In an effort to keep our community connected through the beginning months of the pandemic, our Parents Association and the NPS Development Office instituted the Cardinal Club with a wide-ranging series of virtual gatherings. We were pleased to be joined by NPS alumni families as well as members of our current parent community.
We kicked things off in September with a fun and fast-paced trivia night which tested our community’s knowledge of important topics like Seinfeld episodes and Super Bowl trivia. Next, we welcomed an NPS Dad, Jeff Selingo, who wrote, Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. Jeff’s book was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2020 by The New York Times. While most of our families are a ways away from college decisions, Jeff’s presentation underscored the steps parents can take all along their child’s educational journey to facilitate their success. We rounded out the month with a timely presentation from Tianna Butler, NPS Associate Director of Admissions and Diversity Coordinator, on “Race, Revolution and Reality: How to Talk to Your Kids about Protests and Racial Inequality.”
In October, we were joined by master baker Catherine Foley who taught our participants to make a fun fall treat—Apple Cinnamon Scones. We even had some younger Cardinals join us to hone their baking skills and take care of breakfast for the next morning.
At the end of the month, Ms. Butler was joined by NPS Librarian Marie Bertozzi and teachers Kate Boryeskne, Caitlin MacDougall, and DaNedra Shaifer for an enlightening and engaging evening exploring the role of children’s literature in diversity discussions. The session, “Storytime Justice: How Children’s Books Can Be a Gateway to Social Justice and Change,” included several teachers reading their favorite books aloud and a lively discussion of the power of children’s books to discuss important, and sometimes difficult, topics in a way that is approachable for young people.
As the holidays approached, our Chaplain, Rev. Todd Sutton, shared his wisdom on “Raising Faith-full Kids.” Todd is also an NPS parent, so his perspective is always a welcome one as he combines spiritual teaching with practical parenting advice and counsel.
In the new year, with everyone spending so much time at home, we held a session with an organizing guru, Corinne Morahan, founder of Grid & Glam. She gave practical and helpful advice on getting your home (and family!) organized once and for all.
One of the bright spots of our unusual year was discovering how to create community when we could not physically be together by sharing knowledge, information and having some fun, too.