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:
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.
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
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
October 12: 8:30-10:00am
- Talk with Interim School Chair, Shanti McCarter who will share the different perspectives of Waldorf education she’s gained in her time as a Waldorf student, teacher and parent.
- Introduction of the Living Lab program by Kelly Hogan
- Visit and performance from students in Grade 3
November 6: 8:30-10:00am
- An introduction to Eurythmy with Eurythmy teachers Sarah Rem and Carrie Mass
December 4: 8:30-10:00am
- Talk with a Teacher: The Spiral of Lights with Mariama Loos-Diallo, handwork teacher & alumna
February 5: 8:30-10:00am
- Talk with a Teacher: An introduction to Anthroposophy with Wade Cavin
March 5: 8:30-10:00am
- Talk with a Teacher: Senior Projects, with Christopher Zinn, HS Humanities, and three seniors
May 7: 8:30-10:00am
- Talk with a Teacher: Bec Blanchard, HS Humanities teacher, on the connection between Waldorf early childhood curriculum and how that manifests in high school learning
June 4: 8:30-10:00am
- Talk with a Teacher: TBA
June 15: Social Tea for Parents on Last Day of School