Parent School Organization
Parents are the backbone of Duke School, serving our community in countless ways and ensuring bright futures for our children. All parents are members of Duke School's Parent School Organization (PSO)!
Duke School's success is largely due to the extraordinary parents who volunteer to support events and programs throughout the school year.
Volunteering, in addition to providing enormous benefits to Duke School, also provides parents with opportunities to be involved in the Duke School community, meet other parents, and get to know the school in new ways.
The PSO is looking for volunteers to help with different committees this year. Please email the committee leads for more information! We would love to have you!
One of our most important committees is Duke School's PSO L.I.F.E. (Learning, Inclusion, Family, Equity & Empowerment) Committee. The L.I.F.E. Committee members serve as ambassadors, advocates, and learners to ensure a culturally competent and inclusive Duke School community.
In addition to events (to be announced) in the upcoming school year, we will be holding recurring conversation groups to discuss topics regarding diversity in our community. All parents are welcome and encouraged to join a conversation. To get involved or for questions, email Kimberly Shaw.
Upcoming PSO Events & Key Information
For more ways to get involved:
Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week Schedule
Monday: PSO will provide a trail mix bar for all staff to enjoy
Tuesday (Teacher Appreciation Day): Please send in a homemade card, a flower, or a note from grown-ups thanking the teachers for all they do! Teachers often say these are their favorite gifts, so take a minute to send along a sweet note.
Wednesday: PSO has coordinated a lunch for all staff to celebrate together. Signup for covering during recess is here - Staff Appreciation Lunch coverage
Thursday: Join us at the Three Waters Coffee truck down by the Community Garden from 7:30-9:00 am while we provide coffee to all staff to get their day started! If you would like to volunteer to help deliver coffees to staff who can't make it to the truck, sign up here!
Friday: Gifts to teachers and classroom support staff. More info below....
Teacher Appreciation and Recognition
Is it in our tradition to recognize all Duke School staff for their hard work and student support. To help contribute and recognize our staff, please venmo @JenRosen127 or PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the locally sourced items, we have created an Amazon Wish list for other items that we would like to use to create the baskets. All items will be shipped directly to Jen Rosen. If you would like to shop off the Amazon Wish List, please follow this link: Duke School Staff Appreciation 2023.
Finally, if you would like to pick up local items, please email Jen Rosen @email@example.com to coordinate.
PSO Health & Wellness Talks: join us during in-person or virtual talks within our Par Education Series. More details are in our newsletters.
PSO Clothing Drive: The PSO Community Service Committee has partnered with several local shelters to provide help to those in need during the cold fall and winter seasons. To donate, bring any warm gently worn clothes and blankets to Buildings E and F by December 11th.
Yoga in the Garden is Back!
Stick around after morning carline for beginner-friendly Yoga practice. Please dress comfortably and bring your own mat or towel.
Classes will be led by Victoria Moody, the owner of Victorious Mood LLC. Victoria is an RYT 500 certified teacher specializing in Prana Vinyasa; a practice inspired by nature's rhythms & energetics. For more information, check out www.victoriousmood.com
Note: class is weather dependent as we will meet in the community garden.
The schedule will be available soon.
Duke School's Just Tryan It Team (details and registration coming soon)!
Our goal is to get 50 Duke School students to raise $200 each and that would help Duke School raise $10,000 to assist families affected by Pediatric Cancer!
It's a great opportunity for kids to try a triathlon. Even if you don't think they can do it, I'm here to tell you it's completely doable! Can't ride a bike without training wheels? No worries! You can do this triathlon with training wheels! Can't swim a whole lap in the pool? No problem! You can either skip the swim or wear a life vest and pull yourself along on the side! My kid isn't a runner- That's great, they can walk! Participation, trying something new and contributing to our community is the goal!
2023-24 PSO Chairs are as follows:
|Chairs||Jen Rosen & Stephanie Vandergrift|
|Lower School Representative||Shital Patel|
|Middle School Representative||Sarah Yarbrough|
Together we can create fun, meaningful and memorable experiences for our whole community!