As a Cooperative School, Cherry Hill Nursery School is owned and operated by the Parents' Association (all parents of current students). It cannot function smoothly without the full participation of each family. It is the responsibility of all parents to read and comply with the bylaws, school policies and procedures and class and school notices, as provided at the beginning of the school year. Each family is responsible for co-oping in their child's classroom on a rotating schedule, a few hours of their time as part of Parents' Service Hours, participating in the school's fundraising projects, attending one Parents' Association meeting, and serving as emergency substitutes, if needed.
Co-oping is a wonderful way to be involved in your child's education. It gives the parents the opportunity to get to know the teachers, as well as the other children in the class. Each family helps in the classroom 5-10 times a year depending on the class size. On your co-oping day you are responsible for providing a healthy snack for the class, cleaning up before and after snack time, setting up snack, and assisting the teachers as needed. Other duties may include reading stories, helping with the art project of the day, and pushing swings on the playground.
Parents' Service Hours
Each family will provide three (3) hours of service per child for the school year. A list of acceptable tasks will be provided at the beginning of the school year to satisfy this requirement. If the Service Hour requirement is not satisfied, an hourly penalty will be applied.
Each family will volunteer for a fundraising committee as part of its volunteer obligation unless the family opts to buy-out. Those families with more than one child attending CHNS will need to be on more than one fundraising committee or can take on a specific position to fulfill their volunteer obligation.
Money raised is used to offset tuition increases as well as to fund/support special programs, new supplies and equipment, financial aid and other needs. Fundraising events have traditionally owed their success to the enthusiastic support of all parents. The Fundraising Chair coordinates these events with class representatives. In addition to providing funds for the school, events provide a wonderful opportunity for getting acquainted and accomplishing something together. Fundraising projects include a Book Fair at Barnes & Noble, and the Spring Silent Auction. A buy-out option is available for those who choose not to participate in a Fundraising event.
All parents are members of the Parents' Association and are expected to attend Back to School Night, which serves as the Parents' Association Annual Meeting. In addition, many of our parents also serve on the Parent-Teacher Executive Board which meets once a month.
In addition to other responsibilities, each family is assigned 2-4 days during the school year to serve as an Emergency On-Call Substitute. If a substitute teacher is needed, and the Personnel Chair is unable to find a substitute from the volunteer substitute list, the on-call parent of the day is responsible for coming to school and working as the substitute.