Get involved at Fernbank!

Parent involvement makes Fernbank an amazing school! We are asking that families give a minimum of 5 hours per school year to help us keep things running smoothly.

Five hours isn't a lot when you think about all the fun activities that your family enjoys at Fernbank. It's a minimal commitment that pays big dividends in feeling more connected with what is happening at school and developing stronger relationships with other parents, teachers, staff and administrators.

Some parents are heavily involved and at the school often, and some are heavily involved but rarely at the school. Many of our volunteers work full-time and are able to help in ways that don't take up a lot of time or interfere with their work schedules. 

Scroll down to read about opportunities we have to get involved.

From executive leadership to setting up for events, we have plenty of ways for you to volunteer!

Scroll down to read about some of the many ways YOU can get involved next year!

2 hours helping with slime day!

3 hours helping with the picnic!

20 hours serving on the school council

1 hour making

cookies for staff holiday treats

VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP ROLES

Executive and other leadership roles are an awesome way to make an impact within our school community. These roles provide an opportunity for you to work closely with our administration and use your talents to make Fernbank the very best it can be.  

Fernbank’s Foundation is also run by an executive board of parent volunteers that includes:

  • President

  • Treasurer

  • Secretary

  • Auction Chair

  • Academic Liaison

  • School Choice Representative 

We raise money and manage funds used for academic extras such as supplemental teachers, resources for the classroom, teacher training, and materials for art, music, and science lab.  We host school events such as Film at the Fern and our annual Auction in the winter.

FERNBANK FOUNDATION BOARD

Our Foundation Board meets once per month with school administrators and teacher representatives. Smaller groups may meet more often as necessary. 

PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD

Fernbank's PTA is run by an executive board of volunteers: 

  • 2 Presidents 

  • 2 VPs (who will roll into the President roles for the next school year)

  • 1 VP of Communications

  • 1 Treasurer 

  • 1 Secretary

We oversee PTA committees, the event calendar, and the school year's budget for all of our committees. We organize Open House and some of the other big events for Fernbank, like the Back to School Picnic.

Although we speak regularly, we also meet with Fernbank's administration once a month to plan and make sure the PTA's responsibilities are getting handled.

TEAM LEADERS

Each year, the Fernbank Foundation holds our Annual Auction in late winter or early spring. Part of the foundation's budget is covered by the fall fundraising campaign "Fund the Fern", but the majority is raised at this important event.

Our auction is such a fun evening out (without the kiddos)! It's a great chance to catch up with Fernbank friends & staff, and meet & mingle with new ones. There's always delicious food, drinks, and great entertainment!

Check out pictures from last year.

The auction takes A LOT of planning but if tasks are divided out between teams with strong leaders, things go very smoothly!

Please email us if you are interested in being in a leading role planning our auction in 2019-20!

FERNBANK FUNDRAISING & INCENTIVES TEAM

Fernbank Elementary's success as a school is due in large part to extra financial support outside funding from DeKalb Country School District' budget. Fernbank's PTA and The Fernbank Foundation both raise and manage funds to support programs that Fernbank students otherwise wouldn't have.

The Fund the Fern fall campaign is a schoolwide fundraiser that raises money to support both the PTA's and the Fernbank Foundation's budgets. We are looking for a group of parents to help assist our executive teams in developing, and executing a successful fall campaign in 2019-20. This team will also be involved in brainstorming and developing other ways to fundraise during the year, as may be needed. 

Please fill out our volunteer survey to let us know you're interested in helping in this area. Please include any special expertise you may have in fundraising or marketing (if you have some!).

COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING SUPPORT

Fernbank has a lot of fun activities and fundraisers throughout the year and we need support helping us spread the word! This committee maintains our directory and distribution lists, manages and maintains our website, curates and publishes the weekly newsletter, sends school-wide communications, markets upcoming activities, and posts on social media. Right now, the majority of this is done by one person so we could use your help!

PRINCIPAL'S ADVISORY COUNCIL

School council advises and makes recommendations on any matter related to school improvement and student achievement. It is comprised of the principal, staff representatives appointed by the principal,  PTA and Fernbank Foundation representatives, and parent representatives who are elected each spring in a ballot election. They hold meetings once every other month.

 

Purpose

  • To bring communities and schools closer together in a spirit of cooperation to solve difficult education problems

  • To improve student attendance, academic achievement, provide support for teachers and administrators

  • To bring parents into the school-based decision-making process

  • To provide the opportunity for involvement in the principal selection process

Learn more here

FERNBANK SCHOOL COUNCIL

COMMITTEE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

(LEADERSHIP & MEMBER ROLES )

click on each box to read more details!

AFRICAN

AMERICAN

HISTORY

COMMITTEE

AMBASSADOR

COMMITTEE

BOOK FAIR

&

LIBRARY

SUPPORT

COMMUNITY

OUTREACH

COMMITTEE

EASY MONEY

FOR FERNBANK

&  SPIRIT NIGHTS

FARM TO SCHOOL &

WELLNESS

COMMITTEE

FIFTH

GRADE

COMMITTEE

FILM @ 

THE FERN

FERNBANK

FUN RUN

GO GREEN CLUB

&

SUSTAINABILITY

COMMITTEE

HOSPITALITY

COMMITTEE

 & STAFF APPRECIATION

LEGISLATIVE

LIAISON

&  ADVOCACY

REFLECTIONS

COMMITTEE

YEARBOOK

&

SCHOOL

PHOTOS

ROOM

PARENTS

SCHOOL

STORE

COMMITTEE

SPANISH

ENRICHMENT

COMMITTEE

CLASSROOM

& DAILY SCHOOL SUPPORT

FERNBANK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

157 HEATON PARK DRIVE ATLANTA, GA 30307
678-874-9300 (INFO)
678-874-9302 (OFFICE)
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