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Roundtable Discussion with Beth Blauer

Park Roundtables are moderated discussions and presentations concerning interesting topics viewed through the lens of progressive education at Park. Bring your questions and thoughts to share during the Q&A — we want to hear from you! Zoom information will be shared in advance of the event.

Tuesday, December 8 at 7 p.m., we welcome Beth Blauer, Executive Director at Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact and Park parent. Beth will be in conversation with Head of School Dan Paradis to discuss using data for vision, policy setting, and decision making during the pandemic. Beth and her team provide data and data analysis to help administrative bodies and community-centered organizations — including The Park School — determine best practices for their populations.

This event is presented by the Park School Admission Office; please invite friends, colleagues, and neighbors who may be interested in an introduction to the Park community. All are welcome.

Register


Park Parent Affinity Group Open House

Open to all Park parents! Please join the Park Parent Affinity Group Open House Thursday, December 10 (new date!) at 6:30 p.m.

Participants in affinity groups are linked by a common identity, interest, or purpose. Coming together is designed to facilitate the following:

  • Discussion of issues that support Park's diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and priorities — including Park's Anti-Racist Action Plan
  • Holding 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 groups to the larger community

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BRUIN CONNECT: Park Alumni Entrepreneurs

Park parents are invited to join the alumni community for BRUIN CONNECT: Park Alumni Entrepreneurs on Tuesday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. The evening features a panel of Park alumni who will discuss their career paths, share guidance about starting and growing a business, and spend time networking with attendees.

To RSVP and attend, complete the 2 steps below on Park’s new networking and mentoring platform, Bruin Connect. (If you have any questions or need help, please email alumni@parkschool.net.) All registered attendees will be sent the Zoom link prior to the event.

  • JOIN the Bruin Connect platform by clicking here and filling out your user info. Choose “Parent” as your affiliation. (If you have a LinkedIn profile we recommend using it to register for Bruin Connect, as the platform will automatically import your work history.)  

  • REGISTER for Park Alumni Entrepreneurs once you have joined the platform. Look for the event on the event board, or connect to it directly by clicking here.


The Parents' Association Book Club!

Thank you to all who joined us for the first PA Book Club event earlier this week! For our next meeting on Wednesday, December 9, at 8 p.m., we will discuss Permission to Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-Being and Success by Marc Brackett, PhD, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, which developed an evidence-based approach to social emotional learning referenced by the acronym, RULER. Lower School Counselor Christina Kim has expertise and training with RULER and is working to build a programmatic K-5 approach to support students, faculty, staff, and parents at Park. We hope you will join us.
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The Park School Store

It's back! Well — it's online! Park's new online school store offers an easy-to-navigate web page full of Park branded apparel for all your Park Spirit needs! Check it out and get some of your holiday shopping done early. Or get some spirit-wear for bundling up in as it gets colder out!
Visit site


PARK MASKS

These days, school pride and safety go hand-in-hand! The Parents' Association is now offering Park School masks for $10 each. The masks are soft, double layer fabric and have adjustable ear loops. They are non-medical grade. Click HERE to see a sample and to order. The PA will email to arrange delivery, either to students at school next week or to your home if your student is learning virtually. Thanks for supporting the PA!


Parent Engagement Programming

Parents – would you like to connect with your fellow parents over a shared hobby or interest, lead a “how-to” session or book/film discussion, or offer a fitness, culinary, or artistic class? If so, let us know! In response to the Parent Engagement Survey, parents expressed interest in connecting with each other through small virtual gatherings such as these and we will gladly assist with the scheduling and logistics. Please contact us at pa@parkschool.net!


Lunch orders 

November and December menus are now posted! To purchase lunch, families will establish an account, initiate prepayment via credit card, and place their order(s) — all on the Graul's website: https://grauls.naturallunches.com/index.php?.  Orders must be received by Thursday for the following week, and all lunches are prepaid by the family via the Graul's website. . Please feel free to contact Lisa Quinting at 410.339.4160 or lquinting@parkschool.net with any questions.

*Easily access the Graul's order form through the Quick Links button on Park's homepage*


Admission Events

We know that word-of-mouth is our most effective marketing tool. If you have friends, neighbors, or colleagues who are looking for the right school — or you are ready to apply for your own child — please note our Application Details. We have much to share about the distinctive learning that happens each day at Park. Please direct others to our Visual Tours page and to our Events page to learn more.


Park's digital campus

The 2020–21 School Year 
Whether in person, virtually, or a combination thereof, The Park School is devoted to caring for our community and fulfilling our mission. This site, "The Park School Digital Campus," is a source of information and resources regarding the 2020-21 school year. Please check the pages frequently for the most up-to-date information. The Digital Campus can be found by clicking HERE

Lower School Announcements


Parent coffee with Malika and matt – tonight!

Please join Malika and Matt for a virtual parent coffee this evening (12/3) at 7 p.m. They will share results from the parent survey, an update on our anti-racist action plan, and information regarding new Lower School programming.

Please fill out this form if you plan to attend this evening. See you tonight!


Cold weather doesn't stop outdoor activities!

Please make sure to send your child/children with warm enough clothes to allow them to comfortably be outside for recess and other classroom activities! Thanks for your help!


Library Newsletters

Lower School Librarian Jillian Van Ells shares her October/November Library Newsletters. Find resources, book recommendations, and more!

The Grades K-2 newsletter can be found HERE and the Grades 3-5 newsletter can be found HERE


Late Drop-off

Please drive down the bus circle to the 4th/5th Grade entrance. Please call the office (410-339-4195) and we'll let your child in.

Early Dismissal

Please come to the bus circle and come to your child's grade level entrance door Then, please call the office (410-339-4195) and we'll retrieve your child.


To Do...

It's a lot! Please make sure to take the time to check the Back-to-School to-do list, which can be found HERE


Important Dates

December 7 -All school — Pre-K through Grade 12 — held virtually
December 10 - Parent Affinity Groups Meeting
December 21 - January 1 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Winter Break
January 8 - PA Drop-In (Via Zoom)
January 18 - SCHOOL CLOSED for MLK Day

Middle School Announcements


middle school math circle

If you are interested in math and like to be challenged, we invite you to join Math Circle! The Upper School math department offers virtual math classes for middle school students from 3:45-4:30 p.m. every Thursday, starting November 19, to nurture the love of math! If interested, or for more information, write to Mimi at mcukier@parkschool.net.


THE MICHAEL CARDIN ('85) WRITING CENTER IS BACK!

We are happy to offer 20-minute, one-on-one Zoom writing consultations with Upper School and Middle School students. Our trained staff of peer tutors are available to talk with students during any stage of their writing process: reviewing assignment requirements, brainstorming, prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading. Students can reserve their spot using our Appointment Sign-up sheet; it is updated every Friday afternoon with the following week's availability. This sign-up sheet will also be listed in both division's daily announcements. Questions? Email Angela Balcita at abalcita@parkschool.net


Important Dates

December 7 -All school — Pre-K through Grade 12 — held virtually
December 10 - Parent Affinity Groups Meeting
December 21 - January 1 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Winter Break
January 8 - PA Drop-In (Via Zoom)
January 18 - SCHOOL CLOSED for MLK Day

Upper School Announcements


goldsoundz - tomorrow!

Holidayz Goldsoundz is tomorrow (Friday)! 7PM! Don your holiday hat and join the chat

https://goldsoundz.live/

Don't forget to say hey to the talented MCs-Caroline & Ian. Look forward to seeing you there!


Spring Play auditions

AUDITIONS for spring semester shows are being held December 7 - 11. Details are in the Upper School announcements. Email pking@parkschool.net with questions.


THE MICHAEL CARDIN ('85) WRITING CENTER IS BACK!

We are happy to offer 20-minute, one-on-one Zoom writing consultations with Upper School and Middle School students.

Our trained staff of peer tutors are available to talk with students during any stage of their writing process: reviewing assignment requirements, brainstorming, prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading. Students can reserve their spot using our Appointment Sign-up sheet; it is updated every Friday afternoon with the following week's availability. This sign-up sheet will also be listed in both division's daily announcements. Questions? Email Angela Balcita at abalcita@parkschool.net


Important Dates

December 5 - 10th Grade Parent Social (Zoom)
December 7 -All school — Pre-K through Grade 12 — held virtually
December 9 - PA Book Club
December 10 - Parent Affinity Groups Open House
December 21 - January 1 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Winter Break
January 6 - Park Connects Parent/Student Education Workshop for 11th Grade
January 7 - Park Connects Parent Discussion for Grade 9
January 8 - PA Drop-In (Via Zoom)
January 12 - Park Connects Education Workshop for 9th and 10th Grade Parents
January 18 - SCHOOL CLOSED for MLK Day