PARENTS CIRCLE

PARENTS

ABOUT

The purpose of the Parent Circle is to develop community and facilitate involvement in Raleigh Oak Charter School’s life and culture. This all-volunteer, parent-led organization’s mission is to foster the well-being of the school community by facilitating communications among all stakeholders, inspiring parent participation in school life and organizing their collective efforts in line with the school’s mission and vision.

The Parent Circle will seek to be a channel through which parents can direct their ideas and skills, nurture their self-development, and constructively communicate concerns.

All parents, guardians and family members of children currently enrolled at Raleigh Oak Charter School are automatically considered members of the Parent Circle along with current administrators, teachers and staff. Each member is welcomed as a valuable contributor to the mission and goals of the organization.

PARENT CIRCLE OFFICERS

Sarah Leehr (Chair/Heads Lead) – sarahleehr@gmail.com

Jennifer Westfall (Hearts Lead) – jennifer.c.westfall@gmail.com

Vacant (Hands Lead) – TBD

Katherine Meyer (Room Parent Liaison) – katherinemcintoshmeyer@gmail.com

Angela Shin (Treasurer) – ashin0512@gmail.com

Kelli Warner (Interim Secretary) – kellib@gmail.com

Vacant (Fundraising) – TBD

OUR COMMITTEES

Within our larger Parent Circle, we have five committees that are each responsible for certain projects during the school year.  Wondering which committee is the best fit for your skills and interests?  Here are some examples of the projects each committee plans and executes.

  • Heads: organizes events around parent education, larger community-based volunteer opportunities, coordinates food pantry for students and lost and found monthly organization and donation.
  • Hearts: organizes staff luncheons during teacher work days, the PC craft group, staff gifts, teacher appreciation week and birthdays, and meet-ups for families including playdates and an end-of-year celebration. 
  • Hands: facilitates volunteer efforts related to general upkeep of the school building, grounds and playground. 
  • Fundraising: organizes activities (possibly to include book markets, craft markets and other organized fundraisers) to collect funds sufficient to support the work of Parent Circle.
  • Room Parents: Room Parents (as nominated by the PC and approved by the Principal) work directly with the teacher in their child’s class to provide support, logistical assistance and communication with families of children in the same class. 

RESOURCES

This is a non-comprehensive and evolving list of books, websites, podcast and other resources that may interest parents.  These resources are provided for deeper research and understanding into Waldorf and Public Waldorf education and may include some controversial aspects Waldorf’s history.  Raleigh Oak Charter School and Parent Circle are committed to combining the best parts of Waldorf and public school education and inclusion of a resource here does not mean that all ideas within that resource are espoused by ROCS or Parent Circle. 

WEBSITES:

Alliance for Public Waldorf Education:
https://www.publicwaldorf.org/

A+ Schools of North Carolina:
https://www.ncarts.org/aplus-schools

Conscious Discipline:
https://consciousdiscipline.com/

BOOKS:

Simplicity Parenting and other works by Kim John Payne

School as a Journey by Torrin Finser

Transformational Teaching: Waldorf Inspired Methods in the Public School by Dr. Mary Goral

PODCASTS:

http://waldorfy.com/the-waldorfy-podcast/

http://waldorfy.com/waldorf-public-schools/

SUPPORT US

All funds received through the channels below go directly to supporting our school and its staff.  Some examples of how we use these funds are: purchasing items for the student food pantry, providing lunches for the staff during professional development and purchasing items needed by the school.

  • Donate via PayPal: paypal.me/ROCSPC
  • Buy a magnet: you know you want a cute little squirrel on your fridge or bumper!  Magnets are $5 each or 2 for $10 and are available in the front office.
  • Buy some great ROCS spirit wear here: http://rocs.frolab.com/store/
  • Spirit Nights at Papa Murphy’s: be on the lookout for monthly spirit nights at the Papa Murphy’s location at North Ridge Shopping Center.  Just mention ROCS when you order or use the code “THANKS” for online orders.  You get an easy, delicious dinner and ROCS gets a generous portion of the proceeds!

MEETINGS

We meet the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm via Google Meet.  These meetings are informal and we welcome parent input and feedback.  Click here to join: http://meet.google.com/tai-vksq-ffx

Past Meeting Minutes and Recordings can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1OeQXe17obZZCxzsw8gIigGy8wh-yQYXW?usp=sharing

 

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Get In Touch

Location: 9400 Forum Dr, Raleigh, NC 27615

Telephone: (919) 424-7626

Email: info@raleighoakcharter.org

School Hours: M-F: 8am - 4pm