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Volunteer Opportunities


To sign up for volunteer opportunities, log on to Sign-Up Genius.

Admission Volunteer

Parents are invited to the NCDS Open House the first Sunday in November to meet and welcome prospective families. Parents help with registration, refreshments, and ushering in the chapel and theatre. Prospective families enjoy the opportunity to meet current parents who have gone through the admission process and can answer their questions about NCDS. Parent volunteers are also needed to help at general admission receptions that take place throughout the year. To volunteer, call the Admission Office or email admissions@newtonSH.org.

Class Representatives (2-year commitment)

The class representatives work in conjunction with the Parents’ Association and serve as liaisons between their class and the PA. In addition, representatives act as an information source for class-specific information and work to build community within their grade. There are two or three representatives per class.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • A two-year commitment
  • Attend the Class Representative Kick-Off Meeting in the summer
  • Attend and assist at family events in the fall
  • Attend Parents’ Association meetings, approximately six per year (at least one representative to attend and provide a class update)
  • Communicate class-specific information
  • Organize class gift for the Auction
  • Encourage families to support the school through giving and at school events throughout the year
  • Work with the Service Committee to recruit volunteers for grade specific service projects
  • Organize two parent/family socials off-campus, or ask for a volunteer within the class to host an event. Notify a PA board officer when a date is confirmed.
  • Submit a review of the year - include best practices, a list of people who volunteered, and any suggestions for next year

Parent Fund Committee (1-year commitment)

Newton Country Day relies on voluntary support from alumnae, parents, and friends each year to reach our fundraising goals. The Annual Fund helps to support many programs including tuition assistance, faculty professional development, academics, athletics, the arts, and technology resources and support. This flexible, unrestricted support enables the school to create a setting in which each girl has the opportunity to develop the courage and confidence to realize St. Madeleine Sophie’s vision of transforming the world. All of the resources of the school are placed at the service of our girls.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the Parent Annual Fund with your personal Annual Fund gift
  • Acting as an advocate and ambassador for fundraising efforts at Newton Country Day 
  • Soliciting a select list of current families through notes, phone calls, and emails in the fall, winter, and spring
  • Lending your name to select fundraising materials (i.e. listed as committee member on solicitation materials)
  • Identifying families who have the ability to support Newton Country Day in a significant way
  • Making introductions to potential funders from corporations or foundations
  • Assisting to identify opportunities to heighten the position of fundraising at Newton Country Day 

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Breakfast (April)

One morning in April, parents come together to show the faculty and staff their appreciation by holding a drop-in breakfast in the Blue Room. Faculty and staff members can sit and relax, or grab a coffee and snack to go. A committee provides decorations and coordinates food donation and staffing.

  • Meet with the Development Office in late winter
  • Work with the Development Office to create and send an invitation 
  • Determine required food donations
  • Arrange food donations and contact catering to supplement menu
  • Provide music playlist
  • Work with Parents’ Association Volunteer Coordinator to post a Sign Up Genius with all of the donations needed, as well as volunteer servers and raffle donations
  • Submit a review of the year - include best practices, a list of people who volunteered, and any suggestions for next year

Homecoming Committee (September 27 & 28)

Homecoming is a two-day event for students, families, friends, and alumnae of NCDS. Upper School games are on Friday afternoon/early evening and Middle School games are on Saturday morning. It is a wonderful, fun time for all.

Homecoming Committee consists of four families, ideally from different classes, with one representing the Middle School and one representing the Upper School. The Committee is responsible for coordinating activities and food with the Development Office, Facilities, and Catering Department. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Meet approximately four times with the Development Office: once in the spring, once or twice in August/September prior to Homecoming, and once after Homecoming to review the event.
  • Organize and purchase arts and crafts, tablecloths, spirit items, and any other items not arranged for by the school. Coordinate activities, volunteers and food. The Development Office hires the games, popcorn machine, and Curious Creatures, and arranges for food and drinks provided by the dining staff. Committee arranges for food trucks.
  • Prepare job assignments for Parents’ Association Volunteer Coordinator to be posted through Sign Up Genius and follow through to ensure coverage of activities.
  • Coordinate volunteer job outreach to the community through parent emails, etc.
  • Coverage provided by at least two committee members throughout the event to assist volunteers and ensure smooth operations.
  • Send thank you emails to all volunteers
  • Send list of all volunteers to the Development Office
  • Submit a review of the year – include best practices and any suggestions for next year

Mother/Special Person-Daughter Liturgy and Brunch (2 parents)

The Mother/Special Person-Daughter Liturgy and Brunch is an opportunity for mothers and daughters to spend quality time together. Mass is typically held at 9 a.m. at Trinity Chapel on the BC Newton Campus, followed by a brunch. Volunteers organize the event which includes:

  • Coordinate menu and pricing with venue
  • Invitations - work with the Development Office
  • Table centerpieces
  • Set up and staffing
  • Service component
  • Entertainment
  • Raffle
  • Submit a review of the year - include best practices, a list of people who volunteered, and any suggestions for next year

PIN (4-5 meetings per year)

Parents of Independent Schools Network (PIN) meet throughout the year to discuss a variety of topics pertaining to independent schools. Representatives attend meetings at area schools and bring information back to the Parent Association meeting. Each year there are two representatives from both the Upper and Middle School.

The Parents’ Independent School Network, Inc. (PIN) is a volunteer group of parents with children who are students at New England-area independent elementary and secondary schools. PIN was formed to help parents share ideas and promote worthy programs at these independent schools.

One or two parent representatives from each member school attend four to six meetings each year. These PIN Reps serve as the conduit among the diverse school communities. At PIN meetings, Reps gather to share information about topics relating to non-academic issues, listening to speakers and panels and participating in discussion groups.

PIN is run by a governing body of volunteer directors, PIN, Inc., and is divided into two divisions: Lower/Middle School representing grades pre K-9; and Upper School representing grades 9-12.

The groups typically meet every other month by division and come together twice a year, first, for the Annual Meeting, where a set of local Heads of School are invited to make presentations and to answer questions on a topic of current interest to our schools, and second, for the last meeting of the year, our Community Service Awards program.

The primary goals of PIN are:

  • Improve the quality of non-academic life at our member schools through the exchange of information among parent representatives
  • Actively encourage representatives to work closely with their schools’ parent organizations

To achieve our goals, we at PIN:

●  Present and discuss topics of mutual concern

●  Share ideas and practices which have benefited member schools and their students

●  Sponsor educational events and provide useful information for our community

●  Support and foster PIN member schools’ community service programs

●  Encourage each representative to work closely with his or her school and the school’s parent organization to disseminate ideas and information learned from the PIN meetings

●  Share information through the PIN Community Bulletin Board about upcoming PIN member school events

Member schools pay dues for membership in one or both of our two divisions. These dues cover the administrative costs of running PIN.

The views and opinions expressed by our member schools, speakers and providers do not necessarily reflect those of PIN, Inc.

Access PIN login information here. Visit the PIN website here.

School Store (year-long)

The School Store co-chairs sign up for at least a two year commitment. Their responsibilities include:

  • Meeting with various vendors to select merchandise for the school store in advance of the sales. This may require meetings with vendors in the spring, summer, and fall.
  • Pricing the merchandise strategically
  • Printing signage and price lists
  • Ordering bags and supplies for check-out
  • Providing a request for volunteers to the Parents Association volunteer coordinator to be posted on signup genius for particular sales.
  • Train volunteers for their specific roles and check-out process
    • Volunteers assist as needed with inventory, set-up, sales, table volunteers, cashiers, and breakdown of merchandise when school store is open to students.
  • Send a list of volunteers to the Development Office
  • Keep track of expenses and sales
  • Submit accounting and inventory report to the Development Office at the end of the academic year
  • Submit a review of the year - include best practices and any suggestions for next year
  • Coordinate with the Auction Personalized Items Committee to ensure there is no overlap

Tentative School Store schedule:

  • Homecoming
  • November Holiday Shop
  • Spring

Service Committee

The Parents' Association Service Committee supports school service initiatives.

  • Volunteer to drive or chaperone students to various program sites
  • Initiate various smaller projects each year such as a clothing drive

The major fall project is the Thanksgiving Basket Project which delivers 100 Thanksgiving dinners to the Harbor Point Community in Dorchester. Volunteers distribute and collect bins. Committee delivers bins during Thanksgiving week.

The committee chairs are also responsible for:

  • Keeping records of all service projects throughout the year
  • Submitting a review of the year - include best practices, a list of people who volunteered, and any suggestions for next year

Très Bien Auction (2-year commitment): Saturday, March 2

The Auction is the School's annual fundraiser sponsored by the PA. Many volunteers are needed to make the event a success. The auction is at Fenway Park on Saturday, March 2.

Contact the Development Office is you are interested in volunteering.