Parents Association

Volunteers make all the difference!

Opportunities to get involved include classroom activities, parent education, fine arts, teacher appreciation, special events, the school store, library, book club, concession sales, and so much more. From one-time to year-round, for leaders and followers, on campus and off, with other parents, faculty and/or students, in the classroom or on the laptop, there is an important job waiting for every parent or guardian at Galloway.

Every parent or guardian of a current Galloway student is automatically a member of the PA — no dues required.

Always feel free to contact Tammy Tilley, President of the PA at pa@gallowayschool.org or Jenny Stribling, President-Elect at greatscots@gallowayschool.org.

Parents Association Mission Statement

The Galloway Parents Association strives to promote a close relationship among parents, students, faculty, and administrators. Led by officers who are nominated and elected annually, the Parents Association sponsors, coordinates, and supports services, events, and activities which encourage community spirit, promote understanding of the Galloway philosophy, and enrich the educational and social development of our students.

Membership

Each parent or guardian of a current Galloway student and each Galloway faculty or staff member is automatically a member of the Parents Association. There are no dues to join the Parents Association.

Volunteer Opportunities

Book Club

The Galloway Parent Book Club meets several times per year to discuss a book selected by the group. The book club is free of charge, open to our entire parent community, and readers may join at any time during the year.

Communications

Communications is the liaison between the Parents Association and the Galloway Communications Department and serves as the editor for any and all material published in the Gazette and/or the Parent Portal regarding the Parents Association. The goal is to raise community awareness of the Parents Association--who we are, what we do--which will help generate interest and volunteers.

Communication is also responsible for updating all standard communication procedures for the Parents Association. Strong writing and editing skills needed.

Community Cookout

The Community Cookout is one of the few events every year that brings the entire parent body together for no other reason other than to socialize, have fun and celebrate the start of the school year. Historically held in the evening on the Blue under a tent and lights, it’s a chance to reconnect with friends and welcome our new parents into the community.

Volunteers are needed to help organize and execute the Community Cookout at beginning of school year.

Early Learning Class and Grade-Specific Opportunities

Early Learning Parents are actively involved in each classroom and grade. Opportunities to volunteer are varied and abundant from dropping off treats for a class party, donating supplies for a special project, chaperoning a field trip, and helping with class performances. The classroom and grade opportunities are flexible and sure to fit most parents' schedules and interests. A sampling of volunteer opportunities includes:

  • Contact Parents - Contact parents coordinate activities among teachers and parents for your child’s class, including field trips, in-class parties, teacher appreciation events, bake sales, and more.
  • Back to School Night - Volunteers provide refreshments for this Early Learning evening.
  • Lunch with the Class - Have lunch with your child’s class, one day each month while Early Learning teachers meet for lunch.
  • Teacher Appreciation Breakfasts - Parents provide a monthly continental breakfast for all Early Learning teachers and staff.
  • Bake Sale - Baked goods and other items are sold after the winter concert
  • Field Day - Parents help with this spring day of track and field events by offering transportation to the Athletics Complex, staffing games, and providing refreshments.

Elliott’s Evening: Winter 2019 (biennial)

A fun-filled evening out for parents and teachers complete with dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions. Volunteers are needed for silent and live auction committees, host committee, set up, clean up and decorations. More information on this even can be found here.

Elliott's Run

Since 1971, Elliott’s 5K and One-mile Fun Run have helped celebrate Elliott Galloway’s vision which included the pursuit of good health and fitness. “The physically fit body leads to a sound mind and a peaceful soul,” he wrote. Proceeds from Elliott’s Run provide essential funding for the Elliott Galloway Scholarship Fund.

Volunteers help organize and run this event which includes promotion, runner registration, t-shirt design and production, race day assistance, etc. In addition to the race, other activities have included jumps and slides, face painting, a band, and food. This event is co-sponsored by the Tartan Backers.

Fall Fun Fest

This event held each year in September/October is a family-friendly, fun time to gather as an entire community. Activities generally include games, jumps and slides, arts and crafts, as well as food trucks, entertainment, haunted house, prizes, baked treats and a sweet walk.

Volunteers are solicited to help plan for and work the day of the event, including set up and clean up, baked goods, games, activities, entertainment and publicity.

Fine Arts Boosters (FAB)

The Fine Arts Boosters is a committee on Parents Association Executive Board and receives its budgeting from the Parents Association. However, due to its size and the scope of volunteer opportunities, the Fine Arts Boosters has its own section on this website. Click here for more information.

FoCUS

Families of Color United for Success (FoCUS) was created with the mission to serve as an inclusive group for families or students at The Galloway School who identify themselves as people of color. We periodically meet to develop a stronger community through fellowship and purposeful activities. We are also a group that supports and promotes The Galloway School’s diversity initiatives and programs in various ways.

Visit the FoCUS page here.

Galloway Cares

As its name implies, this committee offers support in the form of cards, food, contributions, toys and books, for faculty, staff, and Galloway families dealing with an illness or other type of hardship, as well as celebrating happy times such as births, engagements, marriages, etc.

Volunteers are needed to bake, deliver meals, and coordinate/manage incoming requests to ensure a response is provided in a timely fashion.

Submit a request for support here

Hospitality

This committee of volunteers is responsible for planning and implementing functions primarily for staff and faculty appreciation throughout the year. These functions range from a welcome lunch for new staff and faculty before school starts, to coordinating teacher lunches and gifts at the holidays, during teacher appreciation week, and during post-planning at the end of the school year.

Library

There are volunteer positions open weekly and monthly in the Early and Middle Learning libraries. In addition, the Early Learning and Middle Learning Library volunteers coordinate and oversee the fall and spring book fairs. Best of all, you will discover all the great books Galloway has to offer you and your child. See you in the library!

Middle Learning Class and Grade-Specific Volunteer Opportunities

Middle Learning parent volunteers coordinate service projects, class parties and teacher appreciation. A sampling of Middle Learning parent volunteer opportunities includes:

  • Contact Parents - Contact Parents coordinate activities among teachers and parents, including classroom communication, Middle Learning open house, in-class parties, grade-level parties, and teacher appreciation. Each grade-level contact parent participates in meetings with the Middle Learning administration each quarter and works with the coordinators to organize events throughout the year.
  • Teacher Appreciation Breakfasts - Parents provide a monthly continental breakfast for all Middle Learning teachers and staff.
  • Cotillion Coordinator - The cotillion coordinator organizes volunteers for seventh-grade cotillion classes and helps communicate information from the cotillion class providers to the seventh-grade community.
  • Holiday Spirit Day - Parents are needed to supervise and help execute a variety of service project stations that students cycle through on this day of giving back. Volunteers can also sign up to deliver student donations to the pre-selected charities.

New Parent Ambassadors

The Ambassador Program works in conjunction with Admissions to welcome both prospective and new families to Galloway. The goal of the Ambassador program is to provide familiar, friendly faces to new families throughout their entire Admissions process.

Parent Education Liaisons

The parent education liaisons help support the programs of the principals and counselors to inform parents of developmental and educational milestones for children. Volunteers often help with topic development, provide light snacks and beverages at events, and help support and promote these educational events.

Rewards Cards

Galloway receives benefits when you make purchases at each of the businesses: Publix Grocery Store & Amazon Smiles. Each time you shop at Publix and your “partners” card is scanned, a percentage of your total grocery and pharmacy charge is given directly to Galloway. Amazon Smiles will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Galloway!

Parent volunteers are needed to help promote Publix cards and shopping at AmazonSmiles throughout the year.

Upper Learning Level Volunteer Opportunities

Parental support is essential in all areas of Upper Learning student life, including sports (Tartan Backers), theatre (Fine Arts Boosters), chaperones, prom and other UL events. A sampling of volunteer opportunities includes:

  • Contact Parents
  • Annual Lasagna Supper for seniors and their parents
  • Fall Open House
  • Holiday Luncheon
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Monthly faculty meeting breakfasts
  • Quarterly faculty lunches
  • Faculty meeting snacks
  • Prom
  • Graduation