Social Committees

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  1. Jake's Mom

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    Does anyone have "social committees" at your schools? Our is called the "Sunshine Committee" and we initiate baby showers, housewarming gifts, money collections for various events, food to be taken when deaths occur, etc.....My question is, how is your committee structured? What events are recognized? Is money always collected? Is it a standard amount? Who is included? We had some problems with our committee and was asked by my principal to revamp and make new guidelines. Basically, I was the committee last year. Other members quit and the only other member was out due to surgery. It is way too much for one person to do alone. I know others have been asked to serve on the Sunshine Comm., so I even considered just quitting myself, and letting the others have at it. I know that's a bad attitude, but it's the way I felt. Any advice or suggestions?
     
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    we have lounge fridays. Each teacher has to sign up for a few, with 3 teachers signed up each week. They're responsible for bringing food to share, and then cleaning the lounge. I'm not sure what else the social committee organizes
     
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    Our committee has a chairperson, with one representative from each grade level. At the beginning of the school year, we collect 25 bucks from all who want to participate (believe it or not, we have ONE who never participates...thus, we do nothing special for her. ). That is our budget for the year. WE also have guidelines for when/what expenditures are appropriate.
     
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    At our school or social committee kind of fizzled last year so we re-structured and became the Community Involvement committee. I addition to organizing and planning baby showers, wedding showers, retirements, cards and flowers for deaths, administrative assistants day and other occasions, we planned and organized some community events such as an Author's Night, Family Learning Night, an ice cream social for our S.O.S. mentor program, and a few other things.
    As for the money, each staff member is asked to donate what they can, which for most people is about $20. Occasionally we will ask for additional donations, either monetary or other (food or paper products), for big events. And when my teammate retired last year we had a collection for a gift, if people wanted.
    I think this committee is hard because people feel they are always being asked for stuff. We just try to be sure we let people know way ahead of time, if we can, so they can plan for what they want to be a part of or contribute to.
     
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    At my school last year, our PAC committee (Positive Action Committee) did the following:

    *organized birthday recognition... for us, it was a bi-monthly or so bulletin board with all the birthdays for that time period and, if they wished, a "questionaire" they could fill out about b-day traditions that they celebrate

    *Secret Santas... we had a $10 limit for the whole week... had a questionaire to help people figure out what to give their Santa

    *end of the year picinc for staff, students, and families

    *monthy activities... we did paint-a-pot, potluck lunches, themed "spirit days," etc... sometimes after school offerings, sometimes during school.

    As far a showers, etc... usually they were thrown by people in the same department (we had lots of therapists and TA's)... and then each class/therapy area would chip in for gifts... usually about $5 a piece...
     
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    We also have a Sunshine Committee at my school. We rotate the committee each year so last year the 1st grade team was in charge and this coming year it will be 2nd grade. We also do cards and plants for deaths and births and end of the year and Christmas party. We also pay dues which are a little steep I think at $40 a person, $20 for support staff and part timers. Then each grade level is assigned a month to clean the staff room (Jan=Kind, Feb=1st, exc.) and then the grade level is in charge of decorating (most do a monthly theme) and bringing treats once in the month for the staff. It really helps keep up the moral and it tends to share the workload.
     
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    We have a social committee at my school, which I am part of:) At the beginning of the year, we collect $35 from each fulltime staff member and $15 from parttime. There are always a few who don't pay...they usually don't get much attention:)

    We have birthday bagels each month to celebrate teacher's birthdays, usually the last Friday morning. The social comm. supplies all of the paper goods and each grade level takes a turn bringing in the goodies:)

    Whenever a staff member gets married or has a first baby, they receive a giftcard and a shower. If you move into a new house/home, you get a giftcard too.

    We also buy gifts for secretaries day, nurses day, end of the year, etc. Usually gift baskets or plants.

    We have fundraisers like a superbowl grid, where the social committee receives 10% of the overall profit. We also do hoagie sales during lunches and sell coffee and soft pretzels at faculty meetings.

    Hope that helps:)
     
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    Thanks so much!! The guidelines suggested all sound very reasonable, and similar to what I want to do. I hope we can make this "Sunshine Committee" work, it really does help when we need lifting up. : ) Thanks again!
     
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    Our social committee is set up much the same way.

    I just wanted to add that last year my grandmother passed away and when I got back from being out for a week (I had flown out to visit her and she passed while I was there, so I stayed for the funeral) the social committee had purchased a beautiful bouquet of flowers and put it in my classroom as well as a card from the staff. It was really sweet and did help brighten my day when I got back.
     
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    Oh yes, my school does things like that too (forgot about that part!). Also when someone has an operation, etc, we send flowers and a card.
     
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    I was on our social committee two years ago. We collected $15 from each staff member. Social committee was in charge of organizing potlucks each month (they only provide the paper products), principal breakfast potluck, etc. Everything is a potluck at our school which works out well. We all sign up for things and they rotate the type of potluck that we are having. One month it might be potato bar, another could be sandwiches and salads etc. When people get married or have babies, it is the responsibility of the grade level team to throw the shower. In the past when we've had someone get hurt or pass away in a staff members family, we all make donations and sign cards and the social committee takes care of getting it to them. Social committee also coordinates the end of the year celebration as well as the Christmas Party. The staff makes additional contributions if they plan on going to those celebrations and the committee works with what they have. I enjoyed being on the committee, but it got extremely involved and I was spending too much time with just that committee. We don't celebrate birthdays in the committee, instead we have a birthday club where people sign up, draw names and honor that person on their birthdays.
     
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    We have a social committe at our school. I will be part of it this year. What we do at our school is we move the committee to a different staff each year. For example 2nd grade teachers took over it last year, 3rd grade teachers will take care of it this year(thats me), and 4th grade the next year, 5th grade the next year & so on. Anyway, we collect $25 from each staff member at the beginning of the year. If we run out of money we may possibly ask staff for donations later in the year, but it doesn't happen often unless we have an exceptional ammount of things that come up. We get a card/gift for any type of "special" event that occurs in our school family, such as babies being born, deaths, weddings, etc.
     
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    I am technically on our school's "Sunshine Committee", yet money is not always collected, I don't believe. I know that the committee collects gift cards and certificates for people celebrating their birthdays, though, and that they organize every person's retirement celebrations. Everyone is included!
     
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    We have a Sunshine Club and two teachers volunteer to help coordinate. We ask each full time teacher to contribute $40 and each part time teacher $20.00. They take care of sending plants or flowers for those ill and on leave, in hospital or for deaths in the family, buying and circulation cards for those leaving for whatever reason, and also coordinating an end of year retirement dinner for those retiring. They also use this money to purchase one large gift from staff for retirements, wedding/baby showers, etc.

    We handle birthday lunches a little differently. All teachers are given a month with fellow teachers and we plan a "Birthday Breakfast or Lunch", and that group of people is responsible for coordinating foods that are kept in the teacher's room and you can go in throughout the day to just "pick" as we all have different schedules. Some people prefer to bake or cook, others just bring the paper products, but all contribute in their way in their month. We have a blackboard in the teacher's room and post the birthday names on it for that month. (We also in June do a summer birthdays breakfast/lunch). We always will have enough money as they never have had to come around to ask for more contributions, but it depends on your staff size, location, income, etc.
     
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    My school is a K-2 school and we have 50 classroom teachers + about 10-15 specialists. Each grade level + the specialist have 2-3 people on the committee. People can stay rotate off the committee if they choose from year to year, but most choose to stay on at least for 2-3 years at least.
    The grade level reps are responsible for collecting $20.00 from each teacher for our fund. We have baby showers and wedding showers as needed (cake and punch only + a giftcard to Target or Babyies Are Us), about once a month we have snack at our Faculty meeting-chips, candy. drinks-something small, and we give giftcards to staff members who are sick and in need. The social committee also collects donations from area merchants to give as door prizes(teacher bags, children's books, bracelets, picture frames, candles, etc.) at our faculty meetings. A lot of these places donate food for our meetings as well - ice cream parlors, fast food rest...(many of our PTA moms have connections to these places).
    Each grade level handles other specific needs within that grade level + gifts for Boss's day, Secretaries day etc.
     

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