The Mendell Parent Council
What is the Mendell Parent Council?
The Parent Council supports the principal and teachers to provide a dynamic, nurturing, and challenging academic environment for all Mendell students. In June, parents elect Parent Council officers for a one-year term. Any parent/guardian may run for office. On the Mendell Parent Council, families can connect with other Mendell families, learn about what's going on a the school, and make a difference in their child's school!
Who is the Mendell Parent Council?
ALL parents/guardians of Mendell students are automatically part of the Parent Council.
What does the Parent Council do?
Classroom support – help teachers get the things they need and offer enrichment opportunities (by donating classroom supplies, volunteering in the afterschool program, showing appreciation for teachers and staff, and more!)
Community building – work to assure that ALL Mendell families feel welcome and find meaningful ways to participate in the school community (with parent coffee hours, the welcome picnic, our year-end barbeque, communicating about volunteer opportunities, and more!)
Fundraising – raise money to support and enrich our school (with bake sales, raffles, the Mendell Star Dance Party, and more!).
Outreach – spread the word about the Mendell to prospective families and throughout the community (through open houses, tours, and more!).
Facilities support – help take care of school grounds (by planting flowers, shoveling snow, watering the outdoor classroom, and more!).
Parent Council meets once a month at the Mendell. Free childcare and pizza for the kids is provided. During the meetings families get to know one another, share information, brainstorm ideas, and plan events/activities. Much of the hands-on work is done outside of the monthly meetings. Parent Council may be able to help with translation during meetings for non-English speaking parents and family members.
Parent Council Teams
Much of the work of the Parent Council is done through small teams. Even if parents/guardians cannot attend meetings, they are invited to share their ideas and get involved!
Classroom: Support teachers in meeting the academic, social and material needs of students.
Community Building: Assure that all Mendell families feel welcome and find meaningful ways to participate in the Mendell school community.
Fundraising: Raise money to support and enrich our school.
Outreach: Spread the word about the Mendell school to prospective families and throughout the community.
How can parents/guardians get involved in the Mendell Parent Council?
- Come to a Parent Council meeting
- Show up for a Mendell family event
- Talk to a Parent Council officer