One of the important aspects that make the Hanna Fenichel Center a special place is the parent community and parent volunteers who contribute their time to school-wide activities, events, and needs. Please see below a myriad of parent committees for you to volunteer your time. Each committee makes important contributions to our school life and children’s experience. We want to tap into something that fits your schedule, and your gifts. Please select two committees to support our school for the 2017-2018 school year. If you are a “chair” of a committee you are responsible for managing the committee and its members. We acknowledge and deeply appreciate that many of you volunteer above and beyond all expectations!
Rachael Thompson is the 2017-2018 Volunteer Coordinator and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click below to read through the descriptions of the available volunteer opportunities, then make your selection and sign-up via our online form at the bottom of the page (ensure that you scroll down to see all committees).
Art Show Committee
Art Show Committee: This committee will support teaching staff the day of the event in preparing the facility for our annual children’s art show. The committee will also also organize light food and beverage options as well as deliver the final art pieces to the Spring Fling Fundraiser the following day.
Back to School Pancake Breakfast
On Saturday, September 9, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. This pancake breakfast is our first all family gathering of the new school year. We need batter mixers, pancake flippers, fruit salad makers and coffee delivered as well as set up and breakdown support
Co-chairs: Kim Riggio & Jenny Wanner
Held on June 8. The committee will meet once before the picnic to plan the details.
This committee will tend to our outdoor plants on a monthly basis, and coordinate landscaping efforts during our Parent Work Days. Members will be asked to purchase plants, add soil and make suggestions for landscaping improvements. Volunteers should expect to spend about one hour monthly working our plant life.
Grant Writing Committee
We are looking for two volunteers who have experience or interest in writing grants that will support learning opportunities for the school.
Hanna Fall Festival
This is a new event at our school that will be full of fun for all! Help us plan this school-wide community event that will feature a children's band, kids art corner, shopping of local vendors and much more! This family friendly event will benefit our school and the local community. There are several ways to get involved. We will need pre-event support as well as day of participation. 8 Volunteers needed.
- Pre-event includes: helping design our marketing/signage materials, finding and securing a location, recruiting vendors for the boutique portion where 20% of proceeds benefit our school, securing a children's band, face painter, food/beverages, planning kids art/craft corner and more. Day-of support will include volunteer to greet vendors and families, helping with setting up and/or breaking down and selling Hanna merchandise and swag bags.
Chair: Christina Tolpa
Hanna Gives Back
Each year our school will choose an outreach program/s to support. We want to teach our children at a very young age, the power of generosity and kindness towards others. A committee of volunteers is needed to:
- Assess the need of the outreach program
- Maintain communication with the agency/institution we are supporting
- Arrange, promote and conduct food, clothing, or toy drives as needed
- Deliver collected items to the appropriate agency
- Help explore additional ways we can be of assistance
Hanna Physical Site
This committee will oversee construction/repair/ projects on Parent Workdays, including organizing the workday, purchasing necessary materials, and supervising projects. Throughout the year, members will be asked to support additional projects (such as power washing facility) as needed. Workdays are tbd.
This committee will help with cataloging (online), organizing, and shelving our book collection. Each member of the committee will be asked to spend a couple hours a month on the upkeep of the library.
Potluck Dinner Host
As a new tradition, we would like parents to have the opportunity to gather at classmate's home for a parent potluck in September or early October. These is an opportunity to get to know each other, share favorite recipes and build parent relationships. This gatherings are scheduled during the first few weeks of school and serve as an introduction to the parent body. Hosts are responsible for kindly opening their home, inviting parents, and providing some beverages. Attendees should bring a dish to share.
Spring Fling Fundraiser 2018
Eat, drink & be charitable! This annual gala/fundraiser, held in the Spring, is an anticipated evening of revelry and fun for our parents, grandparents, and friends of Hanna (adult only). Hosted at a new location most years and inspired by an engaging new theme each time, our committee has the pleasure of planning and executing a celebratory event for our community that is fueled by the organizational energy and creative prowess of our committee. Like planning your child's birthday parties? Have a network of entrepreneurial and philanthropic friends? Passionate about spreadsheets or the written word? Get on this party wagon with us and have some fun this year. Planning begins early Fall 2017. 10-15 volunteers requested (all purveyors, dreamers, & doers welcome). Tasks include curating and soliciting donations/in-kind swag/sponsorships, working tech to create the slideshow/PowerPoint/video, organizing the framed gala photo display, transporting class artwork, creating teacher packages, writing thank you notes, putting together floral arrangements, and more... Co-chaired by Courtney Stone & Mackenzie Foote
Hanna has committed to sustainability by conserving valuable materials and resources. We try to avoid paper and plastic waste at our functions and educate our children on how to care for our environments and greater world. This committee will continue to help us improve our environmental policies and find opportunities to enhance our recycling, composting and encourage participation from our entire community.
(Mac/Apple knowledge necessary): The Hanna staff rely on technology to document children’s learning and to share this with you! We often have tech “issues” that come up that surpass our skill level. Parents with technical expertise in the area of Mac computers and website problem solving are needed throughout the year. Volunteers are often needed in a semi urgent nature to problem solve and other times throughout the year to support appropriate computer updates, etc.
Video Editing and Photography
This committee will be responsible for special projects that require skills in videotaping and editing. It is recommended that committee members have knowledge of Final Cut Pro or other editing software and be able to take a project from initial videotaping to post production. Each member will be responsible for one project a year.
Wine & Cheese Evening
This evening on Saturday, September 30th, kicks off our Annual Giving campaign and is an opportunity to gather as an adult only parent community and share food and friendship. Volunteers are needed to help set up and break down the event at the host’s home. Some extra preparations may be require. Chairs: Erika & Kyle Fetter
Please create a log-in and sign up for one of the above committees. We thank you for you support of Hanna.
Room Parents act as the "Goodwill Ambassadors" between parents, teachers, and director. We thank those parents who have volunteered to take on this role. Please download our Room Parent guide here.