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Parent Council Structure
Nominations are collected in April with a vote to follow in May of each year. Officers serve for one year.
Co-Chairs (Angela Assad, Gina Joslin, Briana Villarrubia)
Leadership Committee (Dona Nishi, Kim Matthews, and the Co-Chairs)
Composed of Bookkeeper Dona Nishi, Scribe Kim Matthews, and the Co-Chairs, the Leadership Committee meets periodically to set agendas, goals and discuss upcoming Parent Council meetings. They will communicate with administration and faculty regarding school events, update the parent section of the school webpage, monitor any parent led fundraisers, and support the parent-led committees listed below.
There is a minimum of one parent delegate from every class. Class Delegates serve the Parent Council and reach out to individuals within their classrooms for help as needed in Parent Council related activities. Responsibilities include reporting back to classroom parents any volunteer needs from committees and events as well as share parent council meeting outcomes.
Current class delegates are as follows: 1st Grade – Sonja Mozer, 2nd Grade – Briana Villarubia & Jennifer Mayfield, 3rd Grade – Adriana Escobedo, 4th Grade – Danila Miranda, 5th Grade – Megan Sindelar and 6th/7th Grade – Bev McClellan
Parent Enrichment & Support
Parent Education – Works with administration to organize events, speakers, and workshops that provide parents with opportunities for enrichment and education related to Waldorf education.
Community Building – coordinate and host parent nights, mixers and other adult-only events created to encourage UPWS parents to strengthen their bonds with each other.
Family Support – Parent Council will work with the Class Delegates to coordinate meals and other means of direct support for families welcoming new babies, struggling with illness, recovering from medical issues, or mourning the death of a loved one.
Room Parents – Room parents, chosen by the teacher, serve to help assist the classroom teacher. Where applicable, Parent Council will support the Room Parents, orient new Room Parents, serve as a conduit for sharing resources among Room Parents in their role and compile Room Parent best practices. Room Parents will organize school festivals, in coordination with the Faculty Festival Teacher, throughout the year.
Food for Teachers – Parent Council will coordinate to provide food for the Teachers on the occasion when Teachers remain at school after hours, such as for Parent/Teacher conferences and plays.
Teacher Appreciation – Once a year, Parent Council will work with Administration to compile a gift for the support staff at Urban Prairie. This is an opportunity for parents to express their appreciation for the work done by the special subject teachers, after-school staff and the administration. Also, in May, parents and students will show their appreciation to teachers through a variety of events – meals, massages, yoga classes, cards, and flowers have been given in the past.
Administrative Support – Parent support is given to Administration based on the projects needing to be completed, including but not limited to answering phones/the door, filing, researching other schools, and editing school documents.
Communications – Parent Council will coordinate with the Administration, Faculty, and Board to ensure timely, frequent and thorough communication within the UPWS community.
Ongoing Projects – Many parent bring talents to the community that can be utilized in the curriculum, events or for community building. The following projects have grown from parent interest and aptitude:
- Community Resource Fair and Directory
- Food Liaison: Angelic Organics Host Site, Nature’s Lunch Box drop site, Faith’s Farm monthly sale
- Green Team
Throughout the year, Parent Council will host, in conjunction with Development, several community events and fundraisers to support the Festival life as well as Parent Education and the Annual Fund.
- T-Shirt Sales
- Pumpkin Sales
- Chili Cook-Off
- Wreath Sale
- Holiday Fair
- Bridgeport Coffee & Tea Sale
- Tea Collection Sale
Please contact email@example.com with any ideas, suggestions, or accolades.