Just for Parents
Educating a gifted child, let alone keeping up with one, requires energy and creativity. It’s also helpful to have support, and we have provided some parenting-related and school-related resources, below, to help you.
At SCDS, we think of our parent community — full of thoughtful, caring people — as another source of support, and we have also listed some community-related opportunities below. Participation is a wonderful way to make good friends and learn more about the school.
The Friday Flyer
While school is in session, you will receive a weekly email called the Friday Flyer. It contains valuable updates: everything from COVID-19-related policy changes to event invitations from the Parent Council. It’s a great way to stay informed about and involved in your school.
The Parent Council (PC)
The Parent Council’s mission is to support the school and the school’s objectives, and, with the help of several PC committees (auction, faculty-staff appreciation, book swap, and more), the council sponsors a variety of fun and educational activities for the SCDS community. Parents are warmly welcomed to attend the council’s formal meeting, which occurs approximately once a month while school is in session, and to volunteer. Learn more about the council and volunteer opportunities in the parent portal.
The Parent Education Committee
This committee is part of the Parent Council, and it invites informative, lively speakers to converse with parents on a regular basis. Recent topics have included using dinnertime for family bonding, learning how to have courageous conversations about race, and parental resilience.
The Parent Portal
The parent portal on Veracross is a central location for information on school events, getting involved, and more. Visit the portal here.
The school partners with Courageous Conversation, a racial equity organization based in San Francisco that works with our families, faculty, and students to help them engage, sustain, and deepen conversations about race. Through Courageous Conversation, the SCDS community develops their own racial literacy and consciousness, and examines the impact of race on their lives — allowing for better conversations about race and racism. Starting fall 2021, all parents and guardians who are new to the school will be required to participate in Courageous Conversation within their first two years at SCDS.
SCDS offers a series of stand-alone parent workshops called Decoding the Language of Today’s Social Activism. The workshops explore the history and meaning of phrases such as “Black lives matter,” “white privilege,” and “defunding the police.” Attendees deepen their understanding of issues related to racial equity and social change while receiving support in culturally competent communication and parenting practices.
RIPPLES (Race in Parenting Learning Circles) is a parent-led group at SCDS, founded in 2020, whose mission is to facilitate open, honest, and growth-oriented conversations among parents about race and racial equity — both to promote their own understanding and to keep pace with what their children are learning at school and from a rapidly changing society. For more information, explore RIPPLES’ online FAQ or contact email@example.com.
SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted Children)
SENG is a national group dedicated to helping gifted, talented, and twice-exceptional people reach their full potential, and they train facilitators to help parents enable their gifted children to thrive socially and emotionally. At SCDS, our school counselors facilitate SENG meetings, which review topics related to gifted children: characteristics, motivation, discipline, stress management, peer relations, sibling rivalry, and tradition-breaking.