Parent education and engagement

A strong partnership between the school and families

Gordon’s calendar is packed with events that connect parents with their children’s learning, and keep the conversation between the school and families lively and relevant.

Parent dialogues

Gordon’s series of parent dialogues continues, more interactive and participatory than ever.

Wednesday, October 16th at 6:30
Gender identity development with Dr. Jennifer Bryan
Dr. Jennifer Bryan is a nationally recognized psychologist and author who has worked with parents, students, teachers and school systems for over thirty-five years. Bryan first worked with Gordon in 2009, and has remained a partner of the school’s since then. She will lead this parent conversation after spending the day working with Gordon faculty and Middle School students.

Wednesday, November 13th at 6:00
Tuesday, April 21st at 6:00

Conversations on race
Two nights, hosted by Parents of Students of Color and the Antiracism Working Group for White Families. The first night will feature a look at how Gordon students engage with issues around race in the classroom.

Tuesday, January 28th at 6:00
Technology and child development
Gordon’s Health and Wellness Director and Technology Director team up on lessons throughout the school year. Tonight, Carly Allard and Marlon Henry turn their attention to the issues parents are facing, for a lively conversation on technology’s impact on the child development and brain.
 

Convening parent groups

Upcoming meetings

The Gordon Community Association is the school’s volunteer organization. All parents are members, and are welcome to participate at whatever level they feel comfortable. Their first meeting of the year is Friday, September 13th at 8:15am. More on the GCA at www.gordonschool.org/gca

The first Parents of Students of Color meeting of the year was held at Gordon on Wednesday, September 18th at 6pm, and their monthly meetings are on the calendar. More information, and a link to RSVP, at www.gordonschool.org/posoc

The Rainbow Family Alliance is the informal network of Gordon families who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex communities. Information about their gatherings will be announced in the Thursday emails and posted at www.gordonschool.org/rainbowfamily

The Antiracism Working Group for White Parents has its first meeting Thursday, September 12th at 6pm. Information on the group, including a form to RSVP, is at www.gordonschool.org/antiracism.

The Parents of Students with Learning Differences group has its first meeting on Wednesday, January 29th at 6:00pm. Learn more, and find links to online resources, at www.gordonschool.org/ld

Creating a gender-safe Gordon

Over the past eighteen months, Gordon faculty and administration have been creating a clear, forward-looking set of policies to ensure that Gordon can continue to be a safe place for students of all genders.

This policy will be shared with families immediately after the September 23rd board meeting, and there will be three meetings where parents can talk through any questions they may have.

The meetings will be led by Carly Allard, Gordon’s Health and Wellness Director, Judith Gnys, Gordon’s psychologist, and either Maryanne Pieri, Early Childhood and Lower School Director or Gabe Burnstein, Middle School director:

Wednesday, September 25th, 8:15am, especially for Lower School parents Thursday, September 26th, 8:30am, especially for Early Childhood parents Wednesday, October 2nd, 8:20am, especially for Middle School parents

Parents are welcome to come to whichever morning works best for them.

RSVP at www.gordonschool.org/gendersafe

Just for fun

Gordon at WaterFire

Save the evening of September 28th for an amazing community gathering!

Parent potlucks

This fall, the Gordon Community Association is organizing grade-level potlucks for parents to connect with one another. There will be childcare available for Gordon-age students. The potlucks will be held at Gordon from 6pm to 7:30pm. Grade representatives will be contacting families with more details. 

RSVP and dates are at www.gordonschool.org/potlucks

While you have your calendar out

There will be no classes Monday, December 2nd so that teachers can finish writing progress reports for the first semester. Careful planners will note that this news extends the Thanksgiving holiday by one more day. Gators child care will be available from 7:15am to 5:30pm.

Opportunities for parents

Comparing notes in October

Ages and Stages
The long-running Ages and Stages series will resume in October. At these friendly and informal meetings, the school psychologist and the division director lead a discussion on the developmental stages that children experience at each grade level. Parents can strengthen their connections with the division directors and with the families of their children’s peers.

Parent-teacher conferences Parents can expect a prompt from their children’s classroom teachers inviting them to schedule an October conference. There are no classes on Friday, October 25th. Instead, teachers dedicate that day to meeting with parents. Child care is available all day on the 25th, and it is free while parents are in conferences. Accommodations can be made for parents who cannot make it on that day, but it is important that all parents connect directly with teachers as October ends.

Connecting on curriculum

Overview Nights get the parent-teacher relationship off to a strong start early in the year. At Overview Nights, parents meet their children’s teaching team, and get a detailed preview of the coming year’s curriculum.

Middle School Overview Night: Tuesday, September 24th, 6pm

Lower School Overview Night: Thursday, September 26th, 6pm

Early Childhood Overview Night: Thursday, October 3rd, 6pm

More online resources

In the "Diversity and multicultural practice" section of the website, there is a large library of online resources, many of them written by Gordon authors or by speakers who have visited Gordon.