Thanks WAB parents for your continued support! We receive thanks from the school on a regular basis for your participation-- I hope you hear it too!
We had 40 new parents train this year and they are starting to take shifts with veteran walkers. The clipboards are updated and include new information for volunteers both new and veteran (route changes, good to know hints, the basics of WAB etc). Please check them out on the back of the updated maps, by shift. Our biggest change this year is the route we walk at lunch time (no longer back through the 400 wing). Also, remember to walk in pairs or stick to the main hallway, please. If you haven't noticed, name tags have also changed and are now personalized. Your name will be added to the file box once training and all paperwork is current. Check with Sandie Schertzl in the office if you believe all is current but you don't see a tag. The background check takes a few days to process, so plan accordingly. Also, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a problem. In some cases if it's been a few years since you did Walkabout, we need to know to in order to add you back to the database and print a name tag.
And finally,our regular reminder to sign up. Please consider signing up for dates throughout the year, right now. Please let us know if you need help. Nothing would make us happier than an email saying "Please help me sign up for Monday first lunch every week all year!" (Or any other day or shift! )
For Volunteer Spot sign ups: click here
If you have any difficulties getting logged in or signed up emailing us at email@example.com
*****If you don’t want to take the time to sign up for shifts, WE will get you signed up******
Denise Batura and Victoria Evans,
2012-2013 WAB Coordinators
What is WalkAbout?
The WalkAbout Program at IMS is a PTSA sponsored, school supported, parent staffed program that provides a positive adult presence on campus during peak traffic times. The additional adult presence discourages inappropriate behavior allowing students to feel safe. It also gives parents the opportunity to volunteer in an area that directly impacts their child's safety and gives them an additional connection to a big part of their child's day.
The program was started in the Fall of 2001 by parents (Caryn Cissna & Lynnie Laks), program originator (Ken Wong) and IMS principals (Ron Thiele and Corrine DeRosa). It received a Washington State PTSA award the first year!
WalkAbout receives great administrative support from our teachers and staff!
It is a very popular program among working Moms and Dads because of the flexible times to volunteer!
All IMS parents are welcome to participate after completing a one time training session!
To provide a positive and safe learning environment for students by having trained parent volunteers at school during high traffic times (before/after school and lunch times) moving through the campus in pairs to discourage inappropriate behaviors and act as a positive adult presence.
The WalkAbout program coincides with the Issaquah School District "Safe and Positive Environment" policy (page 23).
Maywood Middle School also has a successful WalkAbout Program that started in the Fall of 2004. Our two schools collaborate and support one another by opening up our WalkAbout training sessions for parents attending either school.
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