"Being a Waldorf parent is about more than dropping one’s child off in the morning and buying an education; it is about creating and supporting an environment that allows many children to be educated. The Parent Group offers parents an exceptional opportunity to become active in support of the school community where the education of our children is taking place. Waldorf schools are created and sustained through the partnership of parents and teachers and when parents take advantage of the opportunity to get involved in the school community it supports the development of strong parenting, a strong community and has benefits for all students in the school. Parents who participate leave with the feeling that they have received far more than they have been able to give. They recognize that participation allows them to learn and grow as adults, and that a cooperative and active parent community models healthy community life for the children. Parent participation is more than just a means of building fundraising capacity or free labour through volunteerism. Participation builds stakeholders, and schools with active and committed stakeholders are far healthier." – From the AWSNA (Association of Waldorf School of North America) website.
What is the Parent Group? The Comox Valley Waldorf's School's Parent Group presents parents with ongoing opportunities to become engaged in the school community through meaningful participation that enriches and strengthens the life of the school. All parents who have children registered are automatically members of the parent group. Attend every meeting or when you can – the parent group seeks your input and grows in capacity with your involvement.
What Happens at a Meeting? The Parent Group meets monthly throughout the school year to discuss a wide variety of matters including: upcoming school activities, events, policies & practices, and fundraising initiatives. Bring your questions, ideas and skills to the table and help cultivate meaningful activities.
Mission: To foster a vibrant and creative school community
We endeavor to organize and facilitate fundraising activities, community building activities and annual fairs.
We strive to be informed of the school mission and the guiding principles of Waldorf education.
We elect a Parent Council to review submissions and allocate funds raised for school community activities and student equipment.
Committee Composition: Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and all parents with children registered at Comox Valley Waldorf School.
Chair or reporting individual: Elected by the group.
Members 2019-20: All parents/guardians of children at Comox Valley Waldorf School are members. The elected Parent Group Executives for the 2019-20 school year are: Christine Farrell (Chair), Sarah Chase (Treasurer) and Nathan Rothgeb (Secretary).
What are some of the Activities the Parent Group has done? The Winter Faire, Gear/clothing swaps, Self-employment Circles, Family Camping Trips, Reading Clubs, Beach Cookouts, Family Dances, Building Parties, Gardening Bees, Plant Fundraisers, May Pole Festival, Hikes and Ski events, Parades, Silent Auctions and more...
Why Get Involved? Participation is the heart of our community. We learn and grow as parents and children together. When parents participate and work together as a community this models healthy community life for the children. It builds capacity for the school to grow and creates more opportunities for the children.
Participation also strengthens relationships among families. It can also bolster the economic culture of families. Many parents who value holistic education are themselves self employed or entrepreneurial in nature and supporting each other as a community can strengthen capacity of these families.
Financial Accounts the Parent Group is responsible for managing:
The Parent Group bank account (from fundraising)
The Parent Group Gaming Grant account
Direct Access Gaming Grant
How Can You Get Involved? Meetings happen once a month. Look for dates and times in the weekly bulletin or on the parent info board or speak with one of the PG council members.
Next Meeting Dates (All Meetings Happen in the Parent Lounge at 8:45am): December 12th - Winter Faire Debrief January 16th - Planning for February Family Event February 13th - Plant Fundraiser Planning March 13th - Family Pool Event & Fun Fridays Planning April 17th - Maypole Festival Planning May 15th - Planning year end lunches for Faculty and Staff
For more information please contact, Marussia Nesling or Sarah Chase in the Administration Office Monday to Thursday from 8:30-3pm at the Cedar House (Early Years Building)