Dear Kazoo School friends,
Kazoo School was founded in 1972 when a group of parents got together and decided to do school differently. Ever since our founding, families have played a crucial role in making Kazoo successful. In fact, one of our school’s core values is “Partnership between school, family, and community.”
Every year we count on parents to share your time and talents. We know that people have many different commitments, so we ask that you participate as much as you are able, in whatever ways work best for you. People often ask me how they can help out, so here are some ideas!
One important way you can support Kazoo is by helping out with your child’s class. Each basegroup will periodically seek parent volunteers to drive on field trips or to help with class parties and projects. We couldn’t make these things happen without your help! We also love when parents, grandparents, and other special friends visit to share the gift of literacy – reading aloud from a favorite book or listening while young readers practice their skills.
Another great way to be involved at Kazoo is through the Parent Association. We like to say that at Kazoo, all parents (and guardians) are automatically members of the Parent Association! Look for information in Jillian’s weekly emails about ways to be involved, including community-building events, fundraising opportunities, and more. The first PA meeting will be September 27 at 7pm!
There are also opportunities to be involved in school fundraising events, particularly our annual Soiree in March and a yet-to-be-determined event in June. After 13 years our annual Golf Event has run its course, and we are in the initial stages of planning what will come next. The Board’s Development Committee is tasked with overseeing our fundraising efforts, but we are always looking for more enthusiastic individuals to help with planning and execution. If you have expertise in fundraising, event planning, etc. (or even just an interest in these areas), please let me know and we will be grateful for your help!
We are fortunate to have a community of experts in many different areas. I have created a quick survey to collect information about our community of experts and ways in which you might share your expertise with others. For example, we love having guests come to the school to talk about your work, hobbies, or a special family tradition. Additionally, this year one of our middle electives aims to introduce students to “experts” of many kinds. If you would be willing to come in and share your expertise with our students, we would be very happy to have you!
Finally, this year I am starting to dream about what it could mean to be truly a community of lifelong learners. As adults, what opportunities do we take to learn, to teach, to come together with others to discuss an important topic? How can we more fully live into our value of lifelong learning by creating spaces for adults to share knowledge and experiences, to ask questions, and engage in shared wonder? I still have more questions than answers about what this will look like in practice, but my first step is to gauge interest in our community. To this end, I have also included questions in the survey about things you might like to learn and things you might like to teach, specifically with other adults.
Our community is strongest when we all work together. Thank you for being a part of Kazoo!
Please take a few moments to complete the survey HERE. Thank you for your input!
All my best,