Family Diversity Playdate

Family Diversity Playdate

by Bob Prischak and Christy Santoro

The Family Diversity Committee (FDC) hosted its first playdate of the year on Sunday, October 30.  The playdate is a chance for students, parents, and families to gather together with people they might not ordinarily play or talk with.  As part of our commitment to diversity, we host these playdates in order to create a space where we can demonstrate to our children what consciously and intentionally diverse groups look like.

There were lots of crafts and games for the kids to do, including making pine cone birdfeeder mobiles (using soy butter instead of peanut in case any children had issues) that were hung in the garden as “permanent” decorations.  The children also made suncatchers and other decorations when they took a break from lightsabers and other games.

The adults took some time to discuss what FDC is and does, as well as get an update on the board and the school’s work around diversity.  We then had a pretty freewheeling discussion on how to explain diversity to our children, especially when many of them experience more diversity in their daily lives than most of the country.  While we did not come up with a definitive solution, we used that fact to model our commitment to diversity.

Sunday Playdate in the Garden

There was terrific turnout at last Sunday's Family Diversity Playdate - among the many families who attended were six new to TPS this year. The playdate took place in the TPS Garage and Garden.

The children planted seeds and had a great time getting to know each other in our wonderful garden.  Parents mingled and got a chance to connect as well.  TPS Diversity CoordinatorBrian Johnson and FDC co-chair Nina Rivera reviewed our current year's activities and facilitated thoughtful conversation about possible activities for next school year.  Special thanks to Janay Brown who facilitated seed planting activity.  Remember to water those seeds! 

Happy Springtime from the Family Diversity Committee – Bob Prischak, Christine Chisholm, Janay Brown, Christy Santoro, Martin Wiley, Quanda Robinson, and John Stone.