Partnering with parents
We offer parents an opportunity to take an active role in their child’s education by attending classroom observations, parent-teacher conferences, curriculum presentations and school events.
The school offers speakers and discussion forums about parenting and education. Recent speakers have included Katie Duffy Schumaker, author of Don’t Press Send; Dr. Christina Creatura; Madeline Levine, author of Teach Your Children Well; Ron Taffel, a psychologist and author of Childhood Unbound; and Derrick Gay, an educator and consultant who works with schools on creating inclusive communities.
Parents who have personal experiences that are related to classroom activities make presentations to the children. In the Lower Elementary, parents visit the classrooms for Family Fridays to observe and learn about what the children are doing in class. The school puts on music programs and an Upper Elementary play every year.
Welcoming and engaging parents
New families in the school are introduced to other parents during the Admissions process and the New Parent Night in May. New families are assigned a buddy family to reach out to with any questions they may have. The Parents Association offers many opportunities for meeting families. These include parent cocktail parties, an all-school picnic in Central Park, a book fair, family outings to Chelsea Piers and other recreational and cultural venues, a Parent Social and a Spring Benefit.
Communicating with parents
Parents receive the weekly eletter, The Friday Flyer, which contains important information about school events, policies, and other timely news. Additionally, Head of School Brenda Mizel sends a periodic e-letter, From the Desk of Brenda Mizel, in which she discusses topics of community importance. The Veracross parent portal provides a complete calendar, the parent handbook, classroom information, a searchable family directory, an online tuition payment feature, and other resources. Parents can access Veracross through the secure login link on the website’s home page.
The school publishes a magazine, The Messenger, once a year that is emailed to current parents, grandparents, former parents, and other interested readers. To receive The Messenger, or to send alumni news to The Messenger, please reach out to Communications Director Ruth Samuelson (firstname.lastname@example.org). MMS also publishes a wall calendar in August and an annual report.