One of the wonderful aspects of life at Plaza is that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in the school. A monthly newsletter keeps parents informed about school-wide concerns, needs and activities. Class teachers make parents aware of classroom themes and events through their invaluable monthly class letters. Through these channels you can always feel in touch with what is going on in your child’s education.But the communication need not be just one way. There are, in fact, many ways in which you can become involved in supporting the school.
Teachers welcome parent support in the classroom: to share an interest, to donate supplies for a special project, to assist with field trips, or just to spend a morning helping out. Each class should have at least one Room Parent who acts as a liaison between parents and teacher. The room parent traditionally organizes a class coffee at the beginning of the year to help parents get acquainted. They have also assisted the teachers by recruiting parent help when needed and have organized Christmas and year-end gifts for the teachers and custodian.
The Parents Advisory Board (PAB) provides a forum in which interested parents may express concerns, share interests, and provide input. The board plans special school events such as fundraisers, teacher appreciation, end-of-year celebrations, and parent workshops. The Advisory Board is a fairly informal body. Although there should be at least one or two representatives from each class, all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the monthly meetings. Ideally, there will be a chairperson or co-chairpersons who will facilitate the meetings. The goals and achievements of any particular year will reflect the interests, needs and enthusiasm of the group as a whole.