Parent Education

Join us for these engaging sessions where we learn and grow together.

The Saint Mark’s School Parent Education program extends from our commitment to the community. Throughout the year, we offer opportunities for parents to engage in open discussion, workshops, and speaker sessions, where they can gain valuable resources, new ideas and insights, practical advice, and support from the Saint Mark’s community.

Ages and Stages: Grades 5 & 6 “Tween Talk”

Sharon Lee and Guest Speaker Paige Dunbar
Thursday, February 1 | 8-9:15 am, Innovation + Design Studio
Discussion topics will include the tween brain and physical development, creating a sense of belonging at home and school, and effectively maintaining boundaries. Our special guest, Paige Dunbar, is a parent educator from La Cañada Presbyterian with a background in multicultural education and the parent of three teenagers.

In Our Family Pop-Up Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, February 2 | 8-8:45 am, Community Hall
In Our Family explores the diversity of family structure through conveying the experiences of non-traditional families in their own words. This traveling photo-text exhibit features about twenty families representing a breadth of diversity and family configuration. Designed for audiences of all ages from early childhood to adults, In Our Family challenges stereotypes and helps dismantle prejudice by celebrating and affirming differences of all kinds. This pop-up exhibit, generously sponsored by PRIDE, will be on display until February 22.

Bar Modeling with Math Coach Maggie

Thursday, February 22 | 8:30-9:30 am, Innovation + Design Studio
Join our Math Coach Maggie Young to learn more about the Singapore math bar model method. The bar model is a strategy that students can use to visually represent word problems. Parents will learn how to draw a bar model, how to decipher which model to use, and how to solve multiple step word problems using the model method. This session will be tailored for parents who have students in grades 2-6. RSVP to reserve a spot for this session.

Mrs. Tolbert’s Book Club presents…

The Yes Brain! with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
Monday, March 19 | 6:30-7:45 pm, Community Hall
Join the Head of School for a discussion with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson about her latest release, The Yes Brain!. Dr. Bryson will discuss ways to cultivate a Yes Brain. Parents can foster their children’s ability to say yes to the world and welcome all that life has to offer, even during difficult times, leading to emotional regulation, resilience, personal insight, and empathy.
*Books are available for purchase and several copies are available in the Saint Mark’s library.

Ages and Stages: Grades 3 & 4

Sharon Lee, Janel Umfress, and Maggie Young
Wednesday, April 11 | 8-9 am, Library
Our student support team of learning specialists will present developmental stages for your child’s emotional, cognitive, and educational development. There will be time for Q&A.