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MPA Best Practices for Volunteers
2018-2019


Hello MPA Families!

Parent presence and participation is important to a child’s educational success. We, at Montessori Peaks Academy want to support you and your children in your education journey by providing volunteer information and opportunities. MPA has also filled a new position with a not so new to us MPA staff member. Jana Betlach has now taken on the role of Communications Coordinator to help manage volunteer opportunities and communicate with our community.

We want to ensure that our community is aware of the change to our volunteer requirements and procedures to be in line with the district policies. Below you will find the current requirements to become a volunteer, procedures, and our expectations.

Who Can Volunteer?
Anyone that has a connection to a student at MPA. Families are asked to volunteer a total of 50 hours per school year. We know that it’s a lot. We will help provide opportunities for after work hours, with small children and even some weekend hours.Grandparents, and other family members are welcome to volunteer and participate as well.

How to Become a Volunteer
Pick up a form (in front of the office window) for a minimal background check. Turn it in to the front office. The check will be run within 48 hours. Unless you hear back from us with a question, consider yourself cleared to volunteer. Proceed to schedule what you and the staff member agree upon or contact Jana Betlach for current opportunities.

Volunteer Procedure

  • Volunteer person has arranged with a staff member a volunteer opportunity
  • Volunteer arrives and signs in at the office
  • Front office manager checks the list of cleared volunteers
  • Volunteer receives an MPA badge to wear while in the school so that they are identified to all staff and students that they are safe to be there
  • Volunteer finishes, signs out in the book in the front office and returns the badge

What can volunteers do? 

  • There are opportunities all over MPA! 
  • Board of Directors- as a board member or part of the strategic committees
  • Classrooms- speak with your child’s teachers
  • Around the school
  • MPA growth committees
  • PTA- Elizabeth Lewis, PTA President


There is also a “Call Me When You Need Me” form in the front office by the window. This can help us identify who is available when and if they have a specific skill or something to donate, and enables us to reach out to you. These forms can be turned back into the office.

Feel free to ask your students teachers, staff members, the front office, and reach out to Jana Betlach for school wide opportunities. Some examples would be the library to reshelve books, groundskeeping, laminating, copying, spelling quizzes, planning events, reading aloud to and with students, etc.


Jeffco Volunteer Expectations and Responsibilities
What are the responsibilities of a volunteer?

  • Express a positive and supportive attitude.
  • Be dependable - be ready to work on time every day you are expected.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Communicate with school personnel regarding your work, schedule, issues, and ideas.
  • Remember you are there in support of the school, its students, and staff.
  • Dress appropriately for a school setting.
  • Receive and implement instructions and constructive feedback as it relates to your assignment.
  • Report any suspected child neglect/abuse.

MPA Volunteer Expectations and Responsibilities

  • Maintain appropriate Montessori behavior in the building and especially in the classrooms- What does that mean?
    • Enter classrooms quietly
    • Do not interrupt a lesson between the teacher and a student or small group.
    • Model behavior that embodies Montessori (copy the teacher) 
    • Uphold Jeffco volunteer responsibilities and guidelines


    Link to District Policy and Guide
    This link connects you to the Jeffco Volunteer Guide. It provides what you should expect as a volunteer, responsibilities of a volunteer, district opportunities at different levels.

    Things we are still developing
    Record Keeping System to properly log hours
    Website Communication- to post current opportunities and school needs
    A list of what qualifies as volunteer hours




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