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YEAR OVERVIEW

PARENT PARTICIPATION

SERVICE HOURS

REQUEST VOLUNTEERS

Overview of the School Year

Students and families at Boulder Valley Waldorf observe the passing of the year by celebrating a variety of festivals each school year. Each festival may be observed differently according to the grade and the teacher. Some festivals are celebrated by the whole school.

Parent Work Day - Weekend Day/Families/All-School

Families work together before the school year begins to help the teacher prepare the classroom year ahead. Parents and some students work together to deep clean the classroom, arrange and move furniture, complete light repairs, and set up for the upcoming year. Students are welcome, but not expected, to attend. This is a great way to reconnect and to get to know new families. Often families pack a picnic lunch and spend time socializing.

Back to School Social - Weekend Day/Families/All-School

Families gather to reconnect after the summer and to greet new families. Typically, this is a picnic event. New families have the opportunity to attend a new Family Orientation with FAQ. Yearly paperwork is available for families to complete. 

Red Rose Opening Ceremony - Grades School Day/Families/All-School

The first day of school is a rite of passage for the new first graders, marking the beginning of their journey through grade school. Each first grader receives a rose presented by the eighth-grade students, who welcome the young ones in to the “big” school. 

The Red Rose Ceremony is also a whole-school gathering to introduce our teachers, both new and returning. Not only does this ceremony usher the first graders into the grades, but will welcome all students and families to the school year. Early Childhood families are welcome to attend, but not expected. The teachers open the year with a song and the first-grade teacher begins telling a story and then invites the new first graders to hear the ending in the classroom.

Early Childhood Tea & Open House - Weekday/Families/Early Childhood

Come for 10 minutes or the full hour, whatever your schedule allows! This open house is for children and parents to come see the classroom ready for school. They can find their symbol and their cubby, and begin getting comfortable at school. This is also a good time to put their spare clothes in their cubby and drop off their nap items.

Fall Harvest Fiesta - Weekend Day/Families/All-School

This autumn event brings the school and extended community together to celebrate the bounty of the harvest. The celebration encompasses a variety of activities for children and adults, food vendors, music, and entertainment.

Halloween Journey - October 31st Evening/Families/All-School

The Boulder Valley Waldorf campus is transformed into a magical world through which children and parents may travel. The individual presentations touch hearts with messages of wisdom and humor, as well as images of light that will live on through the cold and dark season of the year. The Halloween Journey is a wonder-filled celebration. Music and campfires greet guests before they set off with their Shepherd to guide them on colorfully lit paths, through a dim graveyard, past many jack-o-lanterns and scarecrows. This enchanting experience is a lovely alternative to the popular and often gory Halloween experience of modern culture. Sunset at 5 pm.

Tickets sell out early every year! Sales begin the last week of September.

Lantern Walk - Weeknight/Families/EC & Some Lower Grades

As the sun sets earlier and rises later, the world grows darker and the inner light of humankind wants to shine forth. Early childhood children, younger grade children, and parents participate in a Lantern Walk carrying handmade lanterns as they journey across our campus. Children and parents gather as the sun sets. Parents, children, and teachers walk along campus paths into the cold, dark evening and sing traditional lantern songs. 

Advent Spiral - Varies/Families/All-School

Younger students participate in walking in a pine bough spiral path to light a candle. This quiet and simple, yet powerful experience of gradually bringing light into darkness is a memorable one and a favorite of students and parents alike. 

Music Concerts - Varies/Families/Grades 3-8

Musical ensemble of strings, band and choir performed by our students from 3rd-8th Grades.

BVWS Spring FUN-raising Fiesta - Weekend Evening/Parents/All-School

Bringing the parent community together to socialize, enjoy food & drinks, as well as live music at a local brewery or restaurant. 

May Faire - Weekend Day/Families/All-School

The May Faire is a festival for family and neighbors to celebrate the spring! Enjoy the parade to the May Pole and seasonal spring dances. 

Curriculum Assembly - Weeknight/Families/Grades 2-8

The annual curriculum assembly showcases the many artistic aspects of the curriculum with each class performing several vignettes with highlights from subject classes like Eurythmy, World Languages, and Games.

Eighth Grade Graduation - Weeknight/Families/Grades 7&8

The graduating 8th Graders are honored in a lovely ceremony created by the combined efforts of the 8th Grade teacher and the 7th Grade students, teacher, and parents. Parents and friends are invited to share and rejoice in this special event. 

White Rose Ceremony and Closing - Weekday/Families/Grades

The entire school gather for the end of the school year, commemorated by the White Rose Ceremony and Closing. The 1st Grade students, who received red roses from the 8th Graders at the beginning of the year, now give white roses to the graduating 8th Graders as they move on to area high schools. The teachers close the year with a song and a few words, and the students return to class for a celebration and packing. 

Parent Participation

Parent participation is the lifeblood of the school! Parents are the first teachers and most significant adults in children’s lives. The key to improving student achievement is the involvement of family in education. Whether you are providing support at home, communicating with the school, or volunteering at the school, all of these help our students and community achieve excellence. We are lucky to have parents at the school with so much talent and energy! Your diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills, and interests are invaluable in their strength to support the students and the school. We are so grateful for your involvement. Thank you!

What does parent involvement look like at BVWS?

Parent Evenings

This is the opportunity for the class teacher to meet with the parents as a group. These meetings act to create a richer experience and deeper understanding of your child’s school life. Parental attendance is mandatory at a minimum of two Parent Evenings each year. Attendance by both parents is ideal, however, at least one parent is sufficient. These meetings are so important for communication between the class teacher and the parents.

All-School Meetings

These meetings happen once per year and provide an opportunity for parents to help with planning, become informed about school business, and meet other parents.

Class Parents

Connect with a Class Parent to help with classroom specific activities or consider becoming a Class Parent yourself! There are one or two Class Parents for each grade. The Class Parent coordinates:

  • Teacher support by facilitating communication between parents and the teacher about classroom business via email and telephone
  • Volunteer recruitment for class activities such as finding field trip drivers or helping to organize a class party
  • Class donation to the annual auction and other class donations
  • Teachers gifts
  • Flowers for the classroom
  • Special Classroom events
  • Snacks and clean-up for Parent Evenings
Parent-Teacher Conferences

In addition to the Parent Evenings throughout the year, mandatory conferences are scheduled for Early Childhood and Grades 1-8 twice each year. Parents or teachers may request additional conferences at other times during the school year as necessary. 

Parent Association Meetings

Connect with the life of the school! All parents are welcome to attend the PA meetings.

The Parent Community provides vital support to the school and the faculty. As René Querido, one of Boulder Valley’s founders, expressed it, the parents provide a “mantle of warmth” around the Board of Trustees and the Faculty. Parents make the school possible, not only because they send their children, but because they have the willingness to serve and raise funds which are critical activities for all independent schools.

Members of the parent community eagerly take responsibility for committee work with faculty members and Board members. Parents are instrumental in coordinating and providing both individual class and school-wide social activities which generate goodwill, deepen the understanding of Waldorf education, and promote the growth of the school community. Parents share the responsibility for creating and sustaining the life and culture of the school. The parent/teacher relationship is critical to the well-being of the individual child. Parents and teachers support and enhance the growth and development of the children collectively through conversation and mutual support.

Service Hours

Each family is required to complete 20 service hours each year, as designated on the Enrollment Contract (single parents need only complete 10 hours). Connect with the Volunteer Coordinator or Enrollment Office to sign up for events and track your completed service hours.

Completing Service Hours

Many hands make light work…and more affordable tuition! Each year, the service hours completed by parents contribute greatly to keeping our affordable tuition model alive. Yearly, these service hours equate to more than $250,000! Speak with your class teacher, class parent, the office, or browse the calendar below to find out what volunteer opportunities are available.

Volunteer Opportunity Calendar

These opportunities have specific days & times when volunteers are needed. Examples would be helping set up or clean up at a Parent Tea & Conversation or staffing a booth at a school festival. Browse the calendar to see how you can help at an upcoming event! Click on a specific event to learn more & sign up. Scroll down to learn more about flexible, ongoing, and anytime opportunities.

Flexible, Ongoing, & Anytime Opportunities

Many of these opportunities are flexible and can be done at any time. Some opportunities, such as snow crew, are seasonal/as needed and other opportunities, such as joining a committee or becoming a parent leader, have recurring commitments throughout the year. Browse the list below to find a way to help during a day & time that is convenient for you!

Handwork & Crafting

Browse Opportunities & Sign Up Here!

This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity to do at home and at your own leisure. Crafts are needed throughout the year for classroom activities, school festivals, and Parent Association craft sales. Crafting needs for a specific festival or sale can be found on the volunteer calendar, but should be worked on ahead of time so they are ready by the event date. Please check the volunteer calendar and/or inquire with your Class Parent/Class Teacher/Main Office for more information about upcoming crafting needs.

Attend Parent Orientation & School Year Meetings

Log volunteer hours for simply showing up! Attend back-to-school events such as the Parent Work Day or Back-to-School BBQ and earn volunteer hours. You may also earn hours by attending the All-School Meeting, Parent Association Meetings, and Parent Evenings that happen throughout the year.

Check Calendar & RSVP.

Spring/Summer/Fall Gardening

Sign Up Here! (watering trees)

Sign Up Here! (garden crew)

Throughout the spring, summer, and fall, help is needed to keep the campus landscaping and gardens beautiful and thriving. Weeding is often needed on school pathways, building perimeters, and labyrinth. Watering trees, especially the newly planted young trees, is critical in the hot summer months!

Handywork, Carpentry Projects, & Repairs

Browse Opportunities & Sign Up Here!

If you like DIY projects, using power tools, or have a background in plumbing/electric, these volunteer opportunities are for you! Whether it is building a play structure, re-tiling a bathroom, re-painting a classroom, or filling cracks in the parking lot, there’s always something that can be done to help maintain our campus. Please inquire with the main office to learn more about upcoming projects.

Join a Committee: Become a Parent Leader

Browse Opportunities & Sign Up Here!

The parent community provides vital support to the school. Parents make the school possible, not only because they send their children, but because they have the willingness to serve and raise funds which are critical activities for all independent schools. Through committee work with faculty & board members, parents are instrumental in coordinating and providing both individual classes and school-wide social activities which generate goodwill, deepen the understanding of Waldorf education, and promote the growth of the school community. Parents share the responsibility for creating and sustaining the life and culture of the school. The parent/teacher relationship is critical to the well-being of the individual child. Parents and teachers support and enhance the growth and development of the children collectively through conversation and mutual support.

Class Parents

Each grade and early childhood teacher invites a parent (or several) to serve as Class Parent(s) for the school year. Class Parents support the teacher in planning events and notifying all of the families in the class of pertinent information. Class Parent positions are usually filled at the first Parent Evening.

PA Committees: Community, Faculty, Fundraising, & Festivals

Join a committee or become a committee chair – currently looking to fill committee chair positions for the 19/20 School Year! Email pa@bvwaldorf.org with interest and to find out what this commitment means.

Winter Snow Crew

Sign Up Here!

Enjoy a little spur of the moment manual labor? Grab a shovel during drop, pick up, or any time to help clear pathways during snowy days. Keep an eye out for slick, icy spots where sand/salt may be needed and help keep our campus safe and walk-able!

Logging Your Volunteer Hours

Please log your hours on BigSIS Parent Portal to make sure you get credit for all of your hard work!

Click here for a visual guide to logging your volunteer hours on BigSIS.

Service Hours Completed So Far This School Year

Attention, School Organizers! Need Volunteers?

Volunteer Request Form

If you have a volunteer opportunity to add to the calendar, please fill out a Volunteer Request Form. The office will add your opportunity to the calendar and create a sign up form for volunteers. The link to the sign up will be sent to the designated point person (as indicated on the request form) to manage volunteers for your opportunity.