Membership Meetings & Classroom Orientations
Membership meetings take place in the evenings and are convened at least twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Attendance by at least one family member at each meeting is mandatory.
Classroom orientations are usually scheduled in the fall before school begins, and are mandatory for all parents and non-parent volunteers that plan to co-op during the school year. Families receive state licensing training credits for attending these functions.
In the Classroom
Parents serve as teacher’s assistants (co-opers) in the classroom on a rotating basis. The co-oping parent arrives early, provides the class snack for the day, and works closely with the teacher to facilitate each child’s learning through play. Since co-oping parents are teacher’s assistants, they are essential in maintaining the adult-to-student ratios required for state licensing.
Co-op day is from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Parents or the child’s legal guardian are required to fulfill at least 50% of the co-oping days that are assigned during the school year. Parents may arrange for a nanny, another family member, or friend to co-op the other 50% of the time. All co-opers must have an annual TB test, attend his or her child’s classroom orientation in the fall, and complete a background check.
Co-op classroom days for each child:
Bear – approximately 13 days/year
Bunny - approximately 8 days/year
Beaver – approximately 12 days/year
Pony/Penguin – approximately 15 days/year
Dinosaur – approximately 9 days/year
There are parent-held positions in each class that are essential to the delivery of a quality program. Parents sign up at the beginning of the year to assist in one of these areas: room parent, field trip coordinator, instructional support/library parent, party parent, auction parent, art materials parent, and other jobs as designated by individual teachers.
Members are required to attend one work party per year. These three-hour sessions are held on weekends during the school year, and on weekdays when school is not in session. Parents help clean classrooms, repair items, and maintain the grounds.
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