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.
Strategies for Family Fun & Connection During Challenging Times
Wednesday, October 7 | 6 pm
Audrey Monke knows from over three decades working with campers that some of the most memorable and life-changing growth comes out of experiences that seem negative or scary at the moment. Whether huddling together soaking wet under a tree waiting for a thunderstorm to pass, hiking uphill under the hot sun on a backpacking trip, or facing a fear of heights to master a ropes course challenge, these challenging, unexpected, or uncomfortable moments forge important growth. Parents will be encouraged and reassured to learn that the challenges and negative events of this year can lead to character growth and closer family connections. Audrey will share actionable tips for helping your child practice friendship skills even when face-to-face contact with friends is limited. During a moderated Q&A discussion with Head of School Jenn Tolbert, Audrey will also share ideas and resources for dealing with your current parenting challenges.
About the Speaker
Audrey Monke, author of Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults, is the owner and director of Gold Arrow Camp in Lakeshore, California. She is among the nation’s most well-respected experts on the topics of summer camp, family connection, and friendship skills. For more than 30 years, Audrey has researched and improved practices at her camp to promote belonging, friendships, and character growth. She shares resources for raising kids who become thriving adults on her parenting website and podcast. Audrey is the mother of five kids (ages sixteen to twenty-six) and lives with her husband, Steve, in Clovis, California.
Tuesday, October 13 | 6 pm
We look forward to sharing our plans with you at our Town Hall meeting on, Tuesday, October 13 at 6 pm. Click here to register.
Teaching Anti-Racism through Reading (and Thinking) Aloud
Wednesday, October 28 | 6:30 pm
In this session, Christina will demonstrate how to use everyday multimodal texts, such as storybooks and comic books, to support children of all ages in their understanding of race and commitment to anti-racism. Christina will share how to identify differences, point out stereotypes, question authors and illustrators’ choices, name emotions, recognize structural impact, and more. Parents will be provided with opportunities to brainstorm their own approaches to sample texts and to practice skills that Christina presents.
About the Speaker
Christina Hale-Elliott has extensive experience providing professional development, parent education, and technical assistance within educational settings. She has facilitated training sessions nation-wide for varied stakeholders, focused on educational equity and culturally responsive education, including within teacher education programs, Pre-K through 12 public schools, independent schools, etc. Currently, she serves as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant for La Cañada Unified School District and her children attend Saint Mark’s.