community at lakewood
One of the things often said about what makes LCP special is the sense of community surrounding the school, which goes beyond running into people at pick up and drop off, or the usual school events. It extends into a network of people you can have fun with and who you can count on when you need them. We think this happens because of the extra expectations of parents in a co-op—working weekly in your child’s classroom, being responsible for a school job or serving on the board or a committee, helping out with the annual auction. This is extra work, but it creates the ties that bind us, allowing people to get to know each other and each other’s kids on a deeper, more connected level.
Each year, families are assigned a school job based on their talents and interests and the schools’ needs. See here for the current list of jobs. The only paid employees at the school are the teachers—everything else gets done because of parents rolling up their sleeves and pitching in to run and improve the school. It’s a great way to give back to the community, to really see your importance in an organization, and to see a need and fill it. New families are usually given jobs that are fairly straightforward—the longer a family is at LCP, the more we encourage them to take on greater roles, such as chairing a committee or joining the board. We think these jobs are really more fun.
monthly class meeting
Each month, there is a 2 hour evening meeting held at the home of one of the class families (rotating each month.) The school’s parent educator presents information and resources on a topic chosen in advance by the class, and parents have a chance to share their experiences or seek individual advice on the topic. The teacher updates parents on what’s going on in the classroom, new themes being introduced, and any changes or suggestions she has for the classroom. The class chair passes on information from the board meeting and any news regarding the school. The class meetings are something parents say they look forward to—a chance to visit a new friend’s home, enjoy a dessert with grownups, reflect on their child’s development, seek advice from experts, and hear about the news of the school.