Parents Night Out

On Saturday night, PKS families gathered under the big tent for Parents Night Out (PNO), our annual excuse to spend some time at school without the kids. Normally, the tent is a boisterous place, with simultaneous basketball and soccer games alongside tag, jump rope, and other fast-paced activities. For PNO, it’s transformed by creative parents into a elegant nightspot, complete with Chinese lanterns, holiday lights, decorative saplings, quality wines, a whole pig, and made-to-order waffles. 

But PNO is more than just a mingling opportunity: it’s the “opening ceremony” for the school year’s “Count Me In” program. Count Me Ins are hosted by PKS parents for other parents and families - we sign up to attend skating parties, discuss notable books, sing karaoke, learn traditional noodle making, hike the city, and camp with kids, to name just a few. All participation fees are earmarked for PKS. CMIs are a fun community-builder, bringing together parents of students in different classes and grade levels.


In a departure, this year’s PNO also marked the kickoff of our first-ever online silent auction. On the kid-pleasing end of things, your son or daughter could be Head of School for a day, although the position does not include the power to permanently alter curriculum or other school policy. More traditionally, you can bid on restaurant gift certificates, vacation-home stays, theater tickets (including Hamilton!), original art, and about 95 other things.

PNO requires a huge commitment of time and energy by the organizers. It’s challenging, but hopefully not thankless! Special thanks to Donna Tse, the chairperson and a well-known miracle-worker in the PKS community, along with Melanie Lok (food), Jeremy Bailey (A/V), Lydia So (Count Me In), and Monica Savini (decorations). Of course, these are only a small fraction of the contributors. Thank you, everyone, for making the evening unforgettable!

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