“We do what we can.”
Our beloved Tammy Chamberlin instilled this motto in Polaris parents while she was the Volunteer Coordinator and, though Tammy and her son are now bringing their positive outlook to middle-school life, our current Volunteer Coordinator, Kara Chitwood, and the PTO continue to live this creed. We know it takes a village. We have whole-hearted children, exceptional teachers, a principal that puts child learning first and parents that want to provide our kids the best space in which they can be, learn and grow. The motto hasn’t change but we appreciate that the priorities of the Polaris Community can and should. With that, we wanted to communicate some things that are winding down because we haven’t been able to recruit a replacement:
Deborah Nelson has been serving as the managing editor of the ePost and quasi-Communication Chair in combination with our website team and our Room Parent Communications team. Deborah intended to transition the ePost to a new volunteer in September 2015 and held on through the fall while we focused on figuring out how to continue the Electives Program our children love. She is unable to continue with the ePost in 2016. We will run the last ePost on January 7, 2016. The ePost was created to consolidate our communications; we don’t have a replacement communication plan but we know it is important to not shift the workload to our website parent volunteers and our room parent volunteers as those folks are fully tapped.
Amy McMaster is the Enrichments Coordinator. Amy is the resource for any parent that relies upon after-school care for their children. Amy is another parent volunteer that is extending herself past the end of her December 2015 commitment so we can hold this work together a little longer. She has agreed to carry on through the spring and is willing to cross-train any new volunteer. If no one takes this on, enrichment offerings may change or may decline. Please be prepared for this come the 2016-2017 school year.
Polaris T-shirts have been handled by Alenka Han. A Polaris 5th grader creates the design in coordination with Danny May. Alenka leads the ordering and sales for all those t-shirts you see at the band concerts, field days, and Jog-a-thons. Alenka, who also intended to transition this effort to a new volunteer in September 2015, is also stepping down. We have one parent who is exploring whether they can take this on but if they are unable to do so, this effort will also end.
These are just some examples; other spring 2016 community and fundraising events are in need of volunteers. At this point we aren’t asking for anyone to fill these roles. (That said, we won’t be turning any prospective volunteer away and Kara can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-518-0958). We really just wanted you to know what was happening and invite you to bring your time and energy to the table. Maybe you would be willing to lead a journalism elective that lets our students compile our goings-on and maybe the 5th Grader’s t-shirt design can become the school newspaper’s graphic art.
Thank you to everyone that has Stepped Up. Thank you to everyone that has considered stepping up, and thank you to everyone for bringing your creativity, critical-thinking and problem-solving to our Polaris community.
With gratitude and warmest wishes.
The Parent Volunteers