Southwest Elementary has many opportunities for parents to get involved with our school. To become a field trip chaperone or volunteer in a classroom, you must first become a DPS-approved volunteer by registering through the DPS website. Approval can take up to 2 weeks.
Classroom Volunteering & Field Trips
Your child’s teacher may have suggestions for ways you can help out in your student’s classroom, including chaperoning field trips. However, some teachers may already be fully resourced. If that is the case, please consider contacting some of the staff and teachers listed below to help out with other ongoing volunteer needs at Southwest.
Throughout the year, the PTA needs volunteers to help with the Book Fair, various fundraising activities, staff appreciation breakfasts, and more. Volunteering opportunities will be sent out via Memberhub emails and posted in the PTA Facebook group.
The PTA has committees that parents are invited to join, including advocacy, audit, and nominating. Please contact members of the PTA board to learn more.
Southwest Music Program
The Southwest music program often needs volunteers to help out with the school musical, concerts, and other special events. Please contact Mr. James Lyle at James.Lyle@dpsnc.net to find out more about how you can help.
Volunteers are always welcome in the technology classroom to help kindergarteners learn the basics of technology literacy. Contact Ms. Jenn Willingham at Jennifer.Willingham@dpsnc.net to learn more.
The art program at Southwest has occasional needs for volunteers who love art and working with children. Contact Ms. Ann Thaden at Ann.Thaden@dpsnc.net to learn more.
Southwest has an annual field day that is much more successful with the help of parents. Learn more about how you can help by contacting Mr. Richie Frasz at Richie.Frasz@dpsnc.net.
PTA Meetings and Goal Teams
As part of the Bull City Community School Partnership, Southwest Elementary was named a Community School. Our community school coordinator, Lexus Walker, joined the staff in August 2018. As part of the Community School model, in 2018-19, the school underwent an intensive listening project that solicited feedback from families, staff, and teachers. The project identified four key areas as the top needs for the school. To address these needs, Southwest Elementary has formed both parent and teacher goal teams to improve the school’s parent and family engagement, cultural relevance of curriculum, communications, and health and wellness.
At designated upcoming meetings, parents can join a small group session around each of these four areas, to provide valuable feedback, share ideas, and offer to help if they wish to do so. Although it is helpful to come to each session, it is not required – you will be invited to join a group for that meeting when you arrive.