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What does it mean to be an active committee member?

Being a part of a committee is a way for you to contribute meaningfully to the work of the school. Match your skills to the committee, but also keep in mind that your skills may be developed by serving on the committee.
  • Attempt to attend every meeting.
  • Show up more than just physically; listen well.
  • Stay within the mandate of the group.
  • Keep confidentiality.
  • Think, “How can I improve this committee?”
  • Support the committee chair.
  • Be willing to take on work for the committee, in addition to attending the meetings & take care of your action points promptly.
  • Know when you’re spreading yourself too thin!

Committee List

Parents, faculty, staff, board members, and friends of the school all serve on the committees listed below:
  • The Spring Benefit Committee plans and oversees our Spring Benefit.
  • The Buildings & Grounds Committee oversees the care and maintenance of our various buildings and grounds.
  • The Capital Asset Strategy Team (CAST) supports the short-term and long-term development of our infrastructure, including all physical properties of HVWS.
  • The Capital Development Committee works to raise a major sum of money to support the school's long-term growth.
  • The Enrollment Committee is in charge of increasing enrollment and spreading the word about our school through events like Open Houses, advertising and public relations, displays in local libraries and businesses, etc.
  • The Finance Committee fine-tunes the annual budget process, keeps fiscal responsibility on the front burner, and oversees all financial issues at the school.
  • The Fall Fair & Craft Market Committee plans and oversees our annual Fall Fair & Craft Market, held in the fall.
  • The Library Committee manages our adult and children’s libraries.
  • The Long-Range Planning Committee oversees development and implementation of our Long-Range Plan, which projects the development of our programs and the facilities to accommodate them.
  • The Parent Enrichment Committee plans periodic events (speakers, etc.) to inform the parent body about Waldorf Education and related endeavors.
  • The Parent Teacher Association is comprised of every community member who supports HVWS. The PTA’s objective is to support the community and serve as an organizational structure for our community year after year.
  • The Puppetry Group brings the art of Waldorf-style puppetry to the Newtown community through study of fairy tales, creation of marionettes, and performances.
  • The School Store is an enterprise run by HVWS parents to meet the demand for high-quality Waldorf toys, books and educational materials while benefiting the school.
  • The Upper Grades Committee seeks to promote greater understanding of the Grade 6-8 curriculum and the social/developmental needs of the child, and to support parents of Upper Grades students.

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