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PVO (Parent Volunteer Organization)

Every parent at DC is a member of the Parent Volunteer Organization. Volunteering with the PVO is a great way to get involved and meet other DC families. Thank you for partnering with Delaware County Christian School.

Mission Statement

DC's Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO) provides a coordinated program for the parents to partner and serve school faculty, staff, and students. The PVO advances the mission of the school by encouraging faculty, staff, and administration in their efforts to impact each student. Through service and events PVO organizes and supports activities to foster communication and fellowship between members of our school community.

Involvement

All DC parents are encouraged to participate in the PVO. Each academic division offers parents a variety of ways to participate and be involved. Click on each division to learn more about opportunities to serve.

Lower School

The Lower School Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO) provides a program for parents to partner with and serve DC's lower school teachers and staff. Please email the PVO chair, Leigh Ann Tedrow for any and all areas that you would be interested in volunteering for during the 2019-2020 school year. Signing up is not a commitment, but simply a way of letting us know you may be interested and available. Thank you for partnering with other parents to make our school wonderful.

Lower School PVO Leadership Team 2019-20

Chair: Leigh Ann Tedrow
Nikki DeVault
Jeannette Grabe
Tracy Lane
Maat Lewis
Kathy Liu
Angela Oandasan
Naomi Poyser
Shannon Schrieber
Linley Wynne

Lower School Areas to Serve

Art Show (Explore Night)

Scheduled in the spring, the Art Show is a great opportunity for volunteers to enjoy hanging all of the children's artwork around the school. This is a very flexible way to serve, up to four weeks ahead of the show, with days and times to suit your schedule.

Auction

Organized by the Auction committee in conjunction with the Advancement Office, auctions are held in the Spring or Fall. These events would not happen without the dedication of many parent volunteers helping with many different activities! Join a planning committee or serve at the auction night itself! Volunteer your skills and talents to benefit the DC community.

Box Tops

The Lower School uses funds from box top collections to pay for extra field trips and various things during the year. Volunteers are needed in Oct and Feb to count the box tops. This is great way for you to get to know other DC parents!

DC Welcome Families

This ministry is a wonderful way to strengthen the DC community. Volunteers are needed to welcome new families to the school and are encouraged to stay in contact periodically throughout the year to provide encouragement, prayer support and to answer questions of our first year families.

Christmas Cookie Outreach

Bakers, assemblers and deliverers are needed to bless our community with over 5,000 homemade cookies! Volunteers may help with one or with all three areas of service. This activity takes place from late November to early December. We encourage you to include your children in the baking and delivering portions of this outreach.

Fall Fun Festival

This every other year fall event is a new family favorite! Volunteers are needed to help with concessions, games, crafts and more! This is a really fun way to serve alongside other DC families and get to know them better!

Field Day/End of Year Picnic

Volunteers make this a fun and memorable day with the energy and enthusiasm they provide cheering on the students. Many parents are needed to help with the day's activities as directed by DC's physical education teacher. Field Day/End of Year Picnic occurs near the last day of school in June.

Health Screening

Volunteers assist in escorting students from classrooms to screening rooms for their annual health screening which typically occurs in late September or early October. Supervision and help is also needed to direct students between screening stations. Assisting younger students with shoes and tying laces is appreciated.

Homeroom Parent

Homeroom parents assist teachers in organizing classroom activities and coordinating volunteers. Activities include field trips, quarterly birthday parties, one hot lunch for teachers and staff, Back-to-School Night in September, teacher lunch relief and teacher's birthday. Three parents per classroom serve for the entire school year.

Kitchen Kapers

This ministry is one of the easiest ways to bless the staff and teachers at the Lower campus! Individuals are needed on a weekly basis to keep the kitchen clean and organized and to make sure that towels and linens are laundered and returned as needed. Be prepared to receive an abundance of thanks from very grateful teachers and staff members! Time commitment is only one hour.

Library

The library is one of the most consistently busy places on the Lower campus! Volunteers come in every other week to run the circulation desk, re-shelve books, cover books and/or review books for appropriateness. You also get to meet many of your child's classmates.

Open House (Discovery Days) Parent Guides

Volunteers are needed to guide prospective parents and/or families around the Lower Campus and answer very general questions about the school. Open Houses occur several times per year on weekdays, and on one Saturday. Orientation is provided by the Admissions Office.

Pray for a Teacher

The thing teachers covet most is our prayers. We will assign a teacher for you to pray for during the school year. You should touch base with your teacher during the year for prayer requests and notes and emails of encouragement. This is not a gift ministry, the focus is on regular prayer for our teachers.

Pretzel Delivery

Volunteers are needed to distribute pretzels to the classrooms and staff on Tuesday mornings. The time commitment is 1/2 hour (8:30 am - 9:00 am) for each week assigned and siblings are welcome to help! Pretzel day is a favorite with the entire lower school campus!

Provision of Food

Do you enjoy cooking? There are opportunities throughout the school year to provide baked goods, prepare a casserole, etc. This is a great way to serve the school from home. Volunteers will be contacted as needed.

PVO Leadership

The PVO Leadership Team serves as a central point of contact for parents, teachers, and administration. This team recruits parent volunteers to organize and serve in the many ministries, activities and events that take place at the lower school. In addition, the PVO sponsors several events and socials throughout the school year in order to build community and parent partnership. The PVO leadership team meets once a month. Each team member is responsible for the administration of 2-3 ministries, activities or events a year.

Read-A-Thon Celebration Day

Our Read-A-Thon Celebration is a highlight of the school year! Many parents are needed on this day to help staff the crafts, games and activities for the day. This is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge all our students' hard work and to get to know other lower school parents as well.

School Pictures

Four volunteers are needed to assist the photographer in October by affixing labels to forms and keeping things moving. Come check out the kids all dressed up!

Student Lunches

Many (10+) volunteers are needed to help with this very popular ministry! Volunteers help the DC Cafe distribute hot food items at lunchtime in the cafeteria and to classrooms. Time commitment is from 11:15 - 1:00 twice a month on the day you are assigned. The feedback from current volunteers, "My children love seeing me at lunch time and it is a great way to get to know the other kids in my child's class!"

Teacher/Staff Appreciation

The Lower School PVO organizes special days of recognition for our teachers during the year. Volunteers are needed to help prepare items for teacher/staff brunch, snacks, letters of encouragement, etc. If you would like to help encourage our teachers and staff, this is the volunteer opportunity for you.

Middle School

The Middle School Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO) provides a program for parents to partner with and serve DC's middle school teachers and staff. Please email the PVO chair, Jeanne Marie Fanelli for any and all areas that you would be interested in volunteering for during the 2019-2020 school year. Signing up is not a commitment, but simply a way of letting us know you may be interested and available. Thank you for partnering with other parents to make our school wonderful.

MS PVO Leadership Team 2019-20

6th Grade Team

Alex Cardone
Deanna Sterious
Kathy Liu

7th Grade Team

Courtney Gifford
Khalilah Orange
May Wang
Pam Yang

8th Grade Team

Jeanne Marie Fanelli 
Sally Petrulis
Kathleen Schaefer

Areas to Serve

Art Show

Scheduled in the spring, the Art Show is a great opportunity for volunteers to enjoy hanging all of the children's artwork. This is a very flexible way to serve, up to three weeks ahead of the show, with days and times to suit your schedule.

Auction

Organized by the Auction committee in conjunction with the Development Office, auctions are held in the Spring or Fall. These events would not happen without the dedication of many parent volunteers helping with many different activities! Join a planning committee or serve at the auction night itself! Volunteer your skills and talents to benefit the DC community.

Boosters

Do you love sports? Join the DC Boosters where we support the DC athletes and coaches through organizing team parents, concessions, award recognition ceremonies and other events raising school spirit! Guaranteed fun for all while promoting and encouraging our athletes.

Christmas Cookie Outreach

Bakers, assemblers and deliverers are needed to bless our community with over 5,000 homemade cookies! Volunteers may help with one or with all three areas of service. This activity takes place from late November to early December. We encourage you to include your children in the baking and delivering portions of this outreach.

Copy Aide

Intermittent daytime help is needed for copying teachers’ handouts.

DC Welcome Families

This ministry is a wonderful way to strengthen the DC community. Volunteers are needed to welcome new families to the school and are encouraged to stay in contact periodically throughout the year to provide encouragement, prayer support and to answer questions of our first year families.

Fine Arts Support

Help the Choir, Band, and Drama Directors as needed throughout the year.

FOTA

DC Friends of the Arts (FOTA) supports students and faculty in all areas of the creative arts such as band, choir, theatre and visual arts. This is an opportunity to be part of the various events throughout the school year. You may join the planning committee for long-term fund raising or just volunteer for specific needs which include setting up art shows, coordinating meals for students before or after concerts, concession help, ticket booth volunteers and much more.

Graduation

A few 7th grade parents to assist with refreshments for the 8th grade graduation on the last day of school.

Grandparents Day

Help is needed with setting up and serving families on Grandparents' Day in the Fall.

Health Screening

Volunteers help direct students as they receive their vision, hearing and weight checks on the health screening day in the Fall.

Homecoming and 5K

Assist with activities for the fall homecoming weekend.

Library

Volunteers may be needed to cover books and reshelve books. Coordinated with the Upper Campus Librarian.

Lost and Found

Volunteers coordinate campus-wide Lost and Found events 2-3 times a year on the Upper Campus.

Many Hands Ministry

Know that you want to be involved, but not sure how, when,or where...then “Many Hands” is for you! This is a general volunteer list and you will receive occasional emails or phone calls periodically throughout the year as events or volunteer needs arise.

Mercy Ministry

This ministry is a way to come alongside our community in a time of need (hardship) by supplying support through prayer, meal trains and answering any other needs.

MS PVO Support

Assist teachers and staff in any school or classroom related activities as requested by the PVO Leadership Team.

Music

Volunteers help organize choir and band socials, and practices. Coordinated with Upper Campus Choir and Band Directors.

Parent Socials

Willing to host or attend parent led socials throughout the year.

Pray for a Teacher

The thing teachers covet most is our prayers. We will assign a teacher for you to pray for during the school year. You should touch base with your teacher during the year for prayer requests and notes and emails of encouragement. This is not a gift ministry, the focus is on regular prayers for our teachers.

Provision of Food

Do you enjoy cooking? There are opportunities throughout the school year to provide baked goods, prepare a casserole, etc. This is a great way to serve the school from home. Volunteers will be contacted as needed.

School Pictures

Volunteers help direct students on picture day.

Teacher Hot Lunches

Assist in preparing food and organizing meals for our teachers and staff throughout the year.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation

The Middle School PVO organizes ways of recognition for our faculty and staff during the year. Volunteers are needed to help prepare items for teacher/staff brunch, snacks, letters of encouragement, etc. If you would like to help encourage our faculty and staff, this is the volunteer opportunity for you.

Uniform Shop

Volunteers are needed to help keep our uniform store organized. This would consist of folding and organizing clothing items by size and article, as needed. It is a flexible rotation schedule which allows volunteers to serve at their convenience, anytime during school hours.

Upper School

The Upper School Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO) provides a program for parents to partner with and serve DC's upper school teachers and staff. Please email the PVO lead, Kathleen Schaefer for any and all areas that you would be interested in volunteering for during the 2019-2020 school year. Signing up is not a commitment, but simply a way of letting us know you may be interested and available. Thank you for partnering with other parents to make our school wonderful.

Upper School PVO Leadership Team 2019-20

9th Grade Team

Missy Frieling
Lisa Johnson

10th Grade Team

Amy Jacox
Marge Powala

11th Grade Team

Holly Roberts
Cindy VanEerden

12th Grade Team

Beth Hines
Jessica Tucker

Upper School Areas to Serve

Auction

Organized by the Auction Committee in conjunction with the Advancement Office. Auctions are held in the spring.

Christmas Cookie Outreach

Bakers, assemblers, and deliverers are needed to bless our community with over 5,000 homemade cookies! This activity takes place from late November to early December.

FOTA

DC Friends of the Arts (FOTA) supports students and faculty in all areas of the creative arts such as band, choir, theatre and visual arts. This an opportunity to be part of the various events throughout the year. You may join the planning committee for long-term fund raising or just volunteer for specific needs which include setting up the art shows, coordinating meals for students before or after concerts, concession help, ticket booth volunteers and much more.

Grandparents Day

Help is needed with setting up and serving families on Grandparents' Day in the Fall.

Health Screening

Volunteers help direct students as they receive their vision, hearing and weight checks on the health screening day in the Fall.

Library

Volunteers may be needed to cover books and reshelve books. Coordinated with the Upper Campus Librarian.

Lost and Found

Volunteers coordinate campus-wide Lost and Found events 2-3 times a year on the Upper Campus.

Mercy Ministry

This ministry is a way to come alongside our community in a time of need (hardship) by supplying support through prayer, meal trains and answering any other needs.

DC Welcome Families

This ministry is a wonderful way to strengthen the DC community. Volunteers are needed to welcome new families to the school and are encouraged to stay in contact periodically throughout the year to provide encouragement, prayer support and to answer questions of our first year families.

Open House Parent Guides

This ministry is a wonderful way to strengthen the DC community. Volunteers make sure that every new family feels a part of our community, has a point of contact to ask questions, and knows how to connect and volunteer!

Pray for a Teacher

The thing teachers covet most is our prayers. We will assign a teacher for you to pray for during the school year. You should touch base with your teacher during the year for prayer requests and notes and emails of encouragement. This is not a gift ministry, the focus is on regular prayers for our teachers.

Provision of Food

Do you enjoy cooking? There are opportunities throughout the school year to provide baked goods, prepare a casserole, etc. This is a great way to serve the school from home. Volunteers will be contacted as needed.

PVO Support

Assist teachers and staff in any school or classroom related activities as requested by the PVO Leadership Team.

School Pictures

Volunteers help direct students on picture day.

Teacher/Staff Appreciation

The Upper School PVO organizes ways to recognize our faculty and staff during the year. Volunteers are needed to help prepare items for teacher/staff brunch, snacks, letters of encouragement, etc. If you would like to encourage our faculty and staff, this is the volunteer opportunity for you.

Uniform Shop

Volunteers are needed to help keep our uniform store organized. This would consist of folding and organizing clothing items by size and article, as needed. It is a flexible rotation schedule which allows volunteers to serve at their convenience, anytime during school hours.

What about background checks?

DC requires background checks for volunteers. Volunteers who plan to serve on a regular basis, along with any parent chaperone that plans to go on an off-campus field trip, must have this clearance completed. Parents or other volunteers should initiate this process on their own.

The Act 153 Child Protective Services Law requires that 3 clearances are needed for volunteers on a 36 month basis. Please visit the following websites and follow the directions to obtain your clearances:

Prior to beginning clearances have available:
  • Addresses where you have previously lived
  • Names of all individuals with whom you have lived (including parents, guardians, siblings, spouse)
  • Any previous names you have been known by (nicknames, maiden name, aliases)

Directions to obtain background clearances

  1. Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearances (CY113) – Act 151
  • Go to https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home and select “Create Individual Account”.
  • Read the information and select “Next”.
  • Create a Keystone User ID (make a note of this Keystone ID, you will need it again); Complete the remember of information on this page including security questions
  • You will receive two automated emails from the state (these emails may go to a SPAM or JUNK mail account, so please check those before recreating an account). One email will include the Keystone ID that you registered; the other email will include a temporary password.
  • Return to https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home login using your Keystone ID and temporary password. You will be prompted to change your password.
  • You will then log out and in again, a third time, https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home to complete a clearance application.
  • When asked about the purpose for clearance, select “Volunteer”.
  • Complete information requested including: Addresses where you have previously lived; Names of individuals with whom you have lived; Any previous names you have been known by.
  • Click “Finalize” and “Submit Application”.
  • You will receive and email confirming that your application has been successfully received. Save this email as it confirms that you have started the Child Abuse History Clearance.
  • Notification of your clearance results will be emailed within 14 days, please print these results and submit to DC's Business Office.
  1. Pennsylvania Criminal Record Checks (SP4-164) – Act 34
  • Go to https://epatch.state.pa.us/
  • Select “New Record Check”
  • On the next page select “Individual Request”
  • Complete the form. Select “Volunteer” as reason for request
  • Review information select “proceed”
  • Complete the Record Check Request form then select “Enter This Request”
  • On the next screen (duplicate of the one previous) you do not need to enter any information. Click on “View Queued Record Check Requests (1)”
  • On the Next Page, “Record Check Request Review”, click on “Submit”
  • Click on the Control # (It starts with an R, to the left of your name in the chart)
  • Click on “Certification Form” and print / save your form. You must print or save the certificate. Once viewed you will have no further access to the certificate
  1. Volunteers can Sign Waiver (Disclosure Statement) if you have been a resident of Pennsylvania for more than 10 years OR Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Criminal Background Checks – Act 114
  • Visit https://uenroll.identogo.com/
  • When prompted for a Service Code, enter 1KG6TR
  • On the next screen, click "Schedule or Manage Appointment"
  • Fill out all the required information. You will be asked to search for a place to have your fingerprints captured. The locations are not the same as the old Cogent sites. You will choose a day and time, or just walk-in, to have your fingerprints captured.
  • You will need to bring designated identification listed on the IdentoGO website to the fingerprinting site
  • You will pay the fee of $22.60 when you arrive at the fingerprinting site
  • Please submit a copy of the receipt you receive from the IdentoGO fingerprinting site
For difficulty with the online systems, or to check on a clearance request:

PA Child Abuse: 717-783-6211
Criminal Record Check: 717-425-5546
FBI Fingerprinting Background Check: 844-321-2101


Once you have obtained copies of your background clearances please provide a copy to Laura Penley in the Business Office. In the event you have already obtained your clearances from your place of employment or your local church, simply provide a copy to Laura Penley. Feel free to email lpenley@dccs.org, fax 610-353-6421, or personally deliver the clearances to the business office.

A parent, college student, or visitor on campus for a brief, occasional visit does not require this background check. Please contact Laura Penley in the Business Office at 610-353-6522 x2203 or lpenley@dccs.org for questions about this procedure or to check on your  status currently on file.

Background clearances must be submitted to the Business Office prior to the date of your volunteer event.