Mars Academy believes that parents can, and should, play an important role in their children’s education.
Parents are an important and integral part of the Mars Academy community.
There needs to be strong communication and cooperation between school and home.
In addition to possible opportunities for helping out in the classroom, parents are encouraged to simply visit and observe their child’s classroom in action.
Individual parent-teacher conferences are officially scheduled each semester, but active in-person, telephone, and e-mail communication should be on-going.
As key members of the Mars Academy community, parents are provided a variety of volunteer involvement opportunities throughout the year.
Every family is asked to volunteer a minimum of twenty hours per year. Such volunteering may be in the form of:
- serving as room parents
- helping at lunch time
- assisting in the classroom
- teaching special lessons
- coordinating special programs
- chaperoning field trips
- planning special events
- fund raising
- marketing and public relations
- or other areas which may be helpful to the school, in which a parent may have expertise
Again, in addition to volunteer hours, parents are encouraged to simply visit and observe their child’s classroom in action. Such visits, do need to be scheduled in advance, so as to limit the number of visitors in any class at any time. Visitations are not to be scheduled during the first or last month of the school year. Such opportunities are offered for parents to observe, and possibly help if needed, but are not times for parents to “visit” with their child.
If parents would like opportunities to “visit” with their child, they are welcome to join their child for lunch, up to once a month. Lunch visits are encouraged, but do need to be limited, so that children spend time with their classmates, and out of sensitivity for the relationships with, and the feelings of, other children.
During the first month of the school year, each class will have a pot-luck, planned by the parents, at one of the families’ homes, for the parents and teacher, to provide an informal opportunity for them to get to know each other. During the last month of the school year, each class will have a class party, planned by the parents, for the parents, students, and teacher, to provide an informal opportunity to close out their year together.