Our school invites parents and caregivers to join the learning community alongside their children. Teachers visit new students before the first day of school in their home environment to understand home culture and values. Returning students visit the classroom with their parents to meet their new teachers and share their interests. Each child and his/her family create an "All About Me Book" over the summer with drawings and photos of family members, friends, favorite books, foods and places. These books serve as a bridge between home and school and provide much comfort for children in the classroom. Families are invited into the school to read books, attend field trips or help with other aspects of the curriculum. Throughout the year, Beginnings also hosts parent workshops, "meet the teacher" nights and social gatherings such as a Halloween street fair and a biannual auction. Parents are invited to volunteer in helping to document classroom activities and sorting materials in the materials center. Diversity of origin and background, broadly defined, is extremely important at our school and teachers help children learn and practice tolerance by celebrating the unique contributions of every child and family.