The Bay Academy is fortunate and grateful to have strong support from the parent community to promote the finest education possible for Immersion School students. These guidelines are designed to assist the Parent Volunteer Association (PVA) in understanding its purpose and scope of support within the school community.


Parent organizations should organize and function in a way that is consistent with the School’s Mission, Philosophy and Beliefs. The objectives of The Bay Academy PVA are to:

  • Model open, supportive and positive communication between school and parent community.
  • Serve as bridge to communication between grade level parents and school.
  • Establish and maintain working relationship among parents, school and community.
  • Help promote the finest education possible at The Bay Academy.
  • Help develop programs and projects that will support and/or enrich the curriculum.
The Parent Volunteer Association (PVA) DOES
  • Provide unified, voluntary support for educational programs and extracurricular activities of the school (e.g. story telling, show & tell, etc.)
  • Encourage and welcome parents’ involvement in their individual children’s lives, education, class, and school. (e.g.: field trip helper)
  • Coordinate programs and projects that will support or enrich the curriculum (e.g. connections with experts in community, Chinese Cultural Arts projects, etc.)
  • Recruit volunteers and coordinate volunteer efforts to staff PVA functions and assist with school programs
  • Help organize activities for school spirit promotion (e.g. Halloween parade, Chinese New Year Celebration, etc.)
The Parent Volunteer Association (PVA) does NOT
  • Influence educational programs and/or activities.
  • Force parents to participate in PVA and/or school activities. Have any special privilege over others.
  • Set policy regarding school programs, or utilize school facilities without prior approval from the Director.
  • Have jurisdiction or authority over school staff, teachers, and other employees.
  • Endorse any commercial, non-school sanctioned promotion.

Additionally, the PVA Rep. should meet regularly with the school management team to plan ahead and to reflect on success of past activities.

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