With your assistance, we are anticipating another wonderful ECHO year! ECHO is a true cooperative, and could not function without the help and assistance of the parents as working, positive classroom aides.
Attendance at the Parent Night meeting is mandatory for enrollment in ECHO. This is held in September a few weeks before ECHO begins.
We begin our day with prayer and announcements at 9:20 AM in the sanctuary. This is an important time to prepare us all for the day ahead. Please remember that ECHO is not a drop-off for your children and you must remain on the premises until children are dismissed to class at 9:25 AM. We encourage you to stay, have a cup of coffee, and fellowship with other parents. We appreciate your willingness to participate in each ECHO day.
ECHO classes end at 12:30 PM. Please arrive by 12:25 PM to pick up your children.
A parent from each family will aide in the classroom for approximately 9 days*. Typically, there are 3 rotations, each 3 weeks long. For each 3-week rotation you will stay in the same class. This will allow you to better assist the teachers in your assigned classroom. *The number of aide days is dependent on enrollment numbers and changes from year to year. This number will vary.
Please read the aiding sections below carefully and come prepared to help minister to our children and our teachers.
Aiding General Duties
Please come prepared each work day to:
- Help set up the classroom before ECHO starts for the day, stay in room to help the teacher when she/he arrives.
- After classes are over clean the room, vacuum, return tables and chairs to original locations.
- Take roll in each class.
- Help control behavior in and out of the classroom (Please review the Discipline Policy for more information).
- Assist the teacher whenever possible, before, during, and after class. Where appropriate participate in class.
- Help the younger students to their next classes.
- If you bring a cell phone, keep it off or silenced and put away during class (no texting or web surfing).
Aiding Work Hours
Aides are to sign in on the ECHO Aides’ Roster at the front table no later than 9:00 AM on the ECHO clock and be prepared to stay until 1:00 PM. Please stay until all rooms are restored to their proper order, the board member on duty has released you, and you have signed out on the ECHO Aides Roster.
You will need to pick up the Aide Notebook for your scheduled class at the front table after you sign in each week and return it at the end of each day. These notebooks contain important information such as classroom set-up, attendance sheets, discipline forms, tardy forms, and Student Award slips. If it was necessary for you to fill out a discipline form, please alert the board member on duty. On the first Friday of each 3-week rotation there will be a short briefing of aide duties and an assigning of set-up requirements. At this time, the Aiding Coordinator will give you a quick briefing of your duties and answer any questions.
A $10 fine will be charged to any aide who is late for a scheduled or traded work day. A $25 fine will be charged for a no-show. If a parent is persistently late or fails to show, the board will look at that family’s continued participation in ECHO.
Nursery is available to Teacher’s Aides for their own children ages 4 and under on their scheduled work days only. You must make other arrangements for school-aged children and day care children not enrolled in ECHO. Children may not be dropped off in the nursery and left if the parent is not working as an aide that day.
You will have the opportunity to request aide dates and classes when you register. Positions will be filled on a priority basis. If you have a child in the nursery or enrolled in Preschool, please plan on working in that position for a three-week rotation.
If you are unable to work on your scheduled day, it is your responsibility to trade with another parent. A phone list and aide schedule will be available to you on parent night. After arranging a swap please notify the Aiding Coordinator about the trade so we know who is working on any given day.
Blessings to you as you assist us this year!
Teachers’ Aide Coordinator