HRC Sign-Ups ... Are Open!
Consider Volunteering as a Homeroom Parent!
Hello from the NES PTO! We hope everyone is enjoying some well-deserved "down time" this summer. While we still have a few weeks of summer to enjoy, the beginning of the school year is approaching.
We have compiled information on HRC responsibilities to help you determine if this role is right for you. If you'd like to volunteer, please check out the link here: HRC INTEREST to fill out the HRC interest form (or visit the HRC Hub on NESPTO.COM) between 8/20-9/5. Please remember this is an interest form and the two HRCs per class will be picked at random once the interest sign up closes. Thank you!
HRC Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is an HRC?
A: HRC stands for Homeroom Coordinator. Two HRCs per classroom are needed in grades K-6. They are responsible for collecting classroom dues, planning four class parties and creating a raffle basket for the Spring Fling.
3 Ways Class Dues Can Be Payed For:
1. Check made out to your Homeroom Coordinator.
2. Cash, given to your Homeroom Coordinator.
3. Pay online via PayPal / Credit Card.(online service charge applies)
Classroom dues are used by HRCs for refreshments, decorations and activities at four classroom parties throughout the year (Halloween, Winter Holiday, Valentine's Day, End of Year) and also for a class raffle basket fundraiser at Spring Fling.
For Sixth Grade, dues also fund an end-of-year trip; DJ, food, decorations and supplies for Sixth Grade celebrations; Sixth Grade track meet and class t-shirt; and year-end Promotion and DVD. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: if dues present a financial hardship, please inform the school nurse, Ms. Blumenthal (215-944-2209, email@example.com) and strictly confidential arrangements will be made for your student's participation. Thank you!
Q: Do HRCs need their volunteer clearances?
A: Yes. Don't have yours? There's still time! Visit www.nespto.com for links to the required volunteer clearances.
Q: How are HRCs chosen?
A: HRCs are chosen at random (from those who submit registrations) at the beginning of each school year. HRCs are invited to attend all 4 classroom parties (parent attendance at classroom parties is limited to four adults: 2 HRCs and 2 parent volunteers).
Q: When does HRC registration begin?
A: Registration opens on August 20th and closes on September 5, 2019. If spots are not filled, registration will be extended to fill those empty slots only. See our HRC HUB on our website (nespto.com) for information and to sign up.
Q: Have party menus and restrictions changed since last year?
A: Approved food lists posted on Teachers webpages. Please check your specific teacher’s page, each one is customized for the class.
Q: I work full-time. Is that a stumbling block for becoming an HRC?
A: Absolutely not! Many HRCs are full-time working parents. Dates for all four classroom parties are communicated in advance, enabling parents to make necessary schedule accommodations. Parties are planned by the 2 HRCs plus 2 parent volunteers so the planning is spread across a small group of people.
Q: Do you need to be a creative person to be an HRC?
A: Classroom party-planning is simple and fun. All plans must be approved by your teacher in advance. For class games and activities, Pinterest is a wealth of knowledge. In addition, the PTO will be compiling a repository of games and activities; see the HRC HUB on nespto.com for details.
Q: Is it mandatory that both HRCs attend all four parties?
A: No. If you have a schedule conflict you can recruit an additional parent volunteer to help organize and attend the party in your place.
Q: As an HRC, what happens if I have an issue, question or need help with something? Are there any resources to tap into?
A: Yes! The PTO Board is here to help! Just let us know what you need and we are happy to provide information or assistance (firstname.lastname@example.org). In addition, an HRC meeting will be held (stay tuned for the date). At this time the role of the HRC will be thoroughly explained and you will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the other selected HRCs.
We hope this information is helpful and you will consider volunteering as an HRC in your child's class.
Continue enjoying these lazy days of summer. See you in September!