About UsThe Village Parents was started in 2009 by two moms who wanted to help Charles Village families feel more closely connected, enjoy the benefits of living in a close-knit urban community, and become more invested in our neighborhood public schools, Barclay and Margaret Brent. The conversation began when they met at a local park and continued with an initial meeting of about 15 parents a few weeks later, when the group was officially launched. Since then, Village Parents has begun a neighborhood-wide list serve currently serving over 300 families; we've organized lots of social events and playgroups; we've hosted several urban education discussion series featuring experts and visionaries in the field; and we've partnered with other local organizations and institutions, including Johns Hopkins, to strengthen the neighborhood. We've also helped families to get more acquainted with the schools through tours, positive marketing efforts, and old-fashioned conversations in the park. We've seen steadily increasing enrollment in the schools among our member families since 2011, and we hope that trend will continue in years to come as more families choose to move to and stay in Charles Village. Please join our efforts to make this neighborhood a welcoming place for families.
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A few weeks ago Village Parents hosted a panel for current parents for Margaret Brent and Barclay students at the Village Learning Place. It was the first opportunity that many of the parents who enrolled at the schools this year have had to share their experiences with others and to answer questions about the successes and challenges.
It was really great to share and to hear what others had to say. Thank you to everyone who came and participated in this important event. Thank you to Johns Hopkins for providing the refreshment and to the VLP for letting us use their space! Last but not least thanks to all the dedicated members of Village Parents who worked hard to plan a great event.
If you couldn’t make it to the event you can watch it via YouTube. Below are parts I and II. Parts III and IV will post in the next few days. Please let us know if you have any technical difficulties.
Thank you and welcome to all of the new members of Village Parents! The Charles Village Festival was so much fun today and we are looking forward to being there again tomorrow. If we didn’t see you today we missed hanging out with you! It’s a good thing it’s on again tomorrow. You should definitely stop by! We’re in the dell by the moon bounce.
PS: Here’s a little roundup of Charles Village Festival links
These Are the People in Your Neighborhood, a set on Flickr.
Margaret Brent Elementary held its second annual May Fair this past weekend. Part of what makes Charles Village a truly spectacular place to live are the people who make up this terrific neighborhood. And it was never truer than last Saturday afternoon.
Do these people look like they’re having fun or what? Who is that mustachioed (wo)man? Recognize and familiar faces? Click through and mouse over the pictures to see what everybody’s saying. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table!