The nature of a co-op requires that parents share both time and costs. Our school would not have survived for over 50 years without the personal involvement and hard work of all. As part of a co-op, all members are expected to:
- attend general meeting(s)
- actively participate on duty days
- help plan and organize fundraising events
- attend and work at fundraising events
- contribute to overall promotion of our school
The Parent Executive Committee, which includes the teaching director, meets regularly to discuss and make decisions regarding the Forest School. Notice of executive meetings is given and all parents and teachers are welcome to attend. The minutes of these meetings are posted on our website and specific details, information and/or reminders are given to parents via email, phone chain, bulletin board or flyer put into your child’s school backpack. Be sure to keep informed!
What is a COOP School?
A co-operative consists of and is run by parent members. It relies on the enthusiasm, personal involvement and hard work of its members. The school is based on the following principles:
• It is funded by parents and supported financially by fees, donations and fund-raising activities
• It is managed by an executive made up of parents and the teaching director
• Parents serve on committees to help “run” the school
• Its overall activities reflect the parent members’ decisions at general and executive meetings
• Parents are responsible for assisting the teachers in the classroom on a rotational basis
• The executive is responsible for the hiring of teachers
Benefits of a Co-operative School:
The co-operative model aims to reduce costs and yet keep the standards high. The whole family can gain from the co-operative involvement.
• learns to relate to many adults and to associate with others in his/her age group
• is able to have a parent at school with him/her on regular basis
• learns to say good-bye to his/her parent and to follow a routine
• are actively involved with their child’s pre-school education
• observe their child in school interacting with other children
• learn different ways of dealing with children
• meet other parents in the community
Through the shared activities and responsibilities of the co-op members, parents have an opportunity to exchange information and ideas. Finally, a co-op may also facilitate the integration of the child into the elementary school system.