Statement of Faith
- We believe that God is the creator of all things, infinitely perfect and existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1-2, John 1:3)
- We believe that the Bible is the holy, inerrant, and only inspired Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21)
- We believe salvation is available to all people and only through grace and through the shed blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (John 1:12, Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9)
- We affirm the belief that marriage is between one man and one woman. (Romans 1:18-32, Matthew 19:4-5)
Co-op will be held every Wednesday from 9:30am-12:30pm. Children from babies through teens are welcome as space allows. There will be a baby nursery up to walking age infants and a separate toddler classroom for children up to age 4. Kindergarten (age 5 by Sept. 1) - 8th grade may attend the enrichment classes. They will be divided into groups by birth date. Each family participating must have at least one child kindergarten age or older to participate in the co-op except with special permission from the leadership board. One parent or adult representative for each family must be present during the whole time of co-op, except with special permission of the leadership board. If there is a special situation please contact the leadership board.
In order for our co-op to work, all families enrolled must commit to coming each week. Each family must have one adult representative helping or teaching. Each parent helping or teaching must have a background check done before the first week of co-op. If you have an alternate person that may occasionally come in your place, they must have a background check done as well before coming. If you have prior commitments that are unavoidable, please make the leadership board aware as soon as possible. Drop-in children are not allowed excpet by prior approval by the leadership board and with a signed liability waiver from the child's parent. Three or more absences, unapproved no shows, or leaving early, will be reviewed by the leadership board and could result in removal from the coop.
While we want to have everyone there each week, please do not bring your sick child to co-op. If you bring your child sick, they will not be admitted to class. Sickness not permitted is defined below.
*Temperature 100 degrees or higher within 24 hours of co-op. Fever must be gone for 24 hours without medication controlling it.
*Rashes, coughing, green mucous from eyes, ears or nose.
*Bacterial infection or strep until 24 hours after treatment with antibiotics has started.
*Pertussis (whooping cough) until 5 days after antibiotic treatment began.
*Head lice, impetigo,or pink eye until 24 hours since treatment began.
*Diarrhea or vomiting within the last 24 hours.(If any of the above symptoms begin during co-op, the child will be removed from class immediately.)
The behavior policy is meant to be very simple, since parents are on site and behavior problems can be dealt with immediately by a parent. The rules we expect the children to follow are below.
- We will respect all people and property.
- We obey teachers and helpers the first time.
- We will participate.
Co-op will be cancelled for snow days no later than 7 am the morning of co-op. The leadership board will come to a conclusion based on the safety of roads. Do not go by local school closings. Since we are a much smaller group, we have the opportunity to wait longer and make the best call for our group. If three or more teachers are sick or absent, we will also cancel co-op for the week.
Packing a lunch and staying to eat with the families after co-op classes is optional, but highly encouraged. It is a great opportunity for the moms and the kids to build friendships and get to know each other better. Each week two families will be assigned to clean the floors, wipe down tables, and take out the trash in the gym after lunch. We will have a rotating schedule so the burden doesn't fall on the same family too often.
Some of the classes may change by semester to keep variety in our co-op and so other moms will have opportunity to teach. Please let the leadership board know of any special areas of expertise you have that you might like to teach a class about in the future. All curriculum topics will be pre-approved by the leadership board. In alignment with our goal of a low cost co-op, tuition will not be charged for the classes and teachers and helpers will not be paid. A small per child semester supply fee will be determined by Aug. 1. Teachers will be asked to have a cell phone handy to be able to use in emergencies or to contact the parent of a child if needed. We ask that teachers and helpers do not use their phone for other purposes besides those that would benefit the class they are teaching during class time. We ask that students do not bring electronic devices or toys to co-op or they will be collected by the teacher or helper and held until the end of co-op or given directly to the parent.
Our co-op is purposefully small to create a family atmosphere. Chapel is a special time for us all to be together as a family before we break into classes. Each week a different family will lead the devotions, pledges, and prayer time. Please be on time for chapel so as not to disturb this time and so we can have our whole co-op family together to begin our co-op day.