Dear Rising 9th Grade Families,
With spring and the sense of the new in the air, we are becoming increasingly excited to welcome your children to Upper School. I am writing today to ask you to volunteer to sponsor a new family next year.
The commitment to sponsor will involve first meeting your new family at a gathering at GFS on the evening of Thursday, May 16, and then getting together with them again during another informal event to be planned in late August prior to the start of the school year. During the summer, between these two gatherings, we encourage you to have contact with your new family. Once school commences again on Wednesday, September 4, the sponsoring student should make sure that the new student is comfortable and adjusting to the school routine.
Please take some time at home to discuss becoming a sponsoring family. The more we talk with new families, the more apparent it becomes that the sponsor program enriches both new and sponsor families. It is not easy to be new and to enter a group of students or parents who already know each other. A sponsor family can help ease this transition, making a new family feel welcomed, comfortable, and included in the community. Welcoming a new family also gives the sponsor family an opportunity to be an interpreter of GFS customs. I very much want our new families to be welcomed with warmth and included in our community.
Thank you for considering becoming a sponsoring family. Though we do not yet know how many sponsor families we'll need, we appreciate your generosity. If you decide to be a sponsor please use this link to complete the short Google form by April 30. If you have any difficulty, email Karen at email@example.com. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions or concerns.