Association of Parents Meeting
Thursday, January 23, 2014
High School Library
Festivals – meets the first Saturday of the month in the third grade classroom, and is currently working to plan May Faire (Saturday, May 3).
Diversity – following the successful Martin Luther King, Jr Day assembly and the diversity workshops for the high school, the committee is planning an Earth Day event centered on the Lenapi. Volunteers are welcome, and there is interest in planning a Chinese New Year event next year.
Community Spirit Fund – is working to achieve full participation in the Community Spirit Fund, and is exploring “faculty wish lists” toward which parents could make financial donations.
Parent Education – held a well-received Waldorf Weekend, which may be repeated next year and perhaps annually. There are several upcoming speakers and events, covering adolescence, reading, and science. Monthly small-group discussions are held in conjunction with the Friday coffee carts. Upcoming topics include warmth, homework, and playdates.
Parent Welcoming – a campus ‘walk-through’ to identify areas that could be made more ‘welcoming’ and a review of the parent handbook(s) are both planned for early spring.
Outreach – Volunteers are needed to participate in upcoming Open Houses in January and April, and in the “ambassador” program, which aims to spread the word about KWS throughout the community. KWS will join other area Waldorf schools to volunteer for a WHYY pledge drive on February 5.
Social – will host the next Dads Night in March/April, and will be recruiting a team for the next Tough Mudder race. Coffee carts continue almost every Friday at 8:00 am in the Parent Hub in the high school gym lobby area.
By consensus of the AoP members present at the meeting, a $500 contribution to the high school musical (in keeping with last year’s donation) was approved. Andrew Kreider will ask the business office to move the funds from the AP account to the appropriate musical account/person.
Also by consensus of those present, further discussion about a possible small loan to the new KWS store was approved. (Subsequent to the meeting, and following those discussions with store manager Tara Romanowich, it was determined that a loan from the AoP was not needed at this time).
Attendees agreed that the next meeting of the AoP will be held at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 10 at the Sly Fox Brewery. Krisztina Powell will coordinate that meeting, with assistance from Andrew Kreider.