What is a CO-OP?
A co-op is a school operated by the parents in partnership with the teacher. This unique program gives parents the rewarding opportunity to get directly involved with their child's education from the start! Parents get to help out in the classroom, attend field trips, plan events, fundraise, maintain the schoolhouse, meet other parents, and most importantly, watch their children make friends and grow throughout the year.
Does my child have to be potty-trained?
No! We will work as a team to help your child gain independence in the bathroom!
Will my child play outside?
Yes! Every class will go outside (weather permitting) each day.
Will there be School Closings & Delays?
Our school follows the Shenedehowa school district calendar for holidays, snow days and vacations. If there is a Shen 2 hour snow delay, class will delayed by 1 hour. If there is a Shen 1 hour delay, there is no delay to class.
What about Safety?
Our school is absolutely committed to the safety of our students and staff. The schoolyard is completely fenced-in and the doors to the school house remain locked during school hours.
Who is the Teacher?
Our teacher Ms. Nora is committed to the cooperative nature of our school. She was first involved with the school as a parent and board member, learning the exciting opportunities our school offers for caregivers firsthand before stepping into the role of teacher.
Nora Jenkins holds a Bachelor's in Fine Arts, and a Masters in Education. She has worked with children of all ages in a variety of settings. Nora feels that a strong preschool education begins with a foundation of play and experimentation. Her fine arts background influences her classroom environment and children can expect to find creative pursuits every day. A love of children’s literature drives Nora to explore new books with each age-level throughout the year.
Children and parents can expect a classroom based on an experiential learning model with learning scenarios that flow with the changing of the seasons and the happenings in the natural world. Nora prefers to use natural toys and supplies in the classroom whenever possible and strives to help children explore the natural world through materials and outdoor play.
Contact Ms. Nora at Nora.Jenkins@cliftonparknurseryschool.org
What curriculum do you use?
Our teacher relies on a specifically designed, ever-changing classroom environment to facilitate self-directed play for all of the classes. She offers opportunities to develop skills like fine and gross motor, socialization, creativity, and so much more. Children are met at their level and growth is nurtured based on individual ability and interest.
Mr. Rogers said “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.”
Ms. Nora strives to provide an environment that makes this kind of authentic play flourish!
Do you provide food?
No, other then the occasional cooking exploration we do not provide food. We ask that you send a small peanut and treenut free snack for your child.
What is the fundraising I am required to do?
Our school, like most non-profit cooperative schools, depends on fundraising monies to support our school activities. You have the option to partake in a fundraiser or pay the opt-out fee, which varies for each fundraiser. For further information contact our Fundraising Chairperson if you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding fundraising.