04 Sep 2014

Sign up to be a PEST

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To all of you wonderful parents out there, welcome back to another amazing year at Cor Deo!

First off, welcome to all of our new families!  Our school is growing for the glory of the LORD!!!

This year we are blessed to have two campuses!  This may make things a bit more challenging in the area of communication, but I believe that we can rise above any obstacle to bring joy and blessings to our teachers and staff!  I will repeat myself from last year when I say that things will be probably not be perfect, but please know that I will do my very best and am open to any suggestions along the way J

For those families who are unfamiliar with this fun program, PEST stands for “Parents Encouraging Staff & Teachers”.  It involves interested parents in secretly encouraging the wonderful staff and teachers of Cor Deo throughout the school year with encouraging notes, occassional small gifts, and prayer.  Please note that there are no meetings to attend and that you participate on your own schedule.

What’s involved?

Teachers and staff members fill out a one page survey of their interests and basic information. They are then matched with a parent who anonymously “adopts” them.  Throughout the year, the parent supports their adopted teacher or staff member with notes of encouragement, favorite treats, holiday messages, birthday surprises and/or other low-cost gifts on a regular basis (about one to two times per month). This is a fun and easy way to brighten someone’s day!

How do I participate?

This is the easy part!   As we are separated by location, I would like to try to take care of the sign up via email – we’ll see how this works!  Please send me an email (raeleen.sewell@gmail.com) with the name of the teacher you would like to be a PEST for.  In effort to get the program going soon, if you have more than one teacher, giving me 2 or 3 names would be helpful.  So that I can keep you all informed and encouraged, please also give your own contact info (email and phone).  If you have no preference of a teacher and would just like to choose whoever is available at your campus, please note that as well.  Often times our own preferences may also be the preference of another parent (or 2 or 3…), so please do not be dismayed if you do not get the teacher or staff member that you want.  The purpose here is to encourage J.  Please note that I will only match up one parent per teacher.  With the exception of the new teachers, I have all of the forms filled out from individual teachers and can send you the info via email I hear back from you about the teacher you would like.  So that we can start by 9/22, my hope is to have all teachers and staff matched up with a PEST no later than 9/19.

Please keep in mind that this program is to encourage our staff and teachers.  They work hard at what they do and at the end of the day; they can all use a pat on the back J

One last note…

As life often has a way of taking unexpected turns, if after signing up, you feel this is something you are no longer able to do, please do not hesitate to let me know and I will get that teacher or staff member reassigned.  For this I will create a separate “standby” list. As there are often more parents than teachers and staff, you can always opt to be on that list.

If you have questions or suggestions about the program, please email Raeleen Sewell at raeleen.sewell@gmail.com.

Thank you for being an encouragement to others!

Raeleen Sewell

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”  Hebrews 10:23-25