Parent Involvement

At Friends School of Wilmington, parents, siblings, and grandparents are all regarded as part of the extended FSW community. A number of special events throughout the year -  like Friendsgiving, Night of Peace, Martin Luther King Day, GrandFriends Day and Earth Day -  give all members of our school community an opportunity to connect in person. We enjoy gathering outside in all seasons to promote a healthy and vibrant community.

 

Families new to the school are invited to a New Family Welcome event every August at the FSW Longleaf Center. This gathering provides the opportunity to meet each other and to be welcomed to the school by the Administrative Team. Frequently asked questions are answered and fun is had! Children are always welcome.

 

The entire community is aware of new families joining the school through announcements sent before the school year begins and throughout the year. 

 

Ways to Pitch In

 

At the beginning of the school year, teachers and division directors will share a list of volunteer opportunities within the school. We encourage all families to volunteer in some capacity: serve as an Annual  Fund Ambassador; participate on a Board committee; help to organize a community-building event for your child’s class or division, help with all-school events such as the Back to School Picnic, Night of Peace, Martin Luther King Day Remembrance, GrandFriends Day or Graduation. To ensure child safety, all volunteers who work with our students will complete a background check, have up-to-date Covid vaccinations, and comply with CDC guidelines regarding communicable diseases.

 

The Parent Association 

 

The purpose of the FSW Parent Association is to support the school, the parent body, and relationships within the school community. While it is the responsibility of the school’s Trustees to set school policy and develop a strategic agenda, and of the professional staff of teachers and administrators to shape program and curriculum and manage administrative operations, the Parent Association fills an important role in supporting these stewards of the school’s mission and vision. 

 

The primary aims of the Parent Association are: 

  • to support and further the mission of FSW; 
  • to involve parents in the life of the school, connecting them across grade levels and beyond the school day;
  • to provide a forum for parent education about the school’s curriculum, culture, and policies; 
  • to provide regular opportunities for parents to learn about the ongoing work of the faculty, administration, and Development Committee; 
  • to work in support of the teachers, administrators, and trustees on issues of local concern; 
  • to facilitate communication between the school and families, and among families themselves; 
  • to plan opportunities for parent education through lectures, workshops, and discussion groups. 

 

Membership & Participation: All FSW families are automatically members of the Parent Association. It has been found, however, that those families who become actively involved in the work of the PA tend to feel more deeply connected with others in the community. Opportunities for service through the Parent Association include the following: 

  • volunteer for a role on the Parent Association Executive Committee, the leadership arm of the full Association;
  • lead and participate in outdoor work projects
  • support community building events like Giving Tuesday Celebration, Night of Peace, and GrandFriends Day
  • offer teacher appreciation activities
  • organize a presentation or workshop in an area of expertise related to parenting; 
  • create ad hoc subcommittees as deemed necessary or desirable, meeting as needed to carry out the functions assigned to them. 

 

More information about the Parent Association is shared throughout the year via FriendsMail, PA newsletters, and classroom representatives.