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Volunteers Guidelines

Thank you for volunteering to join us in our classroom and school to help make this a joyful and successful year for all of our children.

In order to provide the best possible environment for our students, guidelines have been established for classroom and field trip volunteers. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these guidelines.

Before going to the classroom or lunchroom, all volunteers must sign in at the school safety desk at the main office. We provide volunteers with special green lanyards that must be returned at the end of their visit so that we know who is permitted in the building. This is for the safety of all children.

School discipline guidelines:
  • We follow the basic pattern of discipline by remaining students of appropriate behavior, reinforcing good behavior, and redirecting children who are not following the rules.
  • If students do not listen, please let a staff member know. You should never be in a position where you need to discipline children.
  • It is important to not get involved in your child's dispute. Ask a staff member to assist your child.
General Guidelines:
  • Our school is a safe and happy environment: We respect each child’s individual rate and style of learning.
  • We are respectful of the privacy of our children and their families
    • Do not talk about individual students outside in any language - many teachers, students, and other parents are multi-lingual
    • Do not take photographs of students without teacher permission.
  •  Our school is a cell-free zone. For the safety of our children, we ask that cell phones and PDAs be turned off and stowed for the duration of your work in the school.
  • Younger siblings should be left in the care of others while you are working at school
  • Your commitment is valued. Please be on time and provide adequate notice if you cannot keep your scheduled time

Working with Children:

  • As a volunteer, you are committing to support all children in the class.
  • Encourage the children to do as much of the work as they can. Invite them to tell you about what they are doing. Assist only when you feel a child has done all he or she can; then provide the support the child needs to be successful. 
  • If you are working with a small group, move from child to child, giving each child special attention, and engaging them in conversations. Give positive, encouraging feedback.
  • Please remember to focus on the children and save adult conversations for later.
  • Be enthusiastic and enjoy the children. Know that your work makes a difference in the lives of our children and the richness of our classroom and school.

Other volunteer opportunities:

  • In classrooms: Talk to the class teacher or class parent if you would like to volunteer. Activities can include support during center time, teaching a specific skill or hobby (knitting, art, etc), organizing Scholastic book orders, chaperoning, and organizing field trips.
  • Science: Help with Science activities, comporting, gardening.
  • BPC Library: Help make our library amazing for our children. Family volunteers are always welcome to shelve books, organize the library, help out with books fairs and special events, lunch clubs, and more. For more information, send an email to basia.tov@bpcschool.org

Lunch Room Volunteers



10:45 am - 11:10 am
Lunch: 3rd Grade
Recess: 4th and 5th Grade

11:10am - 11:35 am
Lunch: 4th and 5th Grade
Recess: 3rd Grade

11:35 am - 12:00pm
Lunch: 6th and 7th Grade
Recess: 8th Grade and PS94

12:00pm - 12:25pm
Lunch: 8th Grade and PS94
Recess: 6th and 7th Grade

12:25pm - 12:50pm
Lunch: Kindergarten
Recess: 1st and 2nd Grade

12:50pm - 1pm
Lunch: 1st and 2nd Grade
Recess: Kindergarten


Ensures the health, safety, welfare, and enjoyment of students in the school cafeteria and in the recess areas designated.


  • Help children opening milk and containers, cutting food into manageable chunks
  • Supervises students in the cafeteria, while in “hot lunch” lines, while eating, and during cafeteria dismissal;
  • Help children through the lunch line reminding them of salad bar options and to take milk, cutlery, and napkins
  • Maintains discipline in the cafeteria according to the school code of conduct and encourages proper table manners through positive enforcement;
  • Reports all student injuries, accidents, illnesses, and discipline problems to an appropriate school administrator immediately,
  • Supervises hallway near bathrooms, at the water fountain, and handwashing areas (K-3 specific).
  • Engages children in a fun, productive conversation as appropriate to diffuse potential “incidents” and/or help ensure pleasant lunchtime experiences.
  • Assists cafeteria staff in cleaning up spills, accidents, etc;
  • Supervises children during dismissal from lunch to ensure independent clean-up of garbage and recyclables.
  • Escorts children down the stairs to the designated recess area as requested by the school administrator.
  • Supervises and engages children during outdoor or indoor recess time as needed by recess coaches.


Volunteers are requested to commit to the full lunch period of their choosing whenever possible. Lunch Monitors are requested to:

  • Arrive at school at least 5 minutes prior to the beginning of the first lunch period (10:45-11:30, Grades 1-3). Arrive at school at least 10 minutes before the Kindergarten lunch period (12:25-1:10 pm) to assist with table/floor clean up before the arrival of children.
  • Sign in to the “Lunch Log” at the Security Desk. (Please have ID with you)
  • Use stairs to walk to the 5th-floor cafeteria.
  • Introduce yourself to the Parent Coordinator or school administrator present.
  • Introduce yourself to the Kitchen Staff and request a pair of rubber gloves. (Gloves should be worn at all times when serving food or assisting children with containers).
  • Determine with other parent volunteers where each will assist (2 kitchen servers, multiple floaters for the main floor to supervise and assist, monitor exits and bathrooms).


  • Greet children and encourage them to settle into eating their lunches in a timely way. Remind children purchasing “hot lunch” to wait in line quietly.
  • Kitchen helpers (two min. grade K-3) need to 1) serve cold vegetables to younger students as requested; 2) assist serving frozen fruit cups/fresh fruit, utensils, and milk, as needed.
  • Cafeteria Floaters should remind children in younger grades to raise their hands if they need help with containers or need to use the bathroom.
  • Monitor proper table manners, body positioning on benches. Children need to sit on their bottoms, legs in front of them for their safety.
  • Children need to be reminded to eat their lunches while enjoying their friend's company.
  • Encourage children to listen when receiving instructions from school administrators regarding time remaining, clean up and dismissal. Monitors should assist children with following the same instructions.


  • Lunch Monitors need to follow the direction/lead of school administrators for what is required when lunch is dismissed.
  • Assist in keeping children’s voices at a moderate level while sitting in 2 lines with their class.
  • Lunch Monitors may be asked to walk a class to the 3rd-floor playground or other designated location in case of inclement weather. Volunteers need to be able to get the children to the designated location with the same behavior expected by their teachers – quietly, safely down the stairs.
  • Lunch Monitors may stay to help supervise recess period and/or engage children in productive fun playtime. Volunteers need to be additional eyes for the recess supervisors while present.
We try to provide a variety of options for recess other than the yard. These clubs are run by teachers and parents. We need more parents to help staff these clubs. These clubs meet weekly during recess periods (20 minutes) in different rooms. Email: volunteer@bpcschool.org if you are interested and can make a consistent commitment. Options include: 
  • Book Clubs
  • Knitting club
  • Boardgame clubs
  • Maker Space
  • Chess


  • Reminding children to use the equipment for appropriate purposes (i.e jump ropes are for jumping)
  • Zipping jackets and tying shoes
  • Inviting children to play with your group
  • Coaching children to be aware of space: not running into others, not disrupting other games, tagging gently
  • Direct children who may be shy or hesitant to join an activity
  • Encouraging children to join in activities: hot potato, relay races, four square, jump rope teaching children a new game
  • Report injuries, accidents, illnesses or unsafe behavior to appropriate staff. You can help by taking children to the nurse.