Head of School Blog

The Parents Who Make Our School Run

Head of School: Jill Singleton | Volume: 6 Issue: 3 | September 21, 2016
The admissions season officially kicked off this week with a group of 15 parents who visited Spirituality assembly, heard from students and from me, and toured both buildings with our wonderful team of parent ambassadors. As I watched the tour move from classroom to classroom, I was struck by the many important and meaningful ways our parents are involved in the life of our school.

One of my favorite parent gatherings occurs at the conclusion of Back-to-School Night each year. Parents go to the Movement Space at SNC or to the gym at 707 and circle the room, signing their names to various sheets of chart paper indicating their desire to help, to sponsor, or to give. And what’s even more wonderful is that these are opportunities that go above and beyond involvement in their children’s classroom, such as serving as a guest reader, being a trip chaperone, or making playdough for the class; this level of involvement is one that represents personal investment in the school as a whole.

The range of opportunities for parent involvement is quite impressive, and is designed to meet the rhythm of all families – those who don’t work and can give of their time and talent during the day, and those who work during the day and wish to provide support during evenings and weekends, or even remotely.

I hope you agree that the list of opportunities is varied and meaningful, and that you can find a way to get involved in the life of our vibrant community!

Opportunities for 2016-2017:
  • Outreach Team: Brainstorm ways to reach out and introduce All Saints to the community
  • Teacher Holiday Thank You Committee: Help write thank you cards to teachers and staff during the Holiday Season
  • Career Speakers: Speak with a middle school class about your current career and the path that led you there
  • Culture Club:  Work with a group to organize one cultural outing for our parent community
  • Mid-Winter Mix and Mingle: Participate in organizing and hosting a progressive “small bites” event for our parent community
  • Class Social Event: Organize a family fun events for your child’s class
  • Logo Swap: Help run the logo wear swap tables at each building
  • Soles4Souls: Help pack up donations of new and gently used children’s shoes and ship to Soles for Souls, an organization that packages and ships shoes to needy children in the United States and all over the world
  • Bake Sale: Bake or sell delicious treats to support our Exchange Program with Ecuador
  • Cast Party: Help coordinate a celebration for students who are involved in the fall musical and/or the spring drama
  • Holiday Party: Help coordinate fun and games for the youngest students at SNC
  • MLK Day of Service: Join students and teachers in honoring Dr. King by doing service for others
  • Family Bingo Night: Help coordinate food for this Eighth Grade fundraiser for the Exchange Program and then play Bingo with your children
  • Hat Show & Tea Party: Help prepare food or assist with set up and clean up for this unique and inspiring Middle School tea party
  • Empty Bowls: Join us for breakfast, help for an hour in our day-long food drive, or donate blood for the broader community
  • Week of the Young Child: Help coordinate events such as Kindergarten Farm Day, Open Dance Day, and service activities
  • Spring Auction: Join the auction committee and help coordinate this beloved school fundraiser to support such initiatives as technology and STEM
  • Golf Outing Committee: Plan to spend the day golfing, or get involved with the planning committee – funds raised support our financial aid program
  • Arts Celebration: Parents, guests, and students are invited to this evening event, where student artwork is displayed and students in Grades K-4 perform in dance or musical pieces
  • Field Day: Help plan and/or run a series of physical games and challenges designed to celebrate our school spirit and the end of our year together
  • Eighth Grade Graduation: Help coordinate a simple but elegant reception following our graduation ceremony
  • Middle School Extended Hangout: Help plan a last-day-of-school celebration for students in Middle School and Fourth Grade
  • Teacher Lunches: Sponsor one of the numerous lunches for our faculty and staff
  • Sandwich Squad: Donate funds to support our weekly “Sandwich Squad” of students who donate their break time to make approximately 60 bagged lunches for the St. Matthew’s Lunchtime Ministry
If you would like to sign up for one of these activities, be sure to stop by 707 this Thursday evening from 6:30-8:00pm. Also be on the lookout for a Mid-Week Memo item detailing ways you can sign up online. Finally, if you would like more information, or have an idea you wish to share, feel free to email Rachael French, Administrative Associate and PA Liaison: rfrench@allsaintsdayschool.org  

Comments? Ideas? Suggestions?  I’d love to hear them!  Email me: jsingleton@allsaintsdayschool.org