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Volunteering at G&P (Sept. 2017)

Volunteering at G&P (Sept. 2017)
Posted on 09/05/2017
We need you! Here are a few ways to get involved...If you would like to join any committee or would like more information, please contact Lauren at lmorse@cpsd.us or 617.349.6577 x115.

The G&P Steering Committee

The G&P Steering Committee, which represents both staff and parents, is the policy-making body of the school. The Steering Committee monitors and provides feedback on matters affecting the entire school, including the School Improvement Plan, school policies and procedures and more. The Steering Committee meets once per month on the second Thursday from 5:30-7:30PM. Childcare is available, upon request. The meetings are open to the G&P community and families are welcome (and encouraged!) to come, observe and participate.

This year, we are holding elections for the 5 parent representatives on the Steering Committee in September. Please consider running! This is your chance to learn more about your child’s school and have a voice in the decisions that impact your child and the entire school. Our goal is to have a Steering Committee that represents the diversity of our school and includes our Sheltered English Immersion and Language-Based Learning Disability Programs. If you are interested in the Steering Committee, please contact Lauren to find out more.

Friends of G&P
The Friends of G&P organizes school events and raises money for teachers to cover the costs of enriching curriculum projects, including field trips, visits from guest experts, costumes for performances, consumables for artistic products, etc. The first meeting of the year is Friday, September 8th at 8:30AM in the Main Lobby. All are welcome!

Room Parents 

Each fall, one or more parent volunteers to be a Room Parent for each classroom. These parents can help the classroom teacher in many ways such as creating classroom contact lists, organizing potlucks, communicating with families, recruiting field trip chaperones, and organizing class gifts. We are also seeking Room Parents for the Family Liaisons, Physical Education, Library, Music and Art. If you are interested in being a Room Parent, please speak with your child’s teacher and sign up on the sheet outside your child’s classroom. The Room Parent Orientation is Thursday, September 14th at 8:30AM. If you are not able to attend that orientation, we can easily send you the information and go over it another time.

Family Cultural Exchange Program (FCEP) 

This parent-run committee seeks to support immigrant families’ experiences at our school and to facilitate a mutually beneficial exchange between families new to the US and local families already at G&P. They usually meet once per month at a local coffee shop to exchange ideas and get to know each other. The first FCEP Coffee is Friday, October 13th at 8:30AM.

Arts Council
This committee supports music and art at G&P and organizes special arts events including the Art Show, Music Concerts, the Family Folk Dance and more.

Garden Committee 

This committee works with CitySprouts to engage students and families with the garden.

Compost/Recycling Committee

Our school composts food scraps and recycles our empty containers in the cafeteria. When students start school in September they'll need help remembering (or learning for the first time if they are new) “what goes where.” Please consider joining us at a few school breakfasts and/or lunches at the start of the school year. Email Meryl at the Dept of Public Works at mbrott@cambridgema.gov to learn more! If you know someone who isn’t a parent/guardian who might be interested, please share this opportunity with them! Thank you!