The SPNS experience is an interactive partnership between parents, teachers, and children. Studies show that parents who are engaged in their child's early schooling lay a strong foundation for their child’s future education. We aim to provide resources and support to parents during these formative years.

Uniquely at SPNS, parent meetings occur during the day. After working in the classroom, parents stay for an hour of discussion while their children are supervised for lunch.

Discussions are based on classroom observations and topics such as developmental milestones, temperament, effective communication, navigating transitions, supporting literacy and more. This time also offers the opportunity to connect and build community with each other -- we find that friendships made at SPNS can last a lifetime!

SPNS also holds 3 complementary evening parent meetings, please note the dates on the calendar.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
— W.B. Yeats

Here is a list of books we like:

  • Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting by Dr. Laura Markham
  • Raising Happiness by Christine Carter
  • Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids by Nancy Carlsson-Paige
  • It's OK Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids by Heather Shumaker 
  • When the Labels Don't Fit: A New Approach to Raising a Challenging Child by Barbara Probst 
  • Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross 
  • Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
  • A Whole New Mind by Carol Dweck
  • NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
  • Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn
  • The Myth of the Spoiled Child by Alfie Kohn  
  • Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us by Christine Gross-Loh 
  • What Great Parents Do by Erica Reischer