An African proverb says: It takes a village to raise a child. Most of us cannot fully appreciate this comment as we tend to live in ways that keep us isolated from one another. A stable network of long-time friends and extended family is not always there to help families find the tried and true, well-established traditions of raising a family. We create relationships with kindred communities to help us keep connected to one another and to support development of a nurturing family life.
The Whatcom Hills Waldorf School offers each parent the opportunity to become part of a community with heart and purpose. There are a number of ways to become involved. Your interests and talents can lead you. Children who are supported during the school year by parent and community participation feel better about being in school and do better in their school work.
Enrolling your child in a Waldorf School involves, to a degree, enrolling yourself too. Private education cannot exist by virtue of tuition alone; even public schools owe much to their pool of parent volunteers. So that you are not taken by surprise, our expectation of our parent community includes both volunteering and attending parent meetings.
As the curriculum benefits and uplifts your child's awareness of the world around them, it overflows into home life. In an effort to compliment the curriculum with the home setting, we encourage you to participate in class meetings. These meetings are held to inform parents of the daily activities in the classroom, and to give you an opportunity to ask questions and to get to know one another.
Areas of participation include:
- Parent-run fundraisers
- Committee membership
- Maintenance of our school's grounds and buildings
- Festivals and other community activities
These school wide events bring celebration and rhythm to the school year. Our festivals honor the seasons and the passage of time in ways many of us have never before experienced.
All parents are encouraged to attend. The meetings keep our community well-informed and help to solve problems the school faces. If you have something to say or an idea to share, it will be heard and responded to at these productive meetings.