Parent Association of Volunteers

Who is Involved?

The Parent Association of Volunteers (PAV) is made up of parents, guardian, and administrators who function as the backbone of our volunteer force and help our school to fulfill it’s mission and create a sense of community. Officers are elected on an annual basis.

2016-2017 PAV Officers:  President: Grace Young Baechle, Vice President: Hanna Ottoson 

Treasurer: Alessandra Carvalho Secretary: Amira Plasencia

Why Participate?

The volunteer force is essential to enriching the community life of the school. What one person can’t do, many can and it’s a great way to meet and to connect with other parents. Also, research provides evidence that children benefit from parental involvement in school. Not only in the area of academics (motivation, engagement, performance), but also with mental health (resilience and self-esteem) and social functioning (developing relationships). Knowing that the biggest obstacle for parents is time, we have structured events and meetings to coincide with childcare or involve the entire family.

What does the PAV do?

The PAV works as a volunteer body to organize events and support the activities of the school. Our 3 main goals are: Community Building, Social/ Special Events, and the MEFI Fundraising.

Legacy Walls are being created in celebration of the inaugual year for the Elementary School building. Children’s artwork (or hand prints) will be created on ceramic tiles to adorn the walls of either Montessori House for Children, and/or the Montessori House Elementary School. Families are able to purchase a tile (artwork or hand print) designed by their child.

What is the MEFI Fund?

The Montessori House Education Fund (MEFI) is a non-profit organization that operates as a separate entity from MHFC School. The dollars raised by the PAV contributes to the MEFI Educational Services component. This is used for tuition assistance, assistance towards professional development, community outreach and parent education. The PAV has several MEFI fundraisers planned for this fall.

When does the PAV meet?

The PAV meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 5-6:00pm. Free childcare is available.

PAV Meeting Agendas:

9/13/16,     10/11/16,     11/1/16,     12/13/16,     1/10/17,     2/14/17,     3/7/17,     4/12/17,     5/8/17 

PAV Meeting Minutes

9/13/16,     10/11/16,     11/1/16,     12/13/16,     1/10/17,     2/14/17,     3/22/17, 4/12/17

How can I participate in the PAV?

  • Join one of the PAV committees
  • Attend monthly PAV Meetings on the second Tuesday, 5-6pm.
  • Host a “Parent Coffee” on the second Thursday, 8:30-9:30am.
  • Assist in event coordination
  • Join the Eco-School Action team (includes gardening)
  • Join the Care Committee (extends care to families within the school – in celebration or in time of need)
  • Become a Room Parent
  • Join the parent business directory. (To be added to the directory, please fill the parent business directory form and return it to the front office)

Room Parent

They serve as representatives of their classroom in the PAV and offer assistance to the teachers with: seasonal projects, cultural and special events, welcoming class parents, organizing classroom meet ups, classroom holiday gifts and teacher appreciation day. There are other opportunities to volunteer in the classroom, such as, listening/reading, library, special activities, etc.

The PAV Depends on YOU!

The PAV is successful when our parents are actively participating in our activities and events. We strive to have 100% of our parents attending our activities and volunteering at the school. The school is indebted to volunteers for their continuing support and involvement.

Welcome to our School!

Get started reading our 2016 PAV introduction letter and by contacting any of the PAV officers or Norma at We look forward to getting to know you and your family!



Calendar of PAV events

Sat. August 13, 9-11am, New Parent Orientation

Sat. September 10, 10am Exploration Park  Meet Up*

Wed. September 21, 10am, Peace Day

Fri. October 21, 7-9pm, Elementary Grand Opening   (tentative)

Fri. November 4, 4:30-7:30pm All Stars Family dinner meet up for spirit night*

Mon.-Fri. November 7-11, Book Fair*

Thu. December 8, Visiting Silhouette Artist

Sat. December 10, 9-10am, MHFC Open House/Parent Coffee

Thu. January 12, 5:30-7:30pm Restless Palate meet up for spirit night*

Fri.-Sat. January 20-21, Montessori Journey

Tues. January 24, 5:30-6:30pm, Science Fair*

Sat. February 4, 9:00am-noon, Seasons of Friendship Fundraiser

Sat. February 11, 8:30-10am, Pancake Breakfast*

Sat. Mar 25, School Wide Planting day

Fri. April 7, 5-7pm, International Picnic*

*Parent Led events

2016-17 Calendar