School Year Calendar (August – May)

All classes meet from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm

Parents in the Mixed-Ages and Pre-K classes work in the classroom one day per week per enrolled child, under the direction of the head teacher, from 9 AM to 12:30 PM. Parents in the Parent Observation program do not have any work requirement outside of daytime attendance with their child. Children are not required to be potty trained for any of the programs

A typical day at PNS

9:00 am Work families arrive to aid teacher with class set-up
9:15 am School day begins: children arrive and are free to choose from many activities laid out in the classroom and on the outdoor playground
10:30 am Story time: the teacher leads the children in singing songs and listening to a story
10:45 am Snack time: the children enjoy a nutritious snack with their peers served family style
11:00 am New activities have been laid out in the classroom and on the outdoor playground and children are again free to choose
12:00 pm Story time: the school day comes to a close with the class gathering together a second time for more songs and another story
12:15 pm School day ends
12:45 pm Housekeeping completed (all children play outside)

Parent Observation (age 2 – 2.5)

Parent Observation is offered for our youngest children as part of the Mixed Age classes. The parent and child transition to the Mixed Age class as soon as the child turns 2.5 years old.

Class 1: Monday and Thursday
Class 2: Tuesday and Friday

  • For children born between March 1, 2016 and September 1, 2016
  • The parent attends each class with their child and shadows them
  • The parent does not have a required work job in the classroom. The parent is invited, but not required, to attend any of the Mixed Age class parent education meetings and all community events.
  • Families can choose to enroll in P.O. just once a week if the child is already attending with an older sibling in the Mixed Age or 4/5 Class.


Mixed Age Classes (ages 2.5 – 4)

Class 1: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Class 2: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

  • For children who are 2 1/2 to 4 years old by September 1st.
  • The parent volunteer works once a week in the classroom

4/5s Class

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (no class Wednesday)

  • For children who are 4 years old as of Sept. 1 of the current school year. This class is intended and reserved for children entering kindergarten the following school year.
  • The parent volunteer works once a week in the classroom
  • Parents are welcome to bring a baby up to 6 months old, in a carrier, on their work day. For siblings between 6 months and 2 years, you need to arrange care outside of school, or swap care with another parent; our campus is not licensed by the State of California for mobile children under 2 years old. Younger siblings 2 years old or older are again welcome on your work day in your older child’s classroom.

Night class schedule (Parent Education, no children)

Night meetings are generally once or twice a month depending on the time of year.

Mixed Age Classes: Monday or Wednesdays at 7 pm
4/5s Class: Tuesday at 7 pm
General Meetings: 7 pm, see calendar for dates