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Posted 6/25/21

Classes are available for Redwoods Members and are Tuesdays at 11:30-12:20, 1:30-2:20 and 2:30-3:20. Students may choose to take classes for one or more periods; classes are offered "a la carte." Classes are offered as a full 14 week semester (A/B schedule) or as an every other week half semester (A or B week schedule). Lunch hour is from 12:20-1:30.

There is a Fall Semester and a Spring Semester. Students may take classes from one or both semesters. 

· 14 week Fall Semester (Sept-Dec)

· 14 week Spring Semester (March-June)

Class offerings are dependent upon available Volunteer Teachers. Classes can vary from enrichment type with no homework to more academic with homework.

We are hopeful to provide at least one class for all age/grade levels. It is possible classes offered may or may not fit your students’ age/grade or interest level. We will have a “Free Time” class available to siblings of students taking a class. For Free Time class, kids may bring board games, crafts, books, or school work. There will be assigned Helpers to monitor this class.

Students will register for classes ahead of time. Cost of each class will vary. Typically a 14 week semester class will cost between $25-45 and an A or B week class will cost between $12-25. 

Class proposal and registration schedule: 

  • March- Spring classes begin and start thinking about Fall classes
  • April- All Member meeting
  • May- Fall class proposals due
  • June- early registration
  • July- BREAK (and teacher planning time)
  • August- regular fall registration
  • September- Fall classes begin and start thinking about Spring classes
  • October- all member meeting
  • November- Spring Class proposals due
  • December- early spring class registration
  • January- BREAK (and teacher planning time)
  • February- regular Spring registration
  • March- Spring classes begin and start thinking about fall classes

This is not a drop off program; parents are asked to volunteer by teaching or helping for at least one class period. Parents must stay in the building, even if they do not have a job during a class period.

Parent Volunteer Jobs at Tuesday Classes

Each class must have at least two adults at all times. Classes will be taught either by an Instructor and Assistant Instructor or by a team of Co-Instructors.

Class Instructor [one for every class]: Responsible for creating lesson plans and teaching, including preparing materials. Responsible for student discipline if necessary. (If interested in teaching a class please see the “Instructor Guidelines.”)

Assistant Instructor [one for every class]: Responsible for helping the Class Instructor as needed on the day of class, no prep required. Responsible to substitute for Class Instructor in case of absence. Lesson plan will be provided by Class Instructor. (If interested in assisting please see the “Instructor Guidelines.”)

Co-Instructor [two to three for every class]: Responsible for equally sharing the teaching, planning, and lesson prep for the class. Coordinate with one another about who teaches which day. Responsible for student discipline if necessary. (If interested in co-teaching a class please see the "Instructor Guidelines.")

Helper [one for every class as needed]: Responsible to be an extra set of eyes and hands during class. Help students with classwork as needed. Students may leave the classroom to use the bathroom, one at a time, helper may monitor from the hallway. If student discipline gets to parent involvement the helper will take the student to his/her parent or will go ask the parent to come sit with their child. Will help with clean up (students may help as well): wipe tables and chairs, return tables and chairs neatly set up, sweep floor, empty trash, and ensure belongings are not left behind.

Greeter [one for every hour]: Responsible to arrive 10 minutes before your assigned class hour begins and will stay for 10 minutes after your assigned class hour ends. Responsible to sign in families as they arrive and check out families as they leave. May help with directing families to classes. Responsible to ensure children are not leaving the building with out a parent. First hour greeter will set up the table, last hour greeter will put away the table.

Attendant [one for every hour]: Responsible to ensure all classes have at least two adults at all times. Will ask floaters to help fill in as needed. Will help keep the supply closet organized. May help with directing families to classes.

Floater [multiple, for every hour]: Responsible to fill in as helpers in a class as needed.

Lunch Hour Monitor [multiple]: Parents are ultimately responsible for their children. Monitors are a second set of eyes to ensure children are respectful of others and of the property. 

This parent job will help set up the big room for lunch hour with 4-6 tables and 6 chairs at each table. Will monitor children in the big room and outdoors (when applicable). Will sweep the big room (and "spot mop" if needed) and ready the room for afternoon classes. 

Weather permitting, we can picnic outdoors and allow children to play outdoors on the lawn near the lower lot and in the lower lot near the lawn (away from vehicles). The playground is for children ages 4 and under with parent supervision. 

Monitors may get out appropriate gym equipment and ensure children return the equipment to the monitor.

Clean Up [one assigned in the last hour]: Help to leave the building cleaner than we found it. Responsible to sweep hallway and entry area, check bathrooms, check classrooms (each class is responsible to clean their classroom), take out garbage, and ensure belongings are not left behind.

Nursery [two to three for every hour]: Care for our littlest ones. Sing, play, pretend, read books, etc. Leave the nursery cleaner than you found it. Wipe/clean tables, chairs, toys, and other surfaces. Sweep or vacuum as needed. Take out the garbage.