The handbook is subject to change by Administration or by the Board of Directors. This current version has changed an error in the start times for school. Please read it the entire handbook, including the Home and School Contract Guidelines page at the end. Once a year email firstname.lastname@example.org with a message stating you have read the handbook. The version was updated 10.7.18.
Please send any errors or questions to email@example.com
2018-19 School Calendar and Daily Schedules
Peace Valley classes are 5 days a week Monday through Friday with a shortened day on Thursdays for weekly Faculty meetings and on-going professional development.
Our start/dismissal times are staggered for various reasons, but primarily to ease traffic during peak times and not disrupt the flow on Federal Way. Peace Valley will provide, free of charge, extended care on Thursdays for those families who have a PM Kindergarten student as well as other children attending Peace Valley. All students who are not picked up by 2:35 on Thursdays and 3:20 on all other days, will be checked into aftercare.
Students taking the school bus will arrive at the earlier start time of 8:30 and be allowed supervised play outside until brought inside by class teachers.
- See Family Handbook for Daily Schedule
- School Year Calendar [pdf]
- 2018-2019 School Calendar printable [pdf]
Peace Valley Charter has contracted with Brown Bus Company for transportation services. If you are interested in your child riding the school bus as a regular means of transportation to and from school, and you haven't already filled out a form, please contact Brown Bus at firstname.lastname@example.org with your Transportation Form. Brown will be verifying eligibility when they receive the application.
General Bus Information
Students who live within Peace Valley’s enrollment boundary will be given priority on the bus. Our bus routes will run mornings and afternoons for the whole school at once, not midday. Thursdays the bus will leave the school 45 minutes earlier than the other days because it is our early release day. The bus will not go door to door but will pick up children from safe designated group pickup points (chosen by Brown Bus Company) within our attendance area.
Parents are responsible for the safety of their children before they get on the bus and once they are dropped off. Kindergarten children must have a parent/adult or older child/approved person to meet them at the bus door, or they will be kept on the bus and returned to the school. Once the routes are planned, estimated pick-up drop off times will be published on Brown’s website. Any quesiton regarding bus times or routes should be directed to Brown Bus Company.
Student School Supplies (Donation)
Peace Valley uses natural, high-quality artistic tools and materials for your child—and provides uniform supplies for all students. These supplies are an integral part of a Waldorf curriculum.
- Waldorf materials are hard-to-find and more expensive than traditional school supplies when purchased independently
- As a school, Peace Valley can receive a discount when purchasing these supplies in bulk
- Rather than provide a list of school supplies for families to shop for, we are removing the hassle and asking each family to donate toward the materials fund (suggested donation $140 per student), the actual cost will be greater.
- Donations can be made at any time and multiple payments over several months, if necessary.
Money donated is tax-deductible and helps to cover the purchase of: main lesson books (in lieu of textbooks), watercolor paper, beeswax block and stick crayons, modeling beeswax and clay, colored pencils, watercolor paints, brushes, calligraphy pens and paper, knitting yarn, raw wool, Eurythmy shoes, and more.
ANY amount donated will assist us with our school supplies for the year. We thank you for your contribution. Donations can be made at any time. Students will receive materials needed regardless of donations received. If you'd like to provide your own materials you may request a materials list.
Donate Online or mail checks to PVCS, PO Box 5043, Boise, ID
Full-Day Kindergarten tuition payments
Full-Day Kindergarten tuition is $275 per month, due the first of each month Sept to May (commitment deposit will be used as the May 2019 tuition, if no default of payment occurs).
- Enrollment Fee: $40 non-refundable commitment deposit, to be paid at the time of enrollment
- Commitment Deposit: $275, one month's tuition (non-refundable), to be paid within 5 days of enrollment.
Pay Online or mail checks to PVCS, PO Box 5043, Boise, ID 83705
Volunteer, Community Talent Form
If you would be willing to share your time and talents with the school. Please fill out our Community Volunteer Form
Criminal History Check Policy If you would like to volunteer during the school day or on a fieldtrip, please complete a volunteer background check. Forms and information can be picked up at the Front Office.
Wildflowers Playgarden Early Childhood Program (children ages 3-6)
Wildflowers will follow a combination of Waldorf Early Childhood Education and Forest School model (see rootsforestschool.com for an example) for ages 3-6. It will involve lots of open-ended outdoor play, as well as singing, storytelling, pretend play, puppet-shows, cook and dramatic play. Each day will have a strong rhythm and children will have the option to do daily tasks along with the teachers. Children will have a large amount of time outdoors year-round. Through child-led adventures, students receive a seasonally based educational experience and connected to our local environment and community and deepen their curiosity and gratitude for the natural world. It will be located on Peace Valley's Campus. This will provide a strong foundation for their transfer into Kindergarten or First Grade.
For more information about the program Wildflowers Playgarden Tuition and General Information [pdf]
Application form for Wildflowers Playgarden Wildflowers Playgarden Application [pdf]
If you would like to apply. Please set up an interview with Lead Teacher Maria Philips email@example.com
Information can also be found at https://www.facebook.com/Wildflowers-Early-Childhood-245935942895634/
Before and Aftercare Information
The Before/Aftercare program of Peace Valley Charter School (PVCS) and the Wildflowers Playgarden (WP) exists to support the needs of families as well as maintain the rhythms, reverence, and rituals established by the schools. These programs are operated by the Peace Valley Education Foundation (PVEF), which has the mission “to support [the schools] by ensuring its growth and development, thereby creating a thriving school community”. The before/aftercare and enrichment programs are available to PVCS and WP students, ages 5 to 13, as well as other families within the community who are interested in having their children experience some of the Waldorf methods. Enrollment in the program begins with a completed application and a $25 application fee.
We have a large number of items to purchase before school starts, classroom desks and furniture, office supplies, computers, sports equipment, gardening supplies, and the list goes on and on. The state funds do not cover any of these expenses. We are using a loan to purchase what we need before we open. Donation received will help us depend less on this loan as well as the long-term interest on the loan.
Donations can be made online using Secure Instant Payments via echeck or credit card.
Donations to Peace Valley Charter School qualify for a 50% tax credit that reduces that tax you owe in Idaho.
- Idaho individuals may take up to 50% of a gift of $1,000 (a tax credit of $500)
- Idaho married couples may take up to 50% of a gift of $2,000 (a tax credit of $1,000)
- Idaho corporations may take up to 50% of a gift of $10,000 (a tax credit of $5,000)
As a 501(c)(3) organization, your donation also qualifies for a tax deduction for both your state and federal returns, plus the 50% Idaho tax credit. Your tax benefit is dependent on your personal income level and filing status. Please contact your tax adviser for more information.