About Wilmington Montessori School's Co-op Program

From the very beginning of Wilmington Montessori School, parent interest, involvement and support have guided our school. The Parent Co-op Program allows our entire community to benefit from the abundant talents and interests of our families. Each family commits to 30 volunteer hours each year of enrollment. Whether sharing a professional skill, serving on a committee or as a board member, or coordinating tasks to assist in the classroom, parent involvement is an essential element to the WMS community. WMS's Co-op Program enhances each child's experience in the school by creating a "village" of support that includes many caring adults in the child's life and also allows for everyone to participate in important work at the school. 

While the Parent Co-op program helps keep tuition down, its greatest benefits are providing a unique learning experience for our children, cultivating a real sense of community, and giving parents the opportunity to work with teachers and meet other parents while making a very real contribution to the school. When children see the adults in their lives active in their school, it shapes their perception of the importance of education and strengthens their school experience.

What is the value of Co-op? 
In addition to promoting community, an active Co-op program helps maintain tuition levels. Including parents as resources for necessary classroom, event, program, committee and maintenance projects impacts budget demands in a very real way. More importantly, our children benefit from the support of a parent population rich in cultural diversity as well as varied interests and skills.

What is the Co-op commitment for our family?

Each family is responsible for 30 Co-op hours each school year. please review and complete the attached Co-op Participation form and Skills/Interest Inventory. Please don’t hesitate to make a note of skills or interests not listed. Although we encourage all parents to become actively involved with the school, we do understand that some families are unable to make a time commitment to the Co-op program. After careful consideration, if you feel unable to commit to the Co-op hours, we invite you to pay the Co-op fee of $900. Incomplete Co-op hours will be billed at the end of the school year. 


How do I find out about Co-op jobs?

Opportunities for Co-op work are posted on the WMS website and on the Co-op bulletin boards across from the library and at the top of the Aspen Wing hallway. You may also hear about Co-op jobs through the Wednesday Weekly, from your child’s teacher or your homeroom parent. If you are interested in working on a specific task or event, please make note of that on your form or contact co-op@wmsde.org. Additionally, feel free to stop by and talk with Laurie Orsic, Assistant Head of School, about any ideas that you may have. 

Co-op hours may be fulfilled by any member of your family who helps with a project. For example, if you build shelves for a classroom and a grandfather paints them for you, you may claim the grandfather’s time as well as your own when you report your Co-op hours. Co-op hours are not transferable between families and may not be carried over from school year to school year. 

How do I report completed Co-op hours?
Reporting forms are located next to the Co-op bulletin boards, or may be submitted online. Collection pockets are located next to the Co-op boards and many classrooms have hallway pockets for completed forms, as well. Please help us maintain an accurate Co-op database by reporting your completed hours in a timely manner. In order to keep accurate records on our database, all Co-op reports must be submitted under ONE consistent family name. Your Co-op reports will be entered under that ONE name. 

How do I keep track of my family's Co-op hours?
Completed Co-op reports are entered onto our database on a regular basis. It is very helpful when parents keep track of their hours also. In January, reports will be sent to each family to advise them of all Co-op hours reported by mid-year. Hours not completed by June will be billed at the rate of $30 per hour. 

How can I get involved with classroom cleaning?
Although we have a cleaning service at the school, we appreciate parents’ assistance with the more thorough cleaning and disinfecting of classroom materials that goes beyond routine maintenance. Your child’s teacher or class homeroom parent may ask you to sign up for this very important work, providing a healthier environment for our children. The school is typically open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. so that parents may help with this and other classroom related tasks. 

If you need further information on the Co-op Program, please refer to your Parent Handbook (located on Edmodo).

We are looking forward to working with you in the coming year! Please feel free to send an email to co-op@wmsde.org if you have any questions about Co-op or parent involvement in the school. 


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