Can a parent teach an enrichment class?
Yes, a parent can teach a PTA-sponsored enrichment class. The parent and any other individuals instructing students will be subject to all laws, rules, and regulations required by FCPS and government (including background check, review of all financial plans associated with the class, insurance, and other requirements that may be requested by FCPS).
It is recommended that the parent contact the Enrichment Coordinator no later than February/March of the year prior to the academic year in which they would like to teach an enrichment class. The Enrichment Coordinator will work with the parent to include course information in the Survey which is sent to PTA Members in the spring to gather feedback about past and prospective enrichment classes. Based on the feedback received, the Enrichment Coordinator presents the findings of the survey to SVES Administration and the PTA Board, with the SVES PTA Board providing final approval of enrichment providers for the following school year. These meetings may occur during the summer break, depending on the timing of the survey and year-end school activities.
Here is more information about FCPS Facilities Use.
This process is for teaching PTA-sponsored enrichment classes only. The SVES PTA is happy to include points of contact on our website for programs that are not sponsored by the PTA. Examples include: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Odyssey of the Mind.
Can an FCPS employee teach an enrichment class?
Employees of FCPS can also teach enrichment classes, subject to the same process outlined above. Since they are already employed by FCPS, the security element of the process may be completed more quickly.
What happens if FCPS is closed or has a delayed opening?
Enrichment will be canceled in the event that FCPS is closed or has a delayed start time. We try to build in two makeup dates if classes are canceled, however, there is minimal time between Enrichment Terms, so Mondays may be used for makeup classes. We make every effort to schedule makeup classes, however, there is the possibility that a class may not meet the number of times originally scheduled .
Why are classes offered before school and not after?
FCPS allows our PTA to use unused classrooms and at this time they are only available before school starts in the morning. If this changes we will explore scheduling after school programs.
Why is each family required to volunteer for one hour per Term?
Enrichment programs take place during the school’s normal daily preparation time. In order to be good tenants (the PTA rents the facilities at no charge from FCPS), we are responsible for opening the front doors and assisting Enrichment instructors as needed during the Enrichment Program. Based on enrollment, if each family volunteers just one hour per Term (Fall, Winter, Spring), we will have enough volunteers to cover our rental time. If we do not have adequate volunteer coverage, the Enrichment Program will be reduced.
What happens if there are no parent volunteers?
If there are no parent volunteers, then each parent must escort his/her child into the school and wait with him/her until the instructor has arrived. For your child's safety (and per the school's policy about unattended children,) please do NOT drop your children off at the front entrance and leave.
How can I volunteer if I can't come to school in the morning?
We understand that not every family can make the morning commitment at school. We have other ways that you can help. Please send an email to EnrichmentSVESPTA@gmail.com.
How do I register my child?
Please visit SVES.ptboard.com and select 'Form & Payment’ from the left menu to register and pay for classes. Don't forget to sign up for yor volunteer time!
Can Kindergarteners particpate?
Since Kindergartners are new to the school, the teachers would like for these students to focus on getting to know their school in the Fall. Kindergarteners can join the Enrichment Program in the Winter and Spring Terms.
What is the PTA Refund Policy?
Refunds cannot be issued because the PTA makes commitments to pay Enrichment instructors based on the number of students enrolled by the registration deadline. If a class does not have the minimum number of students registered, parents will be offered an opportunity to enroll their student in a different class or be refunded the class cost.
How are Enrichment Programs chosen?
Each Spring we send out a survey to PTA Members asking for feedback about Enrichment Programs. We use this feedback to prepare a portfolio of courses to offer in the following academic year. Vendors for the selected classes are chosen from the list of approved FCPS vendors.
How are the prices set for Enrichment Programs?
Pre-approved vendors go through a rigorous vetting program with FCPS — which includes a financial review to ensure that costs are kept as affordable as possible. The SVES PTA charges a small fee to cover the costs of our online commerce system and does not use the Enrichment Program as a fundraiser.