Volunteer

If you have any questions about Volunteering at SkyView Academy, please email the volunteer coordinator, Jen Bridgham @ jbridgham@svak12.org

“Volunteering is not just giving of your time, it is giving of yourself”

The quote above is something we hold to be true at SkyView Academy.  Anyone can volunteer to help out in a classroom or at traffic, but it is what you can bring to the volunteer opportunity that makes a difference – a smile, helping hand or valuable knowledge.  Our goal is to help match up your interests with some areas we have needs, to create the right balance and experience that will benefit you and our students. We have Parent Volunteer Groups which are an easy way for families to get plugged in and get connect to the SVA community.  

Family Requirements:
We ask that each of our Elementary families volunteer 40 hours per school year including six traffic shifts.  If you break this down, it is about 1 hour per week of the school year.  For all single family households, we simply ask for 20 hours and three traffic shifts per parent.

For our Middle School families, we ask for 30 hours of volunteer service and six traffic shifts at SkyView Academy each school year.  With the exception, if there is a younger sibling at the elementary level, then the family would fall under the elementary family guidelines and would volunteer 40 hours.  For all single family households, each parent splits the responsibility equally in half, including the traffic duty requirement.

At the High School level, we ask our families for 20 hours of volunteer service and six traffic shifts at SkyView Academy each school year.  With the exception, if there is a younger sibling in middle school, the family would fall under the middle school family guidelines and would volunteer 30 hours.  Or, if there is a younger sibling in the elementary level, then the family would fall under the elementary family guidelines and would volunteer 40 hours. For all single family households, each parent splits the responsibility equally in half, including the traffic duty requirement.

Preschool families who do not have any siblings in elementary, middle or high school are not required to have volunteer service hours or traffic requirements.

Volunteer opportunities can range from our traffic shifts to being a guest speaker;  from recess duty to helping plan an event at SVA; from volunteering for a reading group to helping out with concessions at a SVA game; from helping build sets for a play to helping clean up the playground.  There are many opportunities and they will be listed on our volunteer website, Track It Forward.  Be sure to check often for new events!

Board member spouses are not required to fulfill the volunteer requirements. They are still required to participate in six traffic shifts.

  • Please check Track It Forward and the SVA website regularly for updates on new sign ups and events to volunteer

Our Volunteer Sign up and Tracking website is called Track It Forward. This website will allow you to sign up for volunteer events, log your hours from those events and other volunteering that you have completed, and see how many hours that you accumulate through the year!  Each family will have one login that we have created for you using the main email address for the female parent/guardian (We could only use one email address for each family).  

All volunteer hours are logged by the honor system. It is the responsibility of each individual family to log their own hours with the exception of King Soopers Rewards and on occasion when the SVA Volunteer Coordinator will log hours on behalf of the family.

Directions to log in to Track It Forward are below:

  • Place http://trackitforward.com in your web browser.
  • Click on “Sign In” in the right upper corner
  • Your user name (we have created for you because we are only allowed to use one email address) will be the full email address of the main email used for the female parent/guardian in the family.
  • Your password will be sva
  • Once you are logged in, you can sign up for events, track your hours, and see how many hours that you have completed
  • Please use this login (email address) for anyone in the family that is volunteering, we want to track each family with ONE login

Traffic:

  • Please keep a running total of how many shifts you have completed in the traffic log box so we can accurately keep track.
  • Please log your hours on http://trackitforward.com. It is the volunteer’s responsibility to log these hours upon completion.  
  • On the first of each month, all new regular event sign ups for the upcoming month will be posted (ex: September 1st , events for October will be posted).
  • Please sign in at the front desk on the traffic hours sheet so traffic hours can be verified if needed.

Double Hours:

Recess
A volunteer can earn DOUBLE hours for ANY lunch or recess shift

1 hour lunch or recess = 2 volunteer hours

These shifts are vital to the safety of our children and a great help to our staff. They occur daily with several spots needing to be filled. We realize the time volunteers are giving during the middle of the day is often difficult and we want to say how appreciative we are for your commitment to the lunch and recess shifts.

Traffic Duty During Inclement Weather
A volunteer can earn DOUBLE hours for a traffic shift during inclement weather

1 hour traffic duty during inclement weather = 2 volunteer hours
(Extreme cold, rain or snow is considered inclement and will be decided by the Volunteer Coordinator and volunteers will be notified if their shift falls into this category on a case by case basis)

Childcare While Another Parent Volunteers:

  • Additionally, another way to earn volunteer hours is to help watch the younger children of a parent who is volunteering. We understand we have many young families who have multiple smaller siblings at home. Finding childcare to come and volunteer is most often not easy during the day. If you have a friend who is at SVA volunteering for something and you babysit their smaller children, you now can ALSO earn the same amount of hours as your friend that volunteered.

Examples:

  • Parent A goes on a field trip for 4 hours & earns 4 volunteer hours = Parent B (babysitting Parent A’s children) earns 4 volunteer hours
  • Parent A volunteers for a lunch or recess shift for 1 hour & earns 2 volunteer hours = Parent B (babysitting Parent A’s children) earns 2 volunteer hours
  • Parent A volunteers to help a classroom for 1 hour & earns 1 volunteer hour = Parent B (babysitting Parent A’s children) earns 1 volunteer hour

King Soopers:
Families are encouraged to purchase a King Soopers grocery store gift card from our spirit store for $5. The card comes with $5 on it.  Simply, take the gift card to any customer service counter at a King Soopers and use a personal credit card to put any amount of money on the gift card. Keep this gift card and through the year the individual can repeatedly add more funds to the card and use it when they want.  King Soopers tracks these cards and then SkyView Academy receives a percentage back on what is spent at the store using these cards. The volunteer coordinator receives a monthly list of the card owners who have added funds and will log volunteer hours for those people.

Financial Contributions:
Families who make a financial contribution to the school can also earn volunteer credit. Families can earn ONE volunteer hour for every $20 worth of value donated to SVA. The SVA Cash Equivalent Donation Form along with a copy of the receipt must be filled out by the receiving teacher in order to get credit for the donation. Not all donations qualify for this program. The volunteer coordinator will approve and enter those that meet the criteria. You may check with the volunteer coordinator if you are unsure if a contribution qualifies.

Other Opportunities:
The Executive Director, Principals, and the Volunteer Coordinator may choose to offer volunteer hour credits for participation in some school meetings or events. If this is the case, that information will be posted as to which events will be eligible for volunteer hour credits.

Volunteer Review:
Families not meeting the requirements for the Volunteer Program for the school year will be contacted by the volunteer coordinator to discuss how this may be remedied. Should a family continue to not meet volunteer requirements they may be asked to go before a volunteer review committee.