The Innovative School is built around the concept of community; it is important for our families, our students and the faculty to feel a connection from the place where they study and work. A sense of community is vital for any school to strive. It brings a sense of identity and pride, and is made possible through processes such communication, inter-group relations, networking and social events.
On Saturday, April 30th, the Parents Group from The Innovative School hosted a fun carnival on campus to build community as well as raise funds for our playground improvement plan. It is important for parents to understand their role at our school.
The Role of the Parent and the School
Parent, teacher, child, and school relationships are very important in a student's life. An alliance based on mutual respect and support will enhance all individuals' understanding, knowledge, and insight and offer a cohesive, prepared learning environment.
How to give support to your school
- Be involved, volunteer
- Be informed, attend all conferences & meetings
- Be knowledgeable, attend Parent Education meetings
- Contribute your knowledge
Involved parents support their Montessori school by contributing their time and talents. Each school offers different programs and projects for parents to volunteer their time, energy, and resources.
Informed parents communicate with their school by attending planned conferences and other parent activities, reading newsletters and e-mails, and asking questions. Ask the school's administrator or your child's teacher for the best time and method to communicate informally — to share insights, questions, and observations.
Knowledgeable parents select a school by seeking an optimal match between their child's needs; their expectations; and the school's philosophy, program, and services. Parents support the school's policies and procedures and attend Parent Education Meetings, as well as read articles and books about Montessori education.
And most importantly feel welcome in your school community. Montessori is a philosophy of life not merely an academic educational methodology. Montessori schools not only enroll children they enroll families.
|Kathryn Miller, Curriculum Coordinator at The Innovative School.|