GUIDE FOR HELPING PARENTS
- The helping parent will arrive at least fifteen minutes before class time and will not bring any children with him/her other than those enrolled.
- If you are part of a carpool, it is suggested that, as a helping parent, you bring only your child to school and another member of the carpool drives the other carpool members. It is your child’s special day as “helping child” which she/he should enjoy to the fullest with you.
- Dress for play and mess. You can get paint, paste, etc. on your clothes!
- At the direction of the teacher, the helping parent will assist in setting up the work areas. The procedure will depend on the plans for the day.
- The primary job of the helping parent is to relieve the teacher of any work other than teaching. The helping parent may be assigned to a particular project, or may be needed to circulate among all children offering assistance and encouragement, while supervising for safety.
- Help take children to the bathroom to assist with hand washing before snack.
- Mark all children’s work with their name, and help them to place it on newspaper or a drying rack.
- The helping parent will remove paint jars from the easel at clean-up time. Paint, and glue containers should be wiped clean or washed if empty before being put away so that they are fresh for use for the next class.
- The helping parent will provide the snack for the day. This shall consist of at least one gallon of juice, milk or water and a healthy, creative snack which is nut free. Whenever possible, please bring the original packaging from your snack to school so that parents of children with allergies may check the ingredients. Helping parent and child will clean tables and prepare snack for the class while the teacher leads circle time.
- Tables must be wiped and the floors swept after snack. Juice pitchers should be washed, dried, and replaced in the storage area along with cups, napkins and service utensils.
- At the direction of the teacher, during outdoor time, position yourself on the playground in order to best supervise for safety. At least one teacher and the helping parent shall be on the playground at all times.
- The helping parent shall remain after class until all housekeeping chores are completed. Before leaving for the day, help the teacher clean and straighten the room.
EMERGENCY HELPING PARENTS
Finding a replacement for your helping parent day is your responsibility.
Each class has two emergency parent volunteers.** These are parents who are willing to be called to switch helping parent days with you at the last minute. (You may try the emergency helping parents for another class if no one is available from your own class).
Please report any helping parent change to the Helping Child Coordinator of your class. The coordinator name is found at the top of your Helping Child Schedule.
** Names of emergency helping parents for each class are noted on the class lists with the letter “E”.
HEALTHY & CREATIVE SNACKS
Snack time! With only a little planning, we can incorporate the shapes, colors and textures our children are experiencing into safe, healthful snacks.
Requirements for Safe and Healthy Snacks:
- DNPCCNS IS A NUT FREE SCHOOL. Due to the increased number of allergies, no nuts or nut products are permitted. This includes peanuts & peanut butter. Whenever possible, please bring the original packaging from your snack to school so that parents of children with allergies may check the ingredients. Be sure to wash hands before handling the school snack.
- All food allergies will be posted in the workroom by class. Before your first helping day, please check with the teacher to determine whether there are any other allergies you should be aware of. In case of food allergies it is the responsibility of the allergic child’s parent to check the snack daily and/or to have an appropriate snack available for the child.
- Except for birthdays and holidays, please keep sweets to a minimum and snacks healthful. Cake squares and cupcakes are appropriate only for birthdays. Candy and chips are never appropriate as a snack at school.
- Snacks are just that, and need not be mini-meals. Size portions accordingly—two or three crackers and a few cubes of cheese or a single muffin per child is plenty.
Some creative yet healthy snack ideas:
- Color Snacks – blueberry muffins for blue day, pumpkin bread slices with cream cheese for orange day, green grapes or celery with cream cheese for green day.
- Theme Snacks – Tie in with something going on at school. Serve a rainbow fruit salad on rainbow day or breakfast food on pajama day.
- Seasonal Snacks – Fall: cider and pumpkin bread; Winter: flour tortillas cut into snowflake shapes, toasted and sprinkled with confectioners sugar; Spring: butterfly-shaped crackers with cheese
- Action Snacks – Yogurt sundaes: serve plain vanilla yogurt and let the children top it with their choice of coconut, crushed pineapple, fresh strawberries. Carrot and celery sticks can be used to dip Ranch dressing. Slice oranges into round slices and let children make faces on them with raisins
For more ideas and recipes, the Happy, Healthy Snack Time flier put together with suggestions from past and present DNPCCNS parents can be obtained from the school office, or check your favorite family magazine or web site (www.parents.com is a good one).
Remember…They are what they eat.
Birthdays are celebrated on or as close to a child’s actual birthday as possible. Summer birthdays will be celebrated on your last helping child day. We suggest a simple celebration that includes a special birthday snack such as cupcakes, ice cream or other special treats and juice. No candles due to fire laws. If you and your child would like to bring birthday napkins or plates that would be fine. We do ask that party bags be saved for home celebrations.