Parent Networks

What are Parent Networks?

Parent Networks are grade-specific groups for parents/guardians; the goal is to provide parents with a supportive community of fellow Gunn parents, and for the PTSA to provide grade-specific information to those parents.

Who can join Parent Networks?

All parents and guardians are encouraged to join, especially those who seek a supportive peer group discussion with others in their grade level regarding their children’s social, emotional, and academic experiences. Students are not allowed to join parent networks.  All parents who agree to be contacted by the PTA in their PAUSD enrollment forms are automatically added to their student’s grade level UpToUs parent network.

How do Parent Networks operate?

Each grade-level network is run by a team of Moderators who operate according to the Gunn PTSA Parent Network policy (see below). Moderators set up in-person meetings throughout the year and provide information through an online group. Meetings provide an opportunity for parents to share ideas, concerns, and strategies around issues such as friendships, parent-child communication, emerging independence, discipline, and social life (dating, parties, etc.) – and of course, college. Usually this exchange is through informal discussions, but some groups invite a speaker or guest from time to time.

How do I join my Parent Network(s)?

All parents who agree to be contacted by the PTA on their PAUSD district registration are automatically added to the new parents UpToUs groups which get created early August.  If you are not on the list after mid-August, send an email to one of the below Moderators with the name and grade of your child, and you will be added after verification.

Senior Parent Network (Class of 2019)

Kimberly Eng Lee

Junior Parent Network (Class of 2020)

Annie Bedichek
Barbara Best
Eileen Toomey Landay
Xin Liu
Evan Lurie 
Paul Sakuma

 Sophomore Parent Network (Class of 2021)

Nisha Datta
Julie Dubrouillet 
Laura Wingard

Freshman Parent Network (Class of 2022)

Masha Doty
Rose Gong
Roberta Lamanda
Jennifer Schultz

PTA Special Education/Inclusion Representatives (all grades):

Ann Xu
Grace Downer
Kimberly Eng Lee

Parent Network Policy

Gunn PTSA Parent Networks Policy is based on the PTAC Parent Network Guidelines (updated May 24, 2017). Please contact the VP of Communications or the President of the Gunn PTSA for any questions.