With the commitment of a co-op preschool, you get so much in return! You get to watch from a front row seat your child interacting with his or her environment like you’ve never seen before. You get to witness your child learning —soaking up knowledge in a way most of us could never have imagined— through nature and the astonishing beauty at the beach, with loving, nurturing, talented teachers as their guides.
What exactly is required of parents?
• Carpooling: daily or weekly, depending on how you set up the schedule with your carpool buddy. This is essential to the daily function of the school as there is a limited drop-off and pick-up area at Beach School.
• Working at the school: 3–4 days every 6 weeks. Either parent will work three-hour shifts either assisting the teachers, helping in the kitchen, or working with the children in the art room or play areas.
• Committee Job: varies depending on the committee assignment. Some parents coordinate art projects or special events while others wash linens or play mats. Some take photographs and create yearbooks while others maintain the library or run the book club. There are many committee jobs which keep our school running smoothly and the kids inspired.
• Parent Meetings: one evening each month. This is a great time to meet with other parents and teachers to discuss the operation of the school. Occasionally you will be asked to provide an appetizer, dessert, or beverage.
• Board Meetings: one evening each month (board members only). Board members are vital to the operation of the school. Board members do not perform committee jobs.
• Fund Raising: varies. There are many fun ways to raise funds for the school throughout the year — playdates, restaurant gatherings, portrait photography, catalog fundraisers, and our grand gala White Elephant Party.
• Clean-up Days: twice a year on a weekend day. We put on our overalls and scrub the school and make small repairs to conserve and support our school’s surroundings and longevity. There is always coffee and snacks to keep us going!
“It takes a village to raise a child.” — ancient proverb