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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.