In the 2017-2018 school year we are implementing a new plan to increase school participation at Hillside. We are making it a requirement that all parents must volunteer throughout the year. Many, many parents happily do this already, and we love it! Our volunteers truly make the school a well rounded place. We have many talents that are brought each and every day to Hillside. From pizza day helpers to reading tutors, thank you for stepping up and filling in the gaps! (Note: Pizza Day helpers are highly regarded in our front office! Something that seems small makes a huge impact. Don’t negate your contributions! We are grateful for all types of volunteer service.)
This new volunteer plan will be a requirement for enrolling beginning in the 2017-18 school year. Each parent must accept this requirement in their contract, via ParentsWeb, during enrollment.
If you’re a parent who cannot participate due to work, we understand! The options for a working parent would be A) Have a grandparent or relative/friend work your required hours for you, and/or B) Use the cash offset option.
Since Hillside is a non profit, we are implementing the volunteer plan to help keep our tuition low. Rather than raise tuition for the 2017-2018 school year we have opted to implement this new strategy. Below are the volunteering requirements per grade level.
- B&A Care ~ No volunteer requirements
- Preschool, both Full Time & Part Time ~ 10 hours per school year. PER FAMILY
- ~ OR~ $18 per hour offset.
- K-8 ~ 20 hours per school year. PER FAMILY ~ OR ~ $18 per hour offset.
Our billing is set on a 10 month schedule. Tuition is paid September through June. For preschool families the cash offset would equal out to $8 extra per month. For K-8 families the cash offset option would equal out to $16 per month. We are still working on how this will be billed. Most likely this would be billed quarterly or annually, stay tuned for details.
What exactly does volunteering ‘look like‘? What are we asking of parents?
Volunteering can take many forms. The most obvious form of volunteering would be to sign up with your child’s classroom teacher and just spend a little time in your own child’s class! Here is a list of ideas to help you find a place where YOU could fit!
- Classroom Helper
- Recess Attendant
- Pizza Day Helper
- Reading Aide
- Field Trip Chaperone
- EXPO Help
- School Play Help
- Auction Committee Volunteer
- Remlinger Farms Field Trip Helper
- Walk-A-Thon Helper
- Scholastic Book Fair Helper
- IT help
- Correct Papers at Home
- Maintenance Help
- Become a board member
- Assist the Marketing Director
- Coach or assist in one of our school sports
- Art rep ~ 1 per grade level.
- Art show prep
- Set painting
- Set construction
- Design and engineering advisory
- Backstage parent helpers for plays/productions