Parents play a vital role in the MFS community: parents participate as classroom volunteers, translators, drivers on field trips, fund raisers, and maintenance and cleaning people on work days. When parents are integrally involved in the life of the school, everyone benefits. Regular conferences with teachers and reports home keep parents, students and staff connected.
Parents and Teachers meet every six weeks to discuss concerns, keep each other updated, and to plan events. Meetings are on Thursdays, rotating between 3:30pm and 5:30pm. Childcare is provided.
Weekly Parent News
Each week we send out the Weekly News email for parents, in English and in Spanish. The Weekly News contains reminders, updates, requests for volunteers, and information about upcoming events.
If you have an announcement or piece of news that you would like considered for our newsletter, please send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to download current or past Parents Weekly News bulletins and minutes from Parents Association meetings.
When families sign their contracts for the school year, they are asked to read and review the Family Manual. Signing the contract shows that they have read and are in agreement with all the policies outlined in the Family Manual.
You can download the Family Manual in English or in Spanish here.
Tuition covers most of the school’s costs, but not all. This is why it is important to help in other ways. In addition to reducing costs, the volunteer assistance of families helps to promote – and model – the values of cooperation, service, and individual responsibility.
Each family contributes to the school in the following ways:
- Participate in Cleaning Days in August and June.
- Serve as a “Family of the Month” once during the school year (washing rags, doing maintenance, preparing snacks for Parent-Teacher Meetings, etc.)
- Attend parent-teacher conferences in October and March.
- Participate in one organizing committee for one of the four parent fundraising activities.
- Participate in each of the parent fundraising activities by preparing food and working on the day of the event.
- Attend Parent-Teacher Meetings. There are six or seven each school year.
We hope that you can also participate in some of the following ways:
- Serve on an administrative subcommittee, such as fundraising, finances, etc.
- Sponsor new teachers or new parents (inviting them to dinner, community events, etc.).
- Offer to serve as tutors, teaching assistants, or mini-course leaders.
- Do maintenance and repair work (mechanical, carpentry, electrical or plumbing), office work or translation.
- Help on field trips, service days, and special days (such as Children’s Day, Independence Day, Culture Day, Abolition of the Army Day, etc.).
For more ideas, please see our page for volunteers.
Each year the School Committee asks the Parent Association to raise funds to support school programs which benefit all students. Currently, the majority of the money raised by the Parent Association is used for: the Arts, Music, and Physical Education programs. A smaller amount of the funds raised grow the capital equipment replacement fund. If there are surplus funds, the Parent Association decides how to allocate them, based on suggestions presented by the School Committee.
All parents are asked to help organize and carry out fundraising activities, including:
(1) Talent Night:
“Coffee Houses” showcase music and acts of our students and the community. Last year, some acts included the 3rd and 4th graders playing their recorders, a group of colegio students playing violins with their science teacher, and older members of the community sharing songs and stories for young children. Parents from the school make pizzas to sell, which earns this event its other name: Pizza Night.
(2) Christmas Fair:
The Christmas Fair (December) is an opportunity to purchase holiday gifts from local artisans, listen to local music, eat delicious food, enjoy the school community, and support the school, all at the same time. Local artists donate a percentage of their sales to the school and in turn gain community-wide exposure and support through an opportunity to sell their goods.
(3) Sports Day:
Sports Day takes place in February. Activities for the community include soccer matches, zumba, yoga, water balloon games, horse rides, massage, tennis, volleyball, and Ultimate Frisbee. Parents are actively involved in preparing and selling food, helping with the activities, cleaning, grilling, washing dishes, and more.
The Caminata, or Walkathon, takes place in March or April and is the major parent fundraiser of the year. Together, up to two hundred students, parents and community members walk 13 very hilly kilometers (8 miles) from the school to either the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, or to the overlook at San Gerardo where, if the clouds cooperate, walkers are rewarded with a stunning view of the Arenal Volcano. Each walker is responsible for contacting sponsors locally and abroad to support him or her.
Important Dates for Parent Participation 2016-2017
- Click here to download the full school calendar in English
- Haga clic aquí para descargar el calendario escolar completa en español
August 25 Parents Meeting, open house and potluck dinner with teachers – 5:30pm
September 22 Parents Meeting, 3:30pm
October 13-14 Parent Teacher Conferences
November 10 Parents Meeting 5:30pm
December ___? Christmas Fair (Parent Fundraiser)
January 19 Parents Meeting 3:30pm
February ___? Sports Day (Parent Fundraiser)
March 9 Parents Meeting 5:30pm
March 16-17 Parent Teacher Conferences
April ___? Walkathon (Parent Fundraiser)
May 4 Parent Meeting 3:30pm