At LNS, parents participate in and help shape the magic of their child’s first school experience.
In keeping with the school’s philosophy of cooperative education, parents are involved in all aspects of the school: policymaking, helping in the classroom, maintaining the school’s facilities, fundraising, providing feedback to the staff, attending social events and by serving either on the board of directors, which meets once a month, or on a standing committee.
Most directly, by helping in the classroom, parents become part of the teaching team and have the opportunity to pay close attention to children’s play. A cooperative school establishes a strong sense of community among families because of the relationships that develop through parent involvement. Knowledge of children’s classroom experience coupled with regular communication with teachers offers parents a more complete understanding of their child’s development and the classroom curriculum.
How do I participate?
We ask all families to make a basic commitment to:
- Help in the classroom approximately once every three to four weeks.
- Serve on a parent committee or on the school’s Board of Directors. Parent committees include administrative work, social events, maintenance, classroom support, parent education and fundraising. There are a wide variety of choices to suit your interest and time availability.
- Once per year, spend a morning or afternoon to help maintain the school’s facilities.
Is a co-op feasible if both parents work?
It certainly can be! The parent-help schedule is developed well in advance in order to accommodate preferences for days and to allow working parents to arrange for time-off. With a little notice, it’s usually not hard to switch parent-help days if something comes up at the office.
What if my child has younger siblings?
LNS has an online bulletin board, host families, and room parents, all of which can help with ideas and resources to help families figure out child care swaps or sitters for parent help days and other LNS activities.
What if I have more than one child at the school?
An appropriate parent help schedule will be developed that enables you to participate in each child’s classroom. Other requirements, such as committee work and maintenance work-day are the same for all families.