Congratulations on your decision to join a cooperative preschool! We’re excited you’re here!
Uncertain about what will be expected of you this year? Here’s the run-down:
Helping in the classroom
In the Ruby class, parents will stay each week, alternating between a parent education session one week and helping in the classroom the next week. In all the other classes, parents will work on a rotating basis to ensure a 5:1 ratio of children to adults. Depending on the size of the class, this means between two and four parents will stay in the classroom each class day. Working parents are assigned a station where they will facilitate positive interactions with and among the children, keep everyone safe, and assist with various projects.
Fundraising is an integral part of keeping a cooperative school running. Funds raised go towards upkeep and improvements both in the classroom and on the playground, art supplies, keeping tuition costs low, and compensating our teachers. Each family contributes $80 towards a fundraising goal (or $125 if you have multiple children enrolled). For more information about various fundraising efforts, visit our fundraising page.
Each month a class is assigned to classroom cleaning duty, which takes place on a Thursday evening. You are asked to clean once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester.
To help run our school and make it wonderful, we need YOU! Each family in our parent-run school is given a job for the year. Examples of jobs include board secretary, class memory book coordinator, and Costco shopper. At our All School Picnic, we will encourage families to submit their top job choices, and job assignments will be announced at our Parent Orientation the following week.
Parent education meetings
Once a month (except December) we will gather in the evening for a session with a Parent Educator. Classes meet the first Thursday of the month. Each session will be hosted by a different guest speaker, in order to offer a variety of topics, interests, and experiences. Topics covered can include relevant stages of child development and/or parenting issues that class members may be facing, such as potty training, sleep difficulties, or separation anxiety.
Have fun and make friends!