At the Siskiyou School we have numerous opportunities for volunteering. Through volunteering we are able to strengthen our community, create successful events, and come together for life connection. If you are available to donate your time to all the events, or just an hour, we are happy to have your help in any capacity. Below is a selection of ways in which we need volunteers. Please check the Tuesday Notice for additional and specific needs.
The mission of the Parent Pillar is to nurture, support and develop a healthy Waldorf community through social activities and sharing information. Each class has 2 Parent Pillar Representatives. A Parent Pillar Rep helps share information about the school happenings to other parents in the class, coordinates at least one social event for the class, and attends monthly gatherings to get to know the other Parent Pillar Reps. Please contact the office if you are interested in becoming a Parent Pillar Rep.
SOCIAL LIFE & Parent gatherings
Being part of the Siskiyou School is being part of a community. Throughout the year we host many community events and festivals. Cultivating an awareness of the rhythms of the year through seasonal celebrations is a central part of Waldorf education. Throughout the year we look for volunteers in the areas such as Hospitality, PR & Outreach, Care Brigade, Maintenance, Gardeners & Landscapers, Faculty Lunch Sign-Up, May Day Raffle, Bookbinding and many more.
The Siskiyou School hosts numerous coffee socials during the academic year. After drop-off, parents are invited to gather either at the front of the school, or the Music Room (depending on weather) and grab a cup of coffee and a bite before moving on with their day. For each social, a class will come together to bring the nibbles, led by the Parent Pillar.
Siskiyou School FESTIVALS
Volunteers help support our faculty in the execution of our rich festival life at The Siskiyou School including, but not limited to:
Michaelmas Harvest Celebration
The last weekend of September, the Siskiyou School, like all Waldorf schools around the world, celebrates Michaelmas. For the first hour, the children participate in games and challenges at Clay Street Park. Then everyone files back onto campus for a Michaelmas Assembly where each class offers songs or verses related to the Michaelmas theme. Fortified by these images, the community ends the afternoon with a community potluck/harvest supper. Volunteers are needed to set the tables for the event and to make sure the potluck is ready to begin and stays on track with cleaning. We also serve apple crisps that are cooked on campus and make our campus smell full of Fall! Want to learn more about Michaelmas? Click Here!
Held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, WinterFaire is the biggest community event of the school year. Volunteers come together the Friday evening before the event and transform our classrooms and hallways into a wintry, whimsical forest. It draws not only alumni and old friends, but hundreds of people from all over the valley who don’t necessarily have any affiliation with Waldorf education. It features children's activities, the works of regional crafts people, crafts made by Siskiyou School parents and students, a silent auction, and food. Proceeds go to support the school's operating budget and the school’s tuition assistance program. Volunteers are needed throughout the whole day from setting-up, running a shift or more in each room, baking many cookies for our Crystal Cookie room, and tear-down and clean-up. Want to learn more about WinterFaire? Click Here!
The Auction, held in March, is a fun event for current parents, alumni parents, grandparents, friends of the school, and invited guests. The evening includes food, drinks, entertainment, and silent and live auctions. The goal of the evening is to have fun together and raise money for the school. Families and friends contribute items to be auctioned off. A great time is had by the whole community! We have numerous committees for the Auction ranging from: procurement, class projects, planning, check-in and check-out, decor set-up and tear-down. Want to learn more about the Auction? Click Here!
Each year we host our beloved Grandparents to show our appreciation and to have the children show them their daily life at the Siskiyou School. We offer a morning coffee and tea, followed by an afternoon luncheon. Our volunteers bake delicious treats, brew coffee throughout the day, help with set-up and tear-down, and help direct the 8th grade students in serving the luncheon. Want to learn more about Grandparents’ Day? Click Here!
May Day is a folk tradition celebrated at The Siskiyou School. Parents and Grandparents are invited to join the children in making their May Day crowns. We then gather to dance around the May Pole and end with our festive Virginia Wheel. Want to learn more about May Day? Click Here!