Volunteering: One of the main reasons this preschool is such a wonderful place for our students is because of the time and effort parents give to volunteer. The preschool has occasional needs for volunteers to do things such as, repairs around the school, help in the classroom, etc. Parents will be asked to fill out a “Time and Talent” survey to aid the Participation Chairperson and teachers in finding volunteers. Parents may volunteer in the classroom as often as they wish. Parents are encouraged to act as a “Parent Helper” during their child’s class on a regular monthly basis. Volunteering as a “Parent Helper” in the classroom does count towards one of the required participation hours. Volunteers may also be needed for cutting, laminating, and other take-home projects that will be counted as participation hours. All parents/guardians who wish to volunteer in the classroom must have a completed background check. This is $19 and you can find the link on our website (phcp.org). The background check is good for two school years.
Fundraisers: The preschool schedules various fundraisers throughout the school year. Fundraisers help keep the preschool updated with new equipment. Each fundraiser will have a designated purpose and all the funds go directly back to the school. The minimum fundraising amount due for one child is $75.00 and $50.00 for each additional sibling(s) that attends PHCP (unless tuition was paid in full). This may be raised by participating in one or more of the fundraisers offered by the parent board. If a family does not want to participate in the fundraisers, they may “opt out” of participating and pay the $75.00 / $50.00 fees, payable with the first month’s tuition. Another way to opt out of fundraisers is to pay your tuition in full by August 1.
Participation Hours: Each family is required to participate in 3 events during the school year. Some examples would be to help with the set-up or the take-down of units, parties, art show, or programs. If any family has not obtained their commitment there is a $45.00 per event fee for any non-completed hour at the end of the school year. All incurred fees will be billed and payable with tuition. Exceptions to this requirement are board positions or special helpers/Jobs for the teachers (listed on page 14). Volunteering as a “Parent Helper” will count as the participation in the set-up of 1 event. Board members are exempt from participation hours.
Mandatory Fall/Winter/Spring Cleaning: Each family (or a representative) is required to attend the Fall, Winter or the Spring clean-up at the preschool; families are given a choice of which one they attend. The clean-ups will be held on a designated Saturday morning. During the clean-ups, families will help to thoroughly clean the preschool inside and out and do any maintenance that is needed. Parents not attending one of the three mandatory clean-ups will be assessed a one-time $75.00 fee. All incurred fees will be billed and payable with tuition. Board members are exempt from cleanings.
Refreshments: Parents receive a monthly calendar with snack assignments. Each student will be on a rotation and assigned a day to bring snack. We love birthdays and encourage celebrating them; please contact the teachers to make arrangements. Our state licensure requires that snack consists of healthy foods.
Parties/Special Events: The preschool usually schedules special events for Halloween and Valentine’s Day. The school also hosts a winter program, an art show and a graduation celebration. The refreshment chairperson will ask parents to bring a specific food or drink item to at least two of these events. If your family has any issues with holiday celebrations, please speak to Mrs. Good or Ms. Natalie. Modifications can be made.
Supply Fees: Each family is required to pay a $30.00 supply fee twice a year. The first supply fee will be collected during our potluck dinners in August. The second, during the month of January.
Field Trips: Field trips usually accompany units of study throughout the school year. Since the school does not have a bus, it is necessary to use parent drivers. Parents should plan to drive their children, and possibly other children, for at least one field trip during the year. Field trip drivers must sign-in on the parent information board one week in advance so the teachers can arrange the driving groups.