The Parents’ Information and Resource Committee (PIRC) is a group of volunteer parents from each of the School's three divisions who provide support to TASIS England parents, faculty, and administration as we cope with the emotional, social, and practical issues inherent in the transitions of expatriate life.

Seminars 2017-18

Transition and Adjustment for New Parents – Thursday, August 24

This informative seminar addresses the transition stages of an international move, effects of culture shock, stress responses, and tips to help every family member make a successful adjustment. Special Presentation by Cindy Smith, LCSW and former TASIS parent. Working spouses are encouraged to attend this event.

Refreshed and Recharged – Welcome Back: A Seminar for Returning Parents – Friday, August 25

This seminar celebrates the accomplishments, and explores the challenges, that returning families face each school year.

Survive and Thrive – Thursday, August 31

This seminar provides practical information and recommendations regarding life in England. Participants will receive a valuable take-home booklet for later use.

Holidays, Houseguests, and Home Leave – Wednesday, September 27

This seminar offers support, information, and tips for celebrating holidays in traditional, and new, ways in England; hosting houseguests on extended visits from your home country; and planning home leave and gatherings with families and friends.

Mid-year Orientation for New Families – Monday, January 15

This seminar offers parents joining the TASIS England community mid-year the same resources provided in our fall Transition and Adjustment, Survive and Thrive, and Holidays, Houseguests, and Home Leave seminars.

Winter Warmer Coffee and Travel Experience Exchange – Tuesday, January 23

This coffee gives parents a chance to get out of the house, reconnect with parents from previous PIRC seminars, and share and collect ideas for travel adventures from other TASIS England families.

Driving in the UK – January/February, date TBC

Join driving instructor Barry Thomas for an informative session about how to obtain a UK driver’s license.

Moving On! Staying Here! – Tuesday, March 20

In this seminar, PIRC members offer helpful guidance for families through what can be a difficult process: coping with your next move that is quickly approaching, or helping you or your child deal with a best friend who is leaving in the near future.

Moving to 9th Grade – Thursday, April 24

This seminar offers an excellent opportunity for parents of 8th grade students to discuss the many aspects of the transition to Upper School, including: the uniform, homework, parental involvement, after-school activities, and socializing. Upper School representatives will address specific administrative issues, and experienced parents will be present to answer practical questions.

Moving to 6th Grade – Wednesday, May 2

This seminar is for parents of 5th grade students who have questions about the transition to the more traditional Middle School setting, where children change classes.  Representatives from the Middle School will share administrative details. Afterward, parents who have guided their own children through this social and academic transition will share their experiences and ideas.

Parent Peer Group Coffees

These coffees are grade level discussions of parenting issues relating to your child’s adjustment to England and TASIS England, as well as developmental issues. This is an opportunity to meet other parents of children your child’s age, share problems, and discuss successes and solutions.

TASIS England Monthly Newsletter and Weekly Emails

Each month, PIRC provides information for TASIS England families in this electronic newsletter. We announce our seminars and coffees, and we provide helpful tips on coping with expatriate life. Stories can range from managing culture shock, protecting children in the cyber world, and tips for repatriating. Weekly email notices provide the latest details about upcoming PIRC events.

PIRC Library

PIRC has a library of more than 300 books and resources that address a wide variety of parenting and transition issues. Parents and teachers are invited to visit the PIRC library Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. The library is run on the honor check out system and is located in the PIRC room above the TASIS gym.

PIRC Walks

Join PIRC for a walk in a nearby park. PIRC Walks are a great opportunity to get out, exercise, and meet new friends.

Family Fun!

PIRC have listed some helpful information with shared insights and experiences that might help ease your adjustment to life in the U.K . Family Fun pdf
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