Be on the lookout here in the eNews for information about 2017-2018 Winter/Spring After School Classes!
The After School Class Schedule will no longer be printed nor distributed in the Friday Folders. The schedule on the Duveneck website will be updated as much as possible by the end of the day on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. It will also be updated throughout the year as changes are made. There will be copies of the new website schedule posted on campus and a few in the office on Thursday, December 7, 2017.
We want to share the stories of our wonderful volunteers and what it means to them to be involved. Whether it’s chaperoning a field trip, delivering a meal or chairing a committee, we hope you’ll be inspired to have your own story.
I remember being that parent who did not know much, especially about volunteering, when my daughter started kindergarten. This was 10 years ago. I didn’t volunteer much in class as I had a 3 year old at that time. One day in 1st grade, my daughter asked me, ”Mom, why do you not volunteer?” I responded that between work and a younger one, I really did not have much time. She was so sad that she was one of the few kids whose parent was not really there at school. It made me re-evaluate volunteering. I started by driving on field trips and volunteering to do class parties.
One day my friend asked me to co-chair the Harvest Carnival. I was so overwhelmed at the very thought of it. But the previous co-chairs and the rest of the parent volunteers were so wonderful that despite it being a big event, it was FUN event to volunteer for. My daughter and her friends were thrilled… they helped decorate, run errands. It made my day to see so many happy faces.
I came to know many parents as I volunteered over the years. Some have become close friends. I have come to know some wonderful, caring people, folks willing to do their best and utmost by our students. It’s always heartwarming to see fellow parents on the street walking, at Trader Joe’s, Peets, around town. One day at Trader Joe’s, a parent and I looked at each other and were trying to remember where we had met. It was when we were volunteering for science fair at Jordan and now our kids at Paly… it was lovely just to catch up after a few years of not running into each other.
I still volunteer at all my kids schools. I have come to know their friends, meet even more families and have seen my world expand. It’s so nice to catch up with my Duveneck friends at a Paly concert or football game.
This is my third time at Duveneck and I am glad to be a part of the friendly Duveneck PTA. Elementary school is a magical time in a child’s life. The experiences can really shape a child’s personality, interest and open the world of exploration for them. However, all this happens when we all pitch in to design, build and provide them with different experiences. It truly takes a village to raise a child. Your child will appreciate any little bit that you can do… it takes very little to put a smile on their face. So come on over and join volunteering at Duveneck. You will make friends that will last you a lifetime.
Join Principal Grierson on Wednesday, December 13 at 8:00-9:00 AM in the Duveneck Staff Lounge for coffee and conversation. This particular session will include a special guest, Karen Hendricks, Interim PAUSD Superintendent, who will be available to answer your questions about our larger school district. See you there!
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We are parents and teachers who support Duveneck Elementary School in Palo Alto, CA. As a community, we help create the school we want our children to have by providing funding for school equipment and materials, hosting community events, and providing enrichment programs for parents, teachers and students.