Chiaravalle Family Association
The Chiaravalle Family Association is proud to bring our families together as a welcoming and inclusive community by promoting family interactions, celebrating the diversity of our experiences and volunteering together, both in the building and our greater community.
The CFA is proud to organize:
- Staff and teacher recognition events throughout the year.
- Room level projects and activities as planned by the room parents
- Community events like the Potluck Cultural Fest which celebrate our community’s experiences and cultures
- Start of year and end of year celebrations
- Monthly coffees in the Parent Café
- and much, much more!
Chiaravalle is so fortunate to have an extremely involved community. We volunteer at the room level as room parents, jump into fundraising efforts for our annual Benefit, scoop ice cream at our end-of-year ice cream social— no matter what your schedule looks like, there’s always a place for you! Click here to get in touch with us!
Although volunteer opportunities for the 2020-2021 academic year may look a bit different, the Chiaravalle Family Association(CFA) offers a variety of ways for parents to get involved and support the community. Below is a list of a few time-honored traditions that require volunteer support. New events pop up throughout the year, be on the look out for "call to action" emails when we have new events and a need for volunteers.
Room Parents: Whether extending a warm welcome to new families or coordinating a class party, Room Parents are the backbone of the CFA, creating connection and community within their classrooms. Consider becoming a Room Parent for your child's classroom for the coming school year. Click "Room Parent Tools" above for useful volunteer forms.
Events: The CFA Ice Cream Socials, monthly coffees, Faculty Appreciation Day, Potluck/Cultural Festival, and Learning Garden clean-up days are great volunteer opportunities. Jump in and lend a helping hand for as much as you want. Volunteering is the best way to meet new friends and become a part of our awesome community!
Professional Services: (NEW) Throughout the year there are a number of projects that require the talents of those members in our community with knowledge or areas of expertise such as fundraising, graphic design or video editing. Whether it is your profession or passion, let us know if you can help.
Like any community, Chiaravalle often relies on acronyms, nicknames and shorthand to describe the people, places and activities of the school. Here are some of the key terms you may overhear in the halls.
|Early Childhood Program aka 3-6 (Pre-K and Kinder, Ages 3-6)|
|EL||Elementary Program (Grades 1-6, Ages 6-12)|
|Lower El||Lower Elementary (Grades 1-3, Ages 6-9)|
|Upper El||Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6, Ages 9-12)|
|MS||Middle School (Grades 7-8, Ages 12-14)|
|Community Meeting||Student-led meeting that includes all EL and MS|
|RP||The Room Parent coordinates classroom activities and communication. Formerly known as HRP or Head Room Parent.|
|Sign-Up Party||Sign-up parties put the "fun" in fundraiser! Anyone can sign up to participate in these family-hosted gatherings. Cost varies by event with all proceeds going directly to the Fund for Chiaravalle|
|Spirit Day||Chiaravalle students and teachers show their school spirit by wearing their favorite Chiaravalle t-shirt or sweatshirt.|
|After-School Studios||Elementary students can sign up for these fun after-school classes including arts and crafts, drama, Spanish and sports clubs and more.|
|North Wing||The spectacular new addition to the historic Burnham building features the gym and library, as well as flexible spaces for theater, art, music and movement, community gatherings and more.|
|The Hub||The centerpiece of the North Wing is this open, two-story space that serves as a central gathering place for the school community.|
|Gathering Stairs||The large stair steps in The Hub provide seating for drama performances and large community gatherings as well as cozy spots for students to work independently or in small groups.|
|Da Vinci Studio||With its views of the park and The Hub, this classroom in the North Wing provides the inspiration students need as they learn and explore the interconnected disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, aka STEAM.|
|Parent Cafe||In the new North Wing, parents now have a little space of their own across from the front desk. Parents can grab a cup of coffee or tea, check the CFA and community bulletin boards, and chat with other parents|
|The Think Tank||Aka The Fishbowl, this flexible learning and meeting room on the second floor quickly has become one of the most popular spots in the new North Wing.|
|TFD||The former nickname for the full-day toddler classroom. Currently toddlers enrolled in the full-day program may be placed in either Toddler 102 or Toddler 105.|
|205, 302, 101...||At Chiaravalle each class has numbers rather than names. Though it may be difficult for you to keep track of your children's homeroom numbers, your children quickly learn their own and everyone else's.|
|CFA||The Chiaravalle Family Association, a parent-led organization that fosters community and supports the school's mission.|