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Opportunities for Graland Family Engagement: An ABC Guide

From the time a new family sets foot on campus to the day their child graduates and joins the alumni community, Graland makes it a priority to host a variety of ways, both large and small, for parents and caregivers to feel connected and involved at school. Continue reading below to see which activities you have or currently participate in and to find new ones to try in the upcoming year! 
A is for Admission Parent Ambassadors 
Time spent with the Admission Office doesn’t have to end when your child is officially admitted to Graland. Current parents work alongside the Admission Team at Open Houses and other events to answer questions from prospective families about the community, family involvement, day-to-day life at Graland, and more. 
B is for Book Clubs
Between the annual Head of School Book Club, educator-led reads, and grandparent get-togethers, there is always an opportunity for book lovers to unite.

C is for Carnival
At the end of every school year, Graland kicks off the summer with its very own carnival right on campus! Endless cotton candy, entertaining games, and the opportunity to dunk your favorite educator are what make this event a family favorite. 
D is for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI)
Families are invited to support Graland’s DEI work by attending events such as Community Day speakers, the Martin Luther King Day March and Parade, School Climate Advisory Committee general meetings, and more. Parents and caregivers can also join any of the school’s affinity groups, where parents connect, share experiences, learn from one another, and strengthen community ties.

 is for Eagle InvitationalGolf Tournament 
The Eagle Invitational Golf Tournament is an annual GPA fundraising event filled with great golf, camaraderie, food, and prizes. Student golfers also partake in the fun after school during the Junior Eagle Invitational.
F is for the First Day of School
Each year on the first day of school, families are invited to campus to celebrate the start of the year. Parents and students capture the moment by taking photos with the school mascot before heading to the back-to-school coffee and Head of School opening remarks. 
G is for Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Every spring, Graland hosts a celebration to recognize the important role that grandparents play in their grandchildren’s lives. But the involvement doesn’t stop there! Throughout the year, the school hosts additional grandparents-only events, such as museum visits, campus tours, and book clubs, to offer engagement opportunities for the whole family. 
H is for Halloween Parade
A Graland tradition, parents are invited to campus on the morning of October 31 to watch their child, other students, and educators parade around Preisser Field in their Halloween costumes.
I is for Innovation Night 
During Innovation Night, parents are invited to experience Tinker Time, practice Graland’s innovation skills (empathy, creative thinking, critical thinking, grit/perseverance, experimentation, and collaboration),
and enjoy family time in the Gates Innovation Lab. 
J is for Join Graland Parent Association (GPA) Fun! 
All year long, the GPA works in partnership with the school to foster community, promote volunteerism, and raise funds. Throughout the year, parents are encouraged to get involved however their schedule allows by attending meetings, planning or attending events, and/or applying for leadership roles. 
K is for Krispy Kreme™ Donut Day
Parents and special friends are invited to campus to enjoy a delicious donut with their child before school during this highly attended event. 
L is for Library Helpers
In this volunteer position, parents assist Graland’s librarians with daily tasks such as putting away books and pulling materials for teachers. Parents also get to witness students discover a love for reading during their time in the library. 

M is for Movie Night
Movie Night at Graland is a fun, family-friendly outdoor event that takes place on campus the week before school starts. Families are invited to bring a picnic to Center Field to enjoy before the movie begins. Don’t forget to save room for popcorn! 
N is for New Family Events
Whether a child comes to Graland as a kindergartner, Middle School student, or any grade in between, the school offers several gatherings for new families to get to know Graland. Starting in the spring, all incoming families are paired with an ambassador family. Over the summer, the school hosts barbecues and kickball games, and assists in organizing playdates to help new students meet friends right from the start. 
O is for Odyssey of the Mind (OotM)
Odyssey of the Mind is an international competition that encourages students to work together to solve problems creatively as a team. Since 2014, Graland has had over 56 teams, with numerous groups advancing to the World Finals. Parents are always needed to act as facilitators, coaches, and judges. You don’t need to be an expert or a teacher to coach. You only need to have a passion for seeing kids grow and learn. 
P is for Performances at Graland
Graland’s music and drama program allow children to share their talent, gain self-awareness, and work together. Throughout the year, families are invited to attend their child’s concerts, musicals, and drama performances on campus. 

Q is for Questions for PEN Speakers
Each year, Graland’s Parent Education Network (PEN) coordinates visits from various thought leaders to share their research and knowledge on child development. During these presentations, parents can learn from experts about topics such as social-emotional wellness, ask questions directly, and seek helpful tips.
R for Reunion
Each year, Graland looks forward to welcoming back former students for the Annual Alumni Reunion. During this event, past students can reconnect with former teachers, reminisce with classmates, and explore how the school has grown and changed since they attended.  
S is for Sports
Graland offers a multitude of seasonal sports that allow each student to find their passion and collaborate meaningfully with a team. Families get to know each other better during the season as they cheer for their children on the sidelines. 
T is for Traditions
Graland traditions such as the Kindergarten Rodeo and Middle School Gates Invention and Innovation Expo connect today’s students with those who have preceded them. They also give every member of our community opportunities to have fun, build connections, and embrace experiences.
U is for Unforgettable Memories 
Whether it’s through time spent volunteering, chaperoning a field trip, or attending an event, parent involvement is not only welcome and appreciated but an essential part of making unforgettable memories with your Graland student that will last a lifetime. 
V is for Volunteering 
Whether by greeting students every morning during carline, serving as a room parent, or helping at the annual Art Show & Ice Cream Social, Graland invites every parent to spend time on campus and discover the joy of giving back; however, their schedule will allow.
W is for Winter Wishes
Each December, the Graland community gathers for an all-school sing-along known as Winter Wishes. During this event, students, parents, employees, and special friends enjoy warm beverages, sing festive songs, and enjoy time together before Winter Break.
X is for Xenial Environment 
At Graland, every student, family, and employee is responsible for promoting a xenial school environment that allows everyone in our community to feel welcomed, valued, and supported on a daily basis. 
Y is for Yes to New Experiences
At Graland, we offer many opportunities for both students and parents to say “yes” to new experiences. We hope you will jump into whatever opportunities your schedule allows, in the name of embracing experiences, a Graland guiding principle. 
Z is for Zipping Through the Gallop Finish Line
Every member of the school (including the Graland Eagle!) is invited to the annual Graland Gallop, a 5k run/walk/wheelchair race hosted by the Graland Parent Association. This event combines being active outside and having a good time to build community and make connections off campus. 

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