Educating the whole child and honoring the diversity of each individual from
Pre-elementary (age 3) through Grade 8.

The Eton School Parent Council support s Eton School's philosophy, programs and activities for the benefit of all students.

As a parent/guardian, you are member of Eton Parent Council (EPC), which supports inclusion, partnerships, and cooperation within the school community.

If you have any questions about the EPC or any suggestions, please contact the Executive Committee members or e-mail ParentCouncil@etonschool.org.

EPC Benefits

Explore opportunities to get involved and provide a helping hand.
    • Cultural Fair: Host a booth, pitch in with setup or takedown, assist with registration, and more.
    • Open House: Greet visitors, help them find their way around campus, and share your experience as part of the Eton community.
    • Eton Community Gala: Procure items for the auction, work on decorations, and attend the event.
    • Spring Fling: Volunteer for the Book Fair, Art Walk and/or the Ice Cream Social.
    • Staff Appreciation Lunch: Donate a dish, offer your time to serve lunch or be part of the committee as a way to show staff your appreciation.

If you are interested in one of the above opportunities or volunteering in any capacity, contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

Attend Learning Events to hear speakers on relevant parenting and education topics.
    • Events take place in the evening.
    • Complimentary childcare is provided with registration.
    • Free pizza for everyone (including those in childcare).

Check out this year’s upcoming Learning Events on the EPC calendar and make plans to attend.

Join others parents in sharing ideas, getting to know each other, and partaking in community offerings.
    • Come to the First Thursday Coffees. Take advantage of the opportunity to network with others while enjoying coffee and snacks.
    • Sit in on the Executive Committee Meetings. This is a great way to hear the latest EPC news and plans.
    • Attend school and parent events. From classroom get togethers to all school gatherings, your presence makes a difference.

Look for get togethers on the School Calendar, in e-mails from your Room Representative, and in the Community Connection.

Eton Parent Council Governance

The Eton Parent Council shall facilitate communication, parent education and teacher professional development, as well as encourage and coordinate volunteerism. The Parent Council will also provide supplemental funds for the school through various fundraising activities.

Membership

  • All parents or guardians of Eton School students shall be members of the Eton School Parent Council.
  • All members shall have equal voting privileges.
  • All meetings are open to faculty, staff, administration and the Board of Trustees.

Executive Committee

  • President (1 Year)
  • Vice President (1 Year followed by 1 year serving as President)
  • Treasurer (1 Year)
  • Secretary (1 Year)
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Community Representatives (non-voting)

Additional Non-Executive Position

A Room Representative for each homeroom who facilitates communication and acts as a liaison between the Eton Parent Council and families.

Eton School Parent Council Bylaws

Eton Parent Council Agenda and Minutes

Eton Parent Council Budget

Eton Parent Council Learning Event Resources

EPC Learning Event: It's About the Brain

EPC Learning Event: It's About the Brain

On January 11, 2017, Megan Reinmann, a coach and learning specialist from the Hallowell Todaro Center, gave a presentation to parents on Development of Executive Functions: The Brain and Learning. By request, we are sharing her resource list (see below). In addition, please read The Value of Social-Emotional Learning (a blog post) by Russell Smith, Head of School.

  • 8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD by Cindy Goldrich: Combining expert information with practical, sensitive advice, the eight key concepts here will help parents reduce chaos, improve cooperation, and nurture the advantages like creativity and drive that often accompany all of that energy.
  • Brain Rules by Dr. John Medina: Describes brain rules (what scientists know for sure about how our brains work) and offers transformative ideas for daily lives.
  • Brainstorm by Dr. Can Seigel: An inside-out approach to focusing on how brain development affects our behavior and relationships. Explores ways in which understanding how the brain functions can improve the lives of adolescents, making their relationships more fulfilling and less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.
  • Campaign on Comprehension (Series of 11 on YouTube) by Nanci Bell: Presents the underlying symptoms of language comprehension weaknesses and the importance of the imagery-language connection.
  • Delivered from Distraction by Dr. Hallowell: Comprehensive and entirely up-to-date guide to living a successful life with ADD.
  • Distraction (podcast) by Dr. Hallowell: Guides the reader through stories, guests, tips, calls, and lots of surprises too. For those pulled and prodded all day from many directions or tied to a smartphone and apps, this podcast offers ways to regain control.
  • Driven to Distraction by Dr. Hallowell: Explores the varied forms ADHD takes (from hyperactivity to daydreaming), dispels common myths, offers helpful coping tools, and provides a thorough accounting of all treatment options as well as tips for dealing with a diagnosed child, partner, or family member. Also focuses on the positives including high energy, intuitiveness, creativity, and enthusiasm.
  • Essential Ideas for Parents (YouTube) by Dr. Russell Barkley: Discusses ideas for parents of children with ADHD. Also visit his website.
  • Lives in the Balance (nonprofit website) by Dr. Ross Greene: Fostering collaboration and empathy, transforming lives, and inspiring change for all children (especially the most vulnerable), heightening awareness of the detrimental and counterproductive effects of punitive interventions, and to addressing the systemic issues that impede our progress.
  • My Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak: This picture book teaches children that they have the ability to stretch and grow their own brains. It also delivers the crucial message that mistakes are an essential part of learning. The book introduces children to the anatomy and various functions of the brain in a fun and engaging way.
  • Smart but Scattered by Dr. Peg Dawson: Research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial "executive skills"--the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. Includes steps to identify a child's strengths and weaknesses, provides activities and techniques to boost specific skills, and offers ways to problem-solve daily routines.
  • Smart but Stuck by Dr. Thomas E. Brown: Fifteen true and compelling stories about intelligent, capable teens and adults who have gotten "stuck" at school, work, and/or in social relationships because of their ADHD.
  • Social Development: Establishing Meaningful Connections Among Children (YouTube) by Dr. Lilian Katz
  • Social Thinking (website) Resources by Michelle Garcia Winner: A person’s social thinking ability has a considerable affect on his or her relationships and success in school and at work. It affects the person’s social skills, perspective taking, self-awareness, self-regulation, critical thinking, social problem solving, play skills, reading comprehension, written expression, ability to learn and work in a group, organizational skills, etc.
  • Turning Some Ideas on Their Head (a Ted Talk) by Dr. Adele Diamond: How executive functions can be modified by the environment, modulated by genetics and neurochemistry, become derailed in certain disorders, and can be improved by effective programs and interventions.
  • The Whole Brain Child by Dr. Dan Seigel: Explains the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures, along with advice on how to put this information to work in raising happier, calmer children.

EPC Learning Event: Creating Healthy Eaters

Resources (listed in the presentation slides)

Websites

Environmental Working Group
Information on organic foods and personal care product information

American Cancer Society
Learn ways to eat and be healthy along with tips for making healthier choices.

Citizens For Science in the Public Interest
Lists definitions and safety of ingredients.

Books

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler (Rodale, 2009)
Why we over eat and how to stop, why food is so addictive.

Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Biran Wansink (Bantam Books, 2006)
How portion and container size determine how much we eat.

The World’s Healthiest Foods, Essential Guide for the Healthiest Way of Eating by George Mateljan (George Mateljan Foundation, 2007)

Fat Chance; Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Foods, Obesity and Disease by Robert Lustig (Hudson Street Press, 2012)
How the body reacts to sugar and processed foods.

EPC Room Representatives

Room Reps 2017 – 2018

Mezzo A – Shilpa Patil

Mezzo B - Tanu Mutreja

Mezzo C - Snesha Foss

Mezzo 1 - Aarti Bhargava

Mezzo 3 – Aruna Sury

Mezzo 4 - Janani Sowprnika Arvind and Amruta Joshi

Room 1 – Fuhui Long

Room 3 – Jia Na

Room 4 – Ritu Singh

Room 5 – Aparna Yerragudi

Grade 4 – Manizeh Pirzada

Grade 5 - TBD

Grade 6 – Erika Flesher

Grade 7/8 – Bridget Horne

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2017-2018 EPC Executive Committee

President: Anica Harris

Vice President (President for 2018-2019): Michelle O’Malley

Secretary: Laurren Chase

Treasurer : Harini Gupta

Volunteer Coordinator: Patricia VedBrat

Community Coordinators

Pre-elementary: Kathy Hotchkies

Lower Elementary: David Charter

Upper Elementary
and Middle School: Kristin Wyatt

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