Each February, in an ongoing effort to sustain high standards in our work with children and families, we solicit feedback from our parents in the form of a comprehensive survey of each aspect of the classroom and specialist programs. Below are some quotations from the question "What do you value most about the classroom and specialist programs at Park Day School?"
Bridge K and Kindergarten:
Dear Teachers and Staff of Park Day School,
At the 30th anniversary we asked parents and students to describe their experience at Park Day School in one word. We were told: tolerant, loving, safe, caring, nurturing, oasis, community, excellent, perfect, awesome, fun, and lastly our personal favorite….
How well these describe the experiences our children have in your presence at Park Day School. Each day, as they arrive at school you welcome them with smiles and hugs in response to their joyous voices echoing across the campus yelling “school time”. Each afternoon, when they return to us, they are brimming with new ideas and experiences. In between, you show them in a hundred different ways how much you value them as individual people and why they should value one another. You show them with your creative lessons, your silly jokes, and the serious discussions you initiate with them. You have given them information, taught them the skills they need to use it, and encouraged them to find more on their own. You have let our middle schoolers march in Herman Plaza and experience their own political voice. Our teenagers have learned to feel deep trust in their advisory groups and have learned to explore themselves on a deeper level. You have taught them to be kind to each other, to take care of their school, and to serve their community. Most importantly, they have learned from you that school is a place where good things happen.
We know that each one of you chooses to be at Park Day because you dare to believe in its mission. You have the courage to embrace progressive education that fosters a foundation of creativity and community minded activism in our children; the vision, skill and energy to build one school out of two; the foresight to acquire Matilda Brown knowing the great deal of fundraising that lies ahead; the joy to celebrate and sing; the commitment to C.A.R.E.; the authenticity to live what you teach, the stamina for consensus; the willingness to reflect; and the wisdom to change based upon your reflections.
For all of these things, we are deeply grateful. We are grateful for your hard work, your thoughtfulness, and for the love and respect you show our children. Thank you, for all you do to make Park Day School the amazing place it is.
With deep appreciation,
The parents of Park Day School