News from The Park School Parents’ Association

in Winter 2017 by

When the school year began in September, it wasn’t just the kids who hit the ground running! The Park Parents’ Association (PA) had a productive fall, sponsoring a number of great community events and offering parents many opportunities to meet one another and get involved.

Following a new tradition, we kicked off the year with the Community Tree Celebration in the Lower Lobby. Each current Park family and faculty/staff member has a leaf on the tree, which is a beautiful visual representation of our school community. While last year’s celebration was held in February, this year we moved it up to September to welcome new families and celebrate our community and the opening of the school year.

The PA subcommittees hosted a number of parent and family events throughout the fall, including new parent dinners, the annual Chop-A-Thon benefiting the Pine Street Inn, and the ever-popular Bingo Night! A special thanks to Leah Dunn Rossi and Paul Newmark for their bingo caller skills, and to all of the students who volunteered that evening to help serve and clean up after the pizza dinner.

In November, the PA Parent Roundtable Committee hosted a film screening of Screenagers. The film was followed by a discussion led by child development expert Joani Geltman, Park’s Director of Technology Jorge Vega, and Growth Education Department Head Heather Offen about the impact of the digital age on our children, how to minimize harmful effects and Park’s policies and philosophies on technology, digital citizenship, and recommendations for Park families at home.

NEW THIS YEAR!


Childcare at Park School Parent Evenings
The PA now offers free on-site childcare during PA-sponsored events to make it easier for parents to attend community evenings and roundtable events. A special thanks to Dr. Liza Talusan, Park’s Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, for spearheading this great new initiative.

Parents’ Association Website
The PA has launched its own dedicated web page on the Park School website. Please check it out to learn more about upcoming events and how to get involved. https://parentsassociation.parkschool.org

 

COMING UP!


Friday, December 15 Pre-Yule Festival Reception
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Join fellow parents in the West Gym Lobby for coffee, baked goods, and conversation before the performances.

Friday, January 5 Family Skating Party at Larz Anderson Rink
5:00 – 7:45 p.m. Ice skating, pizza, hot cocoa and more!
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

The parent volunteers on the Park Parent Editorial Board write articles on current events at the School and matters of interest to the Park community for this quarterly newsletter. We are always looking to grow our team of volunteer writers and photographers. If you are interested in learning more, please contact TheParkParent@parkschool.org