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Parent Involvement


Not everyone can be a teacher, but anyone can be a volunteer! Whether you are a parent, guardian, grandparent, aunt, uncle, friend, or simply a member of our community, we are always looking for volunteers to help out in different ways throughout the school year.

Below are just a few volunteer opportunities we have available. Please visit the school office or contact our Parent Volunteer Coordinator Amy Cleveland for more information.

Attention Fabulous Northwood Families!

Have you ever thought about how wonderful our little school is to be able to provide so many extra opportunities for our kids? Our Art teacher, our extra PE time, Missoula Children’s Theater, Family Movie Night, Spring Carnival, after-school enrichment classes and so much more make Eagle Country a very special place to learn and grow. We wouldn’t be able to offer any of these experiences without all of your hard work raising money through our school fundraisers. These fundraisers are all put on by our wonderful Parent Faculty Club (PFC). None of this would be possible without them. Here is where you come in...

Several members of our PFC support system are parents of fourth graders. They have one more year with us at Northwood before they move on to middle school. We have some fundraising committees that will need some fresh thinking and support. These parents that will be moving on would love to take the opportunity next year to show the ropes to the new volunteers so that we can continue to run with all of our fundraisers and events smoothly. It truly takes a village to keep these kids excited about learning. Making school fun is what it’s all about.

We aren’t asking for one or two people to take on everything; we need several parents so that each “job” is a committee of parents: a team. I personally know that stepping up to the plate can be intimidating, but I assure you that given the time and guidance along with help from others, no one job will be too much to handle. I encourage you to please attend our next PFC meeting, ask your questions, don’t be shy. Showing your children firsthand how important school is will only set them up for success.

If you have any questions that I may be able to help answer you can contact me (email below) and if I don’t already have the answer I will find the answer for you. Join our village, we look forward to speaking
with you.

Amy Cleveland
Parent Volunteer Coordinator


One of the best ways you can support your child’s immediate learning environment is by helping his or her teacher coordinate within the classroom. In this role, you are helping the teacher as well as Northwood Elementary School. Responsibilities vary from classroom to classroom, but typically center on being a point person for the teacher. Examples of instances might include: gathering phone numbers & email lists of classmates, checking homework, assisting with field trips, organizing supplies, etc.

This is a good role for someone who likes to be in touch with the teacher and the classroom. It involves some checking in with teachers (usually before or after school) and occasional follow up with fellow class families.

Parents can help in the library by providing reading enrichment experiences, shelving books, reading and straightening shelves, or helping put up library displays. Additionally, you can support Northwood's Scholastic Book Fair by helping to set up, tear down and assist students with their selections and purchases. Proceeds from the book fair allow us to continue to update the reading collection in the library so your child is interested in the reading materials we have to offer. For more information about volunteering in the library, send an email to our school librarian Kristi Leamer.

Northwood is always in need of volunteers for events throughout the school year. Here are just a few:

  • Campus Cleanup
  • Carnival
  • Field Day
  • Twilight in the Vineyards
  • Jog-a-thon

Please contact Amy Cleveland if you are interested in volunteering!

Yard Duty

Do you have a free hour in the afternoon? We are looking for volunteers to help supervise students during our lunch recess. This is a great opportunity for you to enjoy some fresh air, interact with the kids, and help create a safe and welcoming environment for them to play. You make your own schedule and come on days you're available. Please contact the school front office for details.

Crosswalk Supervision

We would love to have an adult at our crosswalks both before and after school to assist children and families and ensure everyone gets to school safely! We have the stop signs and safety vests! All you need is a smile and some free time! We are looking for both morning and afternoon assistance. Please stop by the front office if you are interested!

All parents of Northwood Elementary School students are members of our PFC. There is no membership fee. Board meetings are held monthly and all are invited to attend. General meetings are held in the fall at Back to School Night and at the end of the year. The PFC organizes many activities for NES students and runs a number of fundraisers. Volunteer workers are always needed. 

Visit the PFC webpage

The School Site Council is made up of elected parents, teachers, and other staff. Its role is to manage and monitor progress on the School Based Coordinated Plan and to oversee the use of School Improvement funds. The council meets monthly. All interested parents and staff are invited to attend.

Visit the School Site Council page

Join Northwood's team of volunteers and help make a difference!

Remember, every little bit helps, and there is something for every interest and level of participation. Parent volunteers are the backbone of our school. Volunteering is a great way to get involved, develop a closer relationship with your child and establish friendships. You may help out in the classroom in a variety of ways, in the office, or by helping with PFC activities. Volunteers are needed throughout the school year and especially at fundraising events. By being active in whatever way suits your talents and time, you send a powerful message to your child that school is important to you! Please GET INVOLVED NOW, and make a difference.