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FAQs

Q:

SHINE St. Charles is a Christian led co-op.  What does this mean?

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The board of SHINE St. Charles is made up of Christians who all sign a statement of faith.  However you do not need to be a Christian or sign a statement of faith to join SHINE St. Charles and participate in activities and classes.  We do require that all members treat each other with respect. Classes may include Christian content, and will not include teaching of religious beliefs contrary to the Christian faith.  Of course a lot of classes will not include religious teaching at all. Feel free to contact the teacher of a class to get more information about what is being taught if you have any concerns.

Q:

What fees will I need to pay?

A:

Membership in SHINE St. Charles is $20 per year.  This fee allows you access to the website and our members only Facebook group.  In order to attend SHINE Wednesday co-op classes, each family pays a $25 location fee each semester.  This fee helps pay the rent for the church location. Each class that you sign a child up for has a base fee of $18.  Classes requiring extra supplies will have an additional supply fee. These fees can be found on the class registration matrix.  SHINE St. Charles also offers a variety of field trips, parties, and other activities. Some of these are free and some have additional costs.  Information about these activities can be found on our website under the calendar tab. Fees and details for the activity will be listed in the description.

Q:

When and where are SHINE Wednesday co-op classes offered?

A:

SHINE Wednesday class are offered on Wednesdays throughout the school year.   Classes meet at Encouragers Church. Classes are offered at 10am, 11am, 1pm, and 2pm with limited middle and high school classes at 3pm.  Lunch is at 12pm and families may bring a lunch and eat at the church or leave for lunch. Parents are responsible for their children at lunch.

Q:

Do I have to attend classes all day?

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No.  We offer 4 hours of classes at SHINE Wednesdays.  You can attend just one hour, all hours, or whatever hours fit your schedule.

Q:

Do I have to teach a class?

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No, you don’t have to teach if you prefer not to.  All of our teachers are parent volunteers, but we understand that teaching isn’t for everyone. Parents often prefer to just help out in classes for the first semester or two and consider teaching once they are more familiar with co-op, but you are never required to be a teacher.  

Q:

Do I have to volunteer?

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SHINE Wednesday co-op classes are just that, a co-op.  In order to ensure that everything runs smoothly, we do require parents attending SHINE Wednesdays to volunteer to help in a class (or teach if you want to) each hour that your children attend classes up to a maximum of 3 hours.  If you attend all 4 hours, you only need to help for 3 of those hours.

Q:

Can I just drop my children off at co-op?

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No.  We require that parents are present during SHINE Wednesday classes.  In order for co-op to run smoothly, we need parents to help in classes.  If you attend all day, you are only required to help for 3 hours. We know there may be times you would like to leave during your free time.  Leaving co-op during the hours your children are in class is permitted if you find another parent to be responsible for them while you’re gone.  Stop by the front desk before you leave and let us know who will be responsible for your children and how we can reach you while you’re gone. If you would just like to go out to your car, please stop by the front desk and leave us your cell phone number so we can call if we need you.

Q:

Is there a fee for use of the nursery for my younger children?

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No, there is no fee for use of the nursery.  However, available nursery hours are limited and we do ask that if you register your child/children to be in the nursery that you volunteer your co-op “helping” hours in the nursery.  If you will be teaching class/classes this requirement will not apply to the hours you are teaching.

Q:

What is the front desk that you refer to?

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At SHINE Wednesdays in the Multipurpose Room we have a couple tables setup where a couple  board members can be found during the day. This is where you sign in when you arrive and out when you leave.  This is also where you can ask any questions you have and turn in any receipts for class supplies you need to be reimbursed for.

Q:

Can I just attend field trip and/or parties and not SHINE Wednesday co-op classes?

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Yes, definitely.  As a member of SHINE you can find information about field trips, parties and other activities on our calendar of events and on our members only Facebook page.  To help plan accordingly we generally require you to sign up for the events you would like to attend.  

Q:

Do you do background checks on those teaching classes?

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Yes, yearly background checks are run on those who will be present in classes with students.  In addition to background checks, we do require the presence of two or more adults in each class.

Q:

I have more questions who do I contact?

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Please feel free to email  info@shinesc.org  for further help in answering your questions.