What is a non-traditional cooperative and how much parental involement is required?
Each family is required to sign up for a committee. Although we are a cooperative nursery school, we do not require you to be in the classroom once a month like most co-ops. At Smoke Rise we assign parents a two week substitution time when, if needed, you will be asked to fill in for a staff member if they should be absent. Of course one of the teachers will be there with you and activites will be prepared. Your assinged time is your responsibility, and if you are not available you must find a replacement. Along with the substution list, you will also be placed on a cooking list. This will also consist of a two week period where you may be called in to cook with the class. The teacher will explain what you will be cooking and provide you will all the items you will need. Every parent is also assigned to help run one class party, as well participate in the major fundraisers.
What does non-cooperative mean?
Non-cooperative tuition means that a family pays an increased rate and is not required to participate in any aspect of the cooperative as described above, with the exception of the fundraisers. All familes are required to participate in the majoy fundraisers.
When may I register my child?
Registrations forms will be accepted from alumni (families of currently or previously enrolled students) at the Open House in January. New families are asked to register on the Wednesday following the Open House. Since space is limited you should inform the school as soon as possible if you intend to register. Your registration fee, along with your completed application holds your spot.
How is tuition paid and what does it cover?
Tuition is billed in quarterly installments (September, November, February and April). However, if you wish to pay your tuition in full at the beginning of the year, there will be discount of 5% applied. Any family that is 10 days or more late will receive a late fee of $10 added on to their tuition bill.
Tuition covers field trips and in-school programs.
How many children are in each class and what is the student/teacher ratio?
In the 3 year old class there are up to 20 children with one teacher and two teachers aides. In the 4 year old class there are up to 20 children with one teacher and one aide.
What if my child is not fully potty trained by the start of school?
We are not licensed as a day care center and do not have the approved facilities to change children daily. However, we are aware that all children have accidents and we do have a change of clothing available if this does occur. If it seems to be a persistent problem, we will discuss it with you to try to find a suitable solution.
Can younger siblings attend field trips?
Siblings are not allowed to attend field trips. Our insurance policy does not cover additional children who are not enrolled in the school. The field trips are a nice oppertunity for you and your child to spend time together. Field trips are never discussed in class, so if for some reason your child cannot attend, he/she will not know that he/she has missed it.
How many fundraisers does the school have?
We typically have 3-4 smaller fundraisers throughout the school year. We also have one major fundraiser during the school year. All faimilies are required to sell at least two tickets to the event. Monies raised throughout the year are used to help the school in many ways, including keeping the tuition costs low.