Park Connects

Park Connects is a school-wide program designed to support our students’ health and well-being and help reduce the risk factors that contribute to unhealthy behaviors. Park Connects brings together parents, students, faculty, and the broader community.

Our Goals

Long-standing research demonstrates that prevention of unhealthy behaviors is associated with effective parenting; strong, positive family and school bonds; clear standards and limit-setting; opportunities for healthy risk-taking; postponement and/or reduction of inappropriate behaviors; and positive role models. Participants gain better understanding of:

Parent Discussions

Sponsored by the Parents’ Association, these grade level parent-to-parent events allow for relationships to develop, experience to be gathered, and an ethos of a connected community to be built. Conversation topics range from how to get a five-year-old to fall asleep on her own, to more difficult conversations later on about drinking and driving for the parents of 17-year-olds. For more than 10 years, these discussion groups, led by trained parent facilitators, have created a culture of conversation and connectivity among Park parents, demonstrated by the “Park Connects moments” — as parents call them — that now take place every day, in the carpool line, on the sidelines of a game, or in a phone call. As decades of research confirm, there’s no question that a more connected community provides a healthier and safer environment for all of our children.

Parent Education Workshops

These topical seminars are led by members of the Park School Health Team in partnership with outside professionals, to help guide parents through division level specific issues and challenges. These seminars provide insights into the latest research, as well as opportunities for thoughtful discussion and getting to know your peer parents.

2024-2025 Park Connects

Parent Discussions, Workshops, and More

month/dategrade level/EVENTtime


Tuesday, October 1

Wednesday, October 9

Tuesday, October 15

Pre-K – Grade 2 Parent Discussion

Health Team Happy Hour

Grades 4–6 Human Sexuality with Debbie

6:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 13

Grades 9–10 Parent/Student Workshop

6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 4

Grades 6–8

7 p.m.

Wednesday, January 8

Pre-K–Grade 3 Human Sexuality with Debbie

6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 6

Monday, March 10

Grades 9–12

Grades 3–5

7 p.m

6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 30

Health Team Happy Hour

6:30 p.m.

Park Connects Team

Park Connects programs and activities are created and run by a team of Park School faculty and staff and advised by parent volunteers.  

Dori Chait & Vanessa Pikler

Park Connects Co-Chairs, Parents’ Association

Amy Ancona

Lower School Counselor

Lauren Blum

Park Connects Coordinator

Kara Ker & Tucker Snow

Middle and Upper School Counselors