In-Class Volunteering
You are encouraged to volunteer for any or all of the In-Class programs below. Please contact the appropriate contact person listed for each program.

The Art Appreciation Program is a monthly art lesson conducted by parents in each classroom. The lesson includes presenting themed artwork and directing a related craft activity. All of the themes and artwork are pre-selected for you. YOU DO NOT NEED ART EXPERIENCE. All you need is a willingness to offer your time.

A short meeting will be held in the cafeteria to explain the program and show a sample lesson. We will cover what you need to know so that your time in the classroom is enjoyable. We will send email reminders at the beginning of each month to the appropriate volunteers.

Before volunteering please keep in mind that younger siblings cannot accompany you in the classroom.

For more information contact:
Clarinda Pocchia at

Life Skills
is a district-wide program that helps children achieve their personal best in life. The program promotes education on dangers facing our children and motivates children to maintain positive relationships and respect for others. The Life Skills program offers the students information regarding alcohol, drugs, tobacco and self-esteem – information they need to make healthy life choices.

A presentation is given to each classroom by two volunteers; the program takes approximately one hour. Volunteers are given a one hour classroom training session by the District Life Skills staff at the Municipal Building in the fall; day and evening sessions are available. The program usually takes place in January.

For more information contact:

Class Parents are responsible for soliciting donations from classroom families for each party as well as planning activities. There are two scheduled school-wide parties (Halloween and Winter). Other events, such as end-of-year activity or teacher appreciation are optional and can be scheduled with the teacher.

Class parents are not automatically selected as chaperones for class trips. Before volunteering please keep in mind that siblings cannot attend any classroom functions. In addition, we ask that class parents not volunteer to be class photographer which will allow more parents to participate in their child's classroom. Two volunteering parents will be selected randomly per classroom. All selected class parents will be notified by the beginning of October. Volunteers for class parent must complete the registration form by Sept. 23rd.

You will have the opportunity to select your part in your child’s classroom! There will be ONE parent who can take the lead for all classroom parties/activities and alternating parents who can volunteer for one of two parties as well as Teacher Appreciation Day, the major Fundraiser and the Year-End Party. Random selections will be made should there be more than one volunteer for each party or event. This is the perfect opportunity to be involved in the classroom without the full year commitment!

For more information contact:
Meredith Barry

The Amsterdam School Yearbook Committee is looking for parent volunteers to take pictures at classroom and school events for possible inclusion in the 2013-2014 yearbook. We want to document all important activities that happen at the school and capture those special memories! Anyone with a digital camera can participate. If you like to take photos and know how to save them to a CD, send in your name! Please keep in mind that you cannot be both class parent and class photographer and that younger siblings cannot attend classroom functions.

Depending on the number of volunteers received, there will be alternating Photographers for each of the three classroom parties. The Event Photographers will take photos of Spirit Day events and other classroom events, as needed.

For more information contact: