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. 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 (SAC) and Installation Advisory Committee (IAC) serve as forums in which questions or concerns raised by parents or teachers are discussed. The SAC includes parents and teachers who are elected to represent the community at large. The function of the SAC is to make recommendations and advise the principal onschool policies, student activities, and administrative proceduresinstructional programs and educational resources within the schoolallocation of resources within the school to achieve educational goalsadministrative and logistical support services provided by the installation commander and applicable service commandspolicies and standards of the installation command and military services related to the above.Neither the SAC nor the IAC addresses matters pertaining to personnel policies or practices, compensation of school staff, grievances or school employees, or internal management of DoDEA or their programs. If you have any questions or concerns about the school's curriculum or environment, give one of the SAC representatives a call (a list of current representatives is available in the office) or attend one of the SAC meetings.
SAC meetings are held the First Wednesday of each month September-May
The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is a non-profit organization made up of an Executive Board and General Members. The Executive Board consists of Elected Officers, the Chairs of all standing Committees, and Faculty Representatives. The PTO's objectives are to supplement programs and events at Sembach Elementary School and the community, encourage the learning process and promote community unity on behalf of the school. The PTO is behind such events as school portraits, Book Fair, school store, Popcorn Fridays, Yearbook, and Box Tops for Education to name a few. They also grant money for special projects and field trips.The PTO is made up solely of volunteers. It takes hundreds of volunteer hours to organize, arrange and work the above events. Volunteers are the key to the PTO's success. Volunteering can mean anything from being a Chairperson of an event to folding flyers at home. The amount of time you volunteer is up to you. It is a wonderful way to meet other parents, school faculty and the students. By joining the PTO, it means that you are able to attend and vote at all General Members meetings. It also means that you have a voice in your child or children's school and are involved in decisions concerning the above events. Membership information and applications are available at the school office. Your participation makes a difference!