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.
Parent Teas: Dates and Discussion Topics
September 26: 8:30-10:00am
- Talk w a Teacher: Sarah Rem on the Michaelmas Pageant: Sir George and the Dragon
- Visit and performance from students in grades 3 & 4
October 24: 8:30-10:00am
- Talk w a Teacher: Kelly Hogan, Living LAB
- Ms. DeSantis brings the 1st grade for a visit and performance
November 14: 8:30-10:00am
- Talk w a Teacher: Mariama Loos-Diallo, Alumni Faculty, on Spiral of Light
- Ms. Foley brings the 2nd grade for a visit and song that they’ll teach the parents
December 16: 9:00-11:00am Social Tea for parents before the Winter Assembly
January 9: 8:30-10:00am
- Talk w a Teacher: Valerie Pufahl: Short teaser for the evening talk on January 18, with a peek at Jim’s class in the gym during main lesson
February 6: 8:30-10:00am
- Talk w a Teacher: Bec Blanchard, HS Humanities
March 6: 8:30-10:00am
- Talk with a Teacher: Christopher Zinn, HS Humanities on Senior Projects, with three seniors
April 3: 8:30-10:00am
- Talk w a Teacher: Nancy Thompson, 8th Grade Projects, with three eighth graders
May 22 or May 30: 8:30-10:00am – Date TBA
- Talk w a Teacher: Jeannie Rogers and a preview of the Senior Play
JUNE 16: Social Tea for Parents on Last Day of School
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. Lower School PC meets second Mondays 6:30-8:30pm; High School PC meets first Mondays 7-9pm. Please see the updated PC Mandate for specifics!
Weekly Parent and Community Activities
PWS offers myriad opportunities for parents to experience Waldorf Education and to come together in community–Monday through Friday there are offerings of Yoga, Watercolor Painting, Community Eurythmy, Crafting, Choir, Monthly Parent Teas, and more!