Welcome to My Own School
A Parent Cooperative Nursery School
For parents who are considering enrolling their children in My Own School (MOS) we strongly recommend that you and your child visit the school while we are in session to make sure our program is the best choice for both you and your child. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions. During your visit feel free to ask questions of the teacher or any of the parents.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A COOPERATIVE PRESCHOOL?
Families who have been involved in cooperative nursery school programs feel that the opportunity to participate in the program has many benefits: high adult to child ratio (5:1); opportunity to observe your child in the school setting; a close working relationship with the school, teacher and other parents; a chance to have a hand in your child’s first school experience; the chance to befriend other families and to share the learning/parenting experience; and parent education including child development and early education information. By being a part of your child’s nursery school you help to bridge the home-to-school transition for your child.
WHAT IS THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM?
First and foremost, at My Own School we play. My Own School has a rich and stimulating environment. The director/teacher sets up the environment so children have a plethora of choices in many interest and curriculum areas. Most of the morning the children have free choice of which activities to engage in, and where to play. Some of their options are: art projects, easel painting, playdough, games, music, manipulative and educational toys, puzzles, books and tapes, playhouse and dress-up area, blocks and inside toys, water play, sandbox, bubbles and any of the outside wheeled toys and climbing equipment. And of course they have other children to interact with. There are two times during the morning when we are all together for “circle.” During circle time we sing and do fingerplays, share literature from many different genres, share things brought from home and do other fun group activities. We enjoy a nutritious snack contributed by a parent. Our teacher has had current training in early literacy education and is very familiar with the Pre-Kindergarten Learning & Developmental Guidelines and the California Education Standards.
Children play hard at My Own School and this means they do not stay clean. Please send your child to school in play clothes that he/she does not have to worry about keeping clean. If this is a problem for you, perhaps MOS is not the place for you to send your child.
HOW OLD MUST MY CHILD BE TO ATTEND?
Children must be three years of age on or before November 2nd of the school year in order to attend. The teacher/director may waive this requirement.
MUST MY CHILD BE TOILET TRAINED?
YES! The toilet training process must be complete. There is a huge developmental leap that takes place after a child has chosen to use the toilet independently. You and your child will be much more prepared for the nursery school experience when toilet training is not an issue. There are no exceptions, unless you’d like to stay with your child every day.
WHEN IS SCHOOL OPEN?
We are open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. We follow the modified traditional calendar of Calaveras Unified School District. On the days you are scheduled to work at the school you must arrive promptly at 8:15 a.m. Non-working parents arrive for pick-up and our last “circle” by 11:15.The first day of school will be August 2, 2016.
WHAT IS THE TUITION?
We have one tuition rate, $125.00 per month for the three days we are open, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Parents may bring their children to school any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. We ask that you call to let us know when your child will not be at school.
ARE THERE OTHER FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS?
Yes. $30 registration fee is due with your “Request for Admission” form; $60 for a private orientation. There is a $100 Security Deposit due before your child’s first day of school. This money is put into our savings account and used for any fees the member may accrue during the year. At the end of the year any unused portion is returned. Also, members joining after our major fundraiser (Shrimp Feed) may be subject to additional fundraising responsibilities later in the year.
WHO MAY ATTEND MY OWN SCHOOL?
Children of all races, creeds and religions are eligible to attend. We are not licensed to serve non-ambulatory children.
WHAT IS THE PARENT PARTICIPATION PART OF THE PROGRAM?
My Own School is a nonprofit corporation. When a child attends MOS the parents become members of the school. Each member has these responsibilities:
1.Work in the classroom 3 times per 4-week period for each child enrolled (3 out of 12 sessions). There are parents for hire who will work your days for $30 per day. You will also be scheduled for an “On Call” day, but this is a traded day, not an extra day, when it is used.
2.Perform a Board of Directors or membership job. After you are admitted to the school you will be contacted about membership jobs.
3.Participate fully in fundraising activities: Our annual Shrimp Feed is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 12, 2016. Attendance is mandatory. Spring fundraisers will be planned, also. Possibilities are: Irish Day in Murphys, Disneyland Raffle, yard sale. Participation in fundraising is mandatory. If you cannot attend a fundraiser, additional responsibilities will be up to Board review.
4.Attend a monthly evening coop meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:00-9:00 or earlier. Meetings for Nov. and May will be on the 2nd Thursday.
5.Complete 6 maintenance hours per year. Members must attend one weekend group Work Day.
6.Attend a local parenting workshop, or add 2 maintenance hours.
7.Clean the school on the weekend. The number of weekend cleanings depends on the number of members. The usual is that each family cleans the school 2 or 3 times for the school year.
8.Provide snack on a rotating basis.
If you would like to become a member of MOS and have your child attend our nursery school, read through the document titled “How Do I Enroll My Child in My Own School” and follow the procedures set out on that page.
Thank you for your interest in My Own School. If you have any further questions, please feel free to call us:
Membership Chairperson: Ashley Herd (209) 217-7229
Director/Teacher: Nancy Peckler (209) 304-3800
My Own School, 501 A Gold Strike Rd, San Andreas, CA, 95249: (209) 754-3702
Cooperative Preschools - Is this for My Family?
Parent Cooperative Preschools
A parent cooperative preschool is organized by a group of families with similar philosophies who hire a trained teacher to provide their children with a quality preschool experience. The preschool is administered and maintained by the parents on a non-profit, non-sectarian basis. The parents assist the professional teachers in the classroom on a rotating basis and participate in the educational program of all the children. Each family shares in the business operation of the school, thus making it truly a cooperative venture. Parents, preschool children and their teachers all go to school together and learn together.
Parents gain insight into child behavior by observing other children as well as their own. They observe how other parents and the professional teachers handle various situations and gain greater understanding and enjoyment of their own children through active participation in their education. They have the opportunity to share their experiences and expertise with others while working together in a cooperative setting. Through serving on the Board, parents learn about administration, running meetings and other skills useful to them in other areas and states of their lives. They also learn useful ideas for helping their children at home and in the world around them.
Children participate in a supervised play and learning experience with children of their own age. Equipment, materials and physical facilities are scaled to child size. An opportunity is provided to interact with adults other then their own parents. The children are able to find security and a feeling of belonging in a world which is non-threatening and interested in them. Learning to respect and accept the rights and differences of others is emphasized. Children have hands-on experiences in creative arts, music, science, literature, and language geared to their needs and developmental level.
For the Community
Parents and children develop an extended family with friendships they carry through their lives. Parents gain a strong sense of responsibility and develop positive self worth which carries over into every aspect of community life. The cooperative organization provides preschool experiences within the financial means of most families.
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