JCDS Parents' Association Volunteer Activities

If you are a parent of a Jacksonville Country Day School student, then you are already, by definition, a member of the JCDS Parents’ Association and encouraged to get involved with any of its activities throughout the year.

Below is a list of Parents’ Associations activities for your reference including descriptions. Unlike PEP, you do not have to attend a JCDS training session in order to volunteer for any of these activities.

If you want additional information about these committees, we encourage you to attend a Parents’ Association meeting, which are scheduled for the second Tuesday each month during the school year, at 8:30 a.m. in the Kelly Fine Arts Center auditorium. Minutes from these meetings will also be made available on the Parents’ Association page of the JCDS website for those parents who want to be informed but are not able to attend in person.

Annual Gala & Auction

The Gala committee and volunteers plan, organize and run the annual Gala fundraiser which will be held on April 13, 2013. Planning begins in the summer and continues throughout the school year until the event in the spring, and for a few weeks after the event to finalize the auction. The time commitment for the chairs of the event as well as for some of the subcommittee chair positions is intensive. There are numerous volunteer opportunities for the sub-committees for decorations, communication, operations, food and beverage and auction procurement — these are very flexible as far as amount of time and when work needs to be done.

The Gala and the Fun Run are the two biggest fundraisers of each year for JCDS. Gala planning meetings will start after the beginning of school. Please look for announcements in the Thursday Reminder. Click here to sign up online.

For more information, please contact:

Jan Cheek
Co-Chair, Gala
Mobile: 445-0108

Mariah Cheek
Co-Chair, Gala
Mobile: 891-1725


Book Fair

This committee orchestrates both the annual Charity Book Drive (usually scheduled the week before the Book Fair) and the actual Book Fair scheduled for April 23 and April 24, 2013. The co-chairpersons of this committee work with the book vendor and Amy Kucsak, JCDS school librarian, to determine details including timing, charity confirmation, guest author, theme, etc.

Volunteers will be needed starting in March to help coordinate the Charity Book Drive and décor, and to work one or both of the mornings during carpool to collect the donated books, count them and box them. For the Book Fair, volunteers will be needed to help set up, work during the Fair, and also help to break everything down and box any unsold books. Click here to sign up online.

For more information, please contact:

Carmina Aldana
Co-Chair, Book Fair
Home: 821-4986

Melanie Boree
Co-Chair, Book Fair
Home: 997-7771


Corporate Fundraising

Corporate fundraising involves easy, ongoing ways for you to help the school to raise money in three ways: saving, shopping, and supporting. Activities may include, for example, collecting box tops, packaging used ink cartridges, and using a credit card that benefits the school at no cost to you. Most programs are self-managed online. The corporate fundraising programs for the 2012-2013 school year include: 

· Box Tops for Education — Collect and turn in box tops from participating products throughout the year. Jacksonville Country Day School receives $0.10 for each box top.
· Labels for Education — Clip participating Product UPCs and Beverage Caps/Sauce Caps. Turn in and Jax Country Day earns free educational merchandise.
· Tyson Project A+™ — Clip and save Tyson Project A+™ labels from participating Tyson products. Turn in and collect $0.24 for each label.
· Funding Factory — Recycle used printer cartridges and old cell phones (in working condition, please). Help the environment while raising money for the school.

· Lovable Labels — Purchase high quality, personalized sticker labels that are durable, machine washable, and dishwasher safe. Twenty percent of all purchases go to Jax Country Day.
· Sally Foster — Purchase chocolates, gift items, home decor items, and, of course, wrapping paper. Forty percent of all purchases will go to Jax Country Day.
· Chip in for Youth — Opportunity to raise an unlimited amount of money for our school by promoting the sale of The Players Championship “Good Any One Day” tickets. For each $40 ticket sold, our school receives $25.

· Target REDcard — Obtain a Target REDcard, REDcard VISA, or REDcard Check Card. Each time you shop, it’s 5% savings for you and 1% for Jax Country Day.
· Dick’s Sporting Goods Play It Forward Program — Support the school every time you shop at Dick’sS Sporting Goods. ScoreCard Rewards members can link their customer card to Jax Country Day and we will earn a cash donation equal to 2% of the total purchase when your ScoreCard is presented at time of purchase.

Click here to sign up online.

For more information please contact:

Lori Pyle
Chairperson, Corporate Fundraising
Home: 646-0290
Mobile: 742-5674


Fall Carnival

The Fall Carnival is a major fundraiser for the school sponsored by the Student Council and the JCDS Parents’ Association, with proceeds supporting Student Council and the teachers’ wish lists. It has been scheduled for November 2, 2012. Tickets will be sold for the various activities and there will be several booths per grade level. Many activities will be planned such as face painting, bounce houses, games, and train rides. Volunteers will be needed the day of the event for set up as well as during the event for ticket sales, managing different activities and clean-up. Click here to sign up online.

For more information please contact:

Yogita Badarinath
Volunteer Coordinator, Fall Carnival
Mobile: 233-8882

Danese Tremble
Chair, Fall Carnival
Mobile: 233-0794


Family Nights

Family Nights are organized by grade level and are held at different times during the year. The Family Nights Committee coordinates these events with the assistance of Homeroom Parents. Homeroom Parents will request volunteers to help for their specific grades and nights. Volunteers are needed to help with registration and clean up.

Family Nights have been scheduled as follows:

September 14, 2012 — Preprimary Grades – PJK, JK and kindergarten
September 20, 2012 —6th grade
January 11, 2013 — 1st & 2nd grade
February 1, 2013 — 3rd & 4th grade
April 5, 2013 — 5th grade

Click here to sign up online.

For more information, please contact:

Keri Morales
Co-Chair, Preprimary Family Nights
Home: 619-6979
Mobile: 917-887-9854

Renee Thompson
Co-Chair, Pre-Primary Family Night
Home: 880-5356
Mobile: 535-3263
Roxanne Epstein
Chairperson, 1st/2nd & 3rd/4th Family Night
Home: 642-3631
Mobile: 352-256-5507
Debbie Park
Co-Chair, 5th Grade Family Night
Home: 642-7110
Mobile: 629-1753
Dea Sims
Co-Chair, 5th Grade Family Night
Home: 642-4589
Mobile: 537-7829
Rebecca Witt
Chairperson, 6th Grade Family Night
Home: 363-6168
Mobile: 704-9698


Family Picnic

The Family Picnic provides JCDS families a chance to socialize with old friends, make new friends and have fun! It is the first major Parent Association event of the school year and is the official "Welcome Back to School" event. The Family Picnic for the 2012-2013 school year is scheduled for Friday, October 12. It is held on the JCDS campus with dinner being served in the cafeteria. Lots of fun events are planned for the students including: Cake Walk, Bake Sale, DJ, Jumpy House, and the pool will be open for swimming.

Homeroom Parents will coordinate volunteers from their assigned classrooms for this event. Volunteers are needed the day of the event for set-up as well as during the event for ½ hour shifts between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to help run activities, games and registration. Click here to sign up online.

For more information, please contact:

Karen Schwartz
Co-Chair, Family Picnic
Home: 992-4763
Mobile: 993-4763
Dea Sims
Co-Chair, Family Picnic 
Home: 642-4589
Mobile: 537-7829
Tracy Terkonda
Co-Chair, Family Picnic 
Home: 363-2663
Mobile: 233-7278


Hospitality and Greeters

Volunteers are encouraged to join this exciting committee for the 2012/2013 school year. Activities will embrace our slogan “Names with Faces…Going Places!”

This committee is responsible for providing tasty treats for the monthly Parents’ Association meetings as well as spotlighting various people/activities at the school to promote “Names with Faces…Going Places!”

Volunteers will also be using the Front Circle and 4th Grade Wing drop-off/pick-up locations to raise awareness of events at the school including Parents’ Association meetings, Family Picnic, Family Nights, Gala, Book Fair, etc.

All volunteers are encouraged and welcome to join this committee with your creative or culinary skills — or just bring your enthusiasm! Click here to sign up online.

For more information please contact:

Ritika Fedewa
Co-Chair, Hospitality and Greeters
Home: 686-1110
Mobile: 703-587-5050

Kim Skinner
Co-Chair, Hospitality and Greeters
Home: 645-5458
Mobile: 610-1671

Jennifer Brumback
Co-chair, Hospitality and Greeters
Home: 821-8741
Mobile: 710-7564


Parent Ambassador Committee

The Parent Ambassador Committee is in charge of making sure prospective parents as well as new parents are welcomed into the JCDS community. In addition, this committee helps provide information on various programs throughout the school from a parent-to-parent perspective. Some of the single day events that this committee is responsible for include the New Parent Orientation in August, the New Parent Coffee in September and the New Family Welcome Party in May.

Current JCDS Parents can also get involved by calling prospective parents to see if they have any questions or want to talk to current parents of the school. Phone calls are a wonderful way for working parents to get involved as it is a small time commitment and flexible to your work schedule.

The Parent Ambassador Committee also provides parent-to-parent informational sessions that are single day events (for example, an informative tour through the new Cool Caf). Click here to sign up online.

For more information please contact:

Mary Beth Hedberg
Chairperson, Parent Ambassadors
Home: 647-8215
Mobile: 760-670-5554


School Pictures

Individual school pictures are scheduled for Friday, September 14, 2012. We will need 8-10 volunteers the morning of school picture day to help pass out combs, fix collars, retrieve classes to come and get pictures taken and to help keep the students organized and quiet in the auditorium. The time commitment is about 4 hours (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the latest). The Chairpersons of this committee handle all other responsibilities including coordinating make-up pictures, class pictures, distributing the pictures, and managing money and payments. Class pictures are scheduled for February 3, 2012. Click here to sign up online.

For more information please contact:

Cindy Chamberlain 
Co-Chair, School Pictures
Home: 285-6237
Mobile: 669-9779 

Lisa Szymanksi
Co-Chair, School Pictures
Home: 992-4352
Mobile: 655-6533


Teacher/Faculty Appreciation

Volunteering with this committee is a great way to support the faculty and staff at JCDS and get to know more of them than you may interact with on a daily basis.

There will be three events during the school year — one casual fall event and one winter event in the Teacher’s Lounge and the Teacher/Faculty Appreciation Luncheon in May. Everyone can participate by dropping off food or beverage items either the day before or the day of the event. The chairpersons for this committee will send emails with details of the events a few weeks before so volunteers can plan what they may want to do — anything from purchasing water bottles at the grocery store to making a homemade dish for them to enjoy. The only time commitment is based on what you plan to buy or make. The committee would love to see as many people participate in this as possible!

The Teacher Appreciation Luncheon is scheduled for April 17, 2013. This is a big event that needs manpower to assist with food, beverages, decorations, serving, setting up and cleaning up as well as Homeroom Parents to help supervise the students in their classrooms while the teachers are having their special lunch. Click here to sign up online.

For more information please contact:

Jennifer Brown
Co-Chair, Teacher/Faculty Appreciation
Home: 642-1455
Mobile: 703-7636

Kathy Ramsey
Co-Chair, Teacher/Faculty Appreciation
Home: 645-5243
Mobile: 477-2558


Uniform Consignment

The Uniform Consignment is another great way to get involved with the school. Uniform Drop-off is scheduled for May 21 and May 22, 2012. The actual Uniform Sale is scheduled on May 22, 2012. Volunteers will be needed those three dates to help accept uniforms, sort and organize, set up for sales, and facilitate the sales process. Click here to sign up online.

For more information contact:

Shelita McGowan 
Co-Chair, Uniform Consignment
Home: 551-0481
Mobile: 652-7941
Shanel McKenzie 
Co-Chair, Uniform Consignment
Home: 738-7945
Mobile: 202-341-8020


Vision Screening

Vision screening for students is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. We will need about 20 volunteers to manage the flow of students and to assist with all steps of the screening process. The time commitment is about 4 hours (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the latest). Click here to sign up online.

For more information please contact:

Pamela Steitz 
Co-Chair, Eye Screening
Home: 280-5595
Mobile: 534-5546 
Julie McQuiddy
Co-Chair, Eye Screening
Home: 834-3105
Mobile: 651-2501



The chairpersons for the yearbook committee are committed to this year long project and meet weekly in order to meet deadlines for the production of the yearbook at the end of the school year. Volunteers, however, can be very flexible with their commitment. Volunteers may take photos, check spelling of student and staff names, send weekly e-mails, gather photos off of teachers computers, create yearbook videos and much more.

We have also added “Yearbook Classroom Directors.” The yearbook directors will be in-charge of individual grade level classroom photos for the school year. The directors will take photos of classroom activities, field trips, performances and family nights. The photos will be submitted to the Yearbook Chairs. This will save a significant amount of time allowing for more creativity.

All parents and family members are encouraged to share their pictures with the yearbook committee as soon as possible - either by saving them to a disk and dropping the disk off in the yearbook box in the front office, e-mailing them to a committee chair or stopping by the Fine Arts conference room with your memory stick. Click here to sign up online.

For more information please contact:

Mandy Gildersleeve
Chair, Yearbook
Home: 363-3282
Mobile: 613-0502

Renee Thompson
Co-Chair, Yearbook
Home: 880-5356
Mobile: 535-3263

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