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DIVERSITY STATEMENT

Cow Hollow School support​s​ the ever-growing diversity of our school population through outreach and admissions. This includes ​,​ but is not limited to: family structure, culture, race, religion, socio-economics, sexual orientation, gender, identity, and mental and social abilities. ​It is our goal that the children and families of our school  reflect the rich diversity of the city in which we live.

PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION

The Parents’ Association is committed to developing and strengthening the family-school partnership to enhance the experience of all children and families at CHS and build a strong community. As the parent/guardian of a child attending CHS, you are automatically a member of the Parent Association and part of a dedicated parent body. Membership dues are collected from families with the first installment of school tuition.

The primary responsibilities of the Parents’ Association are to coordinate special events and programs for children and parents, facilitate parent involvement in various school projects, and provide important communication to members. The Parents’ Association sponsors several annual events for its members, such as Back-to-School and Year-end Picnics, Parent Socials and play dates that enhance the community and help to create an essential bond between home and school. The Parents’ Association is also responsible for many events with new and prospective parents, such as New Parent Orientation, Prospective Parent Tours, and Kindergarten Information Night. Partners of the Parents Association include: Amazon, Books Inc. and Sports Basement.

The Parents’ Association is a valuable resource for our teachers, as the work we do allows teachers to focus on critical responsibilities that impact our children. Additionally, the Parents’ Association is a valuable resource for all parents because they help coordinate activities that enrich the overall CHS environment and community.

C.I.V.I.C.: CITIZENSHIP, IDENTITIES, VALUES, INCLUSION, CULTURES

C.I.V.I.C. is a committee of teachers and parents at Cow Hollow School who celebrate Citizenship, Identities, Values, Inclusion, and Cultures. CIVIC facilitates conversations about children’s identity and sense of place in the school, the neighborhood, the city, and the world. We are interested in celebrating these themes in our school community, dialoguing with each other and with our children, advocating for social justice, and participating in community events.

Last year, CIVIC hosted several roundtable conversations, with the aim of bringing teachers and parents together to support children in learning about their social worlds. Below are some of the themes:

  • Guiding Children’s Understanding of Racial Identities
  • Talking with Children about the Life Cycle
  • Talking with Children About Homelessness

HEALTHY SCHOOL

At Cow Hollow School we are committed to improving the health of our children, staff, parents and the environment. Through our Healthy School Initiative, we recommend and implement strategies to promote cleaner air, water and food; reduce waste and promote sustainability; and encourage the use of environmentally responsible materials. Our goal is to further enhance our program by guiding the children to be stewards of the earth and its resources, helping them care and become responsible members of their community, and to heighten their awareness of how people affect and are affected by their environment.

We consider the following when implementing our Healthy School strategies:

  • Long-term and short-term costs
  • Impact on the health of the children, staff and parents
  • Impact on the environment
  • Consistency with our school philosophy and values

We have made a commitment to this initiative in collaboration with parents dedicated to helping with research and recommendations, establishing green guidelines, making real changes that impact our school, and integrating the message into our curriculum.