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Rules and Discipline

By joining the Co-op, each parent must take responsibility for their own children and also care for the students and children entrusted to them when other parents are busy. We must not hesitate to address any misbehavior or misuse of the facilities in love and gentleness, and then follow up by making the parent aware of their child's behavior. Parents should discuss with their children the expectations of the Co-op before the first session to avoid any misunderstandings. 

Rules will be kept to a minimum as much as possible, but common courtesies are always expected. Common courtesies such as please, thank you, ladies first and loving your neighbor are always applicable. Rules will be clearly stated and presented before the first day of class.

Modesty Policy

To prevent any misunderstandings, the modesty policy (found at the bottom of the Registration page) must be signed by all parents, and also by any students over the age of 10.

Conflict Policy

Excelsior! understands that conflict is a natural occurrence of the human condition.  We are committed to the prayer that Christ prayed for the Body in the Gospel of John:  "Father, even as You and I are One, make them one."  Excelsior! is committed to the principles for conflict resolution as laid out in Matthew 18:15-17, Galations 6:1, and 1 Peter 1:4-8.

We acknowledge that conflict avoidance or identification is not the same as resolution, and that some members may feel intimidated with the concept of conflict resolution.  Therefore, Excelsior! has a trained and educated conflict resolution volunteer.  If you desire guidance or coaching to help you with a conflict with another Co-op member, please speak to the volunteer instead of others in Excelsior! leadership or other Co-op members so that we might maintain integrity with the scriptural principles in Matthew 18.

It is the responsibility of all Believers (and Co-op members) to refrain from gossip.  Any problems, disputes, or hurt feelings should not be discussed with uninvolved parties.  Instead, sincere attempts should be made with the conflict resolution volunteer (when necessary) to reconcile the situation, making “every effort to live at peace with one another.”  If a Co-op member tries to engage in a grumbling session, a good strategy is to simply refer them to the conflict resolution volunteer.

Struggling Learners

We are aware of the significant population of students who are making valiant attempts despite considerable struggles.  We desire to offer a discreet setting that provides grace in partnership with challenge.  It is the responsibility of the parent to take initiative with teachers to communicate your child's unique needs.  Teachers will appropriately make allowances; students must avoid excuses.  Excelsior! has Board and Co-op members who are professionally trained and educated to provide guidance to families and/or teachers in this matter.  Please make the director aware if you are in need of further guidance.

Waiting List

A waiting list will be maintained if the Co-op is filled to capacity. If a family withdraws from Excelsior! and desires to return, they are placed at the bottom of the waiting list.

Exceptions: in response to the Great Commission and in gratitude to our brethren on the mission field, any furloughing or returning missionary family will bypass the waiting list and have immediate access to enrollment in the Co-op. This gesture is extended in hopes that the Co-op might minister to the unique needs of missionary children transitioning back into U.S. culture.

Excelsior! Communication

Excelsior! uses Google Group as a means of mass communication to the Co-op members. Co-op members will be added to the Google group and will receive postings by e-mail. Co-op members are free to post questions, information or announcements to the Google group. All messages are filtered by an Excelsior! moderator prior to posting. Other means of communication include a monthly newsletter and weekly announcements at Opening and Closing.

Finances

Co-op members are free to inquire about the distribution of their membership and class fees towards expenses. Any inquiries may be made to the treasurer. All Co-op positions -- including stations of leadership –- are voluntary and without financial remuneration.

6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NIV)