Parent Ed Events
How do we talk to our kids about...faith?
Saturday, September 22
Join Presbyterian School and First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 22, at 5:00 pm in Fellowship Hall for a presentation followed by time for parents to have dinner at a local restaurant. Childcare is available from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm with a reservation.*
How do we explain God? Children are deeply spiritual people with ideas and questions and unlimited capacity for faith. Parents are the major spiritual influencers in the lives of their children, for good or for ill. The responsibility can be overwhelming! Fortunately, God loves our children even more than we do.
Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church (and PS parent!), Michael Homan will share his knowledge as a pastor and his experience as a parent to help us as we strive to establish the foundation for a life-long faith that will sustain them through life's ups and downs. You will leave with more than a few ideas and tools that you can immediately implement into your weekly routines.
*Free childcare is available for ages 2 months through 5th grade. Make your reservation by emailing names, ages, and additional information such as allergies to email@example.com. Reservations must be received by 11:59pm, September 17. Your reservation is complete when you receive a confirmation email. Childcare Space is limited. Make your reservation now!
Modern Learning: Middle School Mathematics
Tuesday, September 25
Please join Mr. Charles Gramatges as he walks through the newly developed mathematics program in the middle school. Learn about how your student incorporates technology and traditional learning practices to consider the "Why?" and "How?" of fundamental mathematics in grades 5-8. We will discuss the curriculum and how our students will be more ready than ever to tackle high school mathematics with the newly shaped sequence and learning layout.
Town Hall Meetings
1st - 2nd Grade
Wednesday, October 3
3rd - 4th Grade
Thursday, October 4
Join Lois Geiger, Head of Early Childhood and Christy Heno, Head of Lower School for informal conversations about topics specific to the division of your student. Parent inquiries will drive the agenda, so please bring any questions that you have about what's currently going on in your child's grade and about what to expect for the remainder of the school year.
How do we talk to our kids about...technology?
Saturday, October 13
Join Presbyterian School and First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 13, at 5:00 pm in Fellowship Hall for a presentation followed by time for parents to have dinner at a local restaurant. Childcare is available from 5:00pm - 8:00 pm with a reservation.*
Our children live in a world of ubiquitous technology. As parents, we are responsible for teaching our children how to navigate the possibilities and pitfalls of phones and iPads, email and texting, Snapchat and Twitter. This can be a most challenging task! Presbyterian School Headmaster, Dr. Mark Carleton, Chief Technology Officer, David Robertson, and Child Therapist, Janet Fox, will offer guidance based on research, best practices, and experience. Come join the discussion!
*Free childcare is available for ages 2 months through 5th grade. Make your reservation by emailing names, ages, and additional information such as allergies to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations must be received by 11:59 pm, October 6. Your reservation is complete when you receive a confirmation email. Childcare space is limited. Make your reservation now!
Book Club with the Headmaster
Thursday, October 18
Pick up a copy of Lifelong Kindergarten by Mitchel Resnick and join Headmaster, Dr. Mark Carleton, as he explores the book's topics in depth.
In most Kindergarten classes children spend more time with math worksheets and phonics flashcards than building blocks and finger paint. Kindergarten is becoming more like the rest of school. In Lifelong Kindergarten, learning expert Mitchel Resnick argues for exactly the opposite: the rest of school (even the rest of life) should be more like kindergarten. To thrive in today's fast-changing world, people of all ages must learn to think and act creatively—and the best way to do that is by focusing more on imagining, creating, playing, sharing, and reflecting, just as children do in traditional kindergartens.
Parents are encouraged to read this book in advance and bring their questions and comments.
Math: Now What?
Tuesday, October 23
Come learn how to support your child's growing comprehension of mathematical concepts. Counting with them was easy, but discussing fractions or helping them add and subtract multi-digit numbers seems harder. Brain research informs the use of Visualization, Investigation, and Play as tools to effectively support a child's mastery of the foundational principles of mathematics. This active workshop, led by Math Specialist Brooke Raish, will help parents of students in Early Childhood and Lower School understand the "why" behind current teaching practices and the "how" to better engage in mathematical experiences with your children at home.
PS: TED Talk - "How to Raise an Adult"
Monday, November 12
Do we define our child's success too narrowly? Is this misguided definition of success leading us to harm a generation of young adults - our children? Join Headmaster, Dr. Mark Carleton, as he explores the latest research on how to raise children who are ready for adulthood. Join us for PS:TED and engage in talks worth having.
If you have any questions about a parent education event, please contact Mimi Traylor, Director of Annual Fund & Volunteers. Feedback from events and suggestions for future events are also appreciated.