What is the Parent Association (PA)?

Welcome to the source for parents with information about how you can be connected here at The New School of Lancaster!

Remember all parents at the New School are part of the Parent Association!

The Parent Association is committed to promoting and supporting The New School’s educational experience by fostering a spirit of community through open communication and cooperation between parents, students and faculty/staff. The great experience our children have here would not be possible without your continued support and contributions.  The Parent Association has three main areas of focus for this year:

Goal 1

To build more connection between parents and the school (teachers/staff) through increased communication and opportunities to contribute to the enriching experiences of our children.

Much of this will be done through coordination of volunteers for events and activities through room parents and through this webpage.  We need all levels of volunteering to continue to support the many great activities that already take place at the New School.  For example, you can choose to lead or co-lead events, offer an hour or two of time, or simply drop off supplies,  whatever level works with your availability!

Goal 2

Build connection among parents through social events and working together to enrich to school community

Goal 3

Identify the main functions and the structural organization of a Parent Association; this will include research of past NSPA and other models to create a plan that fits this community moving forward.


Our next Parent Association Meeting:

Stamp Game, Checkerboard, Test Tubes – Oh My!  Montessori Math Materials Explained

Come meet with Karen Backenstose, NSoL’s Education Director, and learn about the Montessori math materials in the classrooms.  She’ll explain some of the materials, and give you a chance to try them out yourselves!  Join us in thinking about how the concrete materials lead to symbolic/written work, and then to abstraction. Come see what your child is talking about when he or she says, “I used the bead frame for addition” or “I figured out the least common multiple with the peg board.”  Bring your curiosity and a friend for a short exploration of Montessori Math Materials.

This presentation will be held twice: Tuesday February 2/27 at 9:00 AM and Wednesday 2/28 at 7:00 PM.

Please RSVP with the date you plan to attend to Patty Gready.