Freshman Menlo Parent Groups

Get connected. Stay informed.

Menlo Parent Groups (MPGs) are small groups designed to help 9th grade parents and guardians connect and share information, giving them a window into their students’ academic and social experience at Menlo. These groups, facilitated by experienced Menlo parents, are formed based on meeting time preference, a balance of boys and girls, and a balance of students new to Menlo and those coming from the Middle School. Whether you are new to Menlo or a veteran Menlo parent, joining an MPG will help you get connected, meet new parents in your child’s class, and stay informed. (Starting August 1, return to this page to sign up.) 

The purpose of Menlo Parent Groups is to:

  • Provide a small, informal community for 9th grade parents and guardians to ask questions and discuss issues that are better addressed in a smaller group than in large meetings or events;
  • Help parents better understand their child’s world;
  • Share the latest news regarding 9th grade and school-wide topics; and
  • Navigate Menlo’s resources and find needed information.

Q. What topics are covered?
Topics covered depend on the time of year. Typical topics for parents include academic resources such as the Writing, Science and Math Centers, the difference between fall and spring finals, social life/dating/parties, sleep concerns, internet use and curfew, socializing and friendships, and the big challenges moving forward. Parents can also suggest topics for discussion.

Q: Are these groups required?
These groups are a resource provided by the Menlo School Parents Association (MSPA) and are completely voluntary. We typically coordinate and offer eight or nine groups for parents of freshmen. Historically, the majority of 9th grade families have chosen to participate in MPGs.

Q. What is the time commitment?
Each group meets four times a year for an hour and a half in the evenings, twice in the fall semester and twice in the spring semester. When you sign up for a group, you can indicate your preference of Sunday evenings or weekday evenings. We will try to accommodate the needs of both participants & facilitators.

Q. Who usually attends?
We welcome all parents and guardians to attend a group, but given busy schedules, we recognize that often only one can make it. Sign up for whatever works best for your family. 

Q. What is the atmosphere of these groups?
These parent-led groups meet on campus in the evenings in comfortable locations. The atmosphere is welcoming, relaxed and casual. Refreshments are usually provided.

Q. How do I sign up for a MPG? 
The sign-up form will be posted on the top of this webpage by August 1. Groups will be formed in early September, and you should hear from your facilitator regarding your first meeting by late September.

Q. Do you have additional questions?
Contact Darcy Leschly (Chair).