School Life

Parent Involvement

Parents are a big part of the PIPS community and we welcome parents into the school daily. At school arrival and pick up times, parents have the opportunity to interact with other PIPS parents as well as speak informally with the teachers and staff. We invite parents to school on many occasions. Parents are invited to celebrate their child’s birthday in class, and join in school festivities and parties throughout the year.

Class Parents

In each class, parents may volunteer to become the ‘Class Parent’ whereby they can support the teachers in preparing for events in the class or contacting other parents.

Parent Volunteers

We also encourage parents to volunteer at school enabling more enriched experiences for the children, as well as allowing parents to gain a better understanding of their child’s learning in school.

Opportunities for parent volunteers include:
  • Library Helper
  • Mystery Reader
  • Cooking Class Helper
  • Chaperones for School Outings
For more information on volunteering, please contact your child’s class teachers.

Parent Communication

Parents are kept up to date on their child’s learning and school activities and events with regular modes of communication.
  • Class Pages are updated at the end of each week to inform parents of the class engagements and learning that week.
  • PIPS News is a bi-monthly school newsletter that writes about past and upcoming school events and informs parents of school-wide news.
  • Portfolios are given out two weeks after the end of each unit. Children’s portfolios document the child’s learning of knowledge and understanding of concepts explored in the Units of Inquiry, as well as keeps a record of the development of skills, attitudes, and sometimes, action by the students.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences take place twice a year allowing teachers to share with parents the progress their child is making at school.
  • School Reports are given at the end of each term for Nursery, Lower Kindergarten and Preparatory children. It is given out at the end of the year for Pre-Nursery children. These reports give parents an understanding of their child’s development within each subject area.