Parent Involvement Committee
We founded The Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) in 2019 to provide an additional support function to the student body and staff for events, enrichment and fundraising efforts. The PIC also serves as an effective means to build cohesive parent relationships as our school continues to grow. We ask parents to sign up for at least one assignment from the PIC sub-committee list at the mandatory parent meeting in August. The assignments will include placement in the following sub-committees: The Party Committee, Enrichment Committee, Room Parents, and the Special Event Team. The Party Committee serves to support the seasonal parties for the student body throughout the year. This will include events like the Halloween Party and the Christmas Brunch. The Enrichment Committee seeks to bring in unique learning opportunities on or off-campus to the student body through local field trips or in-house instruction by organizations like the Emerald Coast Science Center or STEM demonstrations by parents who work in STEM related fields. We aim to bring enrichment programs to the school at least quarterly. Room parents serve as an important support unit that creates a single point of contact between the teacher and all the parents in that classroom. They efficiently communicate with parents using methods like sign-up genius or group chat, to help support the unique needs that may arise such as organizing field trip chaperones or assisting with the production of props for the Thanksgiving Program. The room parent also oversees that their teacher receives a small acknowledgement on their birthday and organizes activities for Teacher Appreciation week in May. Last, the Special Event team provides the muscle and know-how to pull off big fundraising events like the Fun Run and Taste of Spain. Parent contribution to these functions is imperative for the continued success of the Montessori Learning Center. The PIC asks parents to seek a sub-committee that best utilizes their professional and/or personal strengths.
Each month, the President of the PIC will compile a relevant update of ongoing efforts in each committee. The PIC newsletter is sent out each month alongside Teacher Newsletters to maintain effective communication with the entire parent body. The newsletter allows the PIC a platform to keep the parent body aware of upcoming events while also reflecting on tasks accomplished with the assistance of an engaged and dedicated parent core. The PIC also upholds it’s focus on parent relationships with quarterly Spirit Nights and Coffees, ensuring that MLC parents feel a true sense of community and belonging within the MLC family.