To ensure open communication and a mutual understanding between all parties Beaux Esprits hosts a June General Meeting. At this meeting, vacant board positions are filled as well as additional parent duties. A Meet and Greet takes place the first week of school in September, when any outstanding positions for parent roles can be filled. A parent/guardian for each registered child is required to attend.
We work hard to keep our fees low but this would not be possible without fundraising each year. Although tuition covers some basic needs of the preschool, it cannot cover all of the playschool's expenses. One major source of funding is the casino we participate in approximately every two years. Funding from the casinos and fundraising goes towards our teacher salaries, field trips, school supplies, and other essentials needed for the playschool to run. Participation in this casino is mandatory for each registered family. However, you are welcome to recruit a friend or family member to work the casino for you to fulfill your participation requirement. Should any conscientious beliefs prevent you from working our casino, please reconsider your involvement in our playschool. During non-casino years an alternative fundraiser will be organized by our Fundraising Committee. Each family is expected to participate in these fundraising efforts. Fundraising activities, aside from our casino may change from year to year.
Our last casino took place in August of 2022 and will advise parents when we are eligible to participate again.
Parent Duty/Board Member
Being a parent operated playschool, we require at least one parent or guardian from each family to participate in fulfilling a parent duty. These duties can be selected at the time of registration and range from being a member of the Beaux Esprits Board of Directors to coordinating Scholastic book orders or occasionally washing laundry. Most tasks require little time commitment and can be completed outside of school hours but make a big contribution to the smooth operation of the school.
We also ask that parents prepare to spend some classes (about 2-3 times per year) as the special "helper" in our classroom. This is such an important and fun part of our program and we don't want you to miss out! It is also super special for your child to have a special family member volunteer.
Active participation in fundraisers, including fulfilling a casino shift in casino years, is mandatory.
More information about the Parent Duties, including Board Member positions, can be found here.
Keeping our school environment clean and healthy for our children is a big job but many hands make for light work, or so the saying goes. This is why each family is required to participate in one scheduled classroom toy wash. Should you have two children attending the school you would be expected to sign up for one toy wash space for each child. Toy washes are held in the evenings and can be signed up for at the Annual General Meeting.
Parents who volunteer for the Board of Directors are exempt from participating in the toy wash. For more information, see the Volunteer Positions page.
For safe and enjoyable field trips we may require parent volunteers. Unfortunately, in most cases siblings are not allowed to attend field trips, and a non-smoking policy is in effect at all times.
Post-dated cheques are attached to all parental requirements. These cheques are cashed if the duties agreed to are not met.
***Please note that we require ALL families to participate in the casino and the option to cash the cheque in lieu of participation is not available.
The amounts of all cheques can be found on the registration checklist.