Community School

Community School

Welcome to The Park Community School, an online program featuring classes taught by talented members of the Park community. Parents, alumni, and parents of alumni have created programming that invites us to share, learn, and connect during this period of social distancing. We know that this is a difficult time for everyone, and we are grateful to our presenters for generously donating their time and expertise to help us come together as a community.

Classes will be conducted on the video platform Zoom. Course descriptions, dates, times (all of which take place in Eastern Daylight Time), and registration links can be found below. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with additional information.

All classes are free, and we hope you have the opportunity to participate in one or more of the sessions; please invite friends and family, too.

Yin Yoga 1

Jessica Grosman, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., R.Y.T., Park Parent: Yoga Teacher at Nao Meditation Studio

Monday, May 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Yin Yoga is a seated practice of long-held postures and is accessible for anyone. The practice is aimed at targeting the layers of connective tissues in the hips, spine, and pelvis. Stimulating these connective tissues is necessary for the long-term health of our muscles and aids to preserve range of motion. The practice is appropriate for all levels of fitness and flexibility; no prior yoga experience is needed.

What you need: Wear clothing that allows freedom of movement. Suggested props: a few towels or yoga blanket, a stack of books or yoga blocks, and a firm pillow.

Participants: No maximum.

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Beats And RhymeS

Jamaal Collier, Park Parent: Musician and Teaching Artist

Tuesday, May 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Participants will learn the basics of two essential components in Hip Hop culture. We will explore a brief history of Human Beatboxing and Rapping. Through rhythmic games and lyrical exercises, all will have a chance to apply what we learn in the course! We all have a voice. Let’s have fun using ours. It’s time to make Beats And RhymeS!

What you need: Pen or pencil, paper, and the human voice.

Participants: Maximum of 22 households. Perfect for students of all ages and their parents!

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Artistic Experimentation: Play with Your Food

Jessie Lamworth ’14, Park Alumna: Creative Director at 409 + Co and Freelance Artist

Wednesday, May 20, 7:30-8:30 p.m

Art can be found anywhere — even in your kitchen pantry. Unleash your creativity and learn a new art technique by using unconventional media: your favorite cooking spices! All you will need is a toothpick and a tablespoon of any spice of your choice, and together we will explore this unique approach to making your own artwork. No artistic “talent” needed — all ages and abilities welcome!

What you need: A powdered spice of your choice, a white sheet of paper, a toothpick, and a sharp edge (i.e, paring knife, x-acto knife, or razor blade).

Participants: No maximum. Open to all ages!

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Collage Then and Now

Anna Berghuis ’15, Park Alumna: Self-employed fine artist (@annaberghuisart), working at the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York City

Thursday, May 21, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Art History meets Studio Arts. We will start with a brief history of collage from an art historical standpoint. The second part of the course is a studio component. Together, we will make collages based on what we see from our windows (which can be taken as literally or as imaginatively as you wish!).

What you need: Pencil and paper required. Suggested: Newspaper, magazine, glue or tape, scissors, rulers, markers.

Participants: 
No maximum. Recommended for ages 15 and above.

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Yin Yoga 2

Jessica Grosman, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., R.Y.T., Park Parent: Yoga Teacher at Nao Meditation Studio

Tuesday, May 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Yin Yoga is a seated practice of long-held postures and is accessible for anyone. The practice is aimed at targeting the layers of connective tissues in the hips, spine, and pelvis. Stimulating these connective tissues is necessary for the long-term health of our muscles and aids to preserve range of motion. The practice is appropriate for all levels of fitness and flexibility; no prior yoga experience is needed.

What you need:  Wear clothing that allows freedom of movement. Suggested props: a few towels or yoga blanket, a stack of books or yoga blocks, and a firm pillow.

Participants: No maximum.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Seashells, Stamps, and Shoes: Why Do We Collect Things?

Virginia Anderson, Ph.D., Park Parent: Curator of American Art at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Tuesday, May 26, 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Are you a collector? Whether it’s Magic cards, favorite books, or fine art, we all seem to have a collection of some kind — or maybe many! Come to this class to share your own collecting interests, and to learn why people collect and the benefits collecting can bring to individuals and their communities.

What you need: Spend a few minutes walking around your home. What collections of objects do you notice? Pick one of your favorite objects to share with the class and bring it to our Zoom meeting.

Participants: Maximum of 30 attendees. All ages are welcome.

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No, You Don’t Really Have 7900 4th Cousins: DNA Basics for Those With Ashkenazi Heritage

Jennifer Mendelsohn, Park Parent: Journalist and Founder of #resistancegenealogy

Wednesday, May 27, 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

DNA has the potential to be an essential and exciting genealogical tool. But many Eastern European Jewish testers find their DNA results completely overwhelming and unnavigable.

Based on the popular 2017 Medium piece that has garnered more than 90,000 views, this talk will help those with Ashkenazi heritage learn to make sense of their DNA results. We’ll cover why our match lists are so large, (hello, endogamy!) why all our matches seem to match each other (endogamy, again!), and how to spot the meaningful matches and separate them from the faux ones.

Using real-life examples of DNA success, you’ll learn techniques that will help you learn to work effectively with DNA to expand your tree. 

What you need: This class does not require advance preparation. 

Participants:
 No maximum. 

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Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation

Anette Goelet, C–IAYT, Former Trustee and Parent of Alumna: Yoga Instructor, Yoga Therapist, and Mental Health Advocate

Thursday, May 28, 7-8 p.m. 

Yoga and meditation are powerful tools to help alleviate stress. This workshop will explore the connection between body, mind, and life. No prior yoga experience or meditation experience is required.

What you need: A quiet space, yoga mat, or carpet. For meditation, a chair, or cushion to sit comfortably on the floor. Wear loose-fitting clothes with no belt. Optional: a blanket if you get cold during meditation.

Participants: No maximum. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER