Dear Middle School Parents/Guardians,


Thank you for coming to the MS Parent Social and Parent Night this past Tuesday. We had a good turnout: ~50+ people; almost filled up the library.


First, we want to thank Arty (our MS counselor) for her wonderful talk on character, emotional, and social education. It is a super important subject that many of us might not be aware of until now. Her talk really resonates with us:

  1. Respect and trust is the key to a deep and long-lasting parent-kid relationship - just like any relationship.
  2. One of the best ways to help our kids to grow is to grow ourselves - becoming more effective people ourselves.
  3. Being aware of our bad habits and taking tiny steps to build good habits every day pays a huge dividend that compounds over time - the foundations of an effective (or transformative) life.
  4. Ultimately, what we want our students to achieve is long and lasting happiness - ‘The Science of Well Being’: Yale’s most popular class available via Coursera | YaleNews 

We are also grateful that Arty is taking initiative on incorporating character/emotional/social learning into our student's curriculum, collaborating with her colleagues at IS.


Second, a big thank you for coming to the Parent Social & Parent Night and bringing in the tasty dishes! By showing up, you have made contributions to our school community:

  1. Your presence and participation have elevated Arty's talk!
  2. Socializing with fellow parents and sharing our experiences on raising middle school students in this increasingly sophisticated and fast-changing world both elevated our mood and bonded us together.
  3. Talking frankly to IS staff about our concerns over our students, school, and BSD; and hearing their thoughts on what has been done, what can be done, and hard to do due to various constraints will help us collaborate with the school better. The success of Last Saturday's Auction has fully demonstrated how committed, creative, and resourceful we parents are. By working with the IS staff, no obstacles that stand in the way of our students' education are too hard to tackle!


Finally, for the parents who were not able to make it to the Parent Night, there will be more opportunities in the future. We will announce the event earlier so that people have more time to plan.



Your 6, 7, and 8th grade Parent Rep.


"We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education." - MLK




SEPTEMBER 2 & 14, 2022

Families are connecting! On September 2 and September 14 after drop-off, the ISPTSA hosted tailgate gatherings at the Kelsey Creek parking lot. There were lots of conversation, treats, and drinks. Thanks for joining! Email Yuting Zhu, VP of Community with questions.