There are a number of committees that parents (and even grandparents!) can join, and countless ways our school and students benefit from each parent’s experience, interests, and abilities.
Plan teacher appreciation events and activities, come work in our school garden, serve as a classroom representative for our Annual Fund, help organize school-wide community service initiatives, coordinate our Party Book, or help plan and organize important annual school events such as Book Fair, Spring Gala or Hoop-A-Thon. There is something to fit everyone’s time, talents, and interests.
In addition, the PA hosts a monthly Parent Association Community Event (PACE) where parents can help teachers by preparing materials for classrooms and special events, while also hearing from our Head of School and other administrators about exciting upcoming school initiatives and opportunities.
If you are a current Turning Point parent, you can sign up to volunteer on a committee through your Parent Portal. If you have questions about our Parent Association, or are a grandparent who is interested in volunteering, please send us a note.
Coffee and Conversation with Common Sense Media
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 | 8:30–10 AM
How do you decide if and when your child needs a phone?
What are best practices around digital media devices?
What tech topics should you discuss with children at home?
How much screen time is appropriate?
Join Travis Reynolds from Turning Point School and Lisa Solomon from Common Sense Media for a collaborative presentation and discussion designed to support and empower families in raising kids who think critically, engage responsibly, and make ethical choices in their digital lives. Topics include:
- Setting boundaries for tech use
- Managing screen time
- Talking with your child about online safety and privacy
- Setting parental controls
From cyberbullying and photo sharing to digital footprints and online safety, Common Sense Media helps parents address important topics and have meaningful conversations with their kids about making great choices in their digital lives. Common Sense is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.
Community Book Discussion
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 | 8:30 – 10:00 aM
Join Dr. Konigsberg and other Turning Point parents, grandparents, faculty, and staff to discuss themes from the book Second Nature: How Parents Can Use Neuroscience to Help Kids Develop Empathy, Creativity, and Self-Control by Erin Clabough, Ph.D.
Searching for a roadmap to raise a successful child who makes a positive difference in this world? Neuroscientist and mother Erin Clabough teaches that to thrive as adults, children need to learn self-regulation, a master life skill founded in empathy, creativity, and self-control. The lack of even one of these intertwined skills underlies nearly all of the parenting problems we face.
The good news is that you can build these strengths in children at any age, from infancy to adulthood. Practicing these skills requires a new mindset, but “second nature” parenting is low effort and high impact. It only takes a few minutes each day to nurture the skills your kids need, simply by using everyday situations that you’re already facing in a different way.
This event is not open to the community. Parents may RSVP from the Parent Portal.
Dr. Derrick Gay
Courageous Conversations with Young Children
Part I: Wednesday, November 6 | 8:30 – 10:00 am
Part II: Wednesday, December 11 | 8:30 – 10:00 am
Part III: Wednesday, February 20 | 8:30 – 10:00 am
*Please note this series is open to current parents at Turning Point School only
It may surprise you to learn that research conclusively finds that children as young as three years old develop ongoing awareness of their own identities relative to the identities of children around them, sometimes leveraging power differentials to name call and exclude other children based on gender, learning difference, religion, race, and other differences.
No matter where we, as parents, identify in these categories, it is crucial that we all develop the self-awareness and embrace the humility necessary to have courageous conversations with our children about these topics.
Dr. Derrick Gay, an internationally recognized consultant to organizations around the world on issues of Diversity and Inclusion and Global Citizenship, will facilitate a three-part Parent Speaker series to provide all parents insight into the skills we need to navigate these critical conversations. Dr. Gay also serves as a senior advisor to Sesame Street to ensure that all programming is grounded in research around what children at varying developmental ages actually understand about themselves and others.
In Part 1 on November 6, Dr. Gay will use case studies on various identity topics informed by his 22 years working and consulting in schools to explore the best approach to these dialogues.
In Part 2 on December 11, Dr. Gay will delve more deeply into how to have conversations on race – for all parents.
Part 3, on February 20, will evolve from the outcomes of the November and December workshops.
These meetings are important for parents of all backgrounds and experiences; in fact, it may be even more important for parents in dominant groups to have these conversations with their kids.
Dr. Derrick Gay is an internationally recognized consultant to organizations, both domestically and abroad, on issues of Diversity, Inclusion and Global Citizenship. Dr. Gay collaborates with thought leaders to foster empathy, enrich inclusion and cultivate cultural competency.
WINTER 2020 Session:
JANUARY 14 – MARCH 17, 2020
Choose one of two times:
- Tuesdays, 9:45–10:45 am
- Tuesdays, 3:30–4:30 pm
Each session is open to toddlers between 12–28 months and one parent.
Cost for the ten-week program: $450
Engage with experts and other parents in exploring parenting techniques and approaches specific to the toddler years! In the Turning Point Toddler Program, we support parents as they become increasingly confident and joyful in embracing and growing their individual parenting styles.
This unique program builds upon Turning Point’s philosophy of embracing the whole child, and is facilitated by Babytalk LA, Los Angeles’ preeminent parenting program. Our research-based curriculum guides parent in exploring important topics with the help of a trained Babytalk LA facilitator, certified Turning Point faculty, outside experts, and the collective wisdom of the group. Toddlers attend the sessions along with one parent.
Parenting experts support group discussion, present information, and address specific questions. Parents are then encouraged to consider how they might apply what they have learned to their own practices. Every parent has a chance each session to talk about what is happening with their toddler, and to learn strategies from other parents who are working at specific stages of development.