End of Year Reflection Roundtable — April 27th 2021

The End of Year Reflection was held on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 via Zoom. It was well attended with 39 members attending from 24 schools.

The morning started with an introduction to Kundalini Yoga by Sheila Claudi-Partrat who guided us through relaxation and breathing exercises. We learned how these techniques help with calming and focusing the mind, creativity, language and logic.

We then moved to the roundtable discussion which focused on three topics: Parent, Volunteer and Student Engagement with specific questions to frame the discussion. Breakout rooms were used for small group discussion and then we came together to share each of the groups’ information. The conversations ranged from successful virtual events, meaningful ways to celebrate volunteers and plans for graduation.

It was evident that Parent Associations worked diligently and creatively to engage parents, volunteers and students during this challenging pandemic year. Using the latest technology, communities came together in new and exciting ways to celebrate and spread joy in their schools and foster a connection between all members. It is difficult to predict what the next school year will look like, but most likely, PAs are considering the use of a combination of in-person and online events to support their community engagement programs.