Current Parents

Information for Crowden School Parents

Dear Crowden School Parents and Guardians,

See you at our Welcome BBQ on Sunday, August 26, 2024, 4 to 6pm!


School Mission and Core Values

MISSION: The Crowden School provides students in their foundational stages with excellent musical and academic teaching within a supportive school environment.


  1. We instill students with self-confidence, adaptability, maturity, critical thinking, and perspective to sustain their continued development and personal fulfilment throughout their lives.
  2. We value quality musical training and performance in balance with scholarly education as a core educational development of a whole person.
  3. We foster creative, problem-solving, compassionate young people with integrity and a sense of responsibility, who enrich their communities.
  4. We develop collaborative classrooms and school community where each staff member, student, and family take responsibility for the collective success and well-being of all.

Volunteer at Crowden

Education is a collaborative effort that involves not only the Crowden faculty and staff but also our supportive parents. Volunteering is a wonderful way to actively engage in your child’s educational journey and contribute to our school’s dynamic community. Your support is invaluable and greatly appreciated.

You can sign up to volunteer HERE.

Parent Volunteer Contact: Donna Williams, School Secretary

Room Parents

Third/Fourth: Shannon Gerardin & Pooneh Najafi
Fifth: Sonya Sanchez & Neal Jagtap
Sixth: Kemmeo DaSilva
Seventh: Kendra Dodsworth
Eighth: Sasha Nikolaeva & Lindsay Newman


The after-school program, known simply as “Aftercare,” begins at 2:50pm for 3rd graders and 3:45pm for 4th–8th graders and ends at 6:00pm. Students not enrolled in Aftercare must leave the school grounds by 2:50pm/3:45pm or parents/guardians will be charged for after-school care. The Aftercare program coordinator and faculty members oversee homework and supervised recreation during the after-school hours. Healthy snacks are provided. Aftercare is available on a limited basis on concert nights. Students will be required to sign up in advance on these evenings. Students are expected to follow appropriate school behavior standards, and may not be permitted to take part in Aftercare if those are not respected.

Aftercare Charges & Sign-Out Procedures

The daily charge for Aftercare is $15.00 for students picked up by 5:00pm; $20.00 if picked up by 6:00pm. Students who leave for and return from a Crowden lesson pay $15.00 regardless of the time they are picked up. All students must be picked up by 6:00pm or parents/guardians will be charged $8.00 per minute for every minute they are late in retrieving their child. Monthly billing statements are sent through our FACTS payment program.

Students will only be discharged to parents/guardians or to an adult whom the parents/guardians have specified in writing. The adult must come to the library personally and sign out the student. This not only helps guarantee the safety of your child (which is always paramount), it helps prevent incorrect billing and further hassles for you. TCS will not release any student unless an approved adult comes in person for pickup. Please do not call and ask that your child wait in the lobby or in front of school.

Parking & Safety

TCS parking-lot spaces are reserved for staff and faculty. There is ample parking in the neighborhood. Beware of parking restrictions in front of TCS and the Jefferson School and note the signs designating street-sweeping days.

Please use the green-curbed bay in front of the school when dropping off or picking up students. Adults who park on the opposite side of the street must accompany students across the street using the crosswalks.

Out of consideration for our neighbors, please avoid parking—even temporarily—in such a way as to disturb families in the vicinity. This includes parking in illegal areas, driveways, or in any way that inconveniences or obstructs the neighbors.

Double parking and U-turns in front of the building are illegal and dangerous; do not double park as that impacts school bus safety during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times.

Please note that Rose Street and surrounding areas are regularly patrolled by Berkeley traffic and parking officials. Families are responsible for resolving any parking fines incurred.

Public Health Resources

Head Lice Information

Here are some helpful resources to answer your questions about head lice, how to check for nits and lice, how to treat, and more:

» California Department of Public Health's A Parent's Guide to Head Lice
» Treatment Guidelines from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention
» Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Lice FAQ

Students found with head lice may return to school after treatment with lice shampoo followed by nit removal.

If you have questions, please contact the School Secretary Donna Williams.

Thank you for helping to keep our TCS students healthy and lice-free!

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