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.
Dr. Derrick Gay
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 | 8:30–10 AM
Will your child be ready for success in the 21st century?
Many parents and guardians inadvertently prepare children to live in the childhood world they experienced, rather than the 21st-century multicultural global society that our students will actually inherit. What skills do today’s children need to excel in the current global reality? Research finds that the ability to respect and communicate effectively across difference is a non-negotiable for modern day global citizens who will matriculate into an international collegiate experience, a global professional world, and a multicultural social environment. How should parents cultivate cultural competency to enhance their child’s success, both present and future?
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.
Community Book Discussion
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 | 6:00–7:30 PM
Join Dr. Konigsberg and other Turning Point parents, grandparents, faculty, and staff to discuss themes from the book Brain Rules by John Medina.
How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget–and so important to repeat new information? In Brain Rules, molecular biologist Dr. John Medina shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule–what scientists know for sure about how our brains work–and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives. Light dinner and beverages will be provided.
This event is not open to the community. Parents may RSVP from the Parent Portal.
Michael Thompson, Ph. D.
WEDNESDAY, January 9, 2019 | 8:30–10 AM
It’s a Boy! Understanding Your Son’s Development From Birth to Eighteen
Parents of boys often find themselves bewildered or frustrated by certain aspects of boy development: their little-boy anger, their inattentiveness in elementary school, their lack of motivation in middle school or their reluctance to talk to their parents during the high school years. In this funny and reassuring talk, Dr. Thompson addresses the greatest worries that parents of boys have from infancy through high school, distinguishing between what is normal boy development and those behaviors that are worrisome. (Parents of girls are welcome, too!)
Recommended Reading from Dr. Thompson:
- It’s a Boy
- Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children
- Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys
- The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life
Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, best-selling author, and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than seven hundred schools nationally and internationally.
Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang
Wednesday, May 1 | 8:30–10 AM
The Frankenstein Effect: Keeping our Kids Whole in an Age of Excess
Every parent wants to raise great kids. We want them to discover passions, realize talents, gain confidence and poise, and become change-makers for good. We scour the landscape and sacrifice our own selves (and sanity) to find the best schools, the best extracurricular programs, the best top-tier activities. We count community service hours. We judge our choices against what others are doing. We lose sleep over the prospect of a “wasted” summer. Yet, despite the plentiful resources we provide for our kids, they are still anxious, and we are left feeling like we are dragging them (and ourselves) across the finish line.
What if you had proof that…
- More is not better when it comes to child-raising
- Packing our kids’ schedules actually has a patchwork effect when it comes to growth
- While there is not a one-size-fits-all approach, there is one place you can start to ensure the best outcomes for your child’s success
Join us as neuroscientist, psychologist, and USC researcher/professor Mary Helen Immordino-Yang shares how her research into the nature of social learning can help shape our kids optimize their potential and become successful human beings (and smart human beings). The most effective strategies for nurturing positive growth might surprise you… and they are more straightforward than you think.
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD, is a social-affective neuroscientist and human development psychologist who studies human emotion and self-awareness across cultures, connections to cognition, resilience and morality, and implications for education. She is a Professor of Education, Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Southern California. A former public junior-high-school science teacher, she earned her doctorate at Harvard University. She is also the author of Emotions, Learning, and the Brain: Exploring the Educational Implications of Affective Neuroscience.
Runs April 16 – June 18, 2019
Choose one of two times:
- Tuesdays, 9:45–10:45 am
- Tuesdays, 3:30–4:30 pm
Each session is open to toddlers between 12–24 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.