Dozens of Walden School families brought their favorite board games to the Toby Hayward Community Room last night. Walden School Parent Guild hosts this annual event to encourage community building and provide a cooperative and collaborative environment for families to socialize together.

 

Parent volunteers Mark Krause and Cristin O’Callahan organized dinner for all participants. In addition to the main board game room, there was a Bingo Room and a quiet room for more reflective activities like reading together.

 

“Not everything that counts can be counted.
And not everything that can be counted, counts.”
– Albert Einstein

 

At Walden School, all parents are members of the Parent Guild. Walden Director Matt Allio thanked the Parent Guild for creating Family Game Night by noting that the school community thrives because of the extraordinary support of the parents. “We would be less of a school without the volunteer efforts of our parents,” Allio said. He went on to say that the all-school events provided by the Parent Guild, like Family Game Night, contribute to the strong sense of community at Walden.

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I Offer You Peace

December 3, 2015

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What is the legacy that grandparents leave for their grandchildren? The best legacy may be the love and time spent together, creating memories and sharing stories. At Walden School, Director Matt Allio welcomed over 200 grandparents and “grand friends” to campus on April 2, saying, “Your presence today, and throughout the lives of the students, amplifies the importance of our educational process.”

Students hosted their grandparents in classrooms and reprised their recent Spring Sing concert in the Toby Hayward Community Room to the delight of their special guests.

Grandparent Marguerite Lathan says, “We cannot wait to see our grandchildren’s classes, meet their teachers, meet their new and old friends, see their class works and performances!” Maja Dubois came all the way from Greenwich, CT to see her twin nieces. Grandparent Olivia Brown, who is also a Trustee at Walden, adds, “This is our favorite day of the year!”

Ron and Karen Dean look forward to this annual event. “It’s fun to visit with other grandparents and grand friends from all over the U.S. and other countries. The volunteers do an amazing job!”

Big Help

March 21, 2015

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Walden School Director Matt Allio defines “altruism” as a feeling or behavior that shows a desire to help other people. “Big Help is both a symbolic and practical way to demonstrate altruism,” says Allio.  Starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Toby Hayward Community Room on a recent Saturday, Walden students and their families came together to: collect books, toiletries, and food for a local homeless shelter; make Get-Well cards for children in the hospital; fashion fleece blankets for preemies; decorate and plant pots with flowers for elderly shut-ins; create cat toys and send to local cat rescue shelter; and deliver flowers to our neighbors while picking up litter in the local streets and alleys around school.

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This annual event sponsors a variety of service projects in which all Walden families can participate. It’s not an all-day event, just some time in the morning for families to come together in support of others. Thank you to Walden School Parent Guild for organizing this day of service as a reminder that we all have responsibility for the world in which we live.

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Family Game Night

January 29, 2015

Walden School families brought their favorite board games to share with other families in the Toby Hayward Community Room. This annual free event is fun for all ages, and included dinner sponsored by Walden School Parent Guild.

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Educators and parents know that important life lessons are learned and practiced while playing board games. From learning to take turns, to analyzing upcoming options, to respectfully and gracefully winning and losing – many habits valued in society can be instilled in children through board games.

DSC_0494Often, a board game reinforces math and reading skills, too. Old standards like Scrabble and chess have been enjoyed for generations, while new games like Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride are challenging and entertaining at the same time.

Special thanks to this year’s organizers, Mark and Kristin!

Mark and Kristin organized Walden School's 2015 Family Game Night!

Mark and Kristin organized Walden School’s 2015 Family Game Night!

Walden School hosted Neuropsychologist Dana Chidekel, PhD to talk with parents last night about raising children with Emotional Intelligence (EI). As parents recognize that the success and happiness to which they aspire for their children depends on their children’s ability to navigate successfully in the world with others, Dr. Dana focused on how parents influence their children’s brains.

“Parents, you must tolerate your child struggling. Develop resilience in your parenting and you will be okay,” said Dr. Dana. “There is empowerment in saying ‘no’ and your child’s creativity will not be squelched. Tolerate your own struggle and teach appropriate Emotional Intelligence to children as citizens of the world.” Along with an overview of how emotions are processed in the brain, Dr. Dana talked about setting healthy, loving boundaries to create a consistent environment for children AND parents.

Earlier in the afternoon, Dr. Dana gave a professional development lecture to faculty and staff.

Dr. Dana shared her definition of EI as an ability to use emotions as a guide for thinking and behavior. Her book, “Parents In Charge” highlights how parenting casts light on the parent’s childhood memories and experiences, and it explains the differences between the cultures of early childhood and adulthood. Vivid examples of the differences in how children and adults experience time, language, and consequences kept both audiences chuckling in recognition and relief.

For more information about Walden School Parent Education, please visit www.waldenschool.net/parenteducation

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