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Cultural film and discussion series — UNITED SKATES (1 HR 29 MIN)

February 21 at 7 p.m. For years, roller skating rinks have been a constant for African-American communities across the U.S., serving as a meeting ground, a place to have fun and an incubator of iconic hip-hop talents like Queen Latifah and N.W.A.

As America’s last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community joins forces in a racially charged environment to save the underground African-American subculture of roller skating, which has been overlooked by the mainstream for generations – yet has given rise to some of the world's greatest musical talents.


Annual Family Basket Bingo 

Park’s 13th Annual Family Basket Bingo Saturday, February 29, 1 p.m. 

Great baskets, raffles, door prizes, and more! Doors open at noon, and the first game starts at 1 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. This family-friendly event is a favorite among Park families and sells out year after year.

Register at www.parkschool.net/bingo  $15 per person.


Viva House Collection

The fourth grade is hoping to pack more bags for their Viva House delivery this week week (on February 21), but the pantries are quite bare. Their greatest needs are tomato sauce, beans, cereal, and canned green vegetables. As you do your grocery shopping this week, please consider a donation to Viva House. Thank you so much! Donations can be dropped off in the boxes in the Lower School lobby or Middle School Commons.


Parent Diversity Affinity Group Open House

We are excited to host the Park Parent Affinity Group Open House Part I & II. The open house will take place March 5 and May 12 from 6–7 p.m. in the Middle School Commons. We encourage you to participate on both days. Park Parent Affinity groups are designed to facilitate the following:

  • Discussions that support Park’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and priorities

  • Providing a space to identify issues relevant to and through the lens of group participants

  • Building capacity for cross group dialogue and more inclusive spaces

  • Connecting issues relevant to the group to the larger community

The affinity groups are not intended to imply that all members share the same experience. Rather, the groups provide the opportunity for reflection, dialogue, support, and build the capacity for more inclusive spaces.    

Click HERE more information


Park Winter Exhibit

Park's Winter exhibition, Ancestors and Influencers, is now open. Ancestors and Influencers includes the work of our students alongside the work of artists Rachel Bone, Warren King, and Sylvie van Helden. Rachel and Sylvie live and work in Baltimore. Warren is our 2020 Diana Lee Fox '75 Resident Artist. 


Register now for BRAIN sPARK 2020!


Sunday, March 8 • 4-8 p.m. 

BRAIN sPARK is a uniquely Park program showcasing the talents and diversity of our community — it’s our own “TED Talk” kind of event. You won’t want to miss this electrifying evening of presentations, conversations, and hands-on experiences designed to engage you in mind, body, and spirit. We have over 70 presenters lined up — all from the Park community — in over 50 sessions covering politics, science, law, art, cooking, business, literature, sports, and more!

Over 400 people have already registered! Click here for session descriptions and registration.
For questions or help with registration, please email brainspark@parkschool.net or call 410.339.4147.


Volunteers Needed

Speaking of BRAIN sPARK ...This exciting event brings a variety of inspiring speakers to The Park School for one incredible day, Sunday, March 8. We still need volunteers to help! Please consider volunteering a few hours that weekend. Visit the Signup Genius to see when we need help. Thank you!


Park Camps Registration Now Open

This summer, children ages 3 ½–15 are invited to join us for dynamic experiences in the tradition of The Park School of Baltimore. Sessions for 2020 begin June 15 offering special one- and two-week Activity Camps such as Sports and Games, Minecraft, Nature and Tinkering, and Park Leadership Development camps. Park’s day camps — Cubs, Bears, and Bruins — and STEAM Focus and Gaming Programs complete the summer experience from June 22 to July 31.

For more information, CLICK HERE. 


Hungry Harvest Fundraiser 

Good for you. Good for your school. Sign up for Hungry Harvest farm fresh produce delivery and you’re not only helping reduce food waste (along with the water waste and greenhouse gas emissions used to grow it), you’re also supporting The Park School of Baltimore. Every week, Hungry Harvest will donate a percentage of purchases to support our school! Join them on their mission to fight food waste and give back to your community in the process. For new and returning customers: CLICK HERE, after you pick your produce go to Marketplace, click Give Back, scroll down and click on Park School of Baltimore fundraiser.


Re-enrollment 

The re-enrollment contract and deposit was due February 1. You can begin the process by CLICKING HERE. If you have any questions about the process, don't hesitate to reach out! Help can be found here:

Contracts, extensions: Debbie Ruston
druston@parkchool.net

Tuition Assistance: Mennette San-Lee
msanlee@parkschool.net

FACTS: Sarah Bates
sbates@parkschool.net

Login, access: Veracross Support
Portals@parkschool.net


Calendars

Just a reminder that you can subscribe to your Veracross household calendar and have all of your Park events sync with your online calendar. If you're not doing this already, think about trying it this year! 

Instructions are HERE.

You can find the 2019/20 academic calendar HERE

Try it – you'll like it!


Bruins Athletic Schedule – GO Park!

Click HERE for Current Calendar of Games

Lower School News


Children’s Concert

February 29, 11 a.m. Join us for a Children’s Concert with Baby Beats with Max and Root in the Meyerhoff Theater. This event is appropriate for Lower School aged children and younger. Free and open to the public.


K1 and K2  Parent Dinner & Discussion #2 tonight

Back by popular demand! 
We are happy to announce 
a SECOND Kindergarten program! Thursday, February 20 from 6-7:30 P.M. in the Middle School Commons. 

RSVP  


grades 1 & 2  Parent Dinner & Discussion #2

Back by popular demand! 
We are happy to announce 
a SECOND program for parents of first and second graders! Wednesday, March 4 from 6-7:30 P.M. in the Kindergarten multi-purpose room (new location!). 

RSVP


Spring Break Camp

The Park School is very excited to offer Spring Break Camp again this year! The camp is open to all Park School students enrolled in First Year Kindergarten through Grade 5. This camp is under the direction of Bart Cook, Director of Extended Day and his experienced staff. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and will close at midnight on Sunday, March 2. Please register your child by this time to claim a spot! There will be no refunds after March 9. Fees for camp will be billed to your Park School account. Registration is a commitment to pay for the days for which you have registered and will be billed in full after March 9.

For more information CLICK HERE.


Upcoming Important Dates

February 20 - K1& K2 Park Connects Dinner and Discussion
February 21 - Cultural Diversity Film & Discussion Series: United Skates
February 29 - Children's Concert
February 29 - Family Bingo
March 4 - Park Connects Dinner & Discussion for Grades 1 & 2
March 5 - Parent Affinity Group Open House
March 6 - LOWER SCHOOL CLOSED for Parent Conferences
March 8 - BRAIN sPARK
March 10 - Families of Color Gathering
March 12 - LOWER SCHOOL CLOSED for Parent Conferences
March 16 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Spring Break
March 25 - Classes Resume

Middle School News


Find out about Middle Grades Partnership!

Sometimes great opportunities can be found just in your own backyard! Are you a middle school academically promising, curious student who is interested in learning and making new friendships with students from another school over the summer and throughout your middle school years? MGP may be for you! Middle Grades Partnership (MGP) is a no-cost, summer enrichment program for current 6-8th graders, offering a rigorous academic program for promising Baltimore City public and private middle school students and spanning their middle school years. MGP brings together students, teachers, and leaders from both school communities to collaboratively break down barriers in education and our communities by sharing in common experiences and building relationships with peers. The partnership between Park School of Baltimore and Belair-Edison School (formerly called Afya Public Charter School) has been thriving for the last 8 years and we look forward to carrying on a strong tradition of student-directed learning and collaboration. Students enter MGP after finishing their 6th grade year, and will learn and create together throughout the summers and school years of middle school. For more information on the program, CLICK HERE.


Education Workshop for Grade 8 Parents and Guardians

Letting Loose Without Letting Go on Tuesday, March 3, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Middle School Commons. As Middle School comes to an end, we will use the data from last year's Independent School Health Check survey to identify the most important issues and skills for a successful transition to high school while continuing to foster independence, healthy decision making and maintaining effective communication between teens and adults in their lives.

Facilitators: School Counselors Krista Dhruv and Porscha Henson.

RSVP HERE


Exploratory Learning Week

Thanks to all who made ELW possible! Check out photos from the week HERE


Upcoming Important Dates

February 21 - Cultural Diversity Film & Discussion Series: United Skates
February 21 - MS Student Social Mixer
February 29 - Family Bingo
March 3 - Park Connects Parent Workshop for 8th Grade
March 5 - Parent Affinity Group Open House
March 8 - BRAIN sPARK
March 10 - Families of Color Gathering
March 25 - Classes Resume

Upper School News


Park Connects Grade 9 Parent Dinner and Discussion #2!

Join us, Thursday, February 27 from 6:30–8 P.M. in the Middle School Commons for a 9th Grade Dinner and Discussion. This will only run if we have a minimum number of registrants

Don’t miss this SECOND opportunity to get together with other Park parents in your grade. Connect with old friends and make new connections. Join the conversation — come talk about topics that are important to you, and to all of us!

RSVP


College Counseling Event for 10th Grade Students and Their Families

Please note the new date for the 10th grade College Counseling program. College Counseling Preview for Sophomores and their Families will be held from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1 in the Meyerhoff Theater. The College Counseling team invites sophomores and their families for a preview of the college process.


Seniors (from the announcements)

Senior Ads

Senior ads are taken out by family and friends to celebrate a senior's accomplishments. Ads are available in a variety of sizes, from full page to 12th page. The prices and dimensions are listed on the senior ad website. The Brownie staff can help you with your ad, or you can simply submit your finished ad to us. The deadline for Brownie Ads is February 14. Instructions can be found HERE.


ATTENDANCE: If students are sick or late to school, or must leave for an appointment, please contact the school by 8:30 a.m. — usattendance@parkschool.net or 410-339-4175. Any time students come or go from campus between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., they must sign in/sign out at the Upper School front desk.

EARLY DISMISSAL: Students who feel ill during the school day are to visit the Health Suite in order to be seen by a medical professional and dismissed early as determined. Students are asked not to call home and dismiss themselves.


Upcoming Important Dates:

February 21 - Cultural Diversity Film & Discussion Series: United Skates
February 21 - Goldsoundz
February 27 - 9th Grade Park Connects Dinner and Discussion
February 29 - Family Bingo
March 5 - Parent Affinity Group Open House
March 5 - 11th Grade Parent & Student Meeting
March 8 - BRAIN sPARK
March 10 - Families of Color Gathering
March 25 - Classes Resume