The Buddy Program pairs New Gan families up with Veteran Gan families
to create a welcoming environment and to help with some of the
overwhelming feelings that may come with starting a new school. Veteran
families have a very important role with VERY LITTLE time commitment: All a
Veteran family has to do is contact their buddy family by phone or email once
before school starts to introduce yourself and answer any questions the buddy
family might have. There is a buddy dinner right around the start of school.
After, families are asked to check in with their buddy once a month through the
Fall semester of school. If buddies want to do more, that's great (dinner, playdates,
etc.) but this is totally not necessary.
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.
Teacher Resource Room/Chesed Fund: ongoing throughout the year
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
Tea and Tissues: September 10-14, 19-21; January 8, 10, 15,17
During the first two weeks of
school in September, and when the Kittens start in January, veteran Gan parents
will be available in the Tea and Tissues room for soothing conversation and
support as you send your new students to school. Those veterans will also be on-hand to peek in on your child
and report back – convenient for covertly maintaining your peace-of-mind. The
co-chairs order food, act as spies, and help solicit other spies.
A professional photographer
comes to the Gan and takes individual pictures of our children. The photographers are consistently
magical at capturing our children’s best smiles. These truly make great holiday gifts, and are available for
parents to order in various forms (most popular are key chains, magnets, and
pencil holders). The pictures are
so successful, that we find graduates are still returning to get their
picture art pictures! This
program also helps support the Gan.
The co-chairs collect the sign up forms, organizing photo sitting times,
and are there the day of the event to run it.
This is a school fair for those
Gan parents interested in discussing life after the Gan. It is geared primarily toward parents
of graduating children or those interested in school options after their leave
the Gan. Co-Chairs contact
education consultants to give parents a presentation on how to choose the right
school for your child; co-chairs also contact schools and find volunteers (from
the schools or parents) to sit at tables and provide information to parents as
they circle the room. Co-chairs
also organize coffee, bagels, fruit, etc., as well as set up and clean up.
The Mildred and Jess Fisher Early Childhood Center - Gan HaYeled Preschool
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