Family involvement is essential to the success of our school and the foundation of a truly connected and nurturing community. The classroom experience of our children, guided by our teachers, is supported by the family apprenticeship program, which is further supported by our community program.
Families will participate in five classroom observations. Any family member can attend these observation sessions, which allow family members to witness the Montessori environment in action, act as a guest of their child, and practice the art of Montessori observation.
Parent education evenings with our teachers provide the opportunity for parents to deepen their understanding of Montessori philosophy and how it informs their child’s experience at school and at home. These nights have been a key community touch point for parents this year, and will continue to be structured to promote social interaction and support alongside education and guidance from our teachers.
Families may choose to commit to offering additional classroom support, serving as a Montessori apprentice to the teachers in the afternoon (1pm – 3:30pm on a specific day of the week). Apprentice shifts will be filled on an application and opt-in basis by parents who are able to commit to consistently performing as an assistant teacher as a way to reduce tuition ($50 per shift), though these funds could also be donated to the school if the family wishes.
The Dandelion Community Program is a collection of optional events and activities scheduled throughout the year to foster connections between families, to support open communication, to nurture and celebrate our shared passion for this school, and to strengthen our sense of community. Lead by Dandelion parents, this program, comprised of optional coffee-breaks, after-school meet-ups, and potlucks, bring Dandelion families together through learning and play, providing opportunities for children and parents from different families to interact and bond with each other, and transforming our community into a big, extended family where we all care for each other.
The Community Program includes activities that invite families to support the Dandelion teachers and the school space itself, encouraging a community sense of ownership and stewardship of the school. It will include a variety of elements in an effort to appeal to a range of family interests and schedules, but be curated and focused so as not to add an overwhelming number of additional calendar events. We want to provide the clarity of an established, formal calendar of Dandelion events and activities, while leaving room for spontaneity and organic interest from community members. New ideas are always welcome!
Families are required to participate in two committees to assist in the operation of the school. Each family will have a lead position on one of their committees and supporting position on the other, and committee work will be teacher-led, designed to support the needs of the school. The expected time commitment for both committees combined is approximately 4-8 hours per month.