HARRINGTON SCHOOL FAMILY MATH NIGHTS
WHAT WE ARE:
Family Math Nights are PTA-sponsored, parent-run evenings that bring Harrington School families together to enjoy fun, hands-on mathematical puzzles, games, and activities. Past years' activities have included making Möbius strips; playing estimation games; participating in a “Metric Olympics”; solving coin riddles; investigating relationships between 3-D shapes and their 2-D shadows; using “road-building challenges” to learn about lines and intersections; experimenting with pentominos to explore symmetry, congruence, and other mathematical concepts; building giant Platonic solids; and lots more. Watch for flyers with more information a week or two before each Family Math Night.
There would be no Family Math Nights without parent volunteers! This year's volunteer opportunities include:
* 1-3 parents per grade to give short presentations
to explain the activities. Enthusiasm and speaking
skills are important, but math background is not
(we provide detailed materials and support).
Time commitment is under 4 hours, and volunteers
can still participate in most activities with their own
* 1-2 parents per grade (more for the setup-
intensive 1st Grade night) to help with setup,
cleanup, and distributing materials. No math
experience required. Time commitment is under 3
hours, and volunteers can still participate in all
activities with their own children.
* 8-16 student volunteers (in grades 4-12) to staff
the "Metric Olympic" stations during First Grade
Family Math Night on 11/15. Community Service
credit available for high school students. Time
commitment is under 3 hours.
* 1-2 parents willing to coordinate Family
Math Nights for the 2017-18 school year (and
ideally beyond), and who are available to shadow
this year's coordinator to become familiar with the
role. Roughly 30 hour commitment, all in the fall.
Interested in volunteering? Want to learn more? Email us.
WHO WE ARE FOR:
Family Math Night activities are designed to be appropriate for all Harrington children from the relevant grade, regardless of math background, and regardless of whether they already love math or haven't yet discovered how much there is to love. The format and topics for Family Math Nights and the separate Math Morning program are completely different, so Math Morning students will find plenty of new challenges at Family Math Nights, and students who do not participate in Math Mornings will not be at any disadvantage during Family Math Nights.
All Family Math Nights meet on Tuesday nights in the Harrington cafeteria. (1st Grade Family Math Night will move to the gym for the second half of the evening.)
Grade 5: Sept 27, 6:40-8:15 pm
Grade 4: Oct. 18, 6:40-8:15 pm
Grade 3: Oct. 25, 6:40-8:15 pm
Grade 2: Nov. 1, 6:40-8:15 pm
Grade 1: Nov. 15, 6:40-8:00 pm
Grade K: Nov. 29, 6:40-8:00 pm
Questions? Suggestions? Want to help?
Send us an email.