The Ambassador program helps new families integrate into the Catherine Cook community by pairing them with established families. The Ambassador families welcome new families, introduce them to other families, plan social outings with them, and answer questions. The co-chairs pair new and existing families and assist the Office of Admissions in organizing the New Parent Coffee in May, the summer play dates for Early Childhood students, and the Ambassador Welcome Reception in August. Timing: The bulk of the work for this committee takes place from April to August.
This committee supports the Art Department and our school nurse by displaying student art in the main stairwell art installation, assisting with the art fair, rotating the art in the Greenberg Gallery, uploading student art to Artsonia.com, and assisting with student hearing and vision testing. The co-chairs participate and coordinate the volunteers for these efforts. Timing: The work for this committee occurs periodically throughout the school year and over email.
Parents, faculty, and staff gather at this annual evening event to celebrate the beginning of the new school year and socialize over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. The co-chairs are responsible for planning the event, including the food and drink and decor, and working with the Office of Advancement to handle invitations, RSVPs, and other logistics. Timing: The work for this committee takes place in the summer up until the event on the second Friday of the new school year.
This committee assists the librarians with the annual Book Fair in November and also coordinates a Book Share in May for students to give and get used books. The co-chairs will work with the librarians on the logistics for both events, attend the events, and coordinate the committee’s volunteers. Timing: The work for this committee is concentrated in November and in May when these two events are held.
The Community Cares committee coordinates assistance for Catherine Cook families during transitional times (i.e. new baby, a major illness, or death in the family). The co-chairs work with the school counselors and committee volunteers to help organize play dates, rides to and from school, meals, and other types of outreach. Timing: The work for this committee occurs periodically throughout the school year as needed.
The first Community Cultural Celebration will take place on April 17, 2020. The celebration invites families to come together to celebrate the many cultural identities that make our community so wonderful. Co-chairs are responsible for managing the logistics leading up to the event and running the program on the evening of the event. This includes the communications to the community for participants and attendees, creating an event program, and overall creating awareness and excitement for the celebration. Timing: Preparing for the event occurs periodically throughout the school year and more concentrated as the event approaches.
This committee coordinates monthly snacks for the faculty and staff to show appreciation for their hard work. The co-chairs are responsible for creating a schedule, coordinating volunteers, and being in school in the morning of Snack day on a rotating basis. Timing: The work for this committee occurs over email and on a periodic schedule throughout the school year.
This committee plans an annual luncheon held in June to thank faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication. Timing: The work for this committee is concentrated on this one event held the week after school lets out in June.
This committee transforms Catherine Cook to celebrate Halloween and the fall harvest. Co-chairs come up with the themes for the decorations, help purchase and/or make the decorations, attend the decorating days with volunteers in October (held during the school day and in the evenings), and take decorations down in mid-November. The co-chairs also coordinate and guide the Halloween parade. Timing: There is a high commitment of time for this committee at the beginning of the school year, particularly in the month of October.
This committee provides a variety of learning opportunities for parents, faculty, and the greater community. Co-chairs work with school administrators and support staff to offer events that are relevant to parents of preschoolers through 8th graders in various formats, such as parenting workshops, speakers, discussions with authors. Timing: The work for the Parent Ed committee occurs consistently throughout the school year.
The Room Parents provide support to classroom teachers by coordinating field trip chaperones, classroom parties, and other events. They attend the Parent Association meetings and communicate relevant information to the parents in their classroom. The Room Parent Coordinators assign Room Parents to each classroom and/or grade in the summer, update and prepare Room Parent documents and communications, and provide support to Room Parents throughout the school year, primarily over email.
This committee organizes a fun, family event for current and incoming families on the Sunday before the last week of school. Co-chairs are responsible for securing vendors for the event, coordinating volunteers, and assisting with set-up, clean-up, and registration on the day of the event. Timing: The work for this committee occurs primarily in the spring leading up to the event.
This committee offers our Catherine Cook families the opportunity to participate in various community service projects. Co-chairs plan and execute the Fall, Winter, and Spring service efforts and provide day-of logistical support at these events. Timing: The work for this committee occurs periodically throughout the school year concentrated around the scheduled service events.
This committee fosters enthusiasm and pride for Catherine Cook through community events. Co-chairs are responsible for running the the Bump, Set, Roar volleyball game in the fall, the Cougar Madness basketball game in March, events during Spirit Week, and the sale of Catherine Cook spirit gear. Timing: The time spent on the Spirit Committee is concentrated around the two Spirit events.
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