Friends Nursery School is a modified parent cooperative. By working together, we not only support our school but also enrich the sense of a shared purpose and sustain our nurturing community.
In order to keep our school safe and clean for children, each family participates in workdays each year.
Each family contributes ten hours of volunteer work per school year.
Volunteering may include fundraising efforts that go towards our scholarship program, which gives children the financial opportunity to attend preschool at FNS. This is a key part of our mission as a school and a requirement with our lease with the Friends Meeting.
All parents participate in the production of our children’s carnival, Fiesta, held each April. Fiesta is a fun, family friendly event, a social time for our school as well as a great way to raise money for our scholarship program and our school overall. Make sure to write that weekend down in your calendar so you can reserve it.
Our morning classroom operate by a collaboration between teachers and parents. Parents' roles are flexible.
Parents can sign up to be a participating parent (PP), working in the classroom once a week or twice a month, for which they receive tuition credit.
Other morning parents commit to being available 7-8 days each year for scheduled substitute days IF a regular participating parent is unavailable.
Our Afternoon programs have no parent classroom participation requirement. But parents are always welcome, and are encouraged to lend a hand in various art or cooking projects.
Board & Committee Jobs
The Board is the decision making body of the school and works by consensus. Parents are encouraged to volunteer to serve on the board - for which they receive tuition, workday and/or fundraising credits, depending on their responsibilities.
Committee jobs are also an important part of our school functioning. Committee jobs receive workday and/or fundraising credits. Some Committee jobs also receive tuition credit. The jobs are fun and really help the school.