Co-Presidents or President
Have general supervision and control of policies, procedures and operations of the school (subject to the approval of board). Call and preside at all meetings of the Board and the membership as a whole. Keep membership informed of the affairs and conditions of the school.
Preside in absence of the President. In charge of setting up a system for tracking attendance of general meetings and yard day. Work with teachers to plan educational component of general meetings. Succeed the president if the office becomes vacant.
Responsible for timely return of minutes after board meeting and posting minutes for members. Responsible for updating the alumni list. Act in place of Vice President, when ever he/she is not available.
Liaison with board and bookkeeper. Collect all tuition due on the first of the month, track who has paid and send delinquent tuition reminders.
Responsible for being the initial contact for potential members. Maintain waitlist of prospective members. Keep records/files of each member. Be responsible for maintaining maximum enrollment. Call the support job coordinator when a new member joins to assign a job.
Keep files of members’ medical records and insurance policies and any other required forms. Liaison to the school district and current or prospective membership during the enrollment process. Create email contact groups of the entire membership, the Board and each individual class. Keep email groups updated monthly. Assist the Membership Coordinator with their duties and fill in for him/her in case of absence. Attend monthly Board meetings.
Support Job Chair
Assign all support jobs, creating and eliminating jobs as needed. Contact for members who wish to change support jobs. Keep support job list updated and posted at the school. Keep master file of each job responsibility. Post members support jobs. Works with membership chair to know when a new member enters and place them in a position. Creates a form members can fill out monthly to describe what they have been doing for their support jobs. Makes sure you get a form from every member each month describing what they have done for their job that month. How much time spent. Whether they had any difficulties/ need any help completing a project. If they have any improvements or suggestions for that support job. Talk to the board to make changes to any position or if you need help solving any problems. Each month type up a summary of jobs that are too much time or too little time.
Special Events Chair
Creates projects for school to raise funds. Head raffle. Oversee the Special events coordinators, form a special events committee that meets once a month and reports planning for special events to the board meetings.
Website Support Coordinator
Works with Board to update the website monthly with current information: calendar, announcements, important dates, special events etc. Make sure we are up to date and paid for both our web address and web administration.
Public Relations Coordinator
Works with the Sales Chair and Special Events Chair to make the public aware of our school and fundraising/sales/educational events. Make sure our school is represented in yellow pages, websites, and other marketing sources. Duties include: advertise the school to fill openings, promote school sponsored activities such as fundraisers, distribute flyers (created by the Flyer Design/ Sign Design/Copier) to local businesses, Live Oak Resource Center, Education Resource Center, other preschools etc. Also put information in the calendars for Soquel/Capitola/Aptos Times, the Sentinel, and other local Newspapers. Email other Co-ops, adult school, school board and targeted political candidates know about our events. Be in touch with the Adult School/Co-op/ Soquel High Liason to pass along information.
Responsible for creating monthly calendars. Liaison between class and board, for fundraising events and policy changes. Assist teacher in communication class information. Liaison between teacher and class. (x4 One for each class).
Responsible for the compilation of a monthly newsletter using articles from teachers, board members, and any other articles that could benefit the membership. Create a list of monthly themes/topics you would like for each month and post this at the school for members to sign up for them. Keep an envelope near the parent cubby area so that people can contribute articles. Let the school know you need their help in writing/creating the topics for the newsletter if you are not getting volunteers. Also, include a birthday holiday section. Post a deadline for submitting articles. Newsletter doesn't have to be elaborate just informative. Work with the fundraising team to advertise and promote fundraising. Ideas for topics: notes from the board, teachers, class reps or clusters on things they are working on for the school/class. Any upcoming events, community events, children's birthdays, recommended books for parent education or for the children, healthy recipes, art projects to do at home, reminder for school policies. Have an ongoing fundraising section. No pictures of the children can be put in the newsletter.
Photographer/Yearbook (One for every class)
Responsible for taking digital images for your class. Create a picture day for the school. Set up an account for your class at on online photo company(TBA). Get email addresses from parents and invite them to the site. Download all the pictures on to the site monthly so parent can view and order pics for themselves. Take photos at all school events: field trips, special events etc.. Make sure parents know about the photos for the end of the year photo/yearbooks. Print up a few of each child for in class projects.
Birthday Cards/Thank you Cards
At the beginning of the year, make enough birthday cards for all students. Ask teachers to sign. Address envelopes, write name on card and put in envelopes, ready to mail. Keep a calendar of student birthdays. Stamp and mail cards in a timely manner. Don't forget the summer birthdays! Check with teachers for other occasions for cards, i.e., new baby, serious illness etc. Get directory list and start creating cards for child's birthdays. Create thank you cards for companies and individuals that make donations to our school. Keep in touch with the publicity coordinator for the persons and companies that need thanked.
SPECIAL EVENTS CLUSTER
Sales Coordinator (x2)
Works with the Sales Chair to organize the Monte sales, chocolate sales, the coffee sales, T shirt sales. Makes sure each class rep has the necessary information and use their help to get volunteers for tabling for outside of Safeway and Newleaf. See where we can overlap the events and the sales. Sales coordinator is a part of a Special events committee when sales overlap events (and we can sell at the events), committee meets once a month when sales are happening. Looks into other Sales opportunities. Tracks members sales.
Events Coordinator (x3)
Works with the Special Events Chair to organize the school wide special fundraising events. Responsibilities include working with teachers and members to organize volunteers. Events are chosen by the Special events chair and may include: Soup night fundraiser, Craft Fair, Raffle/Adult night. Is a part of a special events committee that plans the details of the events and reports back to the special events coordinator. It is strongly recommended that coordinators come to board meetings before major events and during the planning process to share/get ideas from the board. Contact other co-ops to see what events they are doing.
Community Building Coordinator (x2)
Organize the free events for the members: CPR, Softball team, Dad/Mom support groups, book club, Downtown Santa Cruz Holiday Parade, tye dye party/pumpkin carving, seasonal events as necessary, open house, end of the year event, beach bonfire, boardwalk day, summer camping trip. Is a part of the special events committee, must attend board meetings to run plans of special events by board members when events are happening. It is strongly recommended to have other parents head events; may work with the make up coordinator to see who needs to do a makeup that would like to head an event.
Design the decorations and coordinates the volunteers for the set up and cleanup for all the special events. Is a part of the special events committee that meets once a month.
Community Service Coordinator
Organize community service events for our members such as: beach clean up, holiday giving tree, thanksgiving food drive, artwork to senior homes. Be creative with ideas so we can give back to the community that supports us.
Curriculum Support (One for each class)
This job entails working closely with teachers to lend extra support to special projects or themes being used in the classroom. The person may be asked to perform research on a particular subject, for example monarch butterflies during season, at a public library or online, or using materials from the teacher. Check with teachers about up coming themes. Create space for the children's artwork on the wall- please work with the other classes to display the children's artwork in the school so there is equal representation. Teachers will give directions for two projects each month.
Organize and maintain childrens bookshelf and book closet, keep books organized and neat. Check books for damage, go through bookshelves and remove damaged books. Teachers often select a theme for books and will select book titles for you to find. Re-shelve books. Keep parent library neat and organized. Check with teachers on themes and select the book to be put on the bookshelf once a month. Leave a sheet in the book cabinet where parents and teachers can recommend books they would like to have or need for a theme.
Responsible for obtaining age appropriate book order forms (2-3 different ones). When the catalogs arrive place them in parent pockets. Write on white board when orders are due and work with newsletter. Collect orders from book order box. Organize and tally orders, mail or fax order forms. Distribute books when they arrive. Pay bills to book order companies with checks (each person makes an individual check to each company). Book orders are taken several times per year.
Responsible for creating evaluation policies and implementation of policies for teachers and classes at least two times a year. Update the evaluation form yearly. Evaluation forms should be filled out and completed by the end of January. The evaluation form will cover curriculum, schedule, the Board, parent performance, communication, support jobs, and content of the night meetings (per Bylaws).
Responsible for brainstorming make up jobs for people that need to make up hours. Can speak with teachers, board members or fix it/gradeners for ideas. Keeps track of persons who miss meetings and call them monthly to make sure they have projects and are getting them done.
Flyer Design/ Sign Design/Copier
Responsible for any copying, die-cut making and laminating needed by teachers or board members. Also work as a part of the fundraising team to create and copy flyers and make signs for fundraising events. Works with Publicity Coordinator to get information out.
INSIDE ORGANIZATION CLUSTER
Safety Cleaning Coordinator
Responsible for keeping co-op members aware of cleaning guidelines and posting cleaning procedures in bathroom and kitchen. Update cleaning supply list as items are needed. Coordinate special projects related to cleaning i.e. yard day supplies, yard day duty list compilation (listing jobs related to cleaning that need to be completed on yard day, coordinate with the fix/safety coordinators)
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Responsible for making sure the school has necessary supplies and procedures for emergencies. Make sure the earthquake disaster kit and supplies are well stocked. At the beginning of the school year, each parent will need to provide and emergency food supply snack for their child (nonperishable food, picture of family, note from parent, water, etc. ). Make sure each parent has turned in their supplies. Check fire extinguishers and emergency water supplies every six months. Make sure the school is up to date on fire code laws. By end of September- have parents turn in their emergency supply snack. Refer to handbook on emergency snack info. Contact class rep for parents who havent turned them in. Create and post a check off sheet for each class to make sure they have done their monthly fire drill and earthquake procedures. Remind teachers to drill if they have forgotten. By Min October- Post a list of emergency supplies at the school and ask parents to donate the food needed for emergency supplies. ASAP- Post at the school the emergency procedures- The Adult school and Soquel High school are working together to create new emergency procedures that are in line with the high school. Please contact Kim Woodland with new information on this.
Front Entrance Organizer
Responsible for keeping the front entry way clear, clean, organized and presentable. Decorate the front entry wall quarterly with different themes (ie. seasonal, history of school, pictures of events or students. Remove any adds/brochures that have been left, remove any outdated magazines. Make sure that parents remove art from cubbies if it has been there too long by leaving a note in parent pocket (some art projects are bulky and glittery and can make a mess). Make sure sign in area is clean and clear from clutter. Make sure there is a pen paper for members to take messages on the phone.
Responsible for keeping the bathroom organized and stocked. Extra soap, paper towels, toilet paper, clean towels and cleaning supplies should be kept in the cupboards above the children's sink. Any needed items should be added to the supply shoppers list. Please be responsible for the water filter under the kitchen sink. Please replace every 6 months and remove if school is closed for more than one week to prevent bacterial growth. Please make sure kitchen and bathrooms are child proof from chemicals and sharp objects and is safe in case of an earthquake.
Responsible for washing, folding and putting away the laundry/costumes. Laundry needs done at least once a week. Responsible for lost and found. Clear out lost and found items every quarter and make sure to give notice to membership to check it out before removing. Items can be donated or placed in the clothes organizer in the children's bathroom. Sometimes there are spills where parents use towels to clean it up. If left in the hamper too long, it can get pretty smelly. Spot clean costumes and check them regularly because they can get pretty dirty.
Supply Shopper (x2)
Responsible for buying supplies for the school. Expenses will be reimbursed by the treasurer. A supply list is kept in the kitchen where teachers and others will list needed supplies. Shopper is responsible for checking supply items in the kitchen, bathroom and shed and replenishing before items run out, i.e. toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, bleach, cleaning supplies, etc. The two shoppers can divide time so that each shops every other month, or whatever arrangement works out best. Keep a list of commonly ordered products supply list: soap, paper towels, toilet paper, etc...Work with each other to create a schedule or if someone has a preference for a store. Determine how often the shopping is needed. The most common supplies we run out of is paper towles and cleaning supplies. Please keep a good stock of these items.
Curriculum Closet Organizer
Responsible for keeping curriculum closet organized and toys/games/activities in proper places. Make sure teachers and members have easy access to them and that we follow all fire code regulations (keep walkway clear and no items next to water heater). Any lost parts to toys and games need to be put back in their proper place. The curriculum closet stores a lot of manipulative games. Please check with the teacher on the themes and offer any manipulative to display that support the theme.
Art Supply Organizer
Responsible for keeping the art supplies organized and in stock. Also includesmaking sure there are paints to use in the outside painting area. Check weekly. Make sure the paint area is neat and organized. Responsible for filling out art supply orders with the teachers, teachers will call the order in. Keep art supply cabinets organized (one by kitchen and one by back door organize twice a month). Make sure art supplies are ordered and available in the cabinet. Throw away any left over art supplies from art projects. Core list of products should be created and a sheet should be available for the teachers to write down the supplies they need.
OUTSIDE ORGANIZATION CLUSTER
Keep the outside areas (except paints) organized. This includes the outside sinks, hollow block area, bikes and wagons and sand toys under the climbing structure. Feel free to change or rotate materials. Toys can be pulled out of shed or put away. If you notice anything that is broken, take it out and add it to the fix it list if can be fixed. Correspond with gardeners and fix it persons to plan for yard day. Organize the outside areas by the sinks, hollow block area, sand toys and kitchen fantasy area. Change themes monthly- work with teachers to find out the themes for the month and what can be used outside to support it. Look through the shed to find new toys to bring out for the children to play with. There are two yard days one in the winter and one in the spring. Work with the gardeners and fix it person to organize what needs to be done on the yard days. Put up a sign in the classroom and sends out an email reminding everyone about yard days.
Fix it/Safety Person(x2)
Repair toys and equipment as needed. Communicate with the teachers, board members and make up coordinator about items in need or repair. If you need help fixing an item, discuss it with the teacher and/or board to arrange for outside repair upon approval. You will be reimbursed by the treasurer. Organizes jobs for yard day with the safety/cleaning coordinator, creates a list and posts it in the classroom.
Responsible for keeping the outside areas in good order. These persons will also care for the garden boxes in the fenced area (life lab). This includes coordinating with the teachers to plan planting projects with the children. A time commitment of a few hours once a month per gardener is needed. This time should not be during school hours. Responsibilities include: mow lawn, edge, blow leaves, weed flower beds and planters both inside and outside fence, rake pine needles from sand boxes, etc. Be sure the sprinkler system is working properly and that the timer is set correctly. Yearly trim vine to prevent seeds growing (toxic). Check the timer often. Also schedule activities with teachers to involve the children in yard work, ie. raking leaves, weeding, planting bulbs, flowers and vegetables. Organize yard days with outside organizer and fix it persons. Two yard days per school year.
Responsible for taking the compost weekly to Ugly Mug in Soquel Village.
School Beautification Coordinator
Responsible for thinking about ways we could improve the school or the yard and organizing groups to work on them. Contact the Make Up Coordinator for volunteers if needed. Think of things that need paint or pruning or reorganizing. Make our school and yard beautiful! Look into getting a senior gardening group or high school college gardening group to help out in the Life Lab (talk to the high school liaison for contact information). Bring animals into the classroom! Come up with your own beautiful ideas!