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PTF (Parent-Teacher Fellowship)
PTF MEETINGS: Third Tuesday of Each Month
The PTF Board is made up of parent and teacher volunteers who plan and schedule events for the betterment of the school, students, and staff. Parental support and involvement is a major factor in a student's success at Gardena Valley Christian School. We encourage all parents to actively support the PTF and its activities.
Working with Your Child
Parent Help with Assigments
Parents are expected to monitor student work done at home, pointing out mistakes, and requiring students to correct them. However, parents or tutors must not tell the student what to write or write their homework answers, projects, or reports for them. Students will only learn from their mistakes if they do the work and correct it themselves. It is also important for students to learn academic responsibility through grading consequences.
If, in the opinion of the faculty and administration, the resulting work is not consistent with the child’s ability or previous classroom work, the grade will be lowered. When such a case of “parent or tutor doing the work” is suspected, the child will be interviewed, the parent contacted, and the school principal informed. The decision of the grade will rest with the teacher and administration. Parents who purchase teacher manuals or tests/test answer keys and use them to give students answers will be in danger of forced withdrawal from GVCS.
Parent Relationships with Students
Because children are still learning social skills, behavior is not always exemplary. Parents may become upset with a child whose behavior has affected or injured their student. At no time is an adult, other than GVCS staff members, ever permitted to confront a child who is not their own. Incidents of student conflict must be reported to the proper school authorities, who will appropriately discipline the offending student as needed. GVCS will not facilitate meetings between parents of the children in conflict. Parents must allow the school to handle all discipline issues. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in the parent being warned; a second infraction may result in a separation of relationship with GVCS.
Working with Your Child's Teachers
Parents who wish to have a private conference with a teacher should arrange for an appointment between 3:15 and 4:00 p.m. on school days. Parents desiring to visit a classroom during school hours may do so by making arrangements with the office (see Visitor Passes). A special day is reserved at the conclusion of the first quarter of school for an initial parent-teacher conference for all parents and their child’s homeroom teacher. The first quarter report cards will be issued at that time.
It is preferred that an appointment for visitation be arranged in advance. Because of the disruption to student routines and learning, we ask that visits be kept to a reasonable length and frequency, as agreed to by teacher, administration, and parent. General practice is twenty minutes, no more than once per two weeks. Classroom visits should begin after the first 4 weeks to allow classroom procedures to be set without interruption. Upon arriving for your scheduled visit, please report to the office for a Visitor’s badge.
Parents may also visit school for lunch, chapel, special programs, etc. All visitors must check in with the office for a Visitor’s badge.
The PTF will provide for Room Parent volunteers to help the classroom teachers with parties and other activities to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Cultural Diversity week, Easter, and end of the year. Birthday parties initiated by the parent must get permission from the classroom teacher at least one week in advance, due to academic planning. Birthday celebrations may consist of only single serving treats, such as cupcakes, cookies, doughnuts, etc., and prepackaged drink boxes and will be held during a 20-30 minute allotted time period, preferably at the end of the day. This will keep the celebration from unduly interfering with classroom learning time and eliminate the tendency to outdo the previous birthday party. Home parties are encouraged, but to avoid hurt feelings, invitations must not be handed out at school unless every child in the class is invited.
Credit Card Payments
GVCS accepts Master Card, Visa, and Discover Card* credit cards (in addition to checks and cash) for registration, tuition and childcare payments only.
In order to utilize this service, you must present your card and sign the receipt in person at the school office.
* There is a 3% credit processing fee for using this service.
If you would like to pay next year's tuition IN FULL by August 10 with a credit card, you will see a 2% tuition discount (5% discount per policy, minus 3% processing fee). As always per Financial Policy, registration and tuition fees are non-refundable.
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