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PA Info for 2016-17

PA Meeting on Social Media: Become a Tech Savvy Parent

Wednesday, Apr 12, 7:50 am
Burch Hall

We welcome the return of Internet Crimes Against Children Scottsdale Police Officer Tanya Corder and Dr. Lisa Strohman, Founder and CEO of the Technology Wellness Center and frequent guest on the Dr. Drew Show to PCDS on Wednesday, April 12 at 7:50 am in Burch Hall. Their presentation will include topics such as children's growing dependency on technology, the challenges parents face when their children go online and ways to ensure their safety. There will also be a Q & A. Questions: PAinfo@pcds.org.

PCDS Parents' Book Club

Wednesday, Apr 19, 12:00 pm
Brewster Library Conference Room, Upper School
Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi

Upcoming books and meeting dates:
May 17 TBA

Please bring ideas to our April and May meetings to help us select our summer books.  All PCDS parents and alumni parents are welcome. If you have questions or would like to join our email list please contact our bookclub chairperson Jessica Bohl at PAbookclub@pcds.org

PCDS PA Hiking Club

Thurs, Apr 13, 8:15am
Cholla Trail

Details will be sent to the hiking email list. If you have questions or would like to be added to the hiking email list please contact Kathy Kirsch PAhikingclub@pcds.org. This is the last hike of the year. Everyone is welcome to join us!

Parents’ Association Enrichment Committee Events

Click Here to read about and see photos of the interesting writers, dancers, and more that have visited PCDS this year thanks to the Parents' Association Enrichment Committee! Thanks to all the guests, parents, faculty, alumni, and staff that have made these programs possible. If you have ideas for future events or want to get involved with this vibrant program please contact painfo@pcds.org.

Information Links on Sleep, Innovation and Creativity, and Growth Mindset from the Middle School Presentation

Thanks to Ben Sullivan, Head of Middle School, and Dr. Rich Rende, Director of Curriculum and Instruction and a developmental psychologist, for an informative conversation about the current direction and themes in the Middle School, an update on Challenge Success as it pertains to Middle School students, and innovative ideas about what it means to be truly engaged with your child in this day and age. Valuable information for all grade level parents as to the success of sleep, innovation and creativity, and Growth Mindset can be found by downloading the document Informational Links on Sleep, Innovation & Creativity, and Growth Mindset.

Informational Links on "Developing the Whole Child" from the Lower School Presentation

A special thank you to Mrs. Jaki Ivins, Head of Lower School, and Dr. Rich Rende, Director of Curriculum & Instruction and a developmental psychologist, for their discussion of how developing the whole child impacts later academic and career success, and how this pertains to your child at PCDS. Discussion included children's cognitive, personal, and social development in the classroom, as well as positive and practical ideas about how to be truly engaged with your child, from PreK to 12th grade. Mrs. Ivins and Dr. Rende have provided us with links to articles and websites related to their presentation at the October Parents' Association Meeting. You can find the information by downloading the document Informational Links on Developing the Whole Child.

About the PCDS Parents' Association

Every PCDS parent is a member of the PCDS Parents’ Association. The Association’s purpose is to:

  • Better communicate the School’s objectives, plans and policies to the parents
  • Establish another avenue by which parents may communicate their ideas and suggestions to the school on issues of interest to the general school-wide community
  • Develop a closer relationship between the School and parents of its students; encourage parents to communicate directly with teachers, Division Heads, and/or Head of School on issues specific to their child’s academic and social successes
  • Establish and develop fund-raising programs to permit parents to be involved with the progress of the School
  • Assist parents in their orientation and involvement in the School
  • Take an active role in the recruitment of qualified students for the School

In fulfilling this purpose, the Association sponsors many activities throughout the school year that benefit students, faculty, and parents in every grade. The success of these activities depends on our parent volunteers.

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