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CHEER Co-op Policies

One of the greatest benefits of CHEER membership is our wonderful educational co-op. Co-op participation is strictly limited to active CHEER members and their children. (Exception: Since CHEER Co-op currently meets at Calvary Baptist Church in Boise, home educating families currently on the Calvary Baptist Church membership roll may also register and participate in CHEER Co-op.) Currently, CHEER Co-op meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month during the school year. Exceptions to those dates will be announced by email and Facebook.

CHEER Co-op is a co-operative venture. Therefore, all parents are required to teach or co-teach a class at least one semester per school year. All Co-op parents must attend the first CHEER Support Group meeting of the year. For our children’s safety and liability purposes, new CHEER co-op parents/teachers will need to pass a general background check before they teach their first class. This background check will be conducted by the co-op Committee at no cost to the parent/teacher.

When not teaching a class, parents will be assigned to be show-up helpers in a class. Helpers are expected to actively participate in class and help the teacher or students as needed. Parents assisting in a class are required to be present in that classroom for the entire duration of the class. Please refrain from chatting with other parents during class, talking or texting on a cell phone, or other distractions that may cause you to become disengaged from your responsibility to the teacher/students.

We understand some classes do not require many helpers, which at times may leave some parents without a helping role. However, all participating parents must stay on campus. We do not have authorization for emergency care if your children should become hurt or ill. Additionally, we do not want this to become a babysitting time. This includes all co-op classes from nursery through high school.

Only registered co-op members’ children may attend CHEER Co-op classes. Children may attend nursery/toddler or preschool classes ONLY if they have an older sibling registered in CHEER co-op classes for Kindergarten through high school. Siblings who are not registered, visiting relatives, other children you may be babysitting, etc., are not permitted in CHEER co-op classes. Friends and relatives may not visit or check out the co-op classes on a drop-by unannounced basis. Tours are for prospective families and prearranged only with an advanced request to the co-op committee.

All CHEER Co-op registration fees, along with any class or supply fees, must be paid at the required teacher meeting. (This is in addition to your CHEER Support Group yearly membership fee which must be paid before you can participate in CHEER Co-op.) Children will not be registered and may not attend class without proper completed paperwork and fully paid fees. Co-op fees are used to cover the cost of supplies, copying materials, and miscellaneous costs. Some classes require an additional workbook, textbook, materials, or miscellaneous school supplies that parents are required to purchase in addition to class fees. Please read all class descriptions and supply lists very carefully! CHEER Co-op registration fees are $20 per semester per family (for parents not teaching that semester) and $10 per semester per family for those teaching that semester. Fees may be paid each semester or for the whole year.

If you are a current teacher and must miss a class, please contact the Co-op Committee ahead of time to arrange for a substitute teacher. Your co-teacher can also step in and teach the class. If your student must miss a class, please contact the teacher. If your child is absent for two consecutive class periods without notification, your child will be dropped from the class to allow those on the waiting list to participate.

If your child has a food allergy, a health condition, or a learning challenge that needs accommodations, please notify the Co-op Committee and the student’s teacher BEFORE the first class.

In The Classroom

The CHEER Co-op Classroom Policy is not meant to cover or include every single situation that could possibly arise. However, we strive to honor and uphold the Holy Bible and God’s commandments in everything we teach. As such, four basic rules have been developed:

  1. Respect God.
  2. Respect Teachers.
  3. Respect Others.
  4. Respect Property.

Parent/Student Section

Please read this section out loud to your children before classes start.

Students are always expected to be respectful to teachers and other students and participate in classroom activities in a positive manner without being disruptive or hindering others from learning.

Comments such as “This is boring!” or “I don’t want to do this!” waste time and are disruptive and disrespectful to the teacher. Toys, magazines, cell phones, iPods and electronics, make-up, and personal notes are distractions. If seen during class, these items may be confiscated and returned at the end of the co-op day.

We need to respect the church property where we meet. Children need to stay with their parent until the teacher or a helper is present in the classroom. Students over twelve are not allowed in the fenced playground unless they are supervising younger children. All students should stay away from the dumpster, pond, and cars unless supervised.

Minor behavior/disruptive problems will be handled in the following manner:

  1. First minor offense, the student(s) are reminded of the class rules, reminded to demonstrate respect, then redirected back to the lesson.
  2. On a second minor offense, the teacher will talk to the disruptive individual student. The problem will be identified and the student will understand how they are not demonstrating _____ (respect, kindness, etc.). Classroom expectations will be reiterated with more detail. The disruptive student(s) will be notified of what the consequence will be if they cannot abide by classroom expectations.
  3. If there is a third offense, have a helper in your classroom take the child to one of the Co-op Committee members. (One will be available for both first and second hour.)

If the student’s actions are of a serious nature:

  1. Both the parent and the CHEER Co-op Director or a Co-op Committee member will be notified immediately.
  2. The student will also be removed from the class area and turned over to parental custody. If the parent wishes to discuss the matter, this will be done after class time, not during class time. Both the teacher and the Co-op Director or a Co-op Committee member will be present during the parent discussion.

Teacher Section

Please thoroughly read this section before you teach your first class!

If you will be late for class or absent, please make every attempt to arrange for your co-teacher or classroom helpers to cover for you. Then call the Co-op Committee contact number and let us know about the change. If you are unable to arrange this or you have an emergency situation, immediately call the Co-op Committee who will arrange a substitute for your class. You can reach us at the number(s) given to you when you registered.

Start each class with prayer. You may lead the prayer or encourage a student to lead. Encourage children to pray for their classmates and teachers at home.

Go over the Rules Poster during each class (Respect God. Respect Teachers. Respect Others. Respect Property.) Encourage students to participate. Change suggested examples to fit your class and students, if needed. Please keep the poster on your class clipboard.

At the beginning of each class, classroom helpers should take attendance on the attendance sheet. (Attendance sheets will be attached to a clipboard and left in each class.) Helpers should ask the teacher what comments should be added to the “Notes” section (i.e. supplies that are needed, comments, or improvements that could be made). Attendance sheets will be collected by the committee floater during each class.

Snacks can be provided by the teacher or by parents. Please ensure you check your attendance sheet for students’ allergies and check with parents before giving any snacks.

Teachers must be in their classroom at least ten minutes before class starts unless you are teaching the hour before. Students cannot be let out of class early! Be prepared to keep them occupied until it is time to go. Remind students to go directly to their next class between the class hours. (Children in first and second grade need to have an escort to their next class. On the first day, ask their parent: Who was selected to be their child’s escort?)

For first hour classroom clean-up, please ensure your classroom is neat and tidy for the next teacher. After second hour classes, make sure the class is put back in an orderly manner according to the diagram on the classroom wall. Close and lock all windows, close the blinds, erase your white board markings, turn off all lights, and put your tied-up trash bag outside your classroom door. If a vacuum cleaner is needed, please see the Co-op Committee floater who will bring a vacuum to your class for your use.

Before each semester begins, each teacher should submit a rough class syllabus or outline for the seven class meetings they will teach that semester. We encourage teachers to share this information with their co-teacher and helper to ensure they too are prepared for each class. If a teacher needs to miss a class, the Co-op Committee will utilize the outline to help the substitute teacher. If the Co-op Committee has a question about a topic to be covered, they will notify or meet with the teacher before the topic is scheduled to be taught.

CHEER Co-op Teachers’ Most Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What are the teacher requirements for participating in CHEER Co-op?
    See the CHEER Co-op Policy for complete details. It is required that all families participate in teaching one of the two semesters each school year. Exceptions will be made if this is the teacher’s very first year of homeschooling, or in the event of a new baby or adoption that semester. The Co-op Committee will need to approve any other possible exception to policy.
  • What will I teach?
    Generally, we ask you to consider what your education, talents, and hobbies are and try to select something that fits with your background. What particular study does your own student need this semester? Try to teach something that you are excited about teaching! A list of past classes is available on-line
  • What if I do not feel particularly capable to teach anything?
    First of all, you are a homeschool mom or dad; you are a teacher! Do not sell yourself short. Next, we don’t require that you teach physics or calculus. Your teaching responsibility can be fulfilled in the elementary, kindergarten, or even the preschool or nursery classes.
  • I still do not know what to teach.
    Then consider what your own children enjoy or what you are not accomplishing in your homeschool that might be more fun or easier to accomplish with other students. Do your children love science experiments, but you never quite get around to them? How about art, music, or poetry? We have dozens of ideas to share with you if you need help brainstorming.
  • What if I have a great idea for a class, but I do not have the curriculum?
    If the Co-op Committee agrees that the class would be a benefit to the CHEER Co-op and the curriculum is financially feasible, the co-op may be able to purchase the curriculum for you to borrow.
  • I am so afraid to commit to teaching. I’m already so busy!
    A semester of teaching involves preparing and teaching seven (7) classes. If you are unable to commit to teaching seven classes, do you need to re-evaluate your priorities? Maybe this is not the right time for you to participate in our co-op, especially if your schedule is too busy. We understand that there are seasons in our lives where we need to let things go... even things we enjoy.
  • Do I have to teach alone?
    Absolutely not! In fact, we often have two parents co-teach together. (This is also a great way to make a new co-op friend.)
  • What if I do not know anyone to co-teach with?
    We will be happy to help find someone to co-teach with you. Many times they are just as apprehensive as you and are eager to step into a co -teacher position.
  • What are some of the benefits teachers receive?
    During the semester they teach, CHEER Co-op teachers get to register their children first for classes. Teaching guarantees that you will receive a spot in the co-op and not be on the waiting list. More than likely, your children will probably receive their first class choices. During the semester they teach, teachers also receive a discount off the CHEER Co-op registration fee for that particular semester.