*Coronavirus Update: MAPA Recommendations for Support in the Community
Our MAPA community of parents are always tirelessly working in a myriad of ways to support members of our community. During this pandemic, there are many ways to get involved and volunteer to support your neighbors, the elderly, and those communities that are hardest hit. Below are some ways you can get involved:
MA-Affiliated Businesses and Services to Support
Other Ways to Support Our Community
The Marin Academy Parents' Association (MAPA) organizes activities and events that provide parents and guardians opportunities to get involved and stay connected with Marin Academy. Our activities enhance school life for students, faculty, staff, parents and the larger community.
MAPA Parent Outreach and Inclusion works to ensure that the Marin Academy Parents' Association (MAPA) and the MA parent body are inclusive, open to and welcoming of every MA parent/guardian by identifying barriers to inclusion and working to eliminate them. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the MAPA VP for Outreach and Inclusion on email@example.com.
- Parent Hikes
- Grade Level Potlucks
- MAPA Garden Work Days
- Start of School Gatherings
*This event has been postponed. Please visit www.ma.org/coronavirus for more information.
Money: The Final Frontier with Lynn Twist
Lynne Twist will help our community step through the hornets' nest of money. They will explore attitudes toward money and how it can be used to reflect a family's values. Lynne is a global visionary committed to alleviating poverty, ending world hunger, and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability. She is the author of the book The Soul of Money, founder of the Soul of Money Institute and the Pachamama Alliance, and former chief fundraiser for the Hunger Project. RSVP here.
The MAster Class program is an opportunity for parents to participate in classes taught by members of our dynamic MA faculty. Each year, our aim is to bring you teachers from across the disciplines for an evening of learning and fun. After attending MAster Class, past participants have been overheard saying that they would love to return to high school!
Our programs begin with an informal gathering at 6:45 p.m., followed by the class which runs from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Look for announcements of these events in This Week at MA (TW@MA). In the meantime, please mark your calendar with the dates of the year's planned MAster Class evenings. Further exciting details will follow!
- Collaboration, Innovation and History with Juliet Dana and Candace Chen
- Mindfulness and NeuroScience with Mark Stefanski and Tania Bettis
"Do the Right Thing"
How do seemingly good people come to different decisions on ethical responses? What does it actually mean to be responsible for an action? What is justice? What does it mean to do good? These are the questions that seniors in the English elective, Freedom, Choice, and Obligation ask, and they're the same ones you explore with KaTrina Wentzel, Academic Dean and English teacher.
In this Master Class, you'll learn about three ethical frameworks, grapple with some standard ethical dilemmas, and apply those principles and thoughts to modern day examples. Like the teenagers who take the elective course, you won't leave the room with answers. But hopefully you will leave with new understandings and questions to ponder about ethics, justice, and the greater good. If time, KaTrina will spend the last 10 minutes of the class sharing some of the unique aspects of this full MA course including competency-based grading and the final performance assessment.
"Don’t Be Prepared!”
If you are afraid of improvisation, associating it with having to be funny and clever, this workshop is a gentle, non-threatening introduction to improvisation through theater games that are applicable to all creative endeavors, whether in the arts or other aspects for life. The workshop will explore spontaneity, imagination, and other topics through fun group exercises. Remember - you’re always improvising; it’s our natural state!
Annie Elias has been teaching theater and directing at MA since 2000. She took her first theater class at age 27, a theater games workshop in a Vermont town hall. The class changed her life and she’s been teaching and practicing theater games ever since. Annie holds a BA in English and Art History from Mills College and studied dramaturgy at the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Studies in Cambridge, MA. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and Ensemble Studio Theater/Sloan Foundation Science and Technology grant for her original adaptation of Einstein’s Dreams. She has studied directing, writing and acting with a number of outstanding theater artists, including David Esbjornson (directing) and Ken Prestininzi (playwriting). Annie has a special interest in documentary theater and is reprising her original 2012 documentary theater piece “Tenderloin” this January at the Cutting Ball Theater.
Explore the Night Sky with Astrophotography"
In our modern society, everyone is a photographer. Most people now carry a camera at all times. A consequence of this mass proliferation of camera technology is an amazing renaissance in night sky and astrophotography. Indeed, nighttime and sky photography can serve both artistic and scientific purposes. Jon comes to photography from scientific and astronomical perspectives. He picked up his first serious digital camera ten years ago (coinciding with his start at MA) and has been practicing ever since. This past summer, he had the opportunity to travel to Chile to photograph a total solar eclipse and the southern skies as a recipient of an EE Ford grant. Jon will spend the first hour of his class introducing techniques for photographing the night sky using everything from iPhones to GoPros to DSLRs. He will present photographic methods that include wide-angle to deep-sky, short and long exposures, and various image-stacking techniques for both deep-sky and high dynamic range (HDR). Objects of interest will consist of the Sun (yes, some daytime techniques too!), Moon, planets, stars and star trails, Milky Way and some fainter nebula, and deep sky objects, as well as lunar and solar eclipses. The goal of this Master Class is to present various entry points into the field of nighttime and astrophotography, as well as what is necessary to get started. There will be an optional half-hour after the main session for those interested in trying to capture images of a setting crescent moon over Mt. Tam or some star trails from MA. RSVP to event chair Vanessa Friedman to share your experience level and photography gear.
You can see some of Jon’s work here:
Jon currently teaches the Astrophysics and Electrical Engineering + Computer Science classes at Marin Academy. He is grateful the school is a place where he can create courses of such personal interest. He has also taught Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry and Advanced Physics, and is head coach for the Boys Cross Country Team. He holds a BA in Physics and Astronomy from UC Berkeley. He spends most of his time photographing his favorite subject: his 21-month-old daughter, Gemma.
MAPA has partnered with local and online grocers and retailers to help raise money for our community. Check out the many ways to earn for MA while just shopping for the things you are purchasing every day. We’ve done our best to make it easy for you to select the retailer and program that works for you.