Beehive parents have the opportunity to be an active part of their young child’s educational experience at Beehive through parent workdays. Parents play an integral role at Beehive as a partner and supporter of the teachers. Our degreed and/or certified teachers assume responsibility for developing curriculum and organizing the daily schedule, and a parent of each Beehive child “works” in the classroom once every two weeks. To “work” in the classroom means to set up and clean up projects, organize toys and learning materials, and to have a designated role at the cooking table, art table, or as a floater parent interacting with children during free time. Working parents are also invited to quietly observe their children during circle time.
So parents can adequately plan ahead, workday assignments are made at the beginning of the school year, and monthly calendars are distributed at the end of each month for the following month and posted on the foyer bulletin board. Parents are asked to arrive 15 minutes before class begins to set up the day’s projects and stay 15 minutes after dismissal to clean and reset the classroom. The first parent listed each day on the monthly calendar is designated to bring healthful snacks for the entire class. A list of healthful snack suggestions is included in the Handbook. Napkins and cups are provided by Beehive. Special allergies and food restrictions may be accommodated on a case by case basis. Beehive is a nut-free school.
Being part of a co-op is a wonderful and rewarding experience and also comes with responsibility because families are all working together with the teachers to create this unique and enriching learning environment. If a parent is unable to be at Beehive on a scheduled workday, the parent must switch workdays with another parent or pay another parent to work as a substitute. Beehive policy requires that each parent work at least every other assigned work day. Even in the event of a sudden illness or emergency, assigned parents are expected to find another parent to work in their place.
Beehive parents are required to complete 15 hours of parent education. Hours may be obtained by reading books or articles, attending meetings or workshops, or watching presentations dealing with parenting or child development. Several meaningful opportunities are provided to Beehive families throughout the school year to enhance their parenting skills and meet their parent education requirements.
One of the many wonderful benefits of a co-op experience is the continuous open communication between parents and teachers.
Formal parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled once a year, however, parents may request additional conferences at any time.
Parents will be informed of any health issues, including exposure to serious communicable diseases that affect the Beehive children immediately. Notices and information regarding upcoming events are shared via email, the bulletin board, and parent mailboxes.
* Someone with a healthy sense of self. Parents with emotional maturity, who know their strengths and weaknesses add immeasurable value to Beehive. Parents imprint their own sense of well-being onto their children and impart to the rest of us a healthy, shared way of being together.
* Someone looking to make a contribution. Parents who are willing to give and share their valuable resources of love, time, support, gifts and talents. Beehive is a dynamic learning environment because of the unique offerings each parent makes, and it’s exciting to witness these unfolding each year as our community grows.
* Someone who is reliable. Parents have many demands on their time. At Beehive, we count on each other to show up on time, present and ready to engage with our learning community.
* Someone who is adaptable. Every day brings new adventures, and we count on each other to navigate through them with as much openness, fun and joy as we can bring to the monumental experience of early childhood.
* Someone who is loving & open to connection. We simply love being together at Beehive. The real magic that happens in our community comes through the love shared by parents, teachers, and children alike.
* Someone who welcomes growth. Parents who are seeking personal growth in both their parenting skills and as community members bring inspiration to everyone’s experience. Knowing the balance between listening and speaking up takes practice, and this is important to encourage a thriving community of learners.