Member Responsibilities

(PLEASE NOTE: This information is updated as often as possible. All information is subject to change.)

Classroom Co-op

Work in your child’s classroom once per month from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Families with more than one child at UPNS must co-op an additional four-hour session each month per additional enrolled child.

Parent Education / General Meetings

One adult from every UPNS family is required to attend General Meetings, as listed on the Master Calendar. All members will be held responsible for information presented at General Meetings, regardless of attendance.


Because we are not subsidized by the University or any other agency, fundraisers are necessary in order to cover our operating expenses and keep tuition reasonable.  Fundraisers seek money for enrichment activities such as music, soccer, gymnastics and field trips, and the purchase of books, equipment and other items not covered in our daily operating budget (financed by tuition). The fundraising done depends entirely on the membership, their ideas and their participation.

Each family is expected to raise $200 in fundraising revenue between September and graduation in June by participating in various fundraising activities planned throughout the year. Fundraising activities include Family Fun Day, an annual fund drive, family dinner nights, bake sales, sales of UPNS T-Shirts, Scrip, and book fair. Other fundraising activities are also planned each year. On our Family Fun day event we will automatically charged for ten, $5 raffle tickets (a total of $50) on your April tuition bill. It will be your responsibility to sell these 10 tickets to friends/family/etc. Parent’s must donate two silent auction items for Family Fun Day and must sign up for a MINIMUM of one, one hour booth shift on the day of Family Fun Day (unless I am a Family Fun Day Committee Head).

Additional funds or supplies occasionally come from in-kind donations. In-kind donations do not count towards members’ $200 fundraising obligations. Additionally, families are encouraged to find out if their employers will match their annual fund donations.

Quarterly School Cleaning Days

One adult from every UPNS family is required to attend a Saturday Cleaning Day each quarter. Parents clean, repair, and generally enhance the overall environment of the school.

Quarterly Cleaning Days are held 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM on Saturdays, as listed on the Master Calendar

Our original facilities had their origin as an old warehouse. Parents spent a great deal of time and effort converting this warehouse into a delightful and unique school environment.  We feel it is our responsibility, not only to the past, but also to the future, to follow the same tradition. While we do not have the same maintenance requirements that we had at the old school, we do want to maintain our facilities, and keep them looking new for future students.

Committee Positions

As an alternative to attending the Quarterly School Cleanings, members can elect to contribute by volunteering for a Committee Position. Note: Committee Positions are to be performed in addition to monthly classroom co-oping requirements; they do not replace monthly classroom co-oping requirements. Sign-ups for Committee Positions for the upcoming year take place in July.

The following is a sampling of jobs. Please see the Vice President for a complete list of Committee Positions and/or a detailed job description.

  • Social Chair
  • Family Fun Day Coordinators
  • Librarian & Scholastic Book Club
  • Laundry
  • Shoppers
  • Graphic Designer
  • IT / Webmaster