On the 2nd Thursday at 6:30 PM of every month of the school year, volunteers are required to attend two meetings:
The general meeting, in the school gym, is where school functions, finances, plans, events, and policies are presented, voiced, and voted on. Following the general meeting in the gym, volunteers meet with everyone in your child’s class to discuss class projects, upcoming field trips and get an overview and preview of classroom learning activities.
The suggested monthly donation is $20. These donations plus volunteer hours are what make the benefits of MCEP possible. With crowd source funding and transportation, leading to more experiments, more exploring, and more growing outside of the classroom.
Any adult, authorized by the students’ parent or guardian that has completed the application process and has passed a Washington State Patrol background check.
These are the formal rules that outline your Rights and Responsibilities as a Co-op member. The close involvement of parents in the Co-op necessitates formal rules and guidelines, as well as consequences for failure to meet commitments for field trips or class days.
Your class Parent Coordinator (PC) or anyone here would be happy to help with any questions.
During a typical volunteer day, parents can be found in our classrooms doing a wide variety of “jobs”, which can include tutoring students in the class, playing games, correcting papers, helping supervise recess, or anything else that the teacher might need a little extra help with. If you have a special talent, you might even find yourself helping to teach the class a lesson. There are also other opportunities to help out around the school.
Field trips are an integral part of MCEP, providing students with a vast array of learning experiences not available in a classroom setting. Students typically will go on one field trip each month, with some going on more from time to time. Teachers will schedule field trips based on their curriculum plan, in an effort to enhance the students’ understanding of particular areas of study.
What is required of me?
Attendance as a chaperone on two field trips is required, drivers are always needed but you are not required to drive.
Do I have to meet special requirements to be a driver on a field trip?
In order to be a driver on a field trip, volunteers must meet Marysville School District insurance requirements – at least $100,000/$300,000 liability insurance on the vehicle. All drivers must also obtain an abstract of their driving record.
What do I do if my child still uses a booster seat?
Parents with children under 4’ 9” are required to ride booster seat on field trips, even if they don’t ride in a booster seat in your care. We ask for you to be responsible for making sure your child has one to use the day of the field trip. Current laws must be followed in regards to proper seat belt and booster seat use. Only adults may sit in the front seat.
MCEP is a part of Marysville School District, and our curriculum follows the districts set formula for learning, and Co-op students participate in the state testing. They are NOT however, the focus of the educators in our program.
You are never on your own at MCEP. Please let us know if you have any questions, want to schedule a tour, or just want clarification. Additionally, each class has a PC (Parent Coordinator) to walk you through the specifics of your grade.
How much time do I have to volunteer?
Two and a half hours, per child, are spent in the classroom each week. Also, participation on at least 2 field trips a year. Additionally, each volunteer serves on a classroom committee, such as celebrations, field trips, or the class auction project.
Volunteer classroom time typically starts 2 or 3 weeks after school starts and is either done in the morning or afternoon. The selected work day and time won’t change throughout the school year.