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FAQs

Q:

How do I register to become a member of SEEDS?

A:

In order to register as a new member, you must complete the profile page which includes the Constitution and By-Laws, the Waiver of Liability, the Statement of Faith, and the Handbook.  Under "Registration", then "Registration Forms" you will need to click on the Helper Sign-Up link to sign up for two (2) jobs during the school year as well as two (2) dates on the Teacher Snack Sign-Up link to coordinate with another members to bring food for the group.  Payment will also need to be made and can be done online under the same "Registration" link.  And finally, fill out the New Member Background Check Form.

Once the president receives notification of those four (4) submissions, she will then approve your membership and send you further information as to your positions you will be assigned for the upcoming session.

 

Q:

Is there a fee associated with being a member of SEEDS?

A:

Yes.  There is an annual $60.00 non-refundable, non-prorated family fee to cover copies, basic supplies, website fees, and the Background Check fee.

You can make the payment by cash, check, or by credit/debit card via the "Payment" link on the home page (please only click on “Register Now” once you’ve hit the “Payment” link).  Checks need to be made out to SEEDS and can be mailed to the address below:

                                                                                                                                         

                Leslie Head, SEEDS’ President

                Menchville Baptist Church

                248 Menchville Road

                Newport News, Virginia  23602

 

 

Q:

Can I register at any time during the year?

A:

If we are too far into the current session or we are in the process of getting ready for the new year, you may not be able to register during those times.  Just contact us so that we can give you more information on dates that you can.  There are times that I allow people to join even when we have started a session, it just depends on how far into it were are, the age of your children, and if we still have available spots for them in their class options.

Q:

Will all of my children have something available for them?

A:

Yes.  We have designated rooms for infants and toddlers as well as classes for Preschoolers all the way through the 12th grade.

Q:

When can I sign up my children for the classes?

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Once approval has been given, it will be your responsibility to sign up each of your children for their classes.  Class registration is available on the website for your convenience, but is contigent on completing all of the required documents and making payment within a week of your membership.  Dates for when Class Registration opens and closes are also on the website.

Q:

Are there any guarantees that my children will be able to take all the classes that they desire?

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There are times that some of the classes will have a limit to the number of students allowed.  Once the limit has been met, the class will not be open for additional students.  You may put your child's name on a waiting list in the event that a student may change their mind or the family has had to pull out of SEEDS altogether or changed classes.

Q:

Are there any responsibilities required of members of SEEDS?

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Yes.  Members must first read and agree to the Constitution and By-Laws, the Statement of Faith, the Handbook, and the Waiver of Liability.  As a new member, the Background Check Form must be filled out and submitted.  Members must always have their child or children represented by a parent or designated guardian at all SEEDS events, as SEEDS is not a drop off service.   Members must participate in some capacity at regular Tuesday meetings, by agreeing to teach one class during each of the three sessions and being an assistant in another.

Members are also required to sign up for 2 (two) helper positions through the "Helper Sign-up", which is a Sign-Up Genius link for jobs during the school year under "Registration".  Each week, food is provided by at least three (3) members.  You are required to sign up for 2 (two) dates through the "Teacher Snack Sign-Up", which is also a link under "Registration".

Q:

Is the current list of classes subject to any changes?

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Yes.  The current list of classes can be subject to change up until the first day of class.  If there has been no one to volunteer to teach one of the classes or there are not enough students to warrant the continuation of the class, then we make changes accordingly to fit the needs of the group.

Q:

When are the weekly meetings for SEEDS?

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SEEDS meets every Tuesday during the school year..  The exact schedule for each school year will vary from year to  year, but it runs in close conjunction with the Newport News Public School's schedule.  The SEEDS day begins with announcements at 11:15 and the first class starts at 11:30.  Each of the three class last 45 minutes.  The last class ends at 2:10.   

Q:

What do I do about lunch for my children during the SEEDS' day?

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After our first class, we take a break for lunch from 12:15 to 12:35.  The 4th grade and younger students will stay in their first class to eat their lunch. You will put their lunches in the baskets provided in the sanctuary and the teachers will be responsible to getting their lunch to them and will return their lunch boxes to the basket.  You will be responsible for getting it out at the end of the day.  The rest of the students will have the privilege of enjoying their lunch in the gym or in designated areas outside. It will be their responsibility to get to their next class on time.

Q:

Are there any fees for participating in classes?

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At times, there are classes that are offered that require an extra small fee that SEEDS can’t cover, but for every one of those classes, we have another class opposite it that does not for those who are trying watch their budget. For our high school students, we typically offer at least 2 year-long classes that can be put toward their transcripts.  Those classes will require a $10 fee per student for the whole year and that will not include if the class requires a fee.  I try to keep at expenses at a minimum.