Seattle Christian Homeschool Co-op 2018-2019 Family Handbook CCC Contact Information & Websites
City Calvary Chapel 15211 – 15th Ave. NE Shoreline, WA 98155 (206) 709-9416 www.citycalvarychapel.org
Seattle Christian Homeschool Co-op
Welcome to Seattle Christian Homeschool Co-op! We are a community desiring to assist parents (who are ultimately accountable for training their children - Proverbs 22:6) by providing instruction in a variety of academic, character and creative pursuits from a Biblical Christian perspective. SCHC is a group of families committed to homeschooling. It is a place where families who are using home education as a tool to disciple their children are encouraged and find fellowship. It is a place where minds are developed, hearts are nourished, friendships grow, and the love of the Lord Jesus Christ is magnified.
Seattle Christian Homeschool Co-op is a ministry of City Calvary Chapel (CCC). We are a mid-size cooperative offering classes from preschool through high school.
We are a co-op in the true sense of the word “cooperative.” At least one parent from each family is expected to take on teaching or assistant teaching responsibilities during the year and families also help with set-up and clean-up on a rotating basis.
Central to each day is Chapel, where we gather as a community for worship and devotions led by various classes, students, and families. In addition to classes – which are primarily parent- taught – the co-op offers lunch together in the Fellowship Hall and special co-op-wide events.
The co-op board meets generally once a month. Meetings are open to any co-op member who wishes to attend.
We pray that the co-op will be a blessing to you in your parenting journey. Sincerely,
The Co-op Board
Our mission as a Christian homeschool co-op is to support families who are raising their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We use God centered classrooms as a venue to teach children about God. We aim to have a place of fellowship, encouragement and fun for families. While we all may home educate in different ways, on Friday we come together and encourage one another in the centrality of Christ in our lives
Statement of Faith
The sole basis for our belief comes from the Bible in its entirety. It is the inspired, inerrant word of God and is the final authority on all matters on which it bears. We believe the Bible teaches that there is one infinite and personal God who is eternally existent in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
God created mankind to have a loving relationship with Him, but we defied God by sinfully rejecting Him. As a result, each one of us needs God's saving grace to end our separation from Him. This grace comes as a result of Jesus Christ, who is both fully God and fully man, dying on the cross and rising from the dead. It was upon the cross He completely paid the price of our sinfulness and is now offering the gift of eternal life. If a person wants to receive this gift, he/she must repent of his/her sins and trust in Jesus Christ alone for eternal salvation.
SCHC meets on Fridays from late-September through mid-May.
The daily schedule is:
Block A Classes ~ 8:45/9:15 - 10:10
Block B Classes ~ 10:15 - 11:10
Chapel (Mandatory) ~ 11:15 - 11:45
Lunch ~ 11:45. - 12:30
Block C Classes ~ 12:30 - 1:25
Block D Classes~ 1:30 - 2:25/3:00
Church Clean-up (rotating families each week) ~ 2:45
Orientation: September 10
Back to school BBQ: September 15 Matthews Beach 4:00
Semester One: September 14 - January 18
Semester Two: January 25 - May 17
Craft Fair : December 8
Student Showcase: May 20
Thanksgiving Break : November 23
Christmas Break: December 7 - January 4
Registration 2019-2020 School Year Opens: April 15
Good Friday: April 19
Christian Heritage Conference : April 26
Expectations for student conduct are described by the STARS program. A STAR Student...
Submits to authority (focus in September, March)
A king's wrath is a messenger of death, and a wise man will appease it. In the light of a king's face there is life, and his favor is like the clouds that bring the spring rain. Proverbs 16:14,1
• Looks at the teacher and other students when he or she is speaking • Does not speak out of turn or cause distractions in classroom
• Honors the authority of teachers and adults at co-op
Tries their best (focus in October, April)
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3
• Does not give up when an assignment is difficult • Follows directions the first time they are given
• Invests time and energy into studying
Abounds in good deeds (November, May)
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Proverbs 3:27
• Helps teachers and other students without being asked • Asks, “What can I do to help?”
• Is a good example to other students of godly behavior
Respects others (December, January)
What is desired in a man is steadfast love, and a poor man is better than a liar.The fear of the LORD leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm. Proverbs 19:22,23
• Speaks with honor to and about teachers and students • Does not participate in gossip or spreading of rumors
• Respects other’s personal space and property, including the church building
Shows kindness (focus in February)
Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness and honor. Proverbs 21:21
• Does nothing out of selfish ambition
• Considers others as better than him/herself
• Looks out for the interest of others
Order of Discipline under the STARS Program
All teachers and assistants will demonstrate love, grace, and helpfulness to all students. However, this does not mean that inappropriate behavior will be tolerated. If a student exhibits inappropriate classroom behavior, the teacher or assistant will call their name ONCE and ask for their attention. If the disruptive behavior then continues, the following will happen sequentially:
The student will receive a verbal warning. A student may only receive ONE warning per class period.
If inappropriate behavior continues in the same class period after being warned, their parent will be asked to assist the student in class for the day or the student will be taken to their parent if he/she is teaching.
If it is necessary for a student’s parent to be approached three times for behavioral reasons, a counseling appointment will be scheduled that will include Pastor Aydelott (or a co-op male leadership), the parent, and the student.
Two meetings are grounds for dismissal from co-op.
Incidents involving bullying, physically harming another person or property damage will bypass the first two steps and lead immediately to the third step.
This is not an exhaustive list of desired behavior and co-op members should always be guided by Christ's Golden Rule: So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.
The Standards Committee was created to help oversee the Stars program. If a situation arises that needs mediation between co-op members, this committee is available to help support, navigate and mediate a conversation between hurt parties in hopes of reconciling an issue or disagreement. If needed a meeting can also be arranged with CCC senior pastor John Aydelott or an elder.
All parents are required to contribute to the co-op's operation in these ways:
All non-teaching jobs (class assistant, nursery, subs, and hall monitor) will be assigned by the Director. You must attend co-op long enough to fulfill your job responsibility. ***If you do not want to assume a significant volunteer position, see details on the Non-Participating Parent Tuition Fee on p.13.
Co-op members are expected to help clean the facility on a rotating basis each Friday. If you are unable to clean on your assigned day, you will need to make arrangements by trading with another family. If you do not show up to clean, you will be assessed a $40 fee. If you drop out of co-op, you will still be responsible for your cleaning days. If you are unable to clean, we recommend paying a teen; talk to Mrs. Clean for details. In an emergency situation, such as your family is sick, please call Mrs. Clean (see p.2 for contact information) before 10 a.m; you will then be rescheduled to clean on another date.
Be present at the co-op premises while any of your children are at co-op. In an emergency situation, you can leave the co-op premises if another parent who is at co-op agrees to be responsible for your children at co-op while you are gone; however, you must complete and sign the Guardianship form. This form is available at the information table.
All children on co-op premises are to be registered with the co-op. If an emergency situation arises where you will be caring for someone else's child who is not registered within the co-op and you need to bring them to co-op on Friday, please notify the Secretary.
Complete and return a background check form for any adult who you anticipate fulfilling your co- op responsibilities.
What is true for the students is also true for co-op parents: This is not an exhaustive list of desired behavior and co-op members should always be guided by Christ's Golden Rule: So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.
Students are expected to contribute to the co-op's operation in these ways:
Abide by the STARS “code of conduct” (detailed on pages 4-5).
Clean up classrooms at the end of each class period before being dismissed, including:
Throw away garbage and recyclables.
Take all personal items (backpacks, notebooks, papers, etc.) along when exiting the classroom and at the end of the co-op day.
Participate in co-op clean-up according to each family's schedule.
Stay within the church building, parking lot play area and courtyard during the co-op day. Older students: Please help by keeping outside doors and gates closed and by helping any younger students back inside if necessary.
If not participating in a class at any time during the co-op day, students may be in the Fellowship Hall, courtyard, or study hall in the foyer.
The study hall is a quiet study area. Please be respectful of students who are studying; conversations between students should be taken to the Fellowship Hall or courtyard.
Students are not to be in unused classrooms, including the Attic.
Building Use Rules
Hallways: Students are expected to WALK in the hallways. Running and horseplay are not permitted. The hallway located upstairs between the church office and the nursery will be off- limits during co-op hours. If students have a class in Room 205, they may ONLY use the back stairwell to get to and from their class.
Sanctuary: No students are allowed on the sanctuary stage or in the sound booth. The Sanctuary is only available to students during chapel, a specific class using the Sanctuary or during clean-up (those people responsible for clean-up only). There should be NO FOOD anywhere upstairs (the sanctuary, foyer, hallway, etc.).
Wheeled Devices: Due to liability, damage and safety issues, no recreational ride-on or wheeled devices will be permitted at co-op. This includes: skateboards, scooters, roller skates, "Heelys" tennis shoes and bicycles.
Recess Area: The basketball hoop and a variety of other outdoor toys are available for 3rd graders and up in the designated recess area coned off in the back corner of the parking lot with parent permission. Toys must remain in this area, the BB hoop must remain in its highest position, students may NOT lower or raise the level of the hoop or move the hoop in any way.
Fountain: No playing in or on the water fountain or placing leaves, food, wood chips, or garbage in the fountain.
Playground Fort: For the 2nd grade and younger students with parent permission. No climbing on the roof of the fort. No throwing wood chips.
If your child eats lunch outside please make sure they throw away all trash in the garbage cans.
Lunch is eaten in the CCC Fellowship Hall, in the courtyard, or in room 107. Food should not be eaten in other rooms, unless it is part of a class activity. Lunch items should be packed up or disposed of, as appropriate, before leaving the lunch area. Please do not take food upstairs.
Lunches may be stored on the buffet table along the east wall of the Fellowship Hall. At the end of lunch, please wipe down the table and chairs your family used. Wipes are available near the sink in the Fellowship Hall. If you plan on eating lunch in rooms 103 or 106 please have your area cleaned up and vacated by 12:20pm, so the block C teachers have time for set-up.
No playground supervisors will be on duty during the co-op day. Parents allow their children to play on the playground at their own risk. Each parent is responsible for supervising their own children, finding another responsible adult to supervise their children, or allowing their children to play unsupervised.
Students with Special Needs
Our co-op is not set up to accommodate students with special needs for the following reasons:
Teachers are primarily parents who teach in their special areas of interest, education, or expertise, but most of whom are not trained as professional teachers.
Because classes meet for 55 minutes once a week, there is not extra time to spend with an individual student who regularly needs extra help. In some instances, students with special needs are capable of participating in a co-op class, but parents should be in close contact with the teachers and may be required to sit in the classroom with their student.
If your student has a special need that teachers should be aware of, please be sure to let your teachers know.
Non-familial children who accompany a family to co-op:
As mentioned above in the Parent Expectation section, this is only permitted under emergency situations. You must contact the Secretary if you need to bring a non-registered child to co-op for the day. Please make sure their presence does not interfere with your ability to fulfill your co- op responsibilities.
Please sign in your guest at the info table in the fellowship hall. You must have teacher approval ahead of time to send a guest to a class with your child. Please make sure your guest understands the expectations of behavior and building rules at the co-op.
Toys and Technology Policy
Please do not bring toys from home into the classrooms as they create an unnecessary distraction. Cell phones and mp3 players are not to be used during classes and will be taken by
teachers should they become interruptive or distractive. When not in class or chapel, personal toys and technology may be used by students with parent permission.
The co-op provides indoor games and outdoor play equipment for use during lunch or free blocks, so you should not need to bring toys from home. If certain toys create problems among students, your child may be asked to put it away and not bring it back to co-op.
As for cell phones and iPods that can connect to the internet, we remind students of Psalm 101:2-3 "I will walk in integrity and with a blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no evil thing." Use discernment regarding what you look at and show to others, especially with many young students at co-op.
As a ministry of City Calvary Chapel, we submit to the leadership of the Board of Elders in regards to issues of theological debate, such as creation. All classes will be taught from a Biblical world view perspective. If a class involves historical or origin science, teachers will teach a young earth literal interpretation of the Genesis account in accordance with the guidelines of City Calvary Chapel.
If you have a situation where you won't be able to fulfill your responsibilities at co-op, please use the following guidelines for finding a substitute.
Plan early. If you know of your absence find a substitute ASAP!
If you are an assistant, contact the lead teacher for your class so they know of your absence. Send out a new email thread to co-op members (preferably starting with parents of students in the class) with the subject line "substitute needed block ___". That way people who aren't available that time need not open it, but those who are free can read your email and see if they are able to help you.
Last resort: If you are unable to find a substitute via email or word of mouth with friends, please contact your AGC ASAP. We do not have any substitutes this year. The responsibility falls on you to help find coverage during your absence.
Do to others as you would have them do to you (Luke 6:31). We don't want co-op to be a source of sickness for any family. Please use good judgment and if you or your children are sick or recovering from an illness, even the common cold or a sinus infection**, please do not attend co-op for that Friday. If in doubt, check the below guidelines, stay home and plan on getting a substitute to fill in for you per the substitute policy, contact Mrs. Clean (see page 6) if you are scheduled to clean and lastly, call your AGC if you have any questions. If you do not vaccinate
your children it is your responsibility to make sure you are not exposing cooperative families to disease.
We follow the health services guidelines recommended by the American Public Health Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. If you or your children have any the following, please do not come to co-op:
Fever of 100 degrees or greater within 24 hours prior to co-op that needs medication to control (such as Tylenol, Advil or Motrin)
Vomiting or nausea within 48 hours prior to co-op
Diarrhea within 24 hours prior to co-op
Nasal congestion, or yellow or green nasal discharge, or excessive clear nasal discharge that is heavy enough to require frequent wiping
Common cold with sore throat or persistent coughing or sneezing
Streptococcal infection, until 48 hours after medication has been initiated
Antibiotics for less than 48 hours
Infected skin or eyes or undiagnosed rash (e.g. conjunctivitis, poison ivy, etc.), until the prescribed drops, cream or treatment are complete or incubation period recommended by doctor has passed
Acting lethargic, listless, or irritable
Any complaint of unexplained or undiagnosed pain (not including teething)
Other contagious symptoms, including but not limited to lice, ringworm, etc.
If your child has a clear runny nose, then use your best judgment as to whether it's sickness or allergy or teething; most likely if it's after sickness, it's still contagious. If you decide to bring your child with clear runny nose due to allergies or teething, please be diligent about wiping your child's nose often and washing your hands immediately afterwards.
Although a sinus infection is not contagious, the cold that preceded the sinus infection is highly contagious. As a result, with a sinus infection, please stay home until fully recovered from cold symptoms as stated above. The same applies to strep throat. If you still have cold symptoms even after 48 hours on medication, please stay home until cold symptoms end.
SCHC Closure Policy
During inclement weather SCHC follows the Shoreline School District's weather closure policy. If Shoreline schools are closed, then SCHC will be closed. If the Shoreline School District is running on any kind of delay, please check your email for a notice from the Secretary on whether or not co-op will be running late or cancelled. We will also update the home page of www.seattlechristianhomeschool.org to let families know of any co-op changes for that day.
Of course your family's safety is our first priority. If SCHC is open but you believe it is unsafe to transport your children to co-op, please stay home and refer to the substitute policy for covering your volunteer responsibilities. Please contact your AGC if you plan on staying home, so we can account for your family and the needs of co-op that Friday.
Lead Teacher and Co-Teacher
Lead teachers are typically parents with children who are enrolled at the co-op, although we do occasionally hire outside teachers with special areas of expertise not found within the parent pool. Teacher contracts include an exhaustive list of lead teacher responsibilities, which include:
Create an age-appropriate curriculum and submit it to the AGC (see page 2) and assistant teacher.
Communicate the class syllabus to parents of your students and notify them of any major syllabus changes.
Purchase class supplies.
Come prepared for each class session.
Begin each class session with prayer and the STARS verse of the month. (See pages 4-5 for STARS overview.)
Notify AGC and Assistant Teacher as soon as possible if you will be absent from class.
Lead class in fire and earthquake drills as required by the co-op board.
Assistant Teacher responsibilities include:
Arrive early to set up class.
Take class attendance and lead daily STARS program if the lead teacher requests that you do so.
Help with discipline, help facilitate class projects, and accompany younger students on bathroom trips.
Make sure the classroom is tidy and restored to original order before dismissing students. Assist with fire and earthquake drills.
With well over 100 people using the church facility for over six hours every Friday, it is essential that everyone pitch in to keep the building clean out of respect for, and to maintain a positive relationship with, the church leadership and congregation. The fairest and easiest way to meet this need is to have each family serve about five to six weeks during the year to clean the building after co-op classes. Please note, if you are unable to finish the year for any reason, you will still be responsible for your cleaning days. Each family's responsibility includes:
Fulfill your cleaning commitment as scheduled.
Check in with Mrs. Clean in the Fellowship Hall at 2:45pm.
Check out with Mrs. Clean after completing your cleaning assignment and before leaving co-op.
Annual Registration Fees
For the 2018-2019 school year, families must submit non-refundable fees ($50 membership fee) before signing up for classes with Seattle Christian Homeschool Co-op.
Teachers' children will be given priority in their own classes, but the co-op cannot make accommodations beyond that, so families are encouraged to register early to reserve spots in desired classes.
Non-Participating Parent Policy
Most of our classes are parent-taught and require no tuition for students whose parents assume a teaching, assistant teaching, or other significant volunteer position (see the first bullet point of "Parent Expectations" on page 6). Children of parents who choose not to take on such a volunteer job may take parent-taught classes at $300 per student per class annually (the "Non- Participating Parent Tuition Fee"). Non-Participating Parent Tuition fees for the year are due with your complete registration package.
For most classes families are required to purchase supplies for the class. For the 2019-2020 school year supplies are to be purchased by May 3, 2019 or within a week of registering for classes. If a family has a financial hardship, they can request scholarship funds or request to purchase their supplies in two installments. Supply costs for each class can be found in the Class Descriptions list at www.seattlechristianhomeschool.org.
Supply purchases are due at these times:
May 3rd, 2019 or within one week of registering for classes.
October 25, 2019 for families purchasing in two installments.
Failure to purchase supplies in a timely fashion will result in not being able to attend class and possibly losing your child's place in the class.
Scholarship funds are available for families who, due to finances, cannot otherwise participate in the co-op. These funds may be used for the annual registration fee, as well as for class supplies. You may apply for scholarship money by getting a form from the Treasurer.
Everyone is encouraged to prayerfully consider making a donation to this fund.
Adding & Dropping Classes
New families may register during the Orientation meeting in September. Currently enrolled families can also make changes during this same time with the Registrar. Changes for enrolled families during orientation will not incur an administration fee. You will need to complete a Change Order Form (available on the SCHC website or in the Fellowship Hall) and be prepared to purchase supplies for the class within a week from registering.
If you have a situation arise after orientation where you need to drop a class for your child(ren), please contact the Registrar.