VALLEY PARENT IS A COOPERATIVE SCHOOL. WE BELIEVE THE FAMILY IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER IN A CHILD’S LIFE AND WE FEEL PRIVILEGED TO PARTNER ALONGSIDE the families who attend our school.
Parent involvement (family members, such as a grandparent, can participate too) is crucial to the success of our program and we look forward to working together. Participating parents work in the classroom as an extension of the teachers. This involves supervising and engaging with children in a chosen area of the school during free choice time, and assisting the teachers in running an activity during small group time. Only staff members assist children with toileting needs or changing their clothing.
In the drama room, parents might dress up as a king or queen, design a railroad, play freeze dance, open a pizza restaurant, climb the rock wall, and build a marble run all in one day.
In the activity area, a parent might oversee an art activity, help a child make a sky scraper out of recycled materials, build a sculpture out of clay, or help children write their name in shaving cream.
When in the library, parents might read stories, do puzzles, participate in a puppet show or play pretend with the doll house.
Yard parents might help children create volcanoes in the sand, bounce balls high in the air with a parachute, search for vegetables in our garden, or encourage a child as they work to climb the rocks or monkey bars.
When working in the block area, parents might help the children build a sky scraper, a train, or a jungle filled with animals.
At the end of the school day, parents help clean their selected area and check in with the teachers.
During a parent's 3-4 assigned snack days each year, parents prepare and serve snack as they visit with the children and hear about their day.
In addition to helping in the classroom each month, families commit to 25 hours a year of committee work, 5 hours a year of school upkeep, and 4 evening parent meetings a year. The time and talents families put in to the program creates the strong community feel at our school.