2019-2020 Volunteer Opportunities
Family participation and support makes the Chiaravalle experience meaningful. Whether you're available early mornings, evenings, during school hours, or weekends, we offer ways to volunteer your talents and share interests.
Ask anyone. Volunteering not only strengthens our community but is a fun way to meet people and make new friends. Once you sign up, a member of our Advancement Team or the CFA will reach out to get you started. Thank you!
CFA Parent Coffee Connection
Stop by the Parent Cafe during a CFA coffee connection morning to grab a cup to start your day or stick around and socialize. This volunteer position is great for parents that are looking for an early morning volunteer opportunity. Get the coffee brewing and set up the cups and cream. Stay if you can or head off to start your day!
Click on the Doodle Poll below to find the date that works best for you. Two spots per date to help make it a team effort!
October 9 | November 13 | December 11 | January 15 | February 12 | March 11 | April 15
CFA Back-to-School Ice Cream Social
Friday, September 6th | 3-4:00 pm
Help pass out delicious treats and welcome everyone to the new school year!
CFA Chiaravalle Cultural Festival and Potluck
Sunday, October 6th | 3:00-5:00 pm
This event is one of our most popular family events of the year. Celebrate our diversity of cultures through food, music, dance and being together. It's a big event so we need lots of hands! Help manage a food table, design and set up artifact tables, manage an activity table, or help clean up. This is great volunteer opportunity for the whole family!
CFA End-of-Year Ice Cream Social
Friday, June 5th | 3-4:00 pm
This last day of school event helps kick off the sunny days of summer!! What a send off!
Help scoop ice cream, pass out delicious toppings, paint faces, or apply tattoos.
CFA Room Parents
Whether extending a warm welcome to new families or coordinating a class party, Room Parents are the backbone of the community creating connections and community within their classrooms. New parents are welcome to be Room Parents.
Room Parent communication is primarily through email and the entire Room Parent team meets as a group 2-3 times per year for updated school information and to share ideas.
Our first room parent meeting will be in September.
Grow Your Mind Grow Your Community
Affinity group sessions provide an opportunity for sharing and exploring your life and experiences within safe and supportive spaces defined by membership in a specific identity group. Identity groups may be determined by your race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, family structure, or other aspect.
Affinity group participants celebrate identities, share successes and challenges, and engage freely. You know you are in the right affinity group if you can say unequivocally, “I am __________” and speak to that group’s collective identity and experience from the “I” and “we” perspective. For example: I am a single parent, I am gay, I am Latinx.
At Chiaravalle, Affinity Groups are volunteer lead and each group needs a leader or leaders. Please indicate below if you would like to lead a group.
FAN — Family Action Network
Each year, Chiaravalle sponsors a number of FAN events . This role is simple — while attending an event, sit at the Chiaravalle table, welcome guests, and share information about our modern Montessori school. The perk is reserved seats for the most popular speakers.
Chiaravalle Book Fair at Booked
Saturday November 16th 9-12 pm
Submit a book review
Spend some time on a Saturday morning at one of Evanston's most adorable bookstores - have you seen the door within the door? The amazing selection of children's, YA and adult books are hand selected by owner Chelsea Elward who will graciously donate a portion of all the morning sales to Chiaravalle.
We would love to post your book review. Submit a short review of your favorite book to be posted at the event. Student, family and friend reviews are welcome! This is an all age opportunity!
Sign up below and submit your review by Friday, November 8th to firstname.lastname@example.org
CFA Snacks for November Conferences
Snack Drop off Friday 22nd or Monday 25th
Donate snacks to nourish faculty and staff during conferences that will be held on the 25th and 26th. For items that will stay fresh over the weekend, drop off on Friday the 22nd at the front desk or in the Development office on the 4th floor. Food can be refrigerated over the weekend. For super fresh items, please drop off at the front desk the morning of the 25th.
We also need volunteers to help arrange the snack table and clean-up!
CFA Spring Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Tuesday, May 5th | 11-1:00 pm
Show your appreciation and thanks to our amazing teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week. Volunteer to drop off a dish (a great opportunity when being on site it tough) or help out with set up, manage the food tables, or clean up.
Spend time assisting Chiaravalle's librarian Libby Hoff during school hours throughout the school year. Volunteering hours are flexible throughout the day.
Cardinal Coach (grades 4-8)
If you like sports, coaching a team is a fun and rewarding way to be involved. Coaching requires someone with a love of the game and working with kids!
CFA Learning Garden
The Learning Garden is thriving and needs volunteers to weed, prune, and water year round. It's simple...just sign up and bring your gloves. Grandparents and kids are always welcome to join.
Volunteers can stop by any day or time during their sign up week. We'll send you a Learning Garden Tip Sheet for summer care.
YEA! - Young Evanston Artists
Date: Spring 2020 T.B.A
For one day in May, Raymond Park transforms into the best gallery you can imagine, one that showcases art and performances of aspiring artists. Join Chiaravalle's art teacher to set up and manage the activities of the day.
Share your expertise or skill!
Share your expertise or a skill (i.e., photography, videography, sound & lights, costume design, handling & hanging student art). Maybe a presentation in the classroom or taking photographs at the ice cream social? We would also love to hear your thoughts and ideas as to how you would like to enrich the Chiaravalle community.
Share your enthusiasm of Chiaravalle with new and prospective families throughout the year during various admissions events.
We will reach out to you throughout the year with opportunities to help out.
Before you submit be sure to mark down the events and dates that you will be volunteering.