"It takes a village to raise a child"
Casa is a small community. Group guides and parents are integral partners in the social and emotional development of the children. Success depends on the active participation, engagement, and communication between the school, group guides, and parents.
To facilitate this, there are many ways for parents to be involved at Casa, as you will see below.
PTA and PC
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is composed of parents and teachers and is a compulsory institution.
The PTA is involved in (new) school policies at Casa. It gives advice and support, and when needed initiates policy changes. There are certain areas where the Council has advisory and approval powers. Also, the Council evaluates the implementation of school policy, and is always open to parental concerns regarding the students.
The PTA comsists of a representation of parents and teachers.
The PTA convenes once every six weeks, together with the Parent Committee, and can be reached via e-mail or direct contact with the members.
The minutes can be requested at the school administration and via email@example.com.
The Parental Committee (PC) consists of a delegation of parents whose children are either three year olds, or have the Total Package at Casa.
The PC is a mandatory entity in the education and daycare field, giving parents a place to air their concerns and ideas. The PC convenes every six weeks, and works closely with Casa’s Parent Teacher Association.
The Parental Committee Toddlers (PCT) consists of a delegation of parents whose children are attending the Toddler group.
The PC is a mandatory entity in the education and daycare field, giving parents a place to air their concerns and ideas. The PC convenes every six weeks.
Throughout the year, Casa frequently needs the help of parents with various activities. These include: checking for lice, chaperoning outings or sports days, reading with children, assisting with making materials or putting together new furniture, wrapping gifts, assisting with the Christmas dinner, as well as coming to classrooms to talk about professions. If you would like to help with any of these, please let your class parents know, or respond when a call for help is issued!
Our CASA libraries contain lots of books in mainly two languages; Dutch and English. While the BIEB at Koningshof can be visited at any time over the day, we provide BIEB opening hours for Children’s house and elementary student. Parents and teachers have teamed up in order to coordinate the work in the BIEB. We are always looking for people interested to support us.
Interested in helping? WE WANT YOU.
- Spend one morning per week in CASA BIEB @ ACACIALAAN
- Help plastifying new books.
- Help registering new books into our BIEB lists @ Acacialaan
For more information, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or come and talk to us during library hours. Tue-Fri 8.30 – 10.30
Each class has one parent who volunteers to be the main contact point between the guides and other parents from the class. They assist with coordinating extra help that the class needs as well as working with the Events Team for activities.
If you'd like to contact your class parent you can reach them by email:
Sun: Arantxa and Joanne(email@example.com)
Earth: Pelpina (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Venus: Ryanne (email@example.com)
Mars: Heika and Ellen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jupiter: Ikrame (email@example.com)
Mercury: Roxane (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Upper Elementary: Renate (email@example.com), Diane (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Souad (Souad.email@example.com)
The event team is a team of enthusiastic parents who coordinate all events and trips that take place at Casa and are directly related to school activities. In doing so, they work together with Casa employees and help parents.
What, then, is to be considered?
The event team supports (or organises) the teachers with all activities that are done, but not directly in the classroom.
In addition to the standard activities at school, the lower and upper elementary groups have an activity, about 10 times a year, that is tailored to the current AMI theme. This can be a trip to a museum, or also a number of guest lessons by someone who specializes in that subject.
For the Children's House, this is filled in by activities that are mainly focused on movement, on increasing vocabulary and on broadening knowledge about daily activities in the vicinity. Think of visits to the library, a guest lesson of a conductor, a "snuffelstage" to get acquainted with dogs from close up, etc.
For all groups, traffic lessons are organized 3 times a year, either on foot or by bike, in the (immediate) vicinity of the school.
In addition, there are all kinds of events such as the avondvierdagse, the King's Games, the Light Festival, the school picnic (the Summer Festival), the Sinterklaas Festival, the Children's Book Week, the sports tournaments and the school photographer.
Apart from these recurring events each year, sometimes something comes along that the event team and Casa also want to do something with. A lecture by a well-known American neuropsychologist, for example, or an opportunity to attend a free theatre performance. Often very nice, cozy and useful, but it has to be arranged... and that is what the event team does.
Who are we then?
Parents of children at the Casaschool. There is a parent to contact for each type of event.
Outings Children's House: Danielle van der Wal
Outings Lower Elementary: Ryanne Daalmijer
Outings Upper Elementary: Linda Ruigrok
Work week Lower Elementary: Ryanne Daalmijer
Traffic lesson Children's House: Richard Mullenders
Traffic lesson Lower Elementary: Richard Mullenders
Traffic lesson Upper Elementary: Renate Bonomelli
School Picnic (Summer Party): Christina Bejski
Sinterklaas: Christina Bejski
Lights Festival: Danielle van der Wal
Sports tournaments: Claudia Smit
Sports days (Lower and Upper Elementary): Claudia Smit
King's Day: Claudia Smit
Avondvierdaagse: Renate Bonomelli
School photographer: Eefje Cellar
General business/contact class parents: Ryanne Daalmijer
Come and help us?
For (almost) all events we very much need help from parents who want to come and help for a few hours. The question of what is specifically required for that event is made known via Parro or via the class parents.
And, we are always looking for extra members for the event team! The more parents there are to help organize, the more activities we can realize for our children!
For questions, comments, offering help, passing on ideas, etc., we can be reached via the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
Observations in the classroom
There are two moments per year parents where parents are invited to visit the class. The first moment is to observe their children at work, and the second is for a meeting with the mentor guide of the child to discuss their progress. This is arranged directly with the guides of the child.
In order to ensure that this is done in a way that does not disturb the children's work, we request that all observers adhere to a few rules. When you arrive, the guides will provide you with the comprehensive list, but here are a few key points to keep in mind:
- Classroom observations are possible between 09:00 and 12:00. Observers will receive a clipboard from the class teacher and are requested to make notes concerning what they see;
- During the Montessori work period, observers should be as discreet and inconspicuous as possible, and avoid talking or attempting to make eye-contact with children or adults. Similarly, we request that observers turn off their mobile telephones before entering the learning environment;
Lesson Afternoons and parent evenings/afternoons
Once a month, children can give lessons to their parents with the Montessori materials. This alternates between Wednesday and Friday mornings or afternoons.
At the start of each school year, every class hosts a parent night during which general announcements, educational topics and procedures are discussed.
Twice a year, prior to a lesson afternoon or morning, each section will host a parent meeting. These meetings are aimed at upbringing, growing up and education, to exchange experiences and for support at home. Topics such as the Montessori philosophy, the interface between school and home, educational topics and our way of work are also discussed. These meetings start at 11:00 with soup and bread. From 13:15 the parents are welcome to visit the children to receive lessons from them or, between 09:00 and 10:00, receive lessons from the children first and then join the parent meeting. You will be notified well in advance whether you're expected in the morning or in the afternoon.