Through the PA there are many different ways to get involved in the school community. Whether you have only a little time to give, or a lot, your involvement as a BC parent is helpful and welcomed!
PA Grade Reps are the heart of the Parent Association. This informational and fun role requires only a few hours each month to: attend divisional PA meetings; relay PA news via email, help organize activities such as the autumn parent dinners and solicit parent volunteers.
Grade/Class Dinner Host Family
The grade / class dinner is an opportunity for parents and classroom teachers to meet in a relaxed setting, to put faces to names, and socialize with the parents of their child’s classmates. Parents from Pre-K through grade 4 hold class dinners while grades 5 through12 hold grade-wide dinners. The current model is for hosting families to provide a catered meal that may be supplemented by other parents.
Berkeley Carroll Film Series
The Berkeley Carroll Film Series screens films produced, directed and/or created by BC parents and faculty members. The committee selects films from the submissions, with consideration to the age and appropriateness of the offerings. The producer/director/creator attends the screenings for a post-film Q&A.
Green’s purpose is to raise environmental awareness at Berkeley Carroll and help organize or participate in at least one annual Green event. In the past, the committee has sponsored the purchase of recyclable dishes for lower school snacks and parties, and has organized activities to celebrate Earth Day.
Mosaic is Berkeley Carroll's PA committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, our mission is to build empathy and humility by investigating and valuing our differences. Our committee is open to all Berkeley Carroll parents, Mosaic gatherings will range from discussions about books and films, to talks with faculty, administrators, alumni and students, to service learning activities.
Mosaic's primary ways of community engagement include
Affinity groups: We value members of our community and recognize that some have a shared experience that a majority may not. Our Affinity groups hope to be a haven for our members to gather, offer support, share, learn and grow. These spaces are essential to ensuring all members of our community are seen and valued. We currently offer these Affinity groups: Parents and Guardians of Children of Color (PGCC), Parents and Guardians of Children with Learning Differences (PGCLD), Black Dads and Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI,) with a hope to add to our list. Affinity groups typically meet 3-4 times a year.
Book Club: Reading inspires us to improve the world and some books require discussion. We read to become better parents, better people and better citizens. Throughout the year we will read 4 diverse books and gather in a BC family's home, with a little food and wine, to discuss how the books impact us and make us consider the world.
Film Club: Movies, like books, can take us to new places inside the skin of people who might be quite different from ourselves. However, movies provide visuals and broaden our perspectives in a different way than books do. Our film club offers us an opportunity to watch films/documentaries together or at home and gather to discuss the topics raised. We will be showing three films in the upcoming year.
Mosaic's Trips: Participating in unique and impactful experiences together as a group, helps us to value and appreciate others and their lived experiences. Our trips have included everything from the Woman's March in DC to The Nuyorican's Poets Cafe.
Guest Speakers, Workshops, Discussions and Trainings: We use a multitude of resources in an effort to deepen our awareness and push our families to action.
Unity Fest: We culminate our year with a meaningful celebration. Born of a commUNITY FESTival, Unity Fest hopes to see the entire Berkeley Carroll community come together to celebrate our growth and recognize the diversity within our own community. This year, Unity Fest will be held on February 29, 2020.
Side by Side: Berkeley Carroll Families at Work in the Community
Throughout the school year, Side by Side engages with families with a shared interest in effecting positive change. Community service activities are hands-on and designed to encourage youth volunteerism. Past civic engagement events have included serving meals at soup kitchens, organizing drives for local charities, walking for a cause, participating at park clean-ups, and performing at senior centers. Events are parent-initiated and new ways to help our community are always welcome.
PA SPONSORED EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Halloween Party (October)
Creative spirits needed for the PA's Annual Halloween Party at the end of October. Plan or help coordinate a party, a costume contest, or anything between, above, or beyond.
Safe Sitters Training (January)
Work with BC parents in teaching the internationally regarded Safe Sitter program to Middle/ Upper School student babysitters. Safe Sitters is a comprehensive training program that includes CPR, choking rescue and prevention skills, and behavior management. The commitment requires some training and two days of service in January (approximately six hours per day).
Faculty Appreciation Luncheons (June)
Help organize end-of-school luncheons for the faculty. There is one luncheon for the Upper/Middle School faculty and another for the Lower School faculty.