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.
Parent 2 Parent (P2P)
Parent to Parent (P2P) is comprised of BC parents that focuses on parenting topics. Through outside speaker events, parent discussion groups and BC faculty events, P2P seeks to provide parents with information and support around various parenting issues as well as on navigating each division at BC. Past P2P events include: an evening on Mindful Parenting; discussions on how best to prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences; Transition Teas; and a presentation on developing "True Grit" in our children.
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.
Diversity Matters organizes speakers, meetings, and special events on topics that increase diversity awareness among all members of the school community; works with the administration to ‘support diversity initiatives within the curriculum. Also sponsors the school-wide Family Fiesta every spring with an international or other diversity theme.
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.
PA SPONSORED EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Fall Family Celebration (September)Hosted at 181 Lincoln Place, The Berkeley Carroll Fall Celebration is the first school-wide event of the school year. It provides a wonderful opportunity to welcome new BC families to the school community and a chance to visit with old friends. The afternoon is filled with creative activities, crafts, music, sports and food. The event is coordinated by the Special Events Chair.
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.
Street Safety Training (November)Arrange for publicizing and organizing weekend classes (held on two days) for Middle School students to increase their awareness of street safety issues.
Berkeley Carroll Ski & Snow Tubing Event (January)
This is a school-wide day trip of family skiing and snow tubing at Mountain Creek, New Jersey.
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).
Family Fiesta: “Around the World” (February)
Help stage this annual celebration of cultural diversity traditionally held each winter and organized by the Diversity Matters committee.
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.
Fall Bulb Sale / Spring Seed Sale
This fund-raising activity provides support for and maintenance of the Children's Garden located behind the 712 Carroll Street building.