Family Involvement at The Learning Tree
We have been caring for children and helping families on their child rearing journeys for over 40 years. We’ve learned over time that the relationships that adults form with others while at The Learning Tree often continue to deepen as their children grow and move on to neighborhood schools. Every year we have former students return to visit The Learning Tree.
*At this point in time we have suspended our committee involvement and activities. We will resume them as soon as our area is permitted to enter into a phase that encourages convening in groups that are larger. We’re leaving this portion of our website up, however, so those who are interested can read about how we have done things in the past and will, hopefully, do them again in the near future.
All of the families that join our community are asked to participate on a committee of their choice. Most adults are very appreciative of the opportunity to be so involved in their child’s school, and we have found that the children benefit tremendously from the community and camaraderie that results from committee meetings and events!
The committees are primarily chaired by the adults with the main purpose being to enhance the community spirit of the school. There are about 5 committee meetings per year and they are held in homes. We like to say that the meetings are 90% eating and talking, 10% business–really.
Each committee has a different function, and you’re welcome to join the one that best matches your current interests and talents, or branch out and explore something entirely new. Take a moment to read through the following descriptions to get a feel for what each one is about. You may stay on the same committee for all of your years here at The Learning Tree, or switch around every September.
Social Justice Committee
This committee helps to support The Learning Tree’s anti-bias, anti-racist and social justice curriculum goals. We believe that the work to dismantle institutionalized racism and sexism begins with children when they are very young. The work of this committee will focus on social and cultural events that adults identify or design for our community to take part in. Every January we walk in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in Seattle, too.
Families who want to help us celebrate and explore our wonderful, diverse world should definitely join. We’d love your enthusiasm.
This committee provides safety nets for our busy working families. Projects include childcare trades on weekends, carpooling, single caregiver support, socializing outside of the school day, “Adult’s Night Out” evenings (nights when care is provided at the school for children and siblings while adults go to a nearby event/restaurant/place of fun), and new baby support. As other needs arise, we collectively meet them.
The Support Committee also leads the way during Teacher Appreciation week in the Spring, coming up with creative and sweet things to do for our stellar faculty!