We have hired a new teacher as of 4/10/19. Her name is Rebecca Bower and she is looking forward to getting to know you and your children.
Rebecca is a retired elementary school teacher with 20 years of experience. She moved up to Portland from Corcord CA to be close to her granddaughter and has been participating in our sangha since January. She is enthusiastic about providing PIMC's children with a foundation for mindfulness and Buddhist principles week-to-week. Additionally, she is looking forward to guiding the creation and implementation of a structured, planned, and thoughtful curriculum to carry us into the future, something which the program has not had previously.
We still need volunteer support in the classroom every Sunday.
Even though we have a new teacher, we still need consistent volunteer support so Rebecca can really give the children the best possible experience, based in mindfulness and the Dharma.
To have the classroom open each Sunday, there need to be a minimum of 1-2 teacher support volunteers both hours of the program. If one person was willing to volunteer in the classroom both hours, only one person would be needed. If two people each wanted to spend an hour with the children, then, for that Sunday, we'd need two people.
And, just for extra support or backup, it would be wonderful if we could get two more additional volunteers for each hour. If we can consistently get a minimum of 1-2 volunteers each Sunday, we'll be able to have the classroom open while their parents are doing their Dharma practice.
The deadline for people to sign up to volunteer each Sunday will be the previous Friday at noon. Each Friday, Avi will evaluate week-to-week, based on sign-ups in the sign-up list. Then Avi will contact parents to confirm for the following Sunday that the children's program will be either:
2. Open for one hour, or
During our search for a Children's Program teacher, the sangha really showed a strong commitment to keeping our Sunday Children's Program going, with a number of people coming forward offering to help in the classroom. While signing up for one Sunday is, of course, a help, it would be best if people sign up for time in the classroom on a somewhat regular basis - such as the same Sunday every month, or every other month, and so on. The regular need for volunteer staffing in the classroom means that we need to have more consistant sign-up of volunteers further in advance, not just week-to-week
So, please consider supporting this very important function of giving the children in our sangha a firm foundation in the Dharma. You can sign up for a volunteer slot using the link at the top or below. For each Sunday, we need a minimum of one volunteer per hour.
Thank you so much for helping teach our children well.