About Parent Council
Parents at SBS are involved in all levels of the school to ensure that their children’s education is as rich as possible. Parents serve as members of the Charter Council and Parent Council, and also serve on various administrative and Parent Council committees where they perform a variety of tasks utilizing their individual expertise.
The Parent Council (PC), with respect, trust, and integrity, brings together the community of parents to serve the children, parents, and teachers in the educational goals and ideals of the SBS.
The Parent Council facilitates the parents’ role in the smooth operation of the school. It is the organizational body for the parents and serves as their 'ears and voice.'
The Parent Council (PC) meets monthly, August through June, to conduct its business. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm at the school, and all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Each grade K-8 is represented on the PC by two class representatives who serve as voting members of the Council. The PC is headed by an executive board which is made up of a Chair (or Co-Chairs), Treasurer, and Secretary. Members of the PC Executive Board serve for 2-year terms and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each PC representative is nominated and elected by their class parents and serves as a liaison between the parents in their class and the Parent Council. Parents are encouraged to discuss any school-related issues they may have with their PC reps. The PC reps may then provide guidance for resolving any concerns or issues, and may relay questions, concerns, and suggestions to the Parent Council. PC reps also keep class parents informed about Parent Council activities.
The Parent Council creates and works through committees to accomplish its goals. Each PC representative serves as the liaison to a committee (e.g., festivals, hospitality). Through its communications with the PC liaison and the committee chair, the Parent Council checks with each committee to ensure that the goals are on schedule and strives to be alert to any assistance the committee might need.
On behalf of the school parents, the Parent Council sets its goals each year in an effort to be consistent with the needs of the school as understood through its relationships with the Administration, Charter Council, Faculty Council, and the school parents. Each class representative is responsible to communicate the goals of Parent Council back to the parents and enlist the support of the class parents to assist in accomplishing these goals.
The Parent Council determines the fundraising goals for all school and fundraising activities. It plans, organizes, and coordinates all fundraising activities, as well as those school activities for which it is responsible, through the work of its committees. The Parent Council creates its own annual budget using its fundraising income, and any alternate sources of income, to determine its expenses, including its financial support to the school.
Parent Council assists the Administration by striving to ensure its committees are functioning efficiently and harmoniously and requests administrative assistance when needed. The Administration strives to keep PC informed of major school issues, and the school's Executive Director reports at all monthly PC meetings.
Parent Council provides the Faculty Council with information pertaining to the parents’ roles, concerns, and ideas, and integrates direction from the Faculty Council. The Faculty Council provides a representative from its council to attend all monthly PC meetings. This rep serves as a liaison between the two Councils, keeping the Parent Council informed of issues and business of the Faculty Council.
The procedures for election along with other information regarding PC can be found in the Parent Council Bylaws included as Appendix D. Executive board members for the current year can be found by school parents on Konstella.