Parent Involvement and Input
Parent involvement is highly encouraged. Parents helped found the Connections program and run an active parent board. The parent board meets monthly to provide on-going support and feedback on program direction.
Connections parents support their children’s education through volunteering, accompanying students on field trips, social action, project support, and sharing their time or specific expertise in the classroom. Teachers are open and accessible to parents and see themselves as partners working collaboratively in support of students, the school, and each other. The child, teacher, and parents are all involved as active educators.
By having students stay together in Middle School, Connections aims to create a “village”, a small community of teachers, students, and parents, within the larger JLS community. To build community, Connections hosts monthly morning coffees for parents and teachers, and many community events/social gatherings for students, parents, and teachers.