Parents and Family
"Walking alongside parents in their Journey"
A child does not know it - but, parents are on a learning journey themselves. By the time your children realize that you are a normal learning human being, they will have two children, a mortgage, and perhaps a minor physical ailment.
Parents, as sojourners on a journey, are looking for ways to improve their own understanding of education and training. Our Parent Education Program seeks to help parents as we all develop the ethos of our school culture.
For instance, parents with a child who is entering kindergarten behave differently than parents with a seventeen year old. It just happens. The dynamics change and parents learn the ropes as they go. One parent said to us, "The reason I came to Regents ten years ago is not the reason that I am at Regents now. I came to protect my child from the world, and now (with older teens), I know that I am here to prepare my child for the world. My focus is very different." That shift does not happen over one weekend, or at one parent workshop. The shift from protection to preparation slowly comes into focus as the parent seeks to shepherd their child.
We offer workshops, book clubs, special conferences, and other resources to parents.
Regents thrives on parent participation. Whether you are a dad coaching a basketball team, or a mom dressed for French Revolution Day - you are involved. Our field trips and events are spilling over with active, impassioned parents. Many parents will say, "Wow! I wish that I had this kind of education! Do you take late-comers?!"
Beyond support for the larger events, teachers and coaches seek to partner with parents as we collectively educate and train each student. The ongoing dialogue between parents and teachers allows both groups to understand the student more thoroughly.
Beyond the events and the classroom, parents occupy a significant and somewhat less noticeable role. Their relationships with each other turn our campus into a formidable presence of community. As a parent goes through their own learning process of parenting - they are surrounded by hundreds of people going through the same thing. So, if you really want to be involved in the culture of Regents, look for ways to connect with other parents. They are also looking for fellow travelers.
To learn more about the Regents Parent Council, contact Stacey Moore, 2010-2011 RPC Chair.