Parent Handbook

Program Year 2018-2019

Thank you so much for being a part of our community! We are excited for the year ahead and wanted to take some time to share information about our practices and policies so we can all be โ€œrowing in the same directionโ€. Please take a moment to read through this with your young person and discuss any areas that may be unclear or that lead to deeper conversation, and as always, please feel invited to seek clarification from or offer new ideas to NC staff. Thanks!

What is the mission of NC?

Natural Creativity is meant to be a space with services for a truly diverse community of individuals with an investment in the shared and intentional practice of Creativity, Compassion, Collaboration, and Comprehension. Our purpose is to demonstrate how these Four Cs help to produce purpose-driven, inner-directed and fulfilling lives which also contribute to the common good and serve as the foundation of a desirable education.

What does partnership mean?

Partnership means seeking possible solutions that allow each of us to win without requiring the other(s) to lose. It means acting in ways that demonstrate compassion for other people, which may include putting your immediate gratification on a slight hold so another person can experience their own. It means seeking to understand instead of just seeking to be understood. Partnership means doing your fair share of the work, however we define โ€œfairโ€, โ€œshareโ€, and โ€œworkโ€.

At Natural Creativity, partnership means applying the Four Cs โ€” Creativity, Compassion, Collaboration, and Comprehension โ€” to interactions with other members of the community as an intentional refusal to participate in the Dominator model of relationships. The Dominator model invokes competition, exploitation, and control, grown out of a belief in a zero-sum set of systems in which someone must lose in order for me to win; Partnership offers a commitment to seeking ways for all of us to win.

What are the Four Cs?

The four Cs โ€” Creativity, Compassion, Collaboration, and Comprehension โ€” represent the four components of our core philosophy and form the basis upon which everything we do stands. We are intentional about our practice of each. As a staff and a community, we are always working to move in the direction of being creative problem solvers, compassionate listeners, and collaborative partners. We strive to demonstrate an ability to move between Approximate and Precision thinking with a comprehension of when and how to apply each. Here are some more details on each component:

  • Creativity โ€“ Creativity begins as the process of bringing into existence something that has not previously existed. To create is a basic human need. Creative solutions are products or ideas that go beyond the traditional by being both novel and useful. Natural Creativity fosters the process of developing creative solutions โ€” products and ideas โ€” by treating problems as challenges and wishes as opportunities.
    • We promote the use of Flexible Thinking, which is the result of balancing imagination and practicality. Routine pathways are exchanged for brand new approaches which, with careful nurturing, become the stuff of exciting new options that go beyond what we previously thought could ever have been possible. Our motto is, โ€œDon't justify pessimism as realism.โ€
  • Compassion โ€“ We believe that all souls deserve unconditional love and that everyone shares the same universal needs as well as the right to get them satisfied. The challenge of human interactions is that too often we engage in strategies with good intentions (to meet our needs) that frequently have negative effects, especially for others. Compassion leads us to act in ways that respect the needs of all concerned, and it leads us to develop relationships, and work toward solutions, that reflect the best of our humanity. This begins with intention and a commitment to putting mutual consideration at the heart of our interactions.
    • At Natural Creativity, we use the tools of non-violent communication, as developed by Marshall Rosenberg, and of the Synectics ยฎ group problem-solving process, as developed by George Prince and associates. Each technique helps to build an environment that reflects the world the way it is supposed to be.
  • Collaboration โ€“ Collaboration is the result of individuals creating effective systems and processes for working together toward shared goals. This begins with raising awareness about, and supporting productive work toward, what falls within an individual's clientship (the arena within which an individual is responsible for implementation and outcome), and continues through how individuals communicate regarding new ideas through Possible Solutions. Collaboration means you and I working together can accomplish more than either of us working alone.
    • At Natural Creativity, our techniques include recognizing clientship of every community member, offering and expecting Balanced Responses to ideas, and framing concerns as How-tos. We seek to move out of a scarcity perspective, in which each of us is fighting to hold on to whatever crumbs we can manage, to one of abundance, or the belief that with enough creative problem solving and compassion, we can all have our needs met.
  • Comprehension โ€“ Creative problem solving is made easier and more effective through the application of, among other things, Flexible Thinking, which is a term we use to describe the ability of an individual or group to move back and forth between Approximate and Precision Thinking. Traditional schooling has been very effective in prioritizing Precision Thinking to the degree that Approximate Thinking is largely absent (examples include: focus on โ€œrightโ€ answers, facts and dates, knowing times tables, cutting art and music programs, reducing recess, and more). Families in the world of self-directed education, often out of a fear of replicating any aspect of traditional school, can swing the pendulum entirely to the other direction, casting aside any glimmer of Precision Thinking. Our goal is to facilitate the development of both in compassionate, non-threatening, non-evaluative ways.
    • At Natural Creativity we explore activities that build development in both areas, as well as in the movement between the two. We operate under a process of continuous improvement, which employs PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Adjust) in order to better match the outer reality with the picture inside one's head. We also offer a range of activities and games that build conceptual development in various ways of thinking that can be applied to traditional academic subjects (but with the added bonuses of being fun to develop and creating deeper and more meaningful connections to the concepts underneath the academic materials.

What are the rules of NC?

Rather than develop, distribute, and enforce a number of increasingly specific rules about life at Natural Creativity, we prefer to operate under one basic guideline:

Treat others, their belongings, and our physical environment in the ways in which you would like others to treat you, your belongings, and your physical environment.

As a way to expand upon this, we offer the following suggestions for harmonious living at NC:

  1. Be kind

    • Avoid put-downs
    • Use Balanced Responses
  2. Assume good intentions

    • Use Non-Violent Communication and Creative Process to address conflicts
    • Convert concerns into How Tos
    • When experiencing disagreement, first seek clarification
  3. Recognize clientship

    • Avoid questions masking ideas or criticism
    • Avoid questions for testing purposes
    • Ask, โ€œHow is this a problem for you/me?โ€
  4. Choose development over instruction

    • Better to offer than to impose
    • Value the process over the product
  5. Modulate your voice

    • Speak with listeners (both intended and unintended) in mind
    • Move to engage the intended listener rather than call across the room
  6. Keep yourself safe

    • Move about the space with care and intention
    • Value reasonable risk-taking as opposed to over-caution (afraid to try something new) or recklessness (acting without thought)
  7. Handle tools responsibly

    • Protect tools as well as yourself (during use and after)
    • Put tools back where they belong when not in use
  8. Manage resources effectively

    • Be mindful about how you spend your resources (materials, food, time, energy, etc)
    • Minimize trash โ€” if something can be recycled, reused, or repurposed, consider this first
  9. View challenges as opportunities

    • Use the Creative Process toward Possible Solutions
    • Practice Flexible Thinking in pursuit of goals
  10. Seek to resolve creative tension

    • Work toward matching (or exceeding) the picture in your head
    • Clarify the steps from where you are to where you want to be
    • Plan โ€” Do โ€” Study โ€” Adjust

As needed, we will enter into agreements with community members about specifics of how to choose and implement strategies that align with these suggestions, especially in particular areas of our space (such as the woodshop).

What is NC's approach to conflict resolution?

Our approach is rooted in the work of Marshall Rosenberg and Nonviolent Communication (NVC), which guides the ways in which we speak to one another throughout the day and how we address conflicts as they arise. This approach begins with three core principles, which are:

  1. All humans share the same, basic, universal needs, which are numerous (and an expanded list is available at NC) but can be categorized as follows:

    • Safety/survival (food, clothing, shelter, a sense of personal security)
    • Autonomy (a sense of ownership over your own life; free choice)
    • Belonging (a sense of connection or relationship to other people; feeling accepted by others)
    • Competence (a sense of accomplishing your goals through your own efforts)
    • Fun (general pleasure and enjoyment)
  2. All human behavior is meant to satisfy one or more of these needs. Each behavior is part of a strategy, which may or may not be successful and may or may not be acceptable to others. For example, robbing a bank may be one strategy for getting money to help meet one's need for survival. So, too, is getting a job that pays a salary. Similarly, a youth's refusal to do homework may, among other things, be a strategy to meet the autonomy need.

  3. Feelings are signals from one's body that provide information about whether or not needs are being met. Feelings of anger or sadness provide information that may indicate a need is not being met. Happiness and excitement might indicate that needs are being fully met in that moment. Developing an ability to understand one's own feelings (and the feelings of others) increases the likelihood that that individual can have his or her needs met (and do so without infringing upon the needs of others).

We believe that human needs, being universal, are never in conflict. Rather, the strategies one chooses can be in conflict with the strategies chosen by someone else. When experiencing conflict, we first act to distinguish between the person and the strategy (ie. you are not โ€œbadโ€ or โ€œgoodโ€, even though I may find your strategy unacceptable or acceptable). This begins the process of OFNR, which follows:

  • Observation โ€” Each side takes a moment to share his or her version of events using descriptive (not evaluative) language, taking into account only what can be observed and not inferring intention, and paraphrasing and building until we reach a shared observation of the event.
  • Feelings โ€” Each side shares the feelings experiencing presently, along with feelings from before and after. For example, โ€œI felt angry about my block tower falling, so I wanted to knock yours over.โ€ The goal here is to share feelings (not thoughts, which are rationalizations layered over the feelings), and to really hear the other person's feelings.
  • Needs โ€” Because feelings indicate needs being met or unmet, the next step is to identify the needs at play and offer each person a chance to share the needs either being met or that we not given the opportunity to be met due to the events leading to the conflict.
  • Request โ€” After sharing observations, feelings, and needs, young people have a space to make a request of the other that is intended to allow for each side to meet their needs in acceptable ways. A request may be to help rebuild the tower or give space so one can rebuild alone; it may also be to find another game to play together so that other needs can be met (such as a sense of belonging, which is now more pressing than a need for competence)

At Natural Creativity, we invite young people to be creative in the Request step, as there almost always is a solution that allows all sides to satisfy their needs, and many are in ways that might surprise you.

What are NC's scheduled hours of operation?

Natural Creativity offers regular programs Monday โ€“ Thursday, from 9am โ€“ 3pm, from September 10, 2018 โ€“ June 13, 2019, with the following exceptions:

  • November 22-23, 2018: Thanksgiving Holiday (NC closed)
  • December 21, 2018 โ€“ January 6, 2019: Winter Break (NC closed)
  • January 21, 2019: MLK Jr. Day (NC closed, day of community service)
  • February 18, 2019: Presidents' Day (NC closed)
  • March 22 โ€“ 31, 2019: Spring Break (NC closed)
  • May 27, 2019: Memorial Day (NC closed)
  • Additionally, our last day of programs is Thursday, June 13, 2019, with our End of Year Celebration on Friday, June 14, 2019.

If there is a day you are scheduled to attend and you are either unable to attend or will be more than 30 minutes late, please contact NC to let us know

In addition, our daily schedule consists of the following:

  • 9:00: Arrival โ€” store belongings, meet friends, choose activity
  • 10:15-11:15: Snack made explicitly available (young people are welcome to eat when hungry, and to discuss with facilitators as needed; this time window refers to our explicit offering of snack)
  • 11:30-12:30: Suggested lunch time window (again, no set time, so we encourage young people to check in with their bodies' needs)
  • 2:15-2:30: Environment clean up โ€” projects will be finished and either stored or ready to go home, materials returned, space prepared for the next day
  • 2:30-3:00: Group time โ€” process review of the day, group activity, book of the day
    • Young people are expected to attend group time, and we are happy to problem solve individually or collectively if there is a strong aversion to joining in
    • Parents who arrive at or before group time are welcome to join; otherwise, once the door is closed, we ask that you wait without being seen (if possible), as this has proven to be disruptive to group time
  • 3:00: Dismissal โ€” gather belongings, meet parents, say goodbyes
    • Parents seeking to problem solve or connect with staff around more than simply information passing may be invited to schedule a conference so as to ensure our full attention and high energy

How do we enter the building if the front door is locked?

Under most circumstances, the glass entrance door to the church is locked at 9:15am, and is unlocked at 2:45pm. If you arrive before it is locked, or after it is unlocked, you are welcome to walk right up to the waiting area outside of NC (or, if timed well, inside to either join us for group time or pick up your young person after group time). If you arrive during a time that the door is locked, you are invited to use the silver call box located on the outside wall, approximately a third of the way between the glass door and the brown office entrance door. Using the box will alert a staff member you are here, and we will be able to buzz you in (unlock the door from our phone). Please note: if you do not use the call box, we are not able to remotely unlock the door, and will therefore have to send someone to open the door.

To use the callbox, notice along the right side of the keypad are arrows and an indication of what buttons to press in order to scroll through the list of call recipients. Please pay close attention as you scroll, looking for one of the NC staff names to call, as the church may change the order or the exact wording on the screen as building tenants change. Once you have found the name you wish to call, press the button that corresponds to โ€œcallโ€ and you will hear the call box ring up to one of our phones. Once we answer, we will check to see that it is you, and then buzz you in; you will hear a beep followed by the door being unlocked.

Because we share space in the church with a number of vulnerable populations, the church policy is that no one is allowed in through the glass door unless you can ensure they are going to either NC or the daycare. All other visitors must check in at the front desk, via the brown office door.

If the callbox is malfunctioning or you are unsure of how to use it, please feel invited to call one of the facilitators and we will come down to assist you.

What else should I know about pick-up and drop-off?

Young people who have your permission to do so are welcome to make the transition from your car to NC and back again (or other mode of transportation, such as public bus), in order to save you from having to come into the building yourself. This can be especially helpful to parents with toddlers who otherwise must be transferred into and out of car seats. Also, NC is most definitely not a toddler-proof environment, which requires an extra measure of oversight on the part of parents who bring them in. Of course we love to see them, we just want to be sure you know that there is a significant safety factor.

When young people arrive, we expect that they will hang their outside clothing on the rack in the hallway outside the door, and place any boots in the tray nearby, then put their lunchbox and other personal items in their cubby when they enter the space. Please see below for comments on what we are happy to have youths bring or leave home, and note that we ask that they be present in our space with our materials and activities, as they can use belongings from home at home (such as toys or electronics).

At day's end, we expect to run Group Time right up until 3pm. As this is a time for our daily debriefing and process review, along with an opportunity for group games and activities that emphasize the Four Cs, we ask that parents wait in the hallway if arriving after Group Time has started (where you are invited to peruse our lending library or the free-cycle space), or feel invited to join us if arriving before Group Time begins.

What should my young person bring and not bring to NC?

In general, we urge youth to wear โ€œplay clothesโ€, meaning clothing in which they are permitted to engage in a full range of activities both inside and out without concern for getting dirty or risking their safety. Jeans are a better idea than dresses; sneakers are a much better choice than sandals, flats, and other, dressier footwear that wouldn't be ideal for painting, climbing trees, or working in the woodshop.

A change of clothing, to be kept at NC, is always a good idea. Rain and snow wear (boots, gloves, etc) also make sense for outdoor activities in inclement weather or simple protection from the cold. In the warmest months, keeping a towel, bathing suit, and sunscreen here permits opportunities to engage in all-out waterplay.

We also ask that personal belongings, such as toys or electronic devices, remain at home while youths are at NC. We have found that these items discourage young people from engaging with materials and experiences at NC, as they are often recreating the environment outside of NC within NC. In the event that a family would like one of these items to come to NC โ€” for example, while dealing with a difficult transition at home, having a stuffed animal on hand can be a powerful, temporary comfort โ€” of course such considerations can prevail. Also, some youths ride public transportation and a cell phone is part of the contract with parents. We ask that we discuss such issues in advance and come to a shared agreement about the presence and usage at NC.

How do you manage food issues at NC?

Our wish is that all young people would come to NC having eaten a full and healthy breakfast. Experience has shown us that this is frequently not the case, especially for late risers (such as teens) or early risers (such as those who eat their first meal at 6 am). If your young person will be arriving on the hungry side, we ask that you send something along that will tide him/her over until snack time, or at least let us know the situation.

Each family is asked to provide a bagged lunch for their young person that can generally be stored in their cubby. In some cases, we can support storage in our refrigerator, but with limited space, we want to reserve as much of this for ingredients for cooking projects. Families are invited to also send in a snack if they have a specific preference or they want to make sure their young person always has enough to eat. We will also provide a nutritious snack, which may be prepared by another parent with young people (or prepared and sent in, depending on the availability of the food provider). We will do our best to account for allergies, dietary restrictions, and dietary preferences, and in the event a given snack can not be made accessible to all, families will be notified and a substitute will be made available.

We ask that young people refrain from sharing food while at NC. We also know that offering and receiving food from friends is a great way to demonstrate love and compassion, so there is always the strong likelihood that this will happen regardless of what boundaries we put into place. That said, we ask that parents take an active role in managing the kinds of food young people bring in; please avoid sending in candy, soda, sweetened drinks, and other overly-processed foods. A significant portion of our community has stated that they would like their young people to not have access to these foods, and if they come in, it becomes difficult to respect this.

We do not have a set lunch time, as we ask young people to learn to check in with their bodily needs, and to understand what their hunger signals are. We are willing to work with individual young people and families to create a plan if there is an on-going concern about an individual eating late or not at all.

What are the options for parent conferences with facilitators?

We are so happy to partner with you on your journey through self-directed education. We have a number of options for parent conferences starting before the program year begins and following through until the next summer (and beyond). Here are some of the ways we plan to connect:

  • Partnership meeting planning session โ€” Prior to the start of the program year, your young person will have been paired with a facilitator or staff member who will schedule an initial meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to identify areas of interest to your young person, share some information about Natural Creativity (including our agenda for the year), and find out more about your wishes for your youth. We will use this conversation to create an outline of topics and skills of interest for your young person to pursue.
  • Monthly updates โ€” Approximately every 4-6 weeks, your young person's partner will email you some info on what has been going on and invite you to raise any questions or concerns you might have. If needed, these exchanges can lead to a face-to-face meeting, and you are welcome to seek information or clarification more often.
  • Mid-year check in โ€” Shortly after the winter break, we will schedule our mid-year check-in, which is a face-to-face, whole family conversation that offers an opportunity for a deep dive into the experience of your young person. Here we will explore a number of different areas and ask for your Balanced Response to the year so far. This is also an ideal time to begin the process for re-enrollment for the following year, as our slots go quickly and we always want to offer priority spacing and financial aid options to our current family members.
  • End of year reflection โ€” As we spend time with our young people practicing process review (in which we examine the goals we began with, the work we put into accomplishing the goals, and what worked and what we would do differently knowing what we know now), we offer this to our families as well. The end of the year can be a bit hectic and most people are in a rush to get to the next adventure, but we would like to suggest scheduling a time with your NC partner to debrief the year and discuss any ideas for the fall.

Please know that at any time, you may call a meeting with either your partner or Chris. It can be tricky to do so at the end of a day of facilitating, so we highly encourage you to make arrangements via email or phone; this will ensure you get our full attention, as well as allow us to gather any helpful info prior to the meeting.

What is your snow closing policy?

We shall follow the lead of the School District of Philadelphia ( If they assess that it is unsafe for people to travel about and decide to close schools, we are inclined to agree; we certainly do not want to put our families or facilitators at unnecessary risk. You are welcome to check the school district website, or any other means you would normally get this information, or to contact NC directly to find out if we are open or not. If we decide to close early or open late due to weather, we will let you know via phone call.

Of course, different drivers have different levels of comfort when it comes to driving in the snow, so if you do not feel safe and would rather stay home even when we are open, or if you would prefer to pick up your young person before we close for the day, please feel invited to do so. (Just let us know!)

What is your make up day policy?

We love that you miss us so much that when you are unable to attend you want to find another day!

One complicating factor is the size of our space and an ability to accommodate additional young people on days they do not regularly attend. With this in mind, our intention is to try to figure something out, especially for days that are missed because NC is closed due to weather or other unforeseen issue. If this happens, please contact us, and we will try to schedule a make up day that works for both you and our staff.

What about field trips?

At Natural Creativity, we are intentional about being present in the community and as such, can appreciate opportunities to get out of the church space for a worthwhile reason. There are three primary categories of being off-site (what schools would call a field trip):

  • Impromptu walks or explorations โ€” If a group of young people express an interest in going out and exploring, either a defined, walkable area or a general meandering, an appropriate number of NC staff will accompany them (and will inform other staff members of the progress). This may include a trip to a nearby park or across the street at Wyck, and can include an art or science project component.
  • Impromptu events or materials acquisition โ€” If an individual or small group of young people learn of an event that would be best served by acting quickly (such as an exhibit closing very soon and no other opportunity to attend), or if there is a project under way and a material need is identified (and is crucial to the completion of the project), a possible solution is to gather a group together and go. In these circumstances, staff members will communicate with parents and guardians before any action is taken to ensure consent, safety, and appropriate travel conditions (such as ensuring youth has money to cover any expenses).
  • Planned excursion โ€” As opposed to the previous two categories, in which an opportunity presents itself and is acted on with relative speed, this category refers to visits and activities that are planned in advance, often because they require a more significant time, planning, and resource commitment than the others. In these cases, the appropriate staff member will communicate with parents and guardians during the planning stage and identify material, transportation, or supervisory requisites, as well as solicit parent/guardian input and offers to help.

If you have questions or concerns about any of these categories, please do not hesitate to contact Chris.

What are Visiting Artists?

Visiting Artist is the general term we use to describe an adult who spends time at NC sharing a skill or passion (generally, some content knowledge). In some cases, a young person has identified some content she wishes to explore, and we work together to arrange for someone appropriate to come to NC to share. In other cases, we meet someone with content knowledge that has not yet been identified but that we believe would be of interest if the young people knew about it, and we invite this person into our community to share. Generally speaking, here are some of the ways Visiting Artists spend time at NC:

  • Single visit โ€” the VA comes to NC for a short visit, maybe 1-2 hours, to share an activity or discuss some content with interested young people; a single visit may lead to future visits or possible field trips
  • Regular visits (Artist-in-Residence) โ€” the VA arranges to come to NC on a regular schedule for a specified block of time (maybe once a week for six weeks, or twice a week for four, for example), and offers either an evolving โ€œclassโ€ on a given topic or works with young people to create a project and serves as an advisor of sorts
  • Process Partner โ€” the VA comes to NC for a slightly longer visit (4-6 hours) and does not actively offer specific activities; instead this role invites the VA to facilitate young people in their pursuit of their own ideas, which may include doing some problem solving or planning with a young person about starting a project or offering support to projects in progress
    • Please note: this method requires some significant effort in learning and practicing the NC approach, and offers a great way to dig in to the practice of partnership education!

Do you ever provide workshops for parents?

So glad you askedโ€ฆ Yes, we do.

The following list identifies several of our most popular options, along with a few ideas we have been exploring. We will work with you to choose the best options for this year:

  • Homeschooling basics โ€“ What is the law, and what are parent responsibilities?
  • Self-direction โ€“ How do I support this at home?
  • Nonviolent Communication โ€“ What is it and how can I apply it outside of NC?
  • Creative group problem solving โ€“ What is it and how can I apply it outside of NC?
  • Self-direction for non-believers โ€“ Invite a family member who doesn't โ€œget itโ€ for a chance to talk to us directly
  • Self-direction and the teenage years (and beyond)

We are also always open to your suggestions and feedback so we can continue to offer worthwhile workshop opportunities to you.

Will you help parents comply with the home education requirements?

Of course! Just ask.

How can we help NC in addition to participating in the programs?

Ah, let us count the waysโ€ฆ

Parents can help by joining a parent team (which is also a great way to build relationships with other parents around shared interests and experiences). Parent teams work in any of the following areas and more:

  • Working as Visiting Artists (and helping to recruit more VAs) โ€” share a skill or passion, come do your own interesting work and let young people see you in action, spend some time at NC working on projects designed by young people, or ask a facilitator for a project ideaโ€ฆ Examples have included cooking, sewing, knitting, origami, biomimicry, robotics, dissection, nature walks, yoga, dance, graphic design, geology, foreign languages, board games, and more!
  • Spreading the word about NC โ€” there are so many ways to coordinate letting others know about NC, including social media, flyers in grocery stores or online groups, traditional media (such as TV or radio), talking to new friends at events, and inviting people to come check us out.
  • Fundraising for special projects or the capital campaign โ€” every little bit helps, and we are trying to put a lot of little bits together to move into a larger, greener spaceโ€ฆ We can always use help in developing marketing materials, writing grants, seeking out alternate funding sources, and meeting with individuals who might be interested in supporting our work and our community.
  • Donating or acquiring materials, supplies, and books โ€” the world is full of free or inexpensive stuff that would have great value to projects and young people at NC, so please check out the wish list or share some ideas with NC staff about things you would like to bring in, offer, or have heard about and think might be cool.
  • Helping with administrative duties โ€” there are so many tasks relating to the running of an organization such as NC, and so many of them can be a time sink for the leadership teamโ€ฆif you have the time to spare, there are numerous ways you can be involved (especially off hours or evenings) that would allow us to focus on the community-building and partnership that make NC great!

Thank you for being a member of our community and for continuing to spread the work about our philosophy and approach. Each day, we grow a bit and demonstrate to the world around us that a community built on the Four Cs -โ€“ Creativity, Compassion, Collaboration, and Comprehension โ€“- can thrive, and that individual people in that community can pursue the kind of life they want. Please let us know if you have any questions about anything discussed in this handbook (or anything not covered).