One of our 3 Core Values at Great Work Work Montessori School is Community Partnership.  As a Jefferson County public charter school GWMS was created by families who believe in the school mission of supporting every child in becoming a joyful and courageous agent of peace, builder of community and creator of justice and beauty.  Parents are their child’s first and forever teacher with the greatest influence on their growth and development. We aim to co-create with families a greater community where children and families learn anytime and anywhere. Our school community have set up intentional learning opportunities, communication systems, and support that will aid us in shifting the mindset of family involvement into true partnership. 

At Great Work Montessori School we believe that communication is key.  We have a variety of different ways for families and guides to communicate.  Connection is an essential part of our staff culture. Families can expect regular emails from their child’s guide giving them glimpses into their classroom communities experience, and welcome contact with parents about their home life in order to bridge the gap between home and school. Parent teacher conferences are held twice a year, one in the fall and one in the spring for all children.  There are weekly classroom specific emails sent home from each guide. School wide Monthly newsletters, and Weekly reminders help us all stay connected to school events and opportunities to come together and build community.

Another important aspect is for all the partners to see themselves as lifelong learners.  With that in mind we have many opportunities for learning from one another and with each other.  Our staff trainings include topics on child development, as well as trauma informed care and Anti Bias Anti Racist training in order to identify and overcome cultural barriers. Our monthly Parent Discussions provide an opportunity for staff to show their expertise on child centered topics while giving parents an opportunity to share their perspectives with one another and create connections.  Watch-Me-Work nights are scheduled 2 times a year for Primary families and are great ways for families to experience how children work with Montessori materials. Parent’s at all levels are invited to share their culture and professional knowledge by coming in and doing in class presentations.

Finally, a partnership is one of support.  As a Jeffco Charter School we have a parent led school board who partner with our head of school to make decisions that align with our mission and vision.  In addition we have the GWMS Community Council who are made up of parents who volunteer their time to support staff, create parent connection, and understand the needs of our family community so we can support everyone.

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