Ellis Launches Parent Educational Series

From learning about developmentally appropriate behavior and resolving healthy social conflict to building resilience and preparing for the next grade level or college, The Ellis School is pleased to offer a diverse series of educational programs to parents for the 2019–2020 school year. These informative and helpful events will serve as opportunities for parents to learn from teachers, administrators, and experts around the strategies for raising girls who are free to be their authentic selves, flex their minds, and use their voices to impact the world around them.
 
Planning for College: Senior College Family Night
Audience: Grade 12 Students and their Parents | Register
Date: September 4, 2019 | Time: 7:00–8:00 p.m. | Location: Alumnae Hall
Seniors and their families are invited to an evening with Director of College Counseling Keith Bryner dedicated to finalizing the college application process. All seniors and at least one parent/guardian are expected to attend.

Our Bodies, Our Selves: Talking to Upper School Girls
Audience: Upper School Parents | Register
Date: September 5, 2019 | Time: 8:30–9:30 a.m. | Location: Benjamin R. Fisher Gallery
Upper School parents are invited to hear from Samantha Bushman, President and CEO of TALK, the New Sex Ed. Parents can expect to learn how to identify and capitalize on teachable moments, position themselves as a resource of choice, and create an open and ongoing conversation. All Upper School parents are encouraged to attend.

Planning for College: Junior College Family Night
Audience: Grade 11 Students and their Parents | Register
Date: October 23, 2019 | Time: 7:00–8:00 p.m. | Location: Alumnae Hall
Juniors and their families are invited to an evening with Head of College Counseling Keith Bryner
dedicated to beginning their college search and selection processes. All juniors and at least one parent/guardian are expected to attend.

Looking Ahead: Learn About Ninth Grade
Audience: Grade 8 Parents and Students | Register
Date: November 5, 2019 | Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Location: Alumnae Hall
Parents of eighth-grade students are invited to look ahead and get a glimpse into what to expect in ninth grade as their daughter transitions to high school. Upper School faculty and students will discuss academic programming and share what it’s really like to be a freshman at Ellis. Families can expect to learn more about CoLab day programming, after-school athletics, extracurricular clubs and activities, and more! All grade 8 students and at least one parent are strongly encouraged to attend. 
 
Community Conversation: Enacting Ellis’ Values in the Lower School
Audience: Lower School Parents | Register
Date: November 14, 2019 | Time: 8:30–9:30 a.m. | Location: Benjamin R. Fisher Gallery
Lower School Head Ann Martino will describe the mission and values of The Ellis School and explain how they are enacted in the daily life of the Lower School.
 
Looking Ahead: What to Expect in Upper School
Audience: Middle School Parents | Register
Date: January 16, 2020 | Time: 8:00–9:00 a.m. | Location: Benjamin R. Fisher Gallery
Parents of Middle School students are invited to look ahead and get a glimpse inside of the Upper School. Parents can expect to hear firsthand about the exciting things their daughter will experience in high school. Learn all about what sets the Ellis Upper School apart and how our robust interdisciplinary program is preparing girls to excel as changemakers in college and beyond.
 
Community Conversation: What is Bullying? Understanding Social Conflict in Young Children
Audience: Lower School Parents | Register
Date: January 30, 2020 | Time: 8:30–9:30 a.m. | Location: Benjamin R. Fisher Gallery
Lower School parents are invited to hear from School Counselor Karen Boyer and Head of Lower School Ann Martino about understanding social conflict and how to develop skills to promote positive social interaction at different stages of your daughter’s development.

Looking Ahead: Learn About the Middle School
Audience: Grades 3 and 4 Parents | Register
Date: February 4, 2020 | Time: 8:15–11:00 a.m. | Location: Benjamin R. Fisher Gallery
Parents of students in grades 3 and 4 are invited to look ahead and get a glimpse inside the Middle School. Parents can expect to gain an understanding of all the exciting things their daughter will experience next year, see for themselves what the next step in the journey entails by visiting classes, and hear firsthand from students, teachers, and school leadership about how our intentional program both supports and challenges girls as they gain increased independence and confidence in Middle School. 

Having Choice: Middle School Elective Offerings
Audience: Grade 4 and Middle School Parents | Register
Date: March 3, 2020 | Time: 8:15–9:15 a.m. | Location: Benjamin R. Fischer Gallery
Ellis families with students entering grades 5–8 in the 2020–2021 school year are invited to learn more about elective choices from faculty in the fine arts, performing arts, science, athletics, computer science, and world language departments. 

Planning for College: Sophomore College Family Night
Audience: Grade 10 Students and their Parents | Register
Date: March 3, 2020 | Time: 6:00–8:00 p.m. | Location: Alumnae Hall
Sophomores and their families are invited to join the Assistant Head of School and Head of the Upper School Lauren Laschon, Director of College Counseling Keith Bryner, and Director of Athletics Shayla Scott for an evening dedicated to looking ahead at the college process. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m., followed by an information session and Q&A. All sophomores and at least one parent/guardian are expected to attend.

Planning for College: All About Financial Aid
Audience: Middle School Parents | Register
Date: March 11, 2020  | Time: 8:00–9:00 a.m. | Location: Benjamin R. Fisher Gallery
Middle School parents/guardians are invited to chat with the Director of College Counseling Keith Bryner about the financial aid landscape in higher education.

Planning for College: Freshmen College Parent Forum
Audience: Grade 9 Parents | Register
Date: April 1, 2020 | Time: 8:00–9:00 a.m. | Location: Benjamin R. Fisher Gallery
Grade 9 families are invited to meet with Director of College Counseling Keith Bryner to learn about the college admissions landscape and what to expect throughout the college counseling process at Ellis. 

Looking Ahead: Learn About Seventh and Eighth Grade
Audience: Grade 6 Parents |  Register
Date: April 2, 2020 | Time: 7:00–8:00 p.m. | Location: Benjamin R. Fisher Gallery
Parents of current sixth grade students are invited to learn more about the seventh and eighth grade program and beyond. Middle School Teachers Amy Rigsby and Shannon Rohr will give families a glimpse into grades 7 and 8 and share details about academic programming and more. Learn all about the increased independence and agency your daughter will experience in her final two years in the Middle School at the Looking Ahead event. 

Community Conversation: Chill Out! How to Nurture Mindfulness in Children
Audience: Lower School Parents | Register
Date: April 9, 2020 | Time: 8:30–9:30 a.m. | Location: Benjamin R. Fisher Gallery
Join Head of Lower School Ann Martino and Grade 2 Teacher Katie Cillo Jordanoff to hear about the research on mindfulness for children and how self-care methods are being utilized in the Lower School. 

Girls Do Math! The Middle School Mathematics Curriculum
Audience: Grade 4 and Middle School Parents | Register
Date: May 5, 2020 | Time: 8:30–9:30 a.m. | Location: Benjamin R. Fisher Gallery
Ellis families with students entering grades 5–8 in the 2020–2021 school year are invited to learn more about Ellis’ mathematics curriculum and how math faculty are supporting girls in STEM.

Planning for College: An Evening with the Experts
Audience: Upper School Students and their Parents | Register
Date: May 20, 2020 | Time: 6:30–8:00 p.m. | Location: Auditorium
Upper School students and families won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to hear from experts within the college admissions world and to ask questions about the admission process, financial aid, and general college lif

Looking Ahead: What to Expect Next Year in the Lower School
Audience: Parents of Students Entering Kindergarten through Grade 3 | Register
Date: May 22, 2020 | Time: 7:45–8:15 a.m. | Location: Benjamin R. Fisher Gallery
Parents of students entering kindergarten through grade 3 are invited to meet their daughter’s teachers for her upcoming grade, learn about what to expect for her developmentally as she progresses, and how to partner to best support her growth. This is your opportunity to take a look ahead and get a better understanding of the next step in your daughter’s educational journey.
 
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