Being a parent at the Waldorf School of Atlanta is both an opportunity and a commitment to be a part of a larger community that nurtures our children’s education and development. Parent involvement is integral to the well-being of our school and enables our school to flourish.
Below are some of the many opportunities to contribute as a parent to the vibrant life of our school community. Let us know how you would like to become more engaged with the Waldorf School of Atlanta by contacting our Parent Engagement Coordinator, at 404.377.1315.
Class parents support the teacher in planning class events such as trips and celebrations, and communicating pertinent information to families in the class. In addition, class parents serve as a liaison to the school community.
Although the class parent is the organizer and facilitator, all parents are needed to support the many class activities staged throughout the year.
Festivals and celebrations
are embraced by Waldorf schools as conscious nourishment for the soul. Observing these seasonal turning points is also one way in which the school establishes a yearly rhythm for the children. Some festivals may be celebrated as school-wide events, while others quietly take place within the classroom. Parents from each class coordinate and contribute to these wonderful celebrations:
Grandparents, Family & Friends Day
- Michaelmas (September)
- Martinmas/Lantern Walk (November)
- Holiday Fair (November)
- Advent (December)
- May Festival (May) Graduation (June)
Each spring, we invite our extended families and friends to our school for a full Waldorf experience. With musical entertainment, displays of student work, classroom visits, and an all-school assembly, our visitors experience an inspiring day of activities. Parents plan, organize and support this event.
Parent education opportunities bring the beauty, intelligence and goodness of Waldorf education to our adult community. Parent evenings, workshops, and presentations are offered during the year on subjects related to parenting, child development and curriculum, as well as groups formed around interests such as handwork and gardening. These activities provide an excellent opportunity for parents to learn about the school, interact socially with other parents, and enhance their own skills. Check our school calendar
and Garden Breeze newsletter
regularly for upcoming events.
In 2006, the Waldorf School of Atlanta began a multi-year endeavor to create deeper consciousness and develop good practices around social issues and respectful behavior in our school community. This initiative provides a framework for implementing the whole school model of Social Inclusion as presented by Kim John Payne (see www.thechildtoday.com
for more details). Parents serve on the Social Inclusion Coordinating Group, which helps create social policy and coordinates program implementation.
The leadership and talents of parents help to guide and develop the vision and strategy for the school. Parents serve on the Board of Trustees, which carries the legal and financial responsibilities for the school, and on Board committees such as Development, Finance, Governance, Marketing and Strategic Communications.