The parent community at Star Academy is top notch. Most have become our friends. We share common interest and concerns with respect to our kids' sensitivities and special needs. They are very involved in the school. My husband built a wood stage for the school gym. He also brought a massive hydraulic truck to the school to demonstrate the effect of lifting and hydraulics. One parent took the initiative to gather used uniforms and re-sell them to raise funds for charity while recycling clothing to help reduce the carbon footprint. The Primary grades have yoga classes with their parents at the school. It is very common to see this kind of thing at Star Academy and the staff are constantly looking for more opportunities for parental involvement.
Star’s location means that school community is stretched over several GTA cities. Coupled with a lack of transit options, this limits possibilities for parent involvement. There are monthly coffee mornings following drop off, which allow for informal chats among parents, as well as regular school meetings hosted by the administration. Parents are not invited to volunteer on field trips or in the classroom. There are limited committees (Fun Fair) requiring parent involvement. Parents are asked if they have skills/knowledge that could be shared in the classroom, and if appropriate are invited to do so – a presentation on Internet safety has been given, as well as a science lesson that saw a parent arrive with a heavy duty truck (can’t recall the lesson…). As someone who enjoys being involved in my children’s school, more opportunities to contribute - if need be - would be welcome.