I hope all of your families have enjoyed and are settling into the new school year. The fun is just beginning! We’re happy to announce that our events will soon be added to the school’s Parent Square calendar so that you can see all school and PA events in one place. We will regularly be adding events or save the dates as our details get confirmed. Upcoming events are also listed at the bottom of this newsletter for your convenience.
Thank you to all the families that filled out the Parent Association annual survey. We had a record high number of responses, and we’re excited to share the results below. It really is so energizing to see all of your feedback and interests, as it helps drive the direction and programming of the board sponsors. Needless to say, none of this happens automatically. All of our events are driven by our volunteer board members, and our funding comes completely from the community. As we prepare to kick off the SEED campaign at the end of October, we ask that you remember the MCH Parent Association and contribute what you’re comfortable with.
We look forward to seeing you and your families at Harvest Fest and our first annual bonfire (highest rated in our survey) in the coming weeks!
President, MCH Parent Association
2023 Parent Survey Results
With nearly 30% of MCH families participating, we had our largest turnout ever and collected tons of helpful feedback. The distribution across the programs (infant & toddler, early childhood, elementary, and middle school) was roughly proportional to those at the school, making for a very representative set of results.
Parents’ spending priorities have a huge impact on how we approach our work for the year. In addition to a number of great events and initiatives, staff appreciation and development projects in the pipeline, we’re working with the school to identify extracurricular student activities and classroom enrichment material that will enhance our children’s experience at school. You can be sure we’ll have more for you as soon as we have updates on those fronts.
We have a calendar packed with exciting events - from the Community Bonfire in November (more on that below), to our first ever International Night in February, and an even bigger Camping Weekend in June. Just as we’re doing with the responses to the spending question above, you will find that our community events programming for the year is nicely aligned with the community’s wishes.
Beyond the two primary questions, we also found that parents:
Finally, we had almost 20 parents ask to be added to our brand new volunteer list and we’re so grateful for that. We’ll reach out to those individuals as opportunities become available.
Thank you again to everyone who completed the 2023 survey!
Join us for a Community Bonfire!
When: Saturday, November 18th 1:30PM-4:30PM
Where: Lake Sammamish State Park *
The fire pit is located within a covered structure, so come warm up, and toast marshmallows with us rain or shine!
*Parking is free with a Discover Pass,
or you can purchase a parking pass at the park.
See you at HarvestFest! As is tradition, the Parent Association will be hosting the Pumpkin Patch in the EC Playground. Come say hi, get creative with pumpkin (and gourd!) decorating, and discover more about our exciting initiatives.
We can't wait to connect with you!
2023 SEED Fundraiser Campaign
Starts Sunday, October 29th!
The SEED campaign entirely funds our operations and activities throughout the year. Please be on the lookout for the kickoff of our fundraising campaign the day after HarvestFest, and consider supporting our mission to enrich the MCH community in service to you as parents and our children.
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
Stay tuned for more information about an amazing parent education opportunity happening on Friday, November 10th with renowned diversity speaker and trainer, Rosetta Lee.
Harvest Fest: Saturday, 10/28, 10am-12pm
SEED campaign starts: Sunday, 10/29
Rosetta Lee Workshop: Friday, 11/10, 5-7pm
Bonfire: Saturday, 11/18, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Wishing your family a peaceful & joy-filled fall season