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Who Are the Class Shepherds?
Class Shepherds are parents available and willing to be a resource to their child's teacher and to be a liaison between the teacher and the parents of that particular class.

Who picks the class shepherds?
Teachers choose class shepherds at the beginning of the school year and contact the shepherds directly with their requests. The number of shepherds per class varies based on class size.

What are the shepherds' responsibilities?
Teachers' requests vary on expectations and needs, depending on curriculum and current activities and projects. Requests may include researching information for a field trip, assistance for special projects, cleaning toys from the class or the classroom, distributing information from the APP (Association of Parents and Professors) and being callers on the emergency phone tree calling list. Class Shepherds are also responsible for putting together a class basket for the PFS auction (a French affair). This involves collecting money or items from the class parents. The decision on how to create baskets is up to the shepherds. It is helpful to work with class parents for ideas, etc.

How do the shepherds communicate with the parents?
It is important for the shepherd to communicate with the class parents via email or phone. EACH CLASS PARENT IS TO SUPPLY THE SHEPHERD WITH AN EMAIL OR PHONE NUMBER WHERE THEY CAN BE REACHED.

Other details
The class shepherd is in no way responsible for covering the costs (from their own pocket) of requests for the teacher or other projects for the class. It is up to the class shepherd to determine how best to handle covering costs. For example, some shepherds prefer to collect an amount up front from each parent in their class at the beginning of the year and update their spending with a monthly report. Others prefer to collect an amount at each request. Collections usually take place at the front desk with a marked envelope for the class.

For shepherds' email addresses and telephone number, please contact the Community Relations Coordinator at:


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