders usher, fourth graders provide the chorus, and fifth graders have singing, dancing and acting roles. It is definitely a highlight of the year! Parents traditionally help with concessions, costumes and all aspects of this production.

Penny Voss
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Play Day: Friday, May 19 - For Pre-k-2nd grade. Students engage in all the various PE games they have played throughout the year. Volunteers are needed at each station to help with the activity. Very fun way to see what your kids have been doing all year and bring out your inner child.

Christen Payne

Spring Fiesta: Friday, April 21 - This event will be a family dance at Manzano Day School. Parent volunteers will help with ticket sales, various activities at the event, decorations and clean up.

Jennifer Hubbard

Gala: Saturday, April 29 - Volunteers are needed to help with auction items and sponsorship acquisition, raffle ticket sales, classroom projects, decor and general preparation for the biennial Gala which will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Jessica Carothers



Annual Fund - Class captains are needed for each class to solicit parents in that class for Annual Fund donations. Phone-a-thons are held in the fall and in the spring. The Annual Fund is a collective effort that directly supports students and faculty. The goals are 100% participation from parents and a monetary goal of $150,000.

Alison Peterson

School Supplies – The committee and volunteers are responsible for working with faculty and vendors to provide school supply sales to families. This convenient service provides easy, one-step shopping for school supplies, including delivery to the classroom, at a reasonable cost, saving families valuable time and serving as a fundraiser for MDSPA.

Cindy Silva

School Clothing Sales - The committee will be responsible for set-up, sales and distribution of MDS clothing. Dates for clothing sales are Ringing of the Bell, Fall Festival, Grandparents’/Grandfriends’ Day, and two weeks of Spring Fiesta t-shirt sales prior to Spring Fiesta. This is an on-going, yearlong commitment.

Pamela Brooks

Admission / Open House - Current parents give tours of the campus during the In-Session Open House on Wednesday, October 5 from 9-11 a.m. and also for the Sunday Open House, November 13 from 2-4 p.m. Experienced tour guides are paired with “newbie’s.” It is really fun and the prospective parents really enjoy meeting you!

Madonna Prokopiak
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Front Office - The front office is coordinated by Leanne Ulibarri. During the year she handles special projects that would benefit from having volunteers.

Leanne Ulibarri
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Development Office - Help with mailings, events and other projects, as needed. Very flexible.

Clara Kilcup
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Library - The library has an ongoing need for volunteers to sort and shelve books, make displays, repair books and other miscellaneous tasks. Regular volunteers will be gratefully appreciated by the library dragon (I mean librarian).

Penny Ewell
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Box Tops - Box Tops for Education is a national General Mills program that is used to raise money for the MDSPA. Classroom Box Tops Coordinator duties include classroom collection, trimming, counting and bundling Box Tops to turn in to Co-Chairs and providing classroom parties.

Jennifer Hubbard

Green Committee – Volunteers help with on-campus projects to make the school greener, such as the school garden and during Earth Week.

Stephanie Dobbie
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MDSPA Committees/Executive Committee – Serve on the Executive Committee or on one of the various MDSPA Committees, including Teacher Fellowship Award, Nominating Committee for Executive Committee, Restaurant Fundraisers and others as needed

Jennifer Hubbard

Revised June 27, 2016