Many hands… light work…

The Parent Body in a Waldorf School

The Parent Body of a Waldorf School can be understood as the “Hands” or Willing element, while our dear teachers represent the “Heart”/Feeling aspect and the Board of Trustees the “Head”/Thinking.  This is a simplified model, but it does help us understand whose work is what–and how each contribution is integral to the health and smooth functioning of the whole.

As the Hands–the Will–parents are the workers, the bodies, the lunch-makers, the carpool-drivers, the event organizers and volunteers, the tuition-payers, the treat-bakers, and in so many ways the action-makers and celebrants.  Parent engagement and volunteerism is valued, encouraged and totally necessary to make our school work!

In the Classroom

Of course, all families have one or more classes in which they actively participate as parents of a student in the class. Parent involvement and support of the class teacher is of greatest priority.  Additionally, parents in each class volunteer for these roles:

Class Parent

The Class Parent works closely with the class teacher, parent council reps, and the parents in that particular class. They may help coordinate volunteers for field trips and festivals, orchestrate teacher cards and gift-giving, help organize classroom activities and events, and in a general way cultivate positive classroom culture.

New Parent Liaison

One or two parents in each class serve as warm and welcoming resources for new families.  The New Parent Liaisons may initiate parent-to-parent communication, organize play dates, and send along invites to teas and other opportunities in which new parents can connect with school community.  Admissions and Parent Council help to hold this initiative. For a listing of 2017-18 New Parent Liaisons, click here.

Parent Council

The parents who serve on PWS Lower School and High School Parent Council work with the mission to:

–Enliven all aspects of community life

–Facilitate communication among faculty, administration, and the parent body

–Build a better understanding of the cultural mission of the school as set forth by the College of Teachers

PC is comprised of 2 parents from each class serving two-year terms as Parent Council Reps; 3 co-chairs serving overlapping three-year terms; and representatives from Faculty, Admin, and Board who facilitate communication among leadership bodies.

Meetings are always open to all parents. Check the Weekly Bulletin and Veracross calendar for upcoming meetings, or ask your class Parent Council rep. Please see the updated PC Mandate for specifics! Want to know who your class rep is? Check out the 2017-18 Parent Council Membership.


Lower School Co-Chairs

Angie Lawless, Jillian Nelson, Dave Renzema

High School Co-Chairs

Stephanie Baartz-Bowman, Rosalea Peters

Parent and Community Activities

Our community offers myriad opportunities for parents to experience Waldorf Education and come together with monthly Parent Teas, regular offerings of Yoga, Watercolor Painting, Community Eurythmy, Crafting, Choir, and more! Stay tuned for more information as this year’s offerings are finalized…

Parent Teas: Dates and Discussion Topics

We are finalizing the topics and speakers for the Parent Teas for the 2018-19 school year and will have the complete information posted soon.  In the meantime, please mark these dates on you calendar.  We look forward to seeing you then!

October 15, 2018: 8:30-10:00am

  • Topic TBD

November 12, 2018: 8:30-10:00am

  • Topic TBD

January 14, 2019: 8:30-10:00am

  • Topic TBD

February 11, 2019: 8:30-10:00am

  • Topic TBD

March 11, 2019: 8:30-10:00am

  • Topic TBD

June 15, 2019: Social Tea for Parents on Last Day of School