Parents are always welcomed to participate, but everything is done with clear rules and regulations to ensure the safety of all kids, and to improve interactions.
Olivet fosters effective communities at the classroom, school, church, and neighbourhood levels. As the school is connected to a church, church members are involved members of the community, often volunteering to do things with the school and share their time and talents. Parents are also welcome to get involved in school life and events, and school families are made very welcome at church events. Every year there is a fall picnic to which alumni are invited, and students who have graduated have the opportunity to stay connected with each other through participation in youth groups at the church. I am still in contact with many of my former Olivet classmates many years later, some of whom have continued to be involved with the church and others who have not.
"It takes a village to raise a child." At Olivet I feel that I am supported as a parent. Olivet has helped me in many ways to raise my children to be positive role models in society. The teachers always listen to any academic problems my children have and we work together to come up with the right solution for each child. We look at them individually and not limit their success. At Olivet I don't feel that they are generalized. They are seen as individuals and are not put in a box and their abilities are not limited. Parents have opportunity to volunteer in many different outings and be a part of the school. One of the great thing also Olivet pays for your police back ground check. Their is no limit to a parents voice and opinion to get involved in the school activities. We organize bake sales, picnics, Santa Claus parade and more. We are a small, friendly and welcoming community. If a parent is busy with work and home life, you can count on a teacher or parent to help you out with your child/children.
The nice thing about the Olivet School community is that it extends into the Olivet Church community as well. Students may perform songs for special church services and I think it's nice for the child to see so many different community members supporting them -- not just their parents. As an alumni of Olivet, I always feel welcome! I am recognized and greeted by name as soon as I walk into the building. I love visiting my former teachers there and noticing the different changes around the classrooms and buildings. Yes, I am certainly in touch with some of my former classmates since graduating Olivet! My closest friend and I both graduated from Olivet and we have a unique bond because of that. She was even a bridesmaid at my wedding! I am also close with her younger sister who graduated a few years after us. A foreign student from Puerto Rico joined my class for 2 years and I am still friends with her today, despite her moving back.
All parent knew each other and offered a hand when another was in need. Parents are always involved in all the school activities and always contribute to the success of the school. It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. The parental community is the village that collectively raises the children to ensure their growth and success. From hotdog lunches, where parents join in, to bake sales and concerts there are so many opportunities for parents to get involved.