Parents are an integral part of the instructional program and, while final decisions about curriculum are left to the teachers, they have the opportunity to be involved in decisions affecting their child’s education. They are expected to take an active role in the educational process through weekly participation on the campus. That participation can take many forms, including facilitating small group work, teaching whole class lessons in which they share special interests or skills, and assisting the teacher in ways that serve the individual classroom or the school as a whole. While the default is to volunteer in the classroom, parent participation in the classroom is at the teachers’ discretion. If a teacher feels the classroom participation is not serving the community, then that parent will be given other responsibilities.
At the beginning of each your teacher will contact you about your scheduling preferences. Teachers are willing to be flexible in the way the commitment is met. For example, some parents meet the requirement by volunteering for one full day per month, instead of two hours each week. The most important aspects are to be present, and to be consistent. Twice a year your teacher will review your hours with you to see if you are meeting your commitment. If you miss hours due to illness, vacations, or even school holidays, it is up to you to work with your teacher to make up those hours. Each teacher has her own set of classroom guidelines, which are shared at Back to School Night.
GFS is a community in which students, parents, and teachers are actively involved in teaching and learning from one another. Everyone shares in community decisions and responsibilities. Through cooperative involvement in learning, each student, parent, and staff member is a partner in GFS.