FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT THE PROGRAM


1.       What is your program Objective?

ANS: EMPOWERENRICH and ENLIGHTEN our kids

2.       What type of program do you offer and what is the criteria to register?

ANS: Currently we are offering enrichment programs in Mathematics, Science,  Book Review, Geography, Computer Programming and Speech & Debate. 

3.       How does this Program work?

ANS: This program is managed and administered 100% by parent volunteers utilizing school infrastructure and classrooms. Active parent volunteering is a MUST requirement to join this program. Volunteering activities involve teaching, doing prep work and anything needed by program coordination team to run the class/program.

4.       Who funds this program?

ANS: This program is managed and funded 100% by Parent Volunteers. We do not charge any tuition fees from students. Currently we are requiring only $100 yearly membership dues from parents to cover cost of materials, external exam (Math Olympiad) fees, appreciation gifts, and awards as required to cover the programs. 

5.       Is this program for everybody?

ANS:  This program is exclusively available to all Warm Springs GATE identified students.  Active Parent Volunteering is a MUST HAVE requirement to register for this program. Please Get Involved and contact us  for more information. TGIF membership is pre-requisite to participate in this program.

6.       How is this program different from TGIF (The Gifted in Fremont) programs?

ANS: Warm Springs GATE unit is under TGIF. We organize several programs in coordination with TGIF, however our programs are exclusively offered to Warm Springs Elementary School’s GATE certified students. By participating in Warm Springs GATE program, you agree to the TGIF's release and waiver of liability. TGIF is a registered non-profit that allows us access to the school facilities at no charge, and covers insurance for the classroom use.
At a glance some differences are:

Membership fee (annual): TGIF has a $40 (2017) annual family membership fee, while WS club requires registration fee of $100 (WS - per GATE student) in addition to the TGIF membership fee.

Additional fees:  For TGIF programs, several external vendor programs have negotiated discounted fees (per student GATE or Sibling or parent for parent classes). WS GATE clubs do not have any fees for the weekly clubs as they are run by volunteers.

Activity timings  for TGIF activities are usually evenings/weekends, while WS GATE programs are 2 days after school + 1 day evening.

Who can participate: TGIF activities are open to all children in the member family (fees per student), while WS GATE is only available to the GATE identified student


7.       My child is GATE Certified from Warm Springs but not a registered student for this program, Can I have access to your program material for my child?

ANS: No, only registered students have access to program materials. Sharing program details are strictly prohibited. Each parent signs CONSENT agreement with School to maintain confidentiality of this program details including personal contacts. Please contact us for more details. We can help you to get registered in our program in case you 
can volunteer.

8.       I came to know that, Warm Springs GATE program offers Math Olympiad thru your program. How can my Child participate in Math Olympiad?

ANS: Yes, WS GATE program offers Math Olympiad exams for Elementary Grades 4 - 6 and students are trained for it as part of Math club. You must be a registered WS GATE student to participate in MO exams. Refer to MOEMS for further details on Math Olympiad.  

9.       Do you support Science Olympiad type programs?
  
ANS: Science Olympiad preparation will be offered as part of Science Club, with Irvington High school volunteers.

 
ABOUT PROGRAM REGISTRATION

10.   How should I register my child in this program?

ANS: If your child is already GATE certified and is a 4th/5th/6th graders from Warm Springs Elementary School AND you’re ready to volunteer actively, then Sign up  as a first step to register for this program.

11.   How much does it cost to register for this program?

ANS: Our program runs by 100% parent volunteering. We do not charge any tuition fees. However we require parents to donate $100 yearly for registration to cover cost of stationery and books and any external exam related fees for entire year. We run this program October through May.

12.   Is the registration fee refundable?

ANS: No, it is not. $100 yearly dues are non-refundable. If for any reason your child discontinues the program, you forfeit the donated amount to the school. We ask parents to only make payment after their volunteering club has been confirmed by the chair or other board member,

13.   How secure is my personal information you are collecting as part of Sign Up OR Program Registration process?

ANS: We follow FUSD GATE confidentiality guidelines. We do not publish or share any personal email Id/phone numbers / student names with anybody outside our program participants. Sharing any personal information and program details outside of the registered students is strictly prohibited – per agreement.

14.   I registered for an event/program but was told I may not be a member.  Why?

ANS: Actual registration for specific program is the LAST step of our program registration process. Parent needs to Sign Up first. Please visit our Home page for step by step process to register for this program. Please 
contact us for more information.

15.   Is there any Drop-In concept for trial before actual program registration? I would like to know how it’s been organized before I engage my child actively.

ANS:  Currently there is no such provision. Only registered child are eligible to attend any class. Please 
contact us for more information.

16.   Can I register for more than one program?

ANS: If we have ONE parent volunteering actively for at least ONE program, respective child becomes eligible for all programs offered by after school GATE Enrichment program committee.

17.   I missed the program registration deadline by a few hours. Can I still request a registration?

ANS: We have seat limit in each program we offer. Parents can handle about 15-16 students in a class effectively. We try to accommodate as many students as we can strictly on first come first served basis. Most of our workshops get filled very quickly. Most of the time it is not possible for us to register after the deadline has past.  However we encourage parents to Sign up  to be part of waitlist students. All waitlist students will be given equal priority for next available programs based on first come first Sign Up basis.

18.   Do you have Drop off and pickup Service?

ANS: No, Parents are responsible for timely drop-off and pick up their child from class room. There is a $5 penalty for every 5 minutes block of delays.

19.   I am registered for this program, but I am not receiving e-mails from the Google Group.  Why?

ANS:  Please contact ws_treasurer@giftedinfremont.org or ws_director@giftedinfremont.org or ws_program_manager@giftedinfremont.org as soon as possible. Our WSGIFTED google group is highly secured (per FUSD GATE program confidentiality requirements) and detailed information is only available to registered members. If you are volunteering for ONE program and your child is registered then you should be receiving group emails, if not, then our Treasurer, Program Manager or Director can help you to get it fixed.

20.   I tried to join the WSGIFTED Google Group by sending an e-mail to the subscribe address.  However, my request was rejected.  Why?

ANS:  Please follow the registration process outlined in Home Page for formal registration, after that you will be added to WSGIFTED google group.

21.   I cannot submit the 
Sign Up form.  It keeps saying some question needs to be filled out.

Only completely filled forms are accepted. Please fill all fields before submitting the form. 

22.   Whom should I contact if I have questions about the program that are not answered by this FAQ?

ANS:  Please contact ws_program_manager@giftedinfremont.org or ws_director@giftedinfremont.org for further questions you may have.

23.   I cannot see the Submit button on the Registration Form.

ANS: Check your browser. The Registration and Contact US forms works best with Chrome and Firefox browsers. If you are using Internet Explorer or other old browsers then there may issues such as Submit button not being visible. Try with a different browser and/or try scrolling down if there is a scroll bar in the form.

24. I submitted the registration form but I didn't get any email confirmation. Is my registration successful?

ANS: The current registration form does not send email confirmation. After you have entered all your information and submitted the registration form, your registration will be processed by the volunteers. This process usually takes a week or so. After a week, you should expect an email from WS GATE board welcoming you and asking you to complete registration by paying the $100 registration fee.

25. The food that I pack for my child gets hot or spoilt by GATE break time. Can my child take his/her backpack inside classroom and/or eat inside the classroom?

ANS: While we understand concern from parents, Warm Springs school prevents any kind of eating inside classrooms. This is to prevent kids from leaving water or juice marks in the table, inadvertently leave books, pencils, notebooks etc on the table. In addition lots of bulky backpacks inside congested classrooms poses safety hazards. Kids can trip on backpacks causing safety issues. These are some of the reasons school does not allow backpack inside classrooms.

It is our recommendation to parents that they pack "smart" lunches/snacks for their kids. Below are few suggestions:
Use Babba Brand water bottle which does not heat up. For snacks chose alternatives like bread, crackers, cereal bars, uncut fruits like apples and grapes, that stand up to hot weather.

26. There are only 5 clubs and several 10s of students, Why does each child's parent need to volunteer each week?
ANS: Per TGIF rules, each class needs a minimum of two volunteers. Since every club has at least 2 classes (beginner and intermediate) and more often, 3 classes (one for each grade), we need a minimum of 6 volunteers per club. Add 2 for backup, and 8 board positions as well as a few members who fulfill TGIF level volunteering responsibilities brings us to needing 50 volunteers on a weekly basis. If all clubs have 3 class-rooms, the number correspondingly increases.   



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