We are a parent-run co-op, which means member families perform all jobs necessary to operate the school. We employ a trained teacher who parents assist in the classroom. Each member family also holds a support job or board position, assists with fundraising, helps with facility maintenance, and attends required training and meetings.
Classroom parent-teachers attend mandatory training in the fall to educate them about classroom procedures, developmentally appropriate practices, and conflict resolution. For insurance purposes, parents may not bring siblings into the classroom while they teach. While referred to as “parent-teachers,” these may be grandparents, guardians, and friends, depending on what works for each family.
PRESCHOOL PARENT TEACHING
Blue Class parents assist in the classroom one to two times a month. Green Class parents assist in the classroom two to three times a month. Three parent-teachers in the preschool classroom assist the teacher while assuming specific roles each day. The three daily roles are designated as:
A Parent – Art parent
B Parent – Blocks & Books parent
C Parent – Snack parent
E Parent – Emergency parent
Over the year, each parent-teacher will serve as A, B, C, and E parent several times.
Each family assists with one work party during the year. These work parties are not only a chance to help improve the condition of the school’s equipment, but they also offer interaction with other parents without children in tow. One parent may attend for the total time, or two parents may attend for half the time.
Additionally, in the fall, parents from Green Class devote three hours to assisting the teacher with the classroom setup. In the spring, Blue Class parents devote three hours to helping the teacher put the classroom away for the summer.
Families may also choose to reduce their cleaning fee by cleaning the school one weekend per year.
Our fundraising goal is met each year primarily through our annual dinner and auction led by the Ways & Means committee. Most items are procured from local and regional businesses and organizations. Each family is expected to contribute an auction item, support event logistics, attend and have fun!
SUPPORT JOBS & BOARD POSITIONS
Each family must hold one support job or board position. Upon enrollment, each family completes a short survey to assess interest and skills. Support jobs are assigned based on the results of the survey.