Monday, April 23, 2007

Take Your Father to School Day -- planning and event

I can't attend this meeting:
Committee Members:
Mr. Mark Brentley, Board Member would like to invite you to a Take a Father to School Day Planning Meeting on Friday, April 27, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Office located at 341 S. Bellefield Avenue, Oakland on the 2nd floor. Please enter the Administration Building on the Bellefield side. Please RSVP at 412-622-3770 or via email at We look forward to seeing you on Friday.

Robin Wenger, Board Executive Assistant, Pittsburgh Public Schools, Board of Directors - Room 245, 341 S. Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 -- - 412-622-3770 (Phone)
If you want to go, lend a hand, assist with the planning, take some action.

My reply:

I wish you all the best on Take Your Father To School Day. But..... I'm not going to be any help to you all. My family and I are going to go to New Zealand on April 28 -- and return around June 9.

We subscribe to the "leave no child behind theory" -- so we take our kids abroad when we go. :)

My wife is going to be teaching a course there and help them with some issues in her field. We'll explore, study, swim, play music and soak it in.

My advice:

I'd love to see a FALL version of Take Your Father To School. When the dads get into the school after the school year has finished, the impact isn't as great, I dare say. I'd love to see dad's get a leg up on knowing teachers, classmates, parents of classmates, and such. By May, the years is behind us.

Could we build upon the tradition and hold FALL take your father to school day as well as a spring session too?

Perhaps there can be a survey taken this year asking that question and some open-ended questions. We did that once, but it sorta got taken into the realm of the administration and out of the hands of the volunteers. Oh well.

1 comment:

Mark Rauterkus said...


Dads and significant adults, please fill out and return to the school
office. No need to sign your name.

Question 1:
Do you think Pgh Public Schools should host a Take Your Father to
School day in the fall of 2007:

Yes -- in September 2007
Yes -- in October 2007


No -- Keep it as it is, in the spring of 2008


HOLD both a fall 2007 and spring 2008 event to call for dads to enter
the schools.

Question 2:
What is the single most important thing you do as a parent?

Question 3:
In what specific ways do you participate in the lives of your children?

Question 4:
What has been the greatest difficulty you have faced in your parenting?

Question 5:
What advice would you give to a young father who wants to become a better dad?