Calendar of Friends Sponsored Programs and Events
On Going Events
“Parents Survive & Thrive” Speaker Series Friends sponsors speaking events with leading experts in the areas of parent education, childhood development, family counseling, forgiveness and other topics relevant to our community.
PreSchool Family’s In-Home Teacher Visitation Program: Meant to create connections with your child’s teacher and ease your child into a drop-off class.
Throughout the Year
Fun Parties: Friends of PreSchool Family Parent-Hosted Fun Parties begin with sign-ups at PSF's annual Fun Day and continue throughout the year.
Coffee cart socials: On various mornings throughout the school year we sponsor and set up coffee and snacks for parents and caregivers to enjoy!
Restaurant nights: We plan a few nights during the year to meet up at restaurants. It raises money but more importantly, it gives friends a good excuse to see each other outside of school!
Survive & Thrive Series: Teaching Kindness to Kids by Muffie Waterman.
Survive & Thrive Series: Keri Bates, a Greendell School Psychologist, and Stephanie Bowen, an educational specialist at Greendell, spoke about Developmental Red Flags and how families can seek services at Greendell and elsewhere if they are concerned about speech, physical or other developmental delays in their children.
Survive & Thrive Series: Kristene Geering spoke on the neurological significance of parents making a loving attachment with their children.
Survive & Thrive Series: Young Minds Require Creative Discipline by Sylvia Ford.
September 2016 — 70th Anniversary
Survive & Thrive Series: Dr. Robert Brooks, psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, spoke on Raising Resilient Children.
Book Club — Can you say "Night-Meeting-with-refreshments?" In December we kicked off the PreSchool Family Book Club. We read Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, by Brigid Schulte.
Interested in hosting a book club meeting? If there is enough interest, we will break groups by decade to facilitate check-ins and thoughtful discussion. Contact Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Survive & Thrive Series: Rachelle Doorley, founder of TinkerLab, spoke on How to Inspire Creativity through Hands-on Making for Toddlers.
Alumni Picnic and movie night
Survive & Thrive Series: Matthew C. Andrews, Ph.D. spoke on How to Create Play and Projects that Promote Lifelong Learning for the Whole Family.
Survive & Thrive Series: Kate Williams Browne spoke on Guiding Young Children: Social-Emotional Problem Solving.
Survive & Thrive Series: Dr. Annye Rothenberg spoke on Toilet Learning. Annye Rothenberg, Ph.D., is a San Francisco Bay Area child/parent psychologist and a specialist in childrearing and development of young children.
Survive & Thrive Series: Mike Lanza spoke on children as “players” vs. “doers”.
Survive & Thrive Series: Young Minds Require Creative Discipline by Sylvia Ford
Alumni Barbeque and Film Premiere of Growing Together: the Preschool Family Story
Alumni Back to School Picnic
Parents Survive & Thrive: Health and Disease Prevention for Children, Adolescents and Families.
Parents Survive & Thrive: Children and Sleep.
Parents Survive & Thrive: "Nutrition for Children" with Dr. Raquel Burgos
Parents Survive & Thrive: "Ask the Sleep Doctor" with Dr. Rafael Pelayo
PreSchool Family 60th Anniversary Event
May Fete Parade March with PreSchool Family Community
Speaker Event: Fred Luskin's talk on Forgiveness.
Bathroom Remodel at PSF campus
Challenge Grant: The DesJardin/Blachman Fund announced a $10,000 Challenge Grant on behalf of Friends of PreSchool Family. This grant matched any donation over $50 to Friends of PreSchool Family made before July 15, 2005. The funds from this challenge will help fund new and existing programs sponsored by Friends of PreSchool Family. By early summer we raised over $20,000! Thank you to the DesJardin/Blachman Fund and to all our donors.