spring 2017 PARENT EDUCATION EVENTS

 

Understanding 3rd Grade ERB Scores

Thursday, January 5, 8:15 a.m. in Solarium

Third Grade is the first year that PS students take the ERB CTP. The score reports from the Educational Records Bureau Comprehensive Testing Program can be confusing. The Individual Subscore Report includes Norms, Scale Scores, Percentile Ranks, Content Standards Mastery Scores and Stanines. This workshop will help you understand what your child's scores really mean. Third Grade Student Score Reports will be available at this meeting. (Score reports will be mailed to parents unable to attend).
 

Understanding 7th & 8th Grade ERB Scores

Thursday, January 12, 8:00 a.m. in Solarium

The score reports from the Educational Records Bureau Comprehensive Testing Program can be confusing. The Individual Subscore Report includes Norms, Scale Scores, Percentile Ranks, Content Standards Mastery Scores and Stanines. This workshop will help you understand what your student's scores really mean. Seventh and Eighth Grade Student Score Reports will be available at this meeting. (Score reports will be mailed to parents unable to attend).
 

Lower School Homework Help Panel Discussion

Wednesday, January 25, 8:15 a.m. in Solarium

Join a panel of teachers and Head of Lower School, Christy Heno, as they share information about the appropriate level of parent support for student homework at each grade level. They will also discuss organization strategies that can make this often difficult time of day a little easier.
 

Dad's Only Breakfast - "Parenting on Purpose" with Dr. Teandra Gordon

Thursday, January 26, 6:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

All fathers are invited to breakfast to hear from Presbyterian parent and Director of School Based Therapy Services at Legacy Community Health, Dr. Teandra Gordon.  “Parenting on Purpose” is based on Dr. Teandra Gordon’s research and clinical practice. Dads will explore the essential ingredients to successful outcomes in parenting and what it takes to help children reach their potential. Dr. Gordon will utilize personal stories, videos, and practical wisdom to both inform and inspire!

Dr. Gordon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, author, and speaker with a passion for promoting healthy families, successful child outcomes, and diminishing the achievement gap among ethnic minority students.  Her work and research has been presented nationally at The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Conference, the American Counseling Association Conference, and the National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education Conference along with a host of local presentations.  Dr. Gordon has recently completed her first book on parenting education which will be released next year. Dine with Dr. Gordon and enjoy a hearty discussion!  

Breakfast is $10, pay at the door.  RSVP to mhayes@pshouston.org by Thursday, January 19 to reserve a spot.
 

PS: TED Talk - "Compassion"

Tuesday, February 7, 8:15 a.m. in the Solarium

Compassion is considered a universal virtue, but is it innate or is it taught? Have we lost touch with it, and can we even become better at it? Join Headmaster, Dr. Mark Carleton, as he explores a Presbyterian core value, its roots, its meaning, and its future. Join us for PS:TED and engage in talks worth having. If you have any questions, please contact Mimi Hayes, Director of Special Events and Volunteers at mhayes@pshouston.org.



 Parent Ed with Megan Michelson of The Birds & Bees 

Thursday, February 23, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (5308 Buffalo Speedway)

Megan Michelson with The Birds & The Bees will lead a live program that encourages and equips parents to have age appropriate conversations with their young children about sex.  Where do babies come from? How is that baby going to get out of there?  The Birds & Bees want parents to answer these questions when their kids are asking them in order to create a foundation for future conversations. In today's sex saturated culture, the idea of "the talk" at age 13 is too late.  Their goal is to replace that one talk with several smaller talks so that your kids can hear your voice and values.  They want parents to be prepared and have a plan for when the questions start, because it will be sooner than you think. The live program walks you through the six-step strategy that takes you from the early preschool years to preadolescence:

1. Creating your family message
2. Using respectful and medical vocabulary 
3. The story of birth
4. Reproduction: seeds & eggs
5. Conception: "where do babies come from?"
6. Practical ways to continue the conversation 
Many parents come to the program nervous and intimidated about this topic and leave feeling encouraged and empowered.  For more information, please visit the Birds & Bees website at www.birds-bees.com

 

Book Club with the Headmaster

Tuesday, March 7, 8:15 a.m. in the Solarium

Pick up a copy of Wonder by R. J. Palacio and join Headmaster, Dr. Mark Carleton as he explores the books topics in depth. 

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid--but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion and acceptance.

In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel "a meditation on kindness" --indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. 

Parents are encouraged to read this book in advance and bring their questions and comments. 

 

Dad's Only Breakfast 

Tuesday, March 21, 6:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

All fathers are invited to breakfast to hear from Athletic Director, Marty Durden.  Dine with Dr. Durden and enjoy a hearty discussion!  Breakfast is $10, pay at the door.  RSVP to mhayes@pshouston.org before Tuesday, March 14 to reserve a spot.
 

Looking at Learning: How Presbyterian School Uses Brain Science and Current Studies in Education to Enhance Learning

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 8:15 a.m. in Living Room

Join Charlie Gramatges, Head of Middle School, to learn about new studies in how children learn, the type of environment that enhances learning opportunities, and the ways that Presbyterian School is utilizing this research to create a unique experience for middle school students.
 


 

Fall 2016 PARENT EDUCATION EVENTS


PS: TED Talk - "Trust and Consequences"

Wednesday, August 31, 8:15 a.m. in the Solarium

Our lives are fueled by trust: in our loved ones, our colleagues, our leaders. But how do we
cultivate it, and restore if it’s lost? Join Headmaster, Dr. Mark Carleton, as he explores our relationship with trust in an easily accessible format that encourages discussion.  Join us for PS:TED and engage in talks worth having.


Middle School iPad Mysteries

Tuesday, September 13, 8:15 a.m. in the Solarium

Your Middle School student is reliant upon eBackpack, excited about Membean, challenged by NoRedInk and curious about the Discover Techbook. But you don't even know what these are! Join our Academic Dean, Janet Fox, and Chief Technology Officer, David Robertson, to learn about Middle School tech resources and how the iPad supports student learning. 

Middle School Town Hall Meetings

Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 p.m. in the Solarium
Thursday, September 22, 8:15 a.m. in the Solarium

Please join Charlie Gramatges, Head of Middle School, for an informal conversation about Middle School topics.  Parent inquiries will drive the agenda, so please bring any and all questions that you have about what’s currently going on in your child’s grade and about what to expect the school year.  

 

The iPad and Learning at PS

Tuesday, September 27, 8:15 a.m. in the FPC Library

Technology is ubiquitous. As adults we know that it will be pervasive in the lives of our children. Yet we are surrounded by conflicting messages. Some experts say it is hurtful, some say it is helpful. All parents say that it is confusing! In this workshop we will explore how the iPad is used to support student learning from Beta to Eighth Grade. Consideration of technology in the lives of our children will be included. Come join in the discussion with Academic Dean, Janet Fox and Chief Technology Officer, David Robertson.

 

Early Childhood Town Hall Meetings

Tuesday, October 4, 8:15 a.m. in the Solarium
Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 p.m. in the Solarium

Please join Christy Heno, Head of Early Childhood and Lower School for an informal conversation about topics specific to the grade level of your student.  Parent inquiries will drive the agenda, so please bring any and all questions that you have about what’s currently going on in your child’s grade and about what to expect for the school year. 

 

Lower School Town Hall Meetings

Wednesday, October 5, 8:15 a.m. in the Solarium (Kindergarten - 2nd)
Thursday, October 6, 6:30 p.m. in the Solarium (Kindergarten - 4th)
Friday, October 7, 8:15 a.m. in the Solarium (3rd - 4th)


Please join Christy Heno, Head of Early Childhood and Lower School for an informal conversation about topics specific to the grade level of your student.  Parent inquiries will drive the agenda, so please bring any and all questions that you have about what’s currently going on in your child’s grade and about what to expect for the school year. 

Book Club with the Headmaster

Wednesday, October 12, 8:15 a.m. in the Solarium

Grab a copy of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence by Dr. Dacher Keltner and join Headmaster, Dr. Mark Carleton as he disects this interesting topic. The Power Paradox is a revolutionary and timely reconsideration of everything we know about power. Dr. Dacher Keltner is a celebrated UC Berkeley psychologist who argues that compassion and selflessness enable us to have the most influence over others and the result is power as a force for good in the world. 

 But how do we get power? How does power change our behavior? Dr. Keltner discusses how so often, in spite of our best intentions, we lose our hard-won power. Enduring power comes from empathy and giving, and above all, is given to us by other people. This is what we often forget and Dr. Keltner helps set this straight. This is the core of the ‘power paradox’: by fundamentally misunderstanding the behaviors that helped us to gain power in the first place, we set ourselves up to fall from power. We can’t retain power because we’ve never understood it correctly... until now. Power isn’t the capacity to act in cruel and uncaring ways; it is the ability to do good for others, expressed in daily life, and itself is a good thing. 

In twenty original ‘power principles’, Dr. Keltner lays out exactly how to retain power, why power can be a demonstrably good thing, and the terrible consequences of letting those around us languish in powerlessness. Parents are encouraged to read this book in advance and bring their questions and comments.  


The Middle School Experience

Wednesday, October 19, 8:15 a.m. in LC 181

Do you have a student moving into middle school soon? Are you wondering about the transition from lower school to middle school?  Join Charlie Gramatges, Head of Middle School, and Kristi Brown, Director of Admission and Financial Aid,  to learn more  about the amazing things that happen in grades 5-8.  A guided tour of the middle school will be available at the end of the meeting. See the classrooms and learn more about the one of a kind middle school experience available right here in your very own Presbyterian School.


“Priorities”- Dad’s Only Breakfast

Tuesday, November 1, 6:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. in the Solarium

All fathers are invited to breakfast to learn more about priorities and devoting our effort to the things in our lives that matter.  Dine with Headmaster, Dr. Mark Carleton and enjoy a hearty discussion!  Breakfast is $10, pay at the door.  RSVP to mhayes@pshouston.org to reserve a spot.

 

PS: TED Talk - "Growing Up"

Thursday, November 10, 8:15 a.m. in the Solarium

What makes us who we are? How do parents mold children into who they are? Join Headmaster, Dr. Mark Carleton, as he explores how our ubringing shapes us in an easy accesible format that encourages discussion.  Join us for PS:TED and engage in talks worth having. If you have any questions, please contact Mimi Hayes, Director of Special Events and Volunteers at mhayes@pshouston.org.

Beyond Presbyterian School... The High School Admissions Process Unraveled

Wednesday, November 9, 8:15 a.m. in the Solarium

Are you worried about life after Presbyterian School and where your child will go to high school? Worry no more! Join Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Kristin Brown, for an inside look at the high school counseling process. Kristin Brown will help you understand what you need to know about the high school admission process from touring schools, to applying and preparing your child. All parents are invited and welcome to attend. This event will not be livestreamed, so please plan to join us at this meeting. We hope to decrease your worries about what’s next so you can enjoy your time at Presbyterian School to the fullest!

 

 

 Livestreaming Parent Education Events

 If you are unable to attend a parent education event, you can view a livestream recording of it.  Parents will be emailed a direct link to the livestream prior to the event.  If you are also unable to watch the livestream, all events are archived on the School’s YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/c/pshoustonorgmain

Please Note: Town Hall meetings and Most Likely to Succeed Documentary will not be livestreamed.

 Questions?

If you have any questions about a parent education event, please contact Director of Special Events and Volunteers, Mimi Hayes, at mhayes@pshouston.org.  Feedback from events and suggestions for future events are also appreciated.

 

 

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