Parent Involvement

Temple Ohabei Shalom - Diane K. Trust Center for Early EducationWe recognize that in order to provide the very best educational experience for your child, the partnership between parents and teachers must be a strong one. As partners, it is vitally important to learn all we can from one another. TCEE has an open-door policy. Parents are welcome to arrive unannounced for a visit to the classrooms while your child is present. Furthermore, we encourage your participation in the classroom whether during special programs, chaperoning field trips, sharing a special skill or talent or reading with your child’s class, or volunteering to assist with art or cooking projects.

Our Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is an active group providing a wide variety of opportunities for parents to become involved in the classroom, as well as with school-wide fundraising efforts and policy-making. As a parent of a child attending the Diane K. Trust Center, you are automatically a member of our PAC – we welcome your time, energy, ideas, and all levels of involvement.

In addition, several parent evenings will be scheduled throughout the year focusing on topics of interests to our parents. These program may focus on areas such as Kindergarten readiness, how to raise a “mensch”, easing the transition to public/private school, sibling rivalry, and building family traditions.

Included as a facet of your child’s enrollment at TCEE, is a Temple Ohabei Shalom family membership. There are opportunities throughout the year for you and your family to join the many community-building activities with other TOS families including weekly Shabbat celebrations and monthly Tot Shabbat services and dinners. Please call the Temple Office at 617.277.6610 for more information.

Parent Communication
We value frequent and flexible parent-teacher communication.  Parent-teacher communication takes many forms, both informal and formal.  Parents who are present at drop-off and pick-up often enjoy a quick check-in with their child(ren)’s teachers.   For parents who have made other arrangements regarding drop-off and pick-up, our teachers are flexible and eager to accommodate your communication needs.  Some families find that a brief e-mail every week or so is helpful.  All of our families enjoy checking their family mailboxes and occasionally finding a “Wow!” card, with a description of a new accomplishment their child has made that day.

Formal communication about children’s growth and development occurs through parent-teacher phone calls in the early fall and early spring.  Parent-teacher conferences occur in November and May.

TCEE parents enjoy regular updates about the classroom curriculum.  Curriculum overviews are sent home each Monday (click here to see a sample curriculum overview).  In addition, our teachers blog, using text and photographs to share the major events of the week.  We find that both of these tools can help parents engage with children to open up more about their school experiences and to begin dynamic conversations as home.

To follow the teacher blogs and get up-to-date TCEE information, visit the Parent Connection.  If you do not have your password, or have forgotten it, email Rita at rshapiro@ohabei.org.