Our school thrives thanks to a community of active, involved parents.
PARTICIPATING IN THE CLASSROOM
Whether you are a first-time parent or a veteran, participating at Skytown will be a unique opportunity to learn how to think like a teacher. We start with a 6-hour orientation at the beginning of each school year, where our teachers present on a variety of education and development topics. We build on this foundation with monthly parent education meetings and weekly journal prompts. Our goal is to train you to see the children through the lens of a teacher, to understand how their brains are developing through their play, and to support this development as best you can.
For parents who want to dive this deep in to their child's education, it is a hugely rewarding experience. You will learn to step back and see your child's behavior in the context of his developmental stage, giving you a better understanding of his motivations. You will learn how to speak to your child and react to her behavior in ways that support her development and her emerging sense of self.
Skytown is a co-operatively run business. Each family takes on a job vital to the running of the school. A family job requires anywhere from 1-2 hours per week. Examples of family jobs include weekly laundry, purchasing supplies for the classrooms, gardening, fundraising, and serving on our Board of Directors.
Our annual fundraising event, SkyJam, is a fun and family-friendly festival of music, dance, games, a silent auction, and delicious food. Every family contributes at least 8 hours of time to make this event a success. SkyJam is a great opportunity to see our school's community in action--be sure to mark your calendar and join us this year!
Every fall, spring, and summer, Skytown parents gather on a Saturday to apply a little elbow grease to our school play yard and classrooms. Each family contributes 3 hours of time. Previous work parties have installed a sensory garden, replaced sand and woodchips, painted buildings, installed a tire swing, and added a play structure.
Parents and staff gather on the second Monday of each month from 7-9pm. During the meetings, we make decisions about school policy and inform each other of any upcoming events or changes. The main purpose of the meeting is parent education. Teachers give parents an educator's perspective on behavior they may see in the classroom (or at home). Parents come away with ideas and tools to use while participating at Skytown (and beyond).