Tomorrow River Community Charter School
SCHOOL AND FAMILY PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT AND QUESTIONNAIRE

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Enrollment in the Tomorrow River Community Charter School & Middle School (TRCCS/TRCMS) is a choice to participate in a specific approach to education that requires a strong working partnership between the school and every family member.
In this partnership, we agree to the following:

The school will:
•Provide a safe and positive learning environment and program guided by the principles of Public Waldorf Education.
•Treat family members and students respectfully.
•Maintain regular ongoing communication with families.
•Inform family members of the progress and activities of the class.
•Provide opportunities for family and community education throughout the year.
•Encourage open and direct communication, with opportunities for parents to provide feedback and input.

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TRCCS/TRCMS Electronic Media Concerns and Guidelines
At the TRCCS/TRCMS, there is a conscious intention and effort to provide an educational environment that nurtures the imagination and healthy development of every child. Because electronic media exposure tends to work cross-purpose to this, the TRCCS/TRCMS teachers need the support of parents in restricting media use in the home. Similarly, parents who choose our school because they want to protect their children as much as possible from the negative effects of electronic media also need the support of the parents of their children’s classmates.

For these reasons, the Pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade class teachers request that the TRCCS/TRCMS parents limit or remove children’s exposure to electronic media. In order to support the work of the teachers to create and maintain an environment that cultivates imagination, wonder and beauty, we ask that you make the necessary changes in your household(s). TRCCS's & TRCMS's definition of electronic media includes all electronic screen and voice technology devices: TV, videos/DVD, movies, video games, computers, cell phones, etc.

We ask that any exposure to electronic media with children in grades 4th through 6th be limited and mostly on the weekends. Attention to content is particularly important if use is allowed. We ask that parents of these older students work in partnership with our teachers to limit exposure to electronic media in ways that protect them from its negative influences while also encouraging their increasing capacities for discernment, critical thinking, and self-discipline (i.e., media literacy).

We recognize that restricting electronic media use in the home requires a commitment to a family lifestyle that runs counter to our mainstream culture. We also recognize that protecting children from media exposure is especially challenging in homes where older siblings are present, and when a child lives in more than one household. A wholehearted effort to thoughtfully protect children from media exposure can only be successful when we educate ourselves about the effects of electronic media on children, and then exercise continual determination to go “against the grain” in order to do what we believe is most healthy for them. We ask that every parent join us in this challenging, but so very important, commitment.

It is important that new families understand how we must work together to create this Waldorf-inspired environment for all of our students.

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Please check below what best describes your child’s current use of electronic media:
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Above you found the TRCCS/TRCMS School and Family Partnership Agreement, which we ask all families to abide by if offered a space in our school. If my child is offered a space at the Tomorrow River Community Charter School or Middle School, I/we will follow through with the expectations of the School and Family Partnership Agreement.Parent/Guardian Signatures: *
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The TRCCS/TRCMS emphasizes parent involvement and contribution as key elements of our charter, and our enriched curriculum is dependent on financial and time donations from our parent body. How will you be able to participate in volunteering, teaching, committee participation, donations, fundraising, or other ways of supporting your child’s education at the TRCCS/TRCMS? *
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