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Statement of Faith

Tri-Cities Enrichment Co-op holds the following as our Statement of Faith.  It is the overarching umbrella under which we operate as a cooperation of homeschoolers. Policies, curriculum and conduct will be made, formulated and expected based on the following truths:

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth,

and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

the only-begotten Son of God,

begotten of His Father before all worlds,

God of God, Light of Light,

very God of very God,

begotten, not made,

being of one substance with the Father,

by whom all things were made;

who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven,

and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary,

and was made man,

and crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;

He suffered and was buried,

and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures,

and ascended into heaven,

and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;

and He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead;

whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord and Giver of life,

who proceedeth from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;

who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe in one holy universal and apostolic church;

I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;

and I look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

Tri-Cities Enrichment Co-op Code of Conduct is to promote behavior that honors the Lord.  As a group of Christian families, our witness to others--both in word and actions--is very important.  “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus …” Col 3:17.

As with any organization, TEC’s rules and codes of conduct are necessary to promote an environment that is safe and in accordance with our mission.  All students will be held responsible for their actions and shall conduct themselves at their level of maturity, showing regard for established authority and the rights and welfare of others. These include cooperation with basic Christian standards of behavior and conversation, including:

  • Being respectful and polite

  • Obeying promptly and cheerfully

  • Following teacher requests after the first request

Additional conduct expectations include:

  • Appropriate and modest clothing that does not distract other students from learning or teachers from teaching.

  • Awareness of and avoiding off-limit areas of the building and grounds.  Students are not to be outside the building except for gym class or when supervised by an adult.

  • No electronic devices, including earbuds, during class.  Cell phones should be turned off and texting is not permitted during class.

  • No chewing gum in the building or any food or drink (except water) anywhere other than the lunch area.

As necessary, the Leadership Board of TEC will evaluate any case of student misconduct and take the disciplinary action it deems appropriate based on circumstances involved.  If at any time, TEC Leadership determines a student’s influence is harmful or intimidating to other students, TEC Leadership may request the student to immediately withdraw or be expelled from the program.

Any student found possessing any type of firearm, weapon, knife, tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drug will be asked to leave the premises immediately and will be considered for dismissal from TEC. Rules and Procedures

Facilitating:  Facilitators are used at TEC to provide a safe and communicative environment for our co-op. Facilitators take attendance, assist teachers, and help with classroom order as needed. Because TEC is a mutual co-operative between families, teachers, and Leadership, facilitating is a requirement of every parent in TEC.  The number of hours required to facilitate depends on the number of families in the co-op and the number of classes in which your child(ren) participate. If for any reason you are unable to fulfill your facilitating duties on a day you are scheduled, it is your responsibility to find a replacement for your time slot(s).

Church Service Hours:  Living Hope Church graciously permits us to use their facilities. In exchange for this privilege, TEC provides service hours to the church in the form of grounds keeping and other projects as needed. There may be scheduled workdays and projects during the year with which families will be required to assist.

Arrival and Pick-up: If your students are younger than fifth grade, you must escort them into the building through the lower south (parking lot side) entrance and keep them with you until the teacher(s)/facilitator(s) are in the classroom(s).  All children must stay within the community room area (where the kitchen is) with their parent/adult until class time.  At the end of your child’s day, you must come into the building to pick up your children.  If for any reason you are not at the church when class has ended, your children will stay with their group or in the large room with the hall monitor until you arrive. Children fifth grade and up may be dropped off and picked up at the door. The church asks that parents park their cars in the lower south parking lot.

Illness: Do not send your children to class during a contagious stage of an illness. Please be sure your child has been fever-free for 24 hours before allowing them to attend.

Attire:  Students should wear appropriate and modest clothing that does not distract other students from learning or teachers from teaching.

Preparedness:  It is expected that students will come to TEC prepared with assignments completed and writing utensils, labeled backpacks, lunch boxes, and water bottles. Only water is allowed for lunch to protect from “sticky” spills on the church carpeting. Peanut and tree nut products are not allowed at TEC due to allergies.

Living Hope Church Facilities:  Students are not allowed in any part of the building except the designated areas unless accompanied by a parent or authorized adult. We ask that all TEC students and parents remember that the church is used by many different groups during the day. As a result of this, we ask you to refrain from congregating in the following first floor areas: entryway, bathrooms, coat room, and nursery area.  In addition, students:

  • Are only permitted to leave the classroom with permission from the teacher or facilitator.

  • May not leave the building unless accompanied by a parent or authorized adult.

  • May study in specific areas to be communicated to parents at the First Parent Meeting.

  • Are allowed in the kitchen only when accompanied by their teacher for academic purposes.  An adult will be present during lunch to help students with any kitchen needs.

TEC parents:

  • Are free to utilize the nursery room reserved for TEC children under five while accompanied by a parent or authorized adult. Please register with TEC Leadership to use the nursery.

  • Have permission to use the downstairs kitchen. Be aware that all food and drinks are to be kept and consumed in the main hall or designated lunch areas.

  • Should never prop open exterior doors for any reason.

  • Are asked to not interrupt church staff during co-op days or about TEC issues. Instead, please call or text LISA HOLZL at (630) 638-8534 for questions.

Teachers:  We have an amazing group of teachers with a heart for teaching your children. If classroom concerns arise, the principles found in Scripture, especially in Matthew 18, are to be followed by everyone involved. Difficult situations are compounded when they are shared among people who are not part of the solution. Self-examination of motives and attitudes should precede attempts to correct a problem. A spirit of gentleness is expected when approaching people with concerns. In the event of a classroom concern, parents should meet privately with the classroom teacher to discuss the problem. If resolution is not achieved, meet with the Leadership to discuss.

Parent email:  In order to minimize copy expense, email communication is used extensively by TEC. Also, a number of classes transmit their homework assignments via e-mail. Please remember to check your email regularly to stay informed about TEC matters and to get homework. E-mails are limited to TEC matters and related items of interest to home school families. Please note the directory is to be used for the convenience of TEC members only. This information is not to be distributed for mass mailings or to be used for any manner of solicitation or purposes other than TEC business. Also, correspondence may be placed in your mailbox each Monday. These mailboxes are in file boxes located on the parent table on Tuesday. Please check your box after your last class each week. If for any reason you did not get your information from your box during scheduled class times, you may retrieve it during the week during church business by arrangement with the Leadership team.

Homework participation: Depending on the class, there may be specific homework expectations. Please review the class descriptions carefully for teacher expectations. Students are expected to complete homework when assigned. In the event a class is missed, please contact the respective teachers to obtain missed assignments. TEC requires a level of parental involvement that goes beyond traditional schools. Depending upon the class, teachers will provide weekly assignments that need to be monitored by parents to ensure proper completion.



I hereby give my permission for my child(ren), to participate in Tri Cities Enrichment Co-op classes for which I have enrolled. I understand that classes will be held at the Living Hope Church, North Aurora, including any and all possible other locations for extra activities. I do hereby, on behalf of myself, my child(ren), my assigns, my executors, and heirs, release, indemnify and hold harmless Tri Cities Enrichment Co-op, its officers/board members, agents, teachers, and volunteers, from and against any and all liability, damages, expenses (including legal fees), and/or claims of any nature whatsoever arising out of or in any way related to my child(ren)'s participation in activities, including any act or omission of any third party. I acknowledge that I, the parent or legal guardian, will be responsible for any and all costs incurred by my child(ren) or family members for injuries or property damage that I or my family may incur, and that I, the parent or legal guardian, have accident medical insurance coverage in force, or other financial means for injuries that I or my child(ren) may incur. I acknowledge that I, the parent or legal guardian, will be responsible for my child(ren)'s negligent acts, and do carry personal liability insurance coverage now in force or other financial means to cover such acts and that I assume and accept full responsibility for any damages done. In consideration of my participation with Tri Cities Enrichment Co-op activities, I execute this document with full knowledge of the contents and consequences stated in this release.