At AIM, we are more than just a preschool or private school: parents regularly mention the major benefit they derive from our welcoming, cross-cultural community. Many of our families have one parent with a heritage in an Asian country; other families have chosen AIM because they believe in the value of a bilingual education, or plainly because AIM is becoming recognized as one of the top Montessori programs in the Bay Area!
Our parents tend to be very involved in their children’s education, and dedicated to high standards of personal and educational achievement. As a result, AIM’s parent community is a very active one. Led by our Parent-Teacher Association, the parents at AIM make many contributions to the school, and also organize many community-building activities. Here’s a list of the recent things the AIM parent community organized:
- At school events. The PTO organizes events every 4-6 weeks, to bring the families to the school and to contribute funds to projects, such as the school library and the outside improvement initiative. Events range from an annual waffle breakfast to a school carnival, from a book fair to a game day.
- Weekend & evening events. Under parent leadership, AIM is lucky to have a roving play date once a month, where parents get together for a casual play time and often a pot luck at a local park. AIM parents have also organized community bike rides, mom’s nights out, poker nights, class pot lucks and other totally fun opportunities to mingle and meat other families at school.
- Support for school events and initiatives. AIM families often volunteer for school events, from chaperoning field trips to helping with building furniture or sawing wood for the new builder boards in the elementary yard. Parents also help with things like cataloging our library of books, providing snacks and flowers for the classroom or assisting with a variety of office tasks.
AIM requires each family to contribute 5 volunteer hours per child per year—but many families choose to do more, because of the joy they gain from being involved in their child’s school experience, together with other highly engaged parents.