The Community Council (formerly, Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), is open to all adults in the Chicago Waldorf School community, provides a structural framework for parent participation in the school. The CO actively encourages each of us to participate in the life of the school community, and to support our children’s education. The CO's mission is to strengthen and enrich our social fabric and to build a supportive and engaged community. Each class has one or two designated CO Reps, parent volunteers who serve as a voice for their class at one of the six CO meetings during the school year. In addition, there are three to four faculty liaisons who represent various grade levels at CO meetings and discussions. The CO is led by two to three co-chairs, elected by CO members each year.
- Serving as ambassadors for CWS and Waldorf education
- Encouraging parent involvement
- Strengthening relationships between parents, teachers, administrative staff and trustees
- Cultivating community consciousness about—and commitment to—Waldorf education
- Supporting parent and teacher initiatives
- Listening to the community to identify and communicate issues to the administration and the Board of Trustees
Room Parents support the teachers, manage informal parent-donated class budgets, communicate with parents regarding class events and activities, and help organize and plan class field trips and projects. Each class has one to three designated Room Parents. The Room Parent Committee is coordinated by two co-chairs and provides guidance and support to individual Room Parents.