The Parent Association of Volunteers (PAV) is made up of parents, guardian, and administrators who function as the backbone of our volunteer force and help our school to fulfill its mission and create a sense of community. Officers are elected on an annual basis.
The volunteer force is essential to enriching the community life of the school. What one person can’t do, many can and it’s a great way to meet and to connect with other parents. Also, research provides evidence that children benefit from parental involvement in school. Not only in the area of academics (motivation, engagement, performance), but also with mental health (resilience and self-esteem) and social functioning (developing relationships). Knowing that the biggest obstacle for parents is time, we have structured events and meetings to coincide with childcare or involve the entire family.
The PAV works as a volunteer body to organize events and support the activities of the school. Our 3 main goals are:
- Community Building
- Social/ Special Events
- MEFI Fundraising.
Legacy Walls are being created in celebration of the inaugural year for the Elementary School building. Children’s artwork (or hand prints) will be created on ceramic tiles to adorn the walls of either Montessori House for Children, and/or the Montessori House Elementary School. Families are able to purchase a tile (artwork or hand print) designed by their child.
The Montessori House Education Fund (MEFI) is a non-profit organization that operates as a separate entity from MHFC School. The dollars raised by the PAV contributes to the MEFI Educational Services component. This is used for tuition assistance, assistance towards professional development, community outreach and parent education.
The PAV meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 8:30-9:30 am (following drive through).
- Join one of the PAV committees
- Attend monthly PAV Meetings on the second Tuesday, 5:00-6:00 pm.
- Host a “Parent Coffee” on the second Thursday, 8:30-9: 30 am.
- Assist in event coordination
- Join the Eco-School Action team (includes gardening)
- Join the Care Committee (extends care to families within the school – in celebration or in time of need)
- Become a Room Parent
- Join the parent business directory. (To be added to the directory, please fill the parent business directory form and return it to the front office)
They serve as representatives of their classroom in the PAV and offer assistance to the teachers with: seasonal projects, cultural and special events, welcoming class parents, organizing classroom meetups, classroom holiday gifts and teacher appreciation day. There are other opportunities to volunteer in the classroom, such as listening/reading, library, special activities, etc.
the pav depends on you!
The PAV is successful when our parents are actively participating in our activities and events. We strive to have 100% of our parents attending our activities and volunteering at the school. The school is indebted to volunteers for their continuing support and involvement.