Parent Volunteers 2019

Hello Calgary Academy Parent Volunteers!

On behalf of the School Council of Calgary Academy (SCOCA) we are thrilled to have many of you back volunteering with us again this year and also welcome many new parents joining this year for the first time.

As many of you know, SCOCA was initiated in September 2018 as was our parent volunteer community. As an organized volunteer parent group we provide support to Calgary Academy teachers, staff and the admin team in a variety of ways.

Last year we started a CA Staff Appreciation Meal tied into Parent interview dates to give teachers a hot meal prepared and donated by parents. Our first event was an Italian themed dinner and was a great success and so appreciated by the CA staff that we decided to prepare meals tied into all parent teacher interview dates. In addition to an Italian theme, we also have a Chili night and an International theme night that encompassed many treats from our diverse cultural heritage of many of our families. Our first CA Staff appreciation meal is planned for September 27. We look forward to your ideas on themes for this year!

We also provide support with scribing for students that require help for many of their provincial exams. Other opportunities include: create themes and decorate the hallway Bulletin boards, provided onsite support at CA Sporting and Drama productions, the annual Terry Fox Run and Dig Pink event etc.

We value your gift of time and will be extending a variety of volunteer opportunities via email to you recognizing of course that some requests may not work with your schedule or area of interest.

All new volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation, complete the volunteer application and confidentiality form and also obtain their Calgary Academy Volunteer police security clearance.

Police Background Clearance to Volunteer – You can apply online at  www.policeinformationcheck.calgarypolice.ca or visit your local police branch in person.  When applying for your Calgary Academy Volunteer Police Background check, you will be required to provide a letter from Calgary Academy ( see attached form letter)  to the police department in order to qualify for a reduced fee of $15 rather than their standard fee of $55. Once approved by Calgary Police,  you will have clearance to volunteer for 5 years with school.

The first volunteer orientation is planned for September 16 at 6:00 at Calgary Academy and will cover off volunteer guidelines etc. The first general SCOCA meeting will follow at 6:30pm and we invite all CA families to attend. This meeting provides a great opportunity to meet other families, the new SCOCA Board and CA Admin Team and learn about the exciting plans for the 2019/2020 year ahead.  If you could kindly RSVP your attendance to Shannyn de Kruyff, SCOCA Volunteer Coordinator so that we can plan for appropriate attendance numbers. If you are not able to attend the Volunteer Orientation on September 16, there will be a second one offered in October.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please do not hesitate to contact Shannyn de Kruyff anytime at volunteers@calgaryacademy.com.