Research demonstrates that parent involvement is essential for student success. Although you may not become involved in all committees and support organizations in the school, we encourage the following activities for your parental support:
Parents and other responsible adults are always welcome at school. If you know in advance that you will be visiting your child's classroom, we encourage you to notify your child's teacher ahead of time so they are prepared for your visit. We do not allow students to bring friends or other non-registered students to school due to liability and space restrictions. In addition, parents may not bring younger siblings, other children, or babies with them when they visit or volunteer in a classroom. This can be a serious distraction from the learning environment for all students.
DoDEA policy mandates use of visitor badges and positive identification of all visitors and contractors. In compliance with this policy, upon arrival, ALL visitors are required to come to the school office, sign in, show identification, and receive a visitor's badge. All visitors MUST sign out and return the visitor's badge upon leaving the building.
Volunteers are always needed and are a part of the total school program. They assist in the classrooms, office, special subject and resource rooms, and educational support areas. If a parent is volunteering in a classroom, we ask that you please make alternative arrangements for siblings. They are not allowed in the room during the instructional day. We encourage active participation by parents in their child's education and while, younger children are precious, they may be distracting to students in the classroom. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your support. Check with you child's teacher for specific opportunities and to complete any necessary forms in addition to the ones below.
DoDEA Policy requires that prospective and current school volunteers shall be subject to a standardized application process that includes completion of an application form and standardized background checks. Volunteer applications are available in the school office or linked below. Please allow 5 business days for processing of all volunteer request forms. Once a background check is completed, a volunteer approval is valid for 3 years. There are many volunteer opportunities for parents eager to get involved with their students education or for other interested community members.
Before you do, please fill out these forms and turn them in to your local volunteer office.
Parents, teachers, students, administrators, and military commanders share the responsibility to support the schools through advisory councils and boards. Participation in advisory councils and boards enhances and improves educational programs and services, as well as the overall quality of life shared by all Department of Defense (DoD) American overseas communities.
The DEC reports to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management Policy. Members include general or flag officers representing the commanders of unified combatant commands, major service commands, and the military services. Council members make recommendations on policy matters relating to facilities, logistics, and administrative support provided to the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) by the military services.
The ESC is composed of European Command (EUCOM) Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy representatives. ESC work with subordinate command representatives to develop programs for improving dependents' education and recommend helpful initiatives to the DoDEA Director. The ESC chairperson also represents the European Command on the ACDE.
The DAC advises the district superintendent on matters of interest to the district.
The School Advisory Committee has been established under public law 95-651 and guidelines established by DoDEA. The committee consists of parents and educators, as well as representatives of the military community and the school administration. The purpose of the School Advisory Committee is to advise the principal on school policies, instructional programs, staffing as it relates to instructional resources, program evaluation, student standards of conduct, school meal programs, and other concerns that are brought to the committee by parents, educators, and the community. The strength of the committee is the positive working relationships fostered between school administration, parents, and educators.
Parents may become aware of problems that have not come to the attention of the school. They are encouraged to call the school or to bring these to the attention of members of the School Advisory Committee. By completing the SAC form or when sent in the Grizzly Growler. SAC meetings are held at least four times a year and notices are sent to parents prior to each meeting. These meetings are public meetings, though they are not meetings of the public. Parents and staff members are encouraged to attend SAC meetings to learn more about school programs and issues, and are invited to submit items to SAC members to be placed on the meeting agendas.
Grafenwoehr Elementary School PTA is an integral facet of our school. The PTA board meets monthly. General membership meetings are usually on the 3rd Thursday of every other month. Times and locations will always be announced prior to the meetings. PTA coordinates fundraisers such as school photos, T-shirt sales, and a book fair. PTA uses the money from these activities to sponsor special projects and purchase materials for the school. We urge you to become an active member of Grafenwoehr Elementary School PTA. Dues for membership are collected each year, and may be paid at any PTA meeting. Board members are selected each spring and assume 35 their duties in May. Other parents are also needed to chair and facilitate a number of standing committees such as membership, T-shirt sales, school pictures, fundraisers, teacher appreciation week, field day, book fair, etc. Grafenwoehr Elementary School PTA is affiliated with the European Congress of American Parents, Teachers, and Students (ECAPTS). Become an active part of Grafenwoehr Elementary School.