Strong and meaningful connections between families and the school have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of children. The relationship with our families is a mutually beneficial partnership built on trust and respect. Every family and culture is valued and acknowledged. Families are collaborators and decision makers in their children’s well being. They are key advocates and resources for each other. Eliot-Pearson facilitates and bridges this process to build a joyful and healthy community where children can strive.
The Eliot-Pearson Children’s School informs and engages parents as partners. The school promotes supportive communication and meaningful participation that foster social interactions and community building in a variety of ways:
- Various volunteer opportunities and responsibilities for parents to assume
- Establishment of a Parent Advisory Board
- Community Discussion Groups composed of parents and teachers learning with and from each other
- Fundraising that is community-based, family-oriented and grounded on long-term goals
- Community events and activities that harness parents’ expertise, interests, and skills
- Parents’ participation in school-wide events throughout the year
What is PTAB?
The parent Advisory Board at and various school committees Eliot-Pearson Children’s School help plan and organize different community events throughout the school year. We rely on family involvement to make all of our events a success. Every family participation counts!
Family involvement in the life and endeavors of our school is key to fulfilling its mission and goal to serve children and the community. There are many ways for families to get involved. We ask every family to volunteer for one event or task during the year. Every involvement is significant. There is no task too little and unnoticed. Events are planned throughout the year and opportunities to participate are offered at differing levels to allow families the ability to commit to the extent that suits their schedule and interests. Volunteer tasks and descriptions are listed on a blog or posted in the lobby at school.
Purpose of PTAB
EPCS Parent Advisory Board helps build effective parent, teacher, and school relationships. The Board members serve as an advisory and support to the Director. They offer advice on policies, procedures, family engagement and issues raised by the community. The board serves, organizes, and oversees family-centered activities for the school community under four categories: educational, community building, and fund-raising.
The PTAB is represented by all those who have relationships with the school, including: four Parent Co-Chairs who are responsible for coordinating with Director of School; two Parents from each class who serve as class parents; and faculty and staff representatives, namely, the Director, School Coordinator, and one Head Teacher or administration staff.
The PTAB will form teams as necessary to fulfill its mission. All members of the school community will be asked and highly encouraged to serve on one team, at least.
Meetings are held three times a year in the evening and are open to all. Committee meetings are held as necessary and organized by committee chair(s). The first part of each meeting consists of a brief review of business, followed by a more lengthy discussion on a particular focus/event topic(s) related to the school. The Parent Co-Chairs of PTAB and Director will establish goals and mission for fundraising before school begins each year.