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At Athenian, we believe in creating an inclusive school community that involves the whole family. We welcome parents into the educational community through special parent get-togethers, family events, and volunteer opportunities. The Athenian School has a robust parent association that would love your participation. 

Some of the ways in which parents have contributed in the past include helping in the library, throwing a Grad Nite party after graduation, supporting athletics and performing arts programs, and hosting a live auction fundraiser.

Current parents: forms and information on the 2013-14 school year can be found here and in the menu above.
Articles of Interest: Education and Parenting
Athenian faculty and staff often come across articles that may be of interest to Athenian's parent community. Here, you can find recent articles recommended by Athenian's educators. If you have an article to share, please send to athenianstoryteller@gmail.com with a sentence or two describing why the article may appeal to parents.
  • A quick 6 minute TED talk to remind us ALL that we "lead" each and every day. And perhaps, we don't even know it! 
  • A very eloquent reminder or "refocuser" that WHY we do something is more important than pretty much everything else. I believe, with this focus, it will actually provide us with, well, more focus and effectiveness!
  • A favorite of mine from legendary basketball and life teacher John Wooden: simple yet powerful foundational reminders of the difference between winning and success. 
--Recommended by Matt Zahner, Middle School Faculty and Men's and Women's Soccer Coach

Here is an inspiring Ted talk about a virtual choir project that included more than 2,000 people from 58 countries. The conductor’s/composer’s observations about what participants experienced (at about 11:12 minutes in the talk) and participant reflections about what it meant to be involved in the project (collected via Facebook) give an indication of the potential of online collaboration.
--Recommended by Suzanne Falkenstein, Director of Technology

Lauren Brown, MFT, School Program Coordinator of the Danville Police Department, spoke to the APA about drug and alcohol abuse in teenagers. Take a look at her presentation for tips and resources on working with young adults on these issues. 

Officer Vince Richards and Officer Matt Roderick, School Resource Officers at San Ramon Valley High School and Monte Vista High School, respectively, gave a presentation to parents in October on areas of concern for parents of kids and teenagers. Topics included cyber safety, bullying, alcohol, drugs and driving safety. This presentation has helpful tips that give parents an understanding of legal responsibilities and consequences, as well as tools for helping kids make good decisions.

"The research on successful schools and good teaching, he said, highlights the importance of relationships among the people in a school: administrators and teachers and students. “None of these studies identify technology as decisive.” Where technology makes a difference, it tends to do so in places with a strong organization dedicated to improving teaching and where students closely engage with teachers and one another. “A device that enhances such interactions is good,” Anrig said."
--Recommended by Jim Sternberg, Library Director
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Parent Events
AWE Begins
7/30/2014
1:00 PM
Main Hall
Contact: Jason Ham

AWE Departs
7/31/2014
5:15 AM
Contact: Jason Ham

US Fall Sports Practices Begin
8/18/2014
Contact coaches for specific practice schedules.
Contact: Darek Cliff

APA New Middle School Parent Dessert
8/19/2014
7:00 PM
Main Hall
More Details

AWE Run-In
8/24/2014
11:00 AM
Contact: Jason Ham

APA 9th Grade Parent Info Session
8/24/2014
4:00 PM
Main Hall
More Details

AWE Banquet
8/25/2014
6:00 PM
Main Hall
Contact: Jason Ham

New Boarder Parent/Guardian Info Session
8/27/2014
11:00 AM
Library Research Rm.
Contact: Michelle Park

Trustee Reception for New Parents & Boarding Parents
8/27/2014
6:00 PM
House #1
Contact: Allison Rowe
More Details

New 10th/11th Gr. Day Parent Info Session
8/28/2014
11:00 AM
11 a.m. -12 noon

Orchard A
Contact: Gabe Del Real
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Boarding Orientation Begins
8/29/2014
6:00 PM
Contact: Michelle Park

International Student Math Placement Test Day
8/31/2014
11:00 AM
11-12:30 p.m.

Orchard B
Contact: Rostislav Smirnov

Offices Closed
9/1/2014

APA Welcome Coffee
9/2/2014
8:00 AM
Dase Conference Room
Contact: Darlene Almogela
More Details

Fall Semester Classes Begin
9/2/2014
8:10 AM

APA Mtg.
9/2/2014
8:45 AM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Darlene Almogela
More Details

RS Delegates Parent Mtg.
9/3/2014
7:00 PM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Mark Friedman

Senior Parent College Information Night
9/3/2014
7:30 PM
Main Hall
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
More Details

MS Focus Day
9/5/2014
Community Building

Carter MPR- Dase Center
Contact: Chris McCulloch

All-School Convocation
9/5/2014
8:10 AM
Location TBA

APA Poolside Party for MS Parents
9/5/2014
2:30 PM
Poolside
Contact: Darlene Almogela
More Details

9th Grade Welcome Event
9/5/2014
3:00 PM to 7:30 PM
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm:  Snacks and Drinks
4:15 pm - 7:00 pm:  Volleyball and Soccer Games
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm:  Dinner and Dessert
Contact: Sam Shapiro

APA Boarder Buddy Reception
9/8/2014
6:30 PM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Michelle Park
More Details

APA Auction Meeting
9/10/2014
8:15 AM
8:15 am - Coffee
8:30 am - Meeting
Urban Conference Room
More Details

College Night #1
9/10/2014
7:00 PM
Carter MPR - Dase Center
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam

Middle School Back-to-School Night
9/11/2014
6:00 PM
6:00 p.m.: Light supper available, Middle School Campus

6:30 p.m.: Program begins, Gym
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MS Focus Day
9/12/2014
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

Upper School Back-to-School Picnic
9/14/2014
2:15 PM
Contact: Gabe Del Real
More Details

College Night #2
9/15/2014
7:00 PM
Carter MPR - Dase Center
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
More Details

10th Gr. Round Square Exchange Parent Mtg.
9/17/2014
7:00 PM
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Urban Conf. Rm.
Contact: Mark Friedman

MS Focus Day
9/19/2014
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

10th Grade Parent Meeting
9/23/2014
7:30 PM
7:30-9:00 p.m.

Main Hall
Contact: Dick Bradford
More Details

College Night #3
9/24/2014
7:00 PM
Carter MPR - Dase Center
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
More Details

MS Focus Day
9/26/2014
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

Death Valley AWE Prep Meeting
9/29/2014
7:00 PM
7 - 9 p.m.

Main Hall
Contact: Jason Ham
More Details

9th Grade Coffee
9/30/2014
7:30 PM
Main Hall
Contact: Sam Shapiro
More Details

High Sierra AWE Prep Mtg.
10/1/2014
7:00 PM
7 - 9 p.m.

Main Hall
Contact: Jason Ham
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College Night #4
10/2/2014
7:00 PM
Carter MPR - Dase Center
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
More Details

MS Focus Day
10/3/2014
6th Grade:
7th Grade:
8th Grade:
Contact: Chris McCulloch

APA & US/MS Gr. Rep. Mtg.
10/7/2014
8:15 AM
Location: Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Darlene Almogela

Junior Parent College Info Night
10/7/2014
7:00 PM
Location: Main Hall
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
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Entrepreneurship Symposium
10/8/2014
7:00 PM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Marci Scott
More Details

9th/10th Grade Parent College Counseling Coffee
10/9/2014
8:15 AM
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Location: Urban Conf. Rm.
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
More Details

Author Talk-Steven Pinker
10/9/2014
7:00 PM
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language

CFTA
Contact: Jim Sternberg

College Night #5
10/14/2014
7:00 PM
Carter MPR - Dase Center
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
More Details

Long Weekend Begins/Dorms Close-NO HOMEWORK WEEKEND
10/15/2014
5:30 PM
No Homework Weekend

Long Weekend - No Duty Team - Admin on Call:

US/MS Photo Retakes
10/21/2014
8:00 AM
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Commons
Contact: Beverly Gomer

Upper School Info Night for 8th Grade Parents
10/21/2014
7:00 PM
Urban Conf. Room - Dase Center
Contact: Dick Bradford
More Details

MS Social
10/24/2014
7:00 PM
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Carter MPR - Dase Center

Contact: Chris McCulloch

US Dance
10/24/2014
7:00 PM
7:00 -10:30 p.m.

Main Hall

Contact: Stephanie McGraw

US Conference Weekend/Dorms Close
10/30/2014
5:30 PM
No Duty Team:
Admin on Call: TBA

No US/MS Classes
10/31/2014

US/MS Conferences
10/31/2014
8:00 AM
8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

MS Classroom F
US locations as designated

APA Mtg./State of Your School Address
11/11/2014
7:00 PM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Darlene Almogela
More Details

Parents' College Fin. Aid Info Nite
11/12/2014
7:00 PM
Main Hall
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
More Details

MS Open House
11/15/2014
1:00 PM
Main Hall
Contact: Chris Beeson

US Open House
11/16/2014
1:00 PM
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Main Hall
Contact: Chris Beeson

MS/US Thanksgiving Vacation/No Classes
11/26/2014
   to 11/30/2014
No Homework Weekend - Thanksgiving Break

APA Mtg.
12/9/2014
7:00 PM
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Contact: Darlene Almogela

US/MS Winter Vacation Begins
12/17/2014
12:50 PM
Buses roll at 1:00 p.m.

Classes resume Monday, January 5, 2015

Classes Resume
1/5/2015
8:10 AM

Death Valley AWE Prep Mtg.
1/7/2015
7:00 PM
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Main Hall
Contact: Jason Ham

11th Grade College Info Night
1/14/2015
7:00 PM
Main Hall
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
More Details

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
1/19/2015
No Homework Weekend

Classes Resume
1/20/2015
8:10 AM

Junior Formal
1/31/2015
7:00 PM
7:00-11:00 p.m.
Contact: Howard Kaplan

MS Social
2/6/2015
7:00 PM
7-10 p.m.

Carter MPR - Dase Center
Contact: Chris McCulloch

Long Weekend Begins/Dorms Close-NO HOMEWORK WEEKEND
2/12/2015
5:30 PM
No Homework Weekend

Long Weekend
2/13/2015
   to 2/16/2015
No Homework Weekend


Presidents' Day Holiday
2/16/2015

Classes Resume
2/17/2015
8:10 AM

Open Dress Rehearsal-Spring Musical
2/26/2015
7:30 PM
CFTA
Contact: Peter Tamaribuchi

Spring Musical
2/27/2015
7:30 PM
CFTA
Contact: Peter Tamaribuchi

Spring Musical
2/28/2015
7:30 PM
CFTA
Contact: Peter Tamaribuchi

APA Auction
3/6/2015
6:00 PM
Diablo Country Club
Contact: APA

AWE Begins
3/8/2015
1:00 PM
East Lawn

Note: Carter MPR, Urban Conf. Rm., Ridgeview 2, and Boarding Center all used as staging areas beginning 9 a.m. through the remainder of the day.
Contact: Jason Ham

Faculty In-Service Day-No US/MS Classes
3/9/2015

US Early Dismissal
3/10/2015
12:50 PM
Buses Roll at 1 p.m.

US/MS Early Dismissal
3/11/2015
12:50 PM
Buses Roll at 1 p.m.

US/MS Early Dismissal
3/12/2015
12:50 PM
Buses Roll at 1 p.m.

No US/MS Classes/MS Interim Trips Begin
3/13/2015

Interim Activities
3/16/2015

Interim Activities
3/17/2015

Interim Activities
3/18/2015

Spring Vacation Begins
3/18/2015
12:30 PM

Classes Resume
3/30/2015
8:10 AM

AWE Run-In
4/2/2015
1:30 PM
Estakhri Sports Field

AWE Banquet
4/2/2015
6:00 PM
Main Hall
Contact: Jason Ham

High Sierra AWE Prep Mtg.
4/15/2015
7:00 PM
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Main Hall
Contact: Jason Ham

8th/9th Grade Parent Coffee with College Counseling
4/16/2015
8:15 AM
8:15-9:15 a.m.
Urban Conf. Rm. - Dase Center
Location: Urban Conf. Rm.
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam
More Details

US Tim Holm Day
4/20/2015
Contact: Mark Friedman

College Adm. Case Studies Prog.
4/21/2015
7:00 PM
College Admission Case Studies Program

St. Mary's College High School
Berkeley
Contact: Mark van Warmerdam

Faculty/Staff Talent Show
4/24/2015
8:00 PM
CFTA
Contact: Mark Friedman

Senior Ball
4/25/2015
7:00 PM
7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Contact: Amy Wintermeyer

Long Weekend Begins/Dorms Close-NO HOMEWORK WEEKEND
4/30/2015
5:30 PM
No Homework Weekend

Long Weekend
5/1/2015
   to 5/3/2015
No Homework Weekend

Admin on Duty: 

Advanced Choir Disneyland Trip Returns, 4 p.m.

Boarders Return
5/3/2015
5:30 PM
Dorms Open: 5:30 p.m.

Boarder Reception: 6:00 p.m., Hosts:

Boarders Return by 10:30 p.m.

Memorial Day Holiday
5/25/2015

MS Graduation
6/5/2015
9:30 AM
East Lawn

US Graduation
6/5/2015
4:30 PM
East Lawn