Grand Rapids Family Involvement Schedule
As a non-profit organization, we depend heavily on our families to help make West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts a great experience for all of our kids. Each family is expected to be involved somewhere. Check out the descriptions, then click on an area of interest to see what slots are available. If you cannot find anything that seems to work for you, please contact email@example.com.
Helping in the nursery is perfect for moms who will already be there with their own young children or for moms whose kids are older and need a baby fix! The nursery helpers need to provide supervision for young children whose parent/guardian is working elsewhere in the building. You will need to greet children as they arrive and make them feel welcome. Help them check in and note any special instructions. Keep them entertained and make sure play does not get too rough. Make sure older children are not using the nursery without a parent present. Be prepared to change diapers or take them to the restroom. Keep the nursery area clean, including wiping down surfaces, vacuuming, keeping toys picked up.
Social hall/study hall monitors are very important for keeping things fun and safe for all our kids. All students in the building without a parent/guardian must either be in class or social/study hall. Social hall/study hall monitors need to make sure all students are wearing their name badges and are in the right spot. You may be asked to help students put their belongings in the right place. Social hall monitors need to walk around to monitor students. Study hall monitors need to remind students to study quietly. Do not expect to work just with your own children or sit and read. Get to know the students! Be friendly and encouraging, but remind them to pick up their own trash, keep their stuff in the right place, and be respectful of other people and things. There are many expensive instruments that need to be kept safe. Help them clean up their own messes. Remind families that after 12pm, families need to put away tables and chairs when they are done with them. We also need help supervising students in the hallways and holding doors open for those big instruments. Sometimes students also need reminders of proper dress code and behavior (no running in the halls!)
Teacher's helpers are a coveted position! They get to listen to the group practice all year and can hear what their students are learning. They assist with taking attendance, collecting and recording practice records, handing out music, monitor and correct student behavior as needed, etc. Teacher's helpers may need to record students play their chair tests or challenges. They may also be asked to help their group during concerts as well. Please note this is a year-long commitment and counts as two slots.
Our kitchen helpers are some of our kids' favorite people! They get to help prepare and serve snacks and lunch to students, and they clean up afterwards. They need to take money from students and give change or record purchases on lunch cards verifying photo ids. They may also need to pick up pizzas or run for supplies. They need to use good sanitation practices including wearing gloves and wiping down services as needed.
These are some of our most valuable helpers. The staff do NOT want to stay until late at night cleaning the building! Many hands make light work. We need help setting up rooms before class and making sure the building is clean at the end of the day.
Do you like to be flexible? Our floaters are extremely important. They help wherever needed - copying music, giving chair tests, or subbing in the nursery, kitchen, social hall, classrooms, etc. You never know what you will do that day! Be prepared to clean toilets, sort student portraits, or even run to the store for supplies! If there are no needs when you first arrive, you will help supervise social hall/study hall/hallways and be ready to step in somewhere else during your shift if something comes up. You will need to be available during your entire shift. If we are short an essential position elsewhere, you may be asked to be a permanent sub in that area.
Want to help families save money on their tuition? You can help manage RaiseRight as well as handling the fundraisers offered including KeyCards, pizza kits, and bake sales. We need two people at this table at all times for accountability since they will be handling money. This position requires people who are trustworthy and can manage money accurately. We need to have at least one experienced person on each shift. Please note this is a year-long commitment and counts as two slots.
We would love to have some experienced moms to help out at the information table. They need to be able to answer questions from other parents as well as help take payments and sell meal cards and concert tickets. They may also help enter attendance on the computer and send out homework emails. A friendly smile and being comfortable with a computer will be a huge asset! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Can't find anything to fit?
There are other miscellaneous things that need to be done. If you can't fit one of these into your schedule, maybe you can help out with our marching band uniforms or do some computer work for us. We need people to help with orientation setup and people to bake snack items for our lunches and people to help with concerts. Contact email@example.com if you need help finding a place to plug in.