Volunteer Mentors Needed
Several years ago, Elysian established a mentoring system, where seasoned Elysian parents are paired with new families to offer insights into the everyday workings of our community. ( How do you order lunch? Where can you order school t shirts? I'm invited to the annual picnic - where is it and what should I bring? How can I get involved with the school? Is there anyone living near my neighborhood to share rides? ....... You get the picture!)
If you don't know the answer, you most likely will know where to direct them to find out the information they need.
It is not a heavy time commitment, but we do ask that your first connection be personable and by phone. After that first meeting, you can decide between yourselves the best way of communicating with each other.
We like to invite all new families to the Annual Picnic, so that might be a good time to meet each other and introduce them to other families.
This year, we will have over 20 new families in kindergarten alone, so we hope to have lots of volunteers! We will also need mentors in higher grades, usually during the summer, when some transitions are occurring. We hope to have our K mentors in place in time for the Kindergarten Orientation, which takes place on May 17th.
If you are able to mentor more than one family - that would be great too! While we don't necessarily match up grade to grade, it is helpful for the volunteer to have experience in the grade they will be mentoring. We have had really good feedback from this program, one that really shows off our vision of what community is all about!
Mark Spear, dad of George - 1A and Libby - KA, has generously offered to coordinate this effort. If anyone would be able to help him, please let him know!
Here is how you sign up:
Mark will need to know 3 things:
How many families you are willing to mentor
The grade range you are familiar with
Your contact information.
If you have difficulty reaching Mark during the day, you can also contact Susan Gilbertson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school: 201-876-0102.
Thanks in advance!