Parent Participation

Parent involvement promotes success for every child of every age. GIS encourages parents to participate in school activities and help the school in promoting school success. Towards that end, it is important that parents maintain a continuum communication and participation with the school. Some of the ways that parents can engage are the Volunteer Program, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and Parent Surveys.

Volunteer Program

The GIS Volunteer Program was implemented as a means of obtaining parental support of all the activities necessary to enrich the school experience for its students. This program continues to develop and is in need of active parent volunteers who are eager to support their children’s learning environment. Many programs simply cannot continue without dependable volunteer support. Additionally, we want parents to be actively involved in the school as effective partners in our development and success.

Each GIS family must complete a total of 20 volunteer hours; ten of which need to be completed by January 31st (first volunteering period) and the other ten by May 31st (second volunteering period). Your volunteer hours can be completed by working directly with your child’s teachers, through the PTO, various committees, school projects, etc.

Volunteer Process

  • Pick-up Volunteer Hour Log (card) from reception desk
  • Sign in at the reception desk each time you come to volunteer
  • Wear the card while you are volunteering at GIS
  • Get card initialed by the person for whom you volunteer
  • Keep your card with you until the end of each volunteering period
  • Hand in your card to the reception desk by the first week of January for tabulation of first volunteering period. Cards turned in late will not be tabulated
  • You may collect your card in mid-January for the second volunteering period

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are communicated through the GIS newsletters, email lists, either school-wide list or classroom lists. Parents can also check with their child’s teachers or PTO for volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Fees

The office will keep track of volunteer hours through the Volunteer Hour Log. If you do not submit your completed volunteer log by the deadline, you will be charged a volunteer fee. For administrative ease, the 10 hours is an all-or-nothing requirement; the full 10 hours must be met by the end of each volunteering period.

Volunteer Guidelines

Please schedule with the school/teacher ahead of time before you come to volunteer. We want to ensure that we have a project ready for you when you come in and cannot accommodate “walk-ins”.

Hours can be completed by siblings (age 16+), grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Please do not bring younger siblings. Try to make babysitting arrangements with other parents.

Please remember that your participation is an important part of your child’s development. Although you can satisfy your 20 hours by paying the volunteer fee, we prefer to see all of our parents involved in the school community.

Please remember that your participation is an important part of your child’s development. Although you can satisfy your 20 hrs by paying the volunteer fee, we prefer to see all parents involved in the school community.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled every Trimester/Semester to discuss students’ progress. Parent-teacher conferences present an excellent opportunity to find out how your child is adjusting to the school year and to get to know his/her teachers.  It is also a time for you and the teacher to discuss as a team, ways you can help your son or daughter.

Parents Survey

GIS conducts regular Parent Surveys aimed at engaging and involving families in the education of their children. The surveys’ results provide critical information about how the school is performing and areas where the school needs improvement. The surveys also provide additional information crucial to the ongoing development of the school. Parents are expected to take advantage of the surveys and get involved.