Parents | Parent Volunteer Opportunities

We would love to have your help at one of GPA events during the 2013-14 school year.  Each event indicates what volunteer positions still need to be filled.  If you are interested in any of these events whether or not volunteers are still needed please contact the event chair(s) or the GPA Co-Presidents.  If you are interested in volunteering for one of these events in the 2013-14 school year, please contact the GPA Co-Presidents.

Summer Picnic (July 21, 2013)

Chair: Tara Ehrenkranz

The GPA’s annual summer picnic for all Gan families-- connect and reconnect before school.

The co-chair reserves the site, order food and crafts, and set up the event. 

Buddies Program (Starts over the summer; Buddy Dinner Aug 28)

Co-Chair:  Tama Thune

New Gan families partner with veteran families to welcome and ease them into the new school.  Buddies first connect by phone/email, then at the Parent Orientation dinner, and touch base once a month throughout the Fall.

The co-chairs make the buddy matches, plan the buddy dinner, and check in with the Veteran family to make sure they have contacted their buddies. 

Family Shabbat Services (Oct 18, Dec 20, Jan 10, Feb 21, March 21, and May 16) 

Co-Chairs: Rachel Koch and Anneben Levine

Structured for the preschooler, this Friday night Shabbat service and informal dinner includes a service with singing and dancing.  All Gan families and friends are welcome.

The co-chairs advertise the dinners and order the food.

Annual Shabbat Service and Dinner (Nov 15)

Co-Chair: Erin Claxton

Our popular “fancy” sit-down Shabbat dinner-- classes sit together to instill a sense of community.  Israeli dancing for children and adults ends the evening.

The co-chairs organize the dinner, collect RSVPs, and order the food.

Shabbat Challah (every Friday) and Flowers (every other Friday)

Co-Chairs: Taryn Rosencranz and Stephanie Meyer

Subscribe and get fresh challah and flowers sent home in your child’s tote bag.  It’s convenient for grown-ups, and the children love playing a central role in preparing Shabbat.

The co-chairs collect the orders and deliver the challah each week.  Volunteers are coordinated through the Room Parents.

Martha’s Table Brigade (monthly – Usually 3rd Tues/Weds of the month)

Co-Chairs: Roger NehrerErin Segal  

Coordinated through room parents.

Once a month, families bring food donations to school with their children for distribution to the homeless.  Our children learn the mitzvah of helping feed the hungry.

The co-chairs deliver the sandwiches to Martha’s Table, a worthy organization with which we have a long history.

Staff Meeting Lunches and Welcome Back Breakfast (Monthly)

Chair: Molly Levinson

The GPA provides the staff with lunches for their monthly meetings.  We also offer our staff a “Welcome Back” breakfast to kick off the school year. 

The co-chairs coordinate the food for the events.

Tea and Tissues (September 3, 9-12, and 16-17, January 6-9, and 13)

Chair: Margie Fern

At the beginning of each semester, veteran Gan parents will be available in the Tea and Tissues room to provide soothing conversation and support to new parents. 

The co-chairs order food, act as spies, and help solicit other spies.

Snack in the Shack (Sept 25)

Chair: Jodi Blecker

A highly-anticipated event celebrating Sukkot!  Gan families gather together in the sukkah (decorated in part by them), and enjoy an activity, story, and snack.

The co-chairs order the food, coordinate with the synagogue for tables, chairs, etc., and plan the craft.

Life After the Gan (Oct 4)

Co-Chair:  Tama Thune

A school fair for Gan parents interested in school options after the Gan, geared primarily toward parents of graduating children.  An education consultant gives parents a presentation on how to choose the right school post-Gan.

Chair and volunteers organize coffee, bagels, fruit, etc., as well as set up and clean up.

Picture Art (October 22 and 23)

Chair: Erin Etter

A professional photographer takes individual pictures of our children at the Gan.  He captures magical images that make great holiday gifts (most popular are key chains, magnets, and pencil holders). Even graduates still return to get their picture art pictures!

The co-chairs collect the sign up forms, organizing photo sitting times, and are there the day of the event to run it. 

Shoebox Project (December 9 and 10)

Co-Chair:  Tama Thune

This is a cute name for an important act of tzedakah.  We collect toiletries, hats, mittens socks, and a shoe-box size toy, which are placed in shoeboxes that the children decorate and help to assemble.  The shoeboxes are then delivered to So Others May Eat (S.O.M.E.)

The co-chairs and volunteers collect items before the event and encourage people to donate, and they are there the day of the event to organize the classes and coordinate the making of the boxes.  

Concerts (Jan 12 and Feb 9)

Co-chairs: Debbie Sann and Jeffrey Fistel

This acts as a mood-lifter on a cold, wintry Sunday morning.  The age-appropriate performers are always a hit with the Gan children. 

The Co-Chairs book age-appropriate performers, and volunteers help purchase snacks, advertise the event, and help with registration. 

Havdallah Dinner (Jan 25)

Chair: Volunteers needed

Gan families gather on a Saturday evening at the synagogue to enjoy a brief Havdallah service, sit-down dinner, and Israeli dancing.  It’s a beautiful evening, rich with warmth and tradition. 

The Chair and volunteers organize the dinner, collect RSVPs, and order the food.

Silent Auction (February 22)

Chair: Laurel Goldberg (need a co-chair)

While making bids on a great selection of items, we will have food, wine, and lots of fun.  The silent auction helps support Gan activities and programs.  We need the help of all of our parents to make this fund raising event a success.

The co-chairs oversee the event and work with all of the committee chairs. Committee chairs are Food/Beverage/Décor; Class Projects; and Solicitations. There is something for everyone at all skill levels at this event!  All volunteers help set up the day of the event, help check people in and out, stay late to clean up, and follow up to make sure all prizes are claimed.  This is a big undertaking, and we need lots of help.

Tzingo (March 9)

Co-chairs: Amie Perl and Stacey Sivak

A combination of Tzedakah and Bingo!  This event teaches our children about Tzedakah.  Children play a picture bingo game and bake hamantashen after a pizza meal.   All attendees are encouraged to bring a new toy, which will be donated to Martha’s Table. 

The co-chairs order the food and prizes and set up the day of. 

Truck Day (May 14)

Co-chairs: Neinke Grossman and Ian Halpern

This is a highlight for many of our children.  The parking lot is closed and filled with large trucks, including a dump truck, delivery truck, fire truck, and mail truck.  Held during school, children go with their classes to explore the trucks.

The co-chairs coordinate getting the trucks to the event and works with the synagogue to make sure the day goes smoothly.

Lag B’Omer Picnic (May 18)

Co-chairs: Bonnie Prober and Ian Halpern

This is a chance to celebrate and learn about Lag B’Omer.  This Israeli tradition is great fun.  We play in the park, sing songs, make crafts, and have snacks.

The co-chairs reserve the site, order the food, and plan the crafts. 

Teachers’ Appreciation Luncheon (May 19)

Co-chairs: Erin Claxton and Alexandra Wisotsky

Each year, we honor our wonderful Gan staff and teachers at this elegant event.  For our teachers, it is very special and meaningful to have parents from their class attend.

The co-chairs organize the lunch, collect RSVPs, order the teacher gifts, and order the food.

Siyyum (Graduation) Lunch (June 8)

Co-chairs: Volunteers needed

Gan families with children graduating or leaving the Gan gather for a meal and slide show of the graduates.  It’s a beautiful event, and a wonderful way to reflect on your child’s time at the Gan.

The co-chairs organize the event, collect RSVPs, order the children’s gifts, and order the food.

Teacher Resource Room/Chesed Fund (Ongoing throughout the year)

Chair: Allison Rashkin

To show appreciation to our teachers, we provide them with coffee and water in the teacher’s lounge, and buy them birthday gifts (gift cards).

The Co-Chair works with Becki Walter to ensure that coffee/water supplies are not low and to get the birthday gifts at the right time.  This is a minimal effort job that can be primarily done from home or the office for a lot of return – happy teachers!

Tzedakah (ongoing throughout the year)

Chair: Aliza Pressman

Every Friday the GPA has a tzedakah box for those wishing to participate.  Funds are distributed to various organizations supported by the GPA.  Parent volunteers sit with the box every Friday morning and hand out “mitzvah” stickers to the kids who contribute.

The Chair coordinates volunteers through the room parents.