Park School is a family school.
What does that mean to you?
For some, it may mean that a Park School education has been a part of your family. Perhaps you graduated from Park. Maybe a sibling, a parent, or even a grandparent graduated from Park School. Maybe a distant relative went to Park. Or, like in my own case, maybe you are a parent and your child is a student at Park!
For some, a family school means that we are a community that makes you feel at home. Maybe it means that when you walk in the doors, people know your name, your likes and dislikes, and can see how much you have grown here at Park School. Maybe you’ve seen your leaf on the new metal-frame tree at the entrance of the building and you feel like a part of this larger Park family.
For some, Park’s excitement around family involvement is what makes us feel like a family school. Whenever possible, we invite parents and families to volunteer at big events like the Chop-a-thon, get together for bingo night, or celebrate SpringFest together. Maybe you have chaperoned a trip or come to Park for one of our faculty-led workshops.
And, there are people who experience all three of these “family school” characteristics!
One special way that I think about Park being a family school is the connection that we make between your school-home and your family-home. We invite parents and families to be an integral part of conferences, of scheduled visits to the classroom as special guests, and to meet other parents and families at new parent dinners or class socials.
For the past few weeks, I have been partnering with the Park school librarians to create an opportunity to strengthen the home-and-school connection. We are very fortunate at Park to have an incredible library staff who are so committed to making sure that we all have opportunities to read literature from diverse authors, about diverse topics, and in all different age and grade levels.
Together, we have put together lists that align with “identity months.” For example, in September, we worked on books with Latino and Hispanic themes; in October, we focused on books that included issues and representation of Rainbow families; and in November we will focus on books with Native/First People themes and authors.
How might you use these lists?
- Check out the books from the library. The books on our Park School list are all available here in our library.
- Create a gift-book list. Send the list to your family and friends and ask them to purchase 1 book from the list to give as a gift. Or, select a book from the list to give as a special gift to a friend.
- Read aloud. Check the book out of the Park School library and pick 1 book for read aloud time in your home. Ask your child questions like, “What are two ways that this child has or does the same things as you? What are two ways that this child has or does different things than you? What part of the story made you feel happy? What part of the story made you feel sad? What lesson do you think the character learned at the end of the story?
Here are some great books that are already being used at Park School in the classrooms:
Pre-K, K, I
I Love My Hair
Take me out Yaku
Fire Engine Ruthie
My Princess Boy
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match
Grade 2, 3, 4, 5:
Happy Like Soccer
Layla’s Head Scarf
Oliver Button is a Sissy
Let us know if you have read any of these at home! We’d love to hear from you!