Special Programs and Events
Throughout the school year, there are grade-level programs, concerts, and performances by the children, school-wide and division-level events, and parent programs.
Upcoming events are listed in the Park News well in advance as a reminder in order to help parents with scheduling attendance of these events.
For K-5 parents Back-to-School night is held on a mid-week night during the first few weeks of school. The formal program begins in the Meyerhoff Theater and includes welcome remarks by Dan Paradis, Head of School and Malika DeLancey, Lower School Principal. Parents are then invited to visit their child’s
Brown & White Spirit Day/Saturday in the Park
Usually held in the fall, Brown & White Day culminates a week of school-spirit related activities. Traditionally a way of instilling school pride, families and students come together through various activities before watching both girls’ and boys’ Park School athletic teams compete with other independent schools. Attendance by families is encouraged, but optional.
The Monarch Project
The Monarch Project teaches the interdisciplinary lessons of scientific observation, data collection, the mathematics of symmetry, natural camouflage, and presentation findings…in Kindergarten. The project culminates with the dramatization of the monarch metamorphosis at the Kindergarteners’ Monarch Festival each fall.
Every autumn, an afternoon is planned when Lower School students in grades 1-5 and teachers participate in cross-grade, non-competitive games,
On Halloween, Lower School children come to school in creatively crafted costumes. There is a parade throughout the school and school grounds. Parents are welcome to observe the parade route outside as it winds through the school grounds. Parents’ attendance is optional.
Winter Concerts, Recitals & Class Plays
Certain grade levels will perform a winter program for parents and their fellow students during the school day in early December or January. Notices regarding the dates and times of these plays and musical performances will be sent out well in advance; please note that not every grade offers a class play. If their child is involved, attendance by parents is strongly encouraged. Out of respect for all performers, we ask that parents remain in the audience for the duration of the full performance or recital.
Since 1912, May Day has celebrated spring through song and pageantry. A highlight of the event is the fifth grade’s performance of the Maypole dance, marking graduation from Lower School and transition to Middle School. The formal program runs from approximately 10 a.m. until noon, and families are invited to remain after the program for a picnic and games. Parents are asked to provide
Grandparents’ and Special Guests’ Day
This annual event, held the Friday morning before Mother’s
Resident Author Program
The Gordon Berman ’68 Memorial Lower School Resident Author Program brings a noted author or illustrator to the school each year. This program gives Lower School students an opportunity to meet a working writer or artist face-to-face. Sometimes geared towards specific grade-levels (depending upon the appropriate developmental aspect of their works), the author or illustrator lead book-writing workshops, conduct storytelling sessions, answer questions about their techniques, and, by their presence, help books come alive to the students. Occasionally there are programs for parents to attend as well, but