St. Catherine's Community Connection is a series of parent engagement programs that offer a variety of opportunities for conversation, learning and social connection. 
 
This new series will feature faculty-led sessions and programming across Lower, Middle and Upper Schools. It will cover topics related to student academics, development, well-being and more. St. Catherine's Community Connection will also feature new ways of enlisting feedback from parents through short surveys, small group listening sessions and lunches. And some of the events are in partnership with our Parents' Association
 
St. Catherine's Community Connection will help us strengthen the important relationship between families and our school through big events like the Fall BBQ Bash on November 2 and smaller discussion circles that allow us to learn from experts, talk about important issues and get to know one another better. 

We look forward to seeing parents at Community Connection events throughout the school year! 

Featured Event

Girls, Friends and Peers:  What’s typical, What’s Not, and How Adults Can be Helpful

Special Community Connection lunch event with Lisa Damour

Please join us for a Community Connection event featuring the work of Lisa Damour, Ph.D., author of two New York Times bestsellers, including Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood. Lisa Damour will join us live via Zoom on Nov. 16, and a recording will be posted on SaintsNet following the event. 
 
In addition to the conversation with Lisa Damour on Nov. 16, St. Catherine’s Health and Wellness Team will host pre- and post-sessions separated by division. You do not need to be present for all three sessions to sign up, and may pick and choose the session(s) that fit your schedule. Note that Lisa Damour will only be joining for the event on the Nov. 16. Please plan to bring your own lunch; we will provide drinks and dessert. 
 
RSVP using this registration form by November 7.
 
Event Dates:
  • Girls, Friends and Peers: What’s typical, What’s Not, and How Adults Can be Helpful: Nov. 16, noon-1 p.m.
Pre and Post-Session with St. Catherine's Health and Wellness Team:
  • Pre-Session with St. Catherine’s Health and Wellness Team: Nov. 9, noon-1 p.m.
  • Post-Session with St. Catherine’s Health and Wellness Team: Nov. 30, noon-1 p.m.

In preparation for the discussions during the pre and post-sessions, please read the following:
Fall 2022 Community Connection Events
Keep an eye on your inbox for more information about these events in our Weekly Parent Update emails every Friday. Contact Anna Hatfield (ahatfield@st.catherines.org) for more information. 

September
  • Middle School: Digital Dialogue and Workshop Night - Sept. 20 
  • Lower School: Science of Reading - Sept. 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Family Fun Night - Sept. 30, 4:30 p.m.
October
  • Today's Teens and Substance Abuse: What Parents Need to Know featuring Linda Hancock, Substance Abuse Prevention Educator - Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
November
  • Fall BBQ Bash - Nov. 2, 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Community Conversations - Facilitated by Cindy Trask, Head of School, Tish Canady, Director of Access, Equity and Belonging and Pontus Hiort, Dean of Faculty - Nov. 4
  • Girls, Friends, and Peers: What’s typical, what’s not, and how adults can be helpful (featuring Dr. Lisa Damour) - Nov. 16, noon
    • Pre-event Workshop - Nov. 9
    • Post-event Workshop - Nov. 30 
December
  • Community Conversations - Facilitated by Cindy Trask, Head of School, Tish Canady, Director of Access, Equity and Belonging and Pontus Hiort, Dean of Faculty - Dec. 14

Events in Partnership with Parents' Association

September
  • Back to School Night Receptions, sponsored by the Parents' Association
October
  • Brown Bag Lunch with Cindy Trask, Head of School, sponsored by the Parents' Association - October 26, noon-1 p.m.
  • Parent Enrichment: Helping Teens and their Families through the Rapids – Negotiating the Compass of Shame with Dr. Nancy MacConnachie, sponsored by the Parents' Association - October 20, 8:15 a.m. in Kenan-Flagler Auditorium
November
  • Brown Bag Lunch with Cindy Trask, Head of School, sponsored by the Parents' Association - November 18, noon-1 p.m.
December
  • Parent Enrichment Program Speakers: The Reverend Amelia Arthur and the Rev. John Ohmer - A Christmas Message - December 6, 8:15 a.m. in St. Catherine's Dining Hall


We want to hear from you! 
Our second Community Connection survey is live! We invite all parents to complete this two-minute survey to help us understand your family's satisfaction with St. Catherine's School. 



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