Volunteering

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Volunteering
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Thu, 09-09-2010 - 1:41pm

For the past 6 years my children have been in a school with volunteering during school hours. You could be a class parent, plan parties, go on field trips, spirit day, lunch room, recess, coaching, etc.



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In reply to: mamageek
Sat, 09-11-2010 - 7:51pm

You're welcome.

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In reply to: mamageek
Sun, 09-12-2010 - 7:57pm
Yes, you are so right. I think I mentioned something about poor districts in my first post on this, but I think it's also true of lower middle class districts where both parents work more than one job to pay the bills. Who has time to volunteer, let alone try to control things at your child's school, in that situation?
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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: mamageek
Mon, 09-13-2010 - 9:35am

I don't know.

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In reply to: mamageek
Mon, 09-13-2010 - 11:53am
It's been worth every penny of aftercare I pay, just to avoid the pickup lines at schools.
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Registered: 06-16-2010
In reply to: mamageek
Mon, 09-13-2010 - 12:37pm
Had to park my ditto here! About 50% of the time I'm home early enough to pick up my older child from school, but instead I go home, change my clothes, and have a cup of whatever before picking the child up at aftercare as the bus is pulling in! The kid is still young enough to enjoy the bus experience so it works out for all of us.

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Registered: 06-24-2008
In reply to: mamageek
Thu, 09-16-2010 - 1:44am

I did it. I signed up to be homeroom mom for my 5th graders class. I volunteered last year but wasn't picked. I don't know what my work situation will be next year, this might be my last chance, so I tried again and got picked. DD is going to be sooooo excited.

Question for those who volunteer.... do you usually see SAHMs getting a sitter for younger siblings when they go to the school, or do you see younger kids being taken in tow? I am thinking for some things I won't be able to take the younger kids, but there might be times where there's a party or fun activity I can take them along. Like when I usually go up for the Halloween parade and party, lots of people bring younger sibs. Is there homeroom mom etiquette on this?

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Registered: 03-25-2010
In reply to: mamageek
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 11:08am

I avoid the car pool line if at all possible, crazy time.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
In reply to: mamageek
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 11:49am
Our school did not allow younger children in. Mostly a room thing, because parents WERE invited, and the room was crowded enough with the teacher, 20 kids, and at least 20 parents.
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Registered: 07-17-2007
In reply to: mamageek
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 12:01pm
For us, it depended on the activity. Extraneous children were not allowed on field trips or generally in the classroom (although if it was party day and the parent was handing out juice, then it was okay). However, many volunteers brought younger children with them if they were in the volunteer room copying, cutting or laminating (which is a little dangerous- but the younger kids were kept well away).
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Registered: 01-15-2006
In reply to: mamageek
Fri, 09-17-2010 - 12:31pm
aside from those who spoke about hiring sitters for their children here, i've never heard that exchange with other moms IRL...for classroom parties, my non-school age children were allowed there, i didn't start volunteer reading with children until all of my kids were in school full time, i do remember one school that had a room - it was called the

 

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