Park Day School's families have always formed the solid foundation on which our school thrives. There are four larger family / parent organizations, beyond our vibrant board of trustees. They are the Diversity and Justice Alliance, the Learning Support Alliance, the Park Parent Association and our Green School Alliance. The purpose and some of the activities that these groups enable are listed below.
Diversity and Justice Alliance
Since its founding in 1976, an essential component of Park's mission is our commitment to building, sustaining and supporting a diverse community of staff and families. The Diversity Committee was formed in the mid-1980’s as a nexus for the important on-going work of achieving our goal to establish an inclusive and diverse school culture and climate.
Renamed the "Diversity and Justice Alliance" (DJA) in 2012, the organization has a profound influence on the policies and practices of the Board, the staff, and the life of the school.
The DJA's Mission Statement is:
The Diversity and Justice Alliance (DJA) welcomes all adults at Park Day School who are interested in advancing social justice. The DJA promotes an inclusive and equitable school culture by embracing a diversity of experiences, thought and expression and by fostering understanding between people of various personal and political identities.
The DJA creates opportunities at Park Day to encourage education and dialogue about issues of equity. The DJA collaborates to counteract bias, challenge oppression, and inspire growth in ourselves, the school, and our children, laying the groundwork for a vibrant and just future.
Past initiatives have included a penetrating and transformative year-long focus on race by the staff and parents at the school; annual work by the staff and parents to sustain a more gender-sensitive and inclusive culture at the school; work by the staff to understand the reality of white privilege; a staff workshop exploring socio-economic and class differences; affinity and focus groups for parents of color, parents of children of color, LGBT parents and parents of adopted children.
The Diversity and Justice Alliance is taking a lead role in developing and presenting parent education programming in support of Park Day School's Social Justice Initiative (SJI), including monthly salons on the topic of race and ethnicity, a book club and the development of larger parent education events.
In addition, the group leads Park Day School's annual Pride Day celebration, a full day, campus-wide celebration of LBGTQ awareness and achievement.
For further information, contact DJA Chair, Joelle Ehre.
Gender Justice Alliance Park Day School exhibits amazing leadership in its commitment to equity and advocacy for children who are gender expansive (transgender and gender-nonconforming) and their families. The Gender Justice Alliance is a collaborative working group of parents and staff furthering the development of Park Day’s exemplary gender inclusive policies and culture.
We aim to:
(1) Create a supportive safe environment for gender expansive students and families
(2) Normalize gender diversity
(3) Contribute to an inclusive school culture that celebrates diversity and promotes empathy, respect, and the pursuit of social justice.
The Gender Justice Alliance has the opportunity to develop inclusive policies related to admissions, campus facilities, classroom management, field trips, overnight trips, sports, teacher/staff training, curriculum, and more. We are proud that Park Day offers gender training for staff, provides all-gender bathrooms, and weaves gender diversity into its social justice curriculum. In addition to advocacy, members of the group support one another as our gender diverse students, parents and staff traverse their school experience.
The Gender Justice Alliance meets 5 times per year. Examples of the group’s work include: the development of a “Best Practices” document to be used by staff, revision of curriculum in areas where there was inadvertent gender identity bias, active discussion of gender inclusivity in admissions materials, parent community educational programming, and the development of a student library focused on gender identity.
For more information about the Gender Justice Alliance or to join us in our work, contact this year’s parent chair, Linda Udall or the staff advisor, Margaret Piskitel, Assistant Head of School. All parents are staff are welcome!
Green School Alliance
Park Day School is committed to school-wide sustainability and environmental stewardship, and has an active Green School committee to support these goals.
Comprising parents, staff and student "Green Team", the committee acts as a catalyst for projects that can enhance and support the sustainable operations of the school, support teachers in including green topics in their curriculum, provide opportunities for students to get active on campus and out in the community, and encourage positive behavior change in our staff, students and families.
Within the broad categories of water, energy, waste, pollution and transport, we involve ourselves in projects such as:
protecting and improving the school’s beautiful campus
We welcome input and involvement from everyone in the Park Day School community, whether you are an ideas person or someone who likes to get their hands dirty.
Learning Support Alliance
The Learning Support Alliance is a parent-led group with the primary mission of supporting families with children who have learning differences. This includes children who require support in order to succeed, those who require challenge beyond the classroom curriculum, and those whose learning profiles don’t fit neatly into the regular school day.
The Learning Support Alliance (LSA) works in close collaboration with the school administration, teachers and learning specialists on staff to develop best practices and responsive academic structure for children and families. The advocacy of the LSA informs school programs and builds awareness and understanding for the entire Park Day community of the challenges facing children with Learning Differences.
Examples of the LSA work include: • Evening meetings each quarter to facilitate parents sharing their experiences, journeys and insights • Periodic speakers, seminars, and other professional opportunities to inform the school community (parents and staff) of best practices and new research in the field of learning differences • Online forum for parents to share articles, research and resources • Supporting tutoring/educational support on-site to make services more accessible to families
For more information about how to get involved with the LSA, ask your classroom teacher or contact this year’s parent Chair, Val Chamorro.
Learning diversity is part of every child’s educational journey and important to all of us in the Park Day community. We would love to have your voice!
Park Parent Association
The mission of the Park Parent Association (PPA) is to cultivate a strong and productive parent community that is diverse, equitable and fun.
The PPA facilitates communication between parents, committees, and the school, coordinates opportunities for parent participation, supports the school's mission, philosophy and key initiatives, and offers enriching social, intellectual and educational programming.
Specifically, through monthly meetings, special events and talks, institutional documentation and elected governance, the PPA provides a centralized parent resource for:
Meeting other Park Day parents
Learning how to navigate, volunteer and participate in the Park Day structure and culture
Coordinating the independent work of various committees
Facilitating connections between committees, school staff and the Park Day Board
Connecting to key Park Day events, volunteer opportunities and development initiatives
Providing an inclusive school-wide social, intellectual and educational home for parents
Contact Us Do you have questions? Do you want to share your interests or skills? Do you want to get more involved in the school community?
One goal of the PPA is to connect parents to the many activities that make Park Day School a vibrant school community. Here you can find staff and parent contact information for school committees, parents groups and special events planning.
Park Day School Special Event Committees
East Bay Mini Maker Faire (October) Featuring both established and emerging local "makers," the East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration. It features rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations. Get involved! Be a Maker, be a sponsor or volunteer to help. Learn more at ebmakerfaire.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Park Day Farm Box The Park Day Farm Box is a subscription program providing fresh, local, organic produce to Park Day families and friends. Run through the Park Parent Association, this program's earnings provide instruction and materials for the Learning Garden program at school. When picking up your box, make sure you see what the funds from your box have provided in the sunken garden, alongside the Magnolia Building (our chickens!), and throughout the campus. Ordering for your family, friends, neighbors or co-workers will help this program grow and thrive.
Volunteer to Work on the Farm Box The Farm Box needs volunteers every week to help assemble and pack the boxes. It's immensely satisfying work, and a great way to fulfill parent volunteer hours. We're out by the yurt Wednesdays from 9 to noon, rain or shine. Please come join us anytime!
Subscribe to the Farm Box Haven't subscribed to the Farm Box? Click here for a Farm Box order form from the Parent's Section of this site or email email@example.com for more information.
Farm Box Payments Are you already a subscriber and want to pay for your Farm Box subscription online? Select the amount you would like to pay and follow Paypal's simple instructions. Payment alone does not enroll you in the Farm Box program. You must also complete and return the Farm Box order form.
Farm Box Subscription
Subscriptions can be cancelled at any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. One week notice is required. A reply will confirm your cancellation request.