Announcing Our Buckley At Home: Summer Series!

We put together this series of parent education workshops on a variety of topics as a way to stay engaged, have fun, and showcase some of the talent in our faculty, staff, and extended community.
They are all free of charge and will run an hour to 75 minutes in length.
Buckley families will receive an email with additional registration information. Just RSVP for each workshop you'd like to attend on Zoom, and you'll receive the link to join the workshop via email.
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Meet Our Summer Series Speakers

Summer Series Workshops

Intersections of Identity: Parent Edition

Description: This workshop will provide context and understanding around Buckley’s signature course, Intersections of Identity. The course delves into topics such as race, identity, justice, code-switching, the history of redlining in Los Angeles, and more. Come see why every ninth grader is required to take IOI, and why it changes so many lives.
Instructors: Ralinda Watts is Buckley’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and a Lower School Buckley parent. Anthony Gaskins teaches the Upper School Social Justice course, and together, Watts and Gaskins co-teach the Intersections of Identity course and engage in outreach through the Admission Office.
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 17, 5:30 p.m.
Registration InformationClick here to RSVP.

Now ... What?: How Mindfulness and Meditation Can Bring Meaning and Calm in Unsettling Times

Description: Buckley’s Middle and Upper School mindfulness teacher Judith Sekler will unpack the practice of mindfulness and how it can bring peace and empowerment to our often chaotic lives. The workshop will include a 15-minute meditation.
Instructor: Judith Sekler is Buckley’s Middle and Upper School Mindfulness teacher. She has been teaching and practicing mindfulness, meditation, and yoga for more than 25 years, including at several Los Angeles independent schools.
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 24, 5:30 p.m.
Registration InformationClick here to RSVP.

Sculpted by Alex: Yoga Sculpt Meets Boxing Meets a Darn Good Time!

Description: If yoga, boxing, Taebo, light weight-training and cardio all had a love child. This full-body workout is an ALL- levels class that combines tons of beat/music-driven exercises that make time fly! You will burn fat, tone muscle, and get the mindful benefits of yoga, all while feeling like your most confident, amazing self. Wear sneakers. Mat and hand weights (or bottles of water, or cans of beans!) optional.
Instructor: A Buckley alum from the Class of 2011, Alex attended the University of Michigan. She is a bi-coastal fitness professional, personal trainer, actress, dancer, Fitbit ambassador, Obé fitness instructor, Project by Equinox trainer and creator of her own workout method, Sculpted by Alex.
What You'll Need: Sneakers, mat, and hand weights optional.
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 1, 10:00 a.m.
Registration InformationClick here to RSVP.

Support Group for Baseball Fans: With Special Guest Nick Swisher

Description: Join us for a conversation during this unprecedented time in professional sports. Get World Series Champion (Yankees '09) and Fox sports commentator Nick Swisher’s first-hand account of the newly imagined baseball season. Hear about the new rules in place, and how the industry is gearing up for this historic sprint to the World Series. Plus, he and Buckley teacher Mike Spound will talk about the importance of baseball in the lives of children and how it creates a unique intergenerational bond. We may have time for some fantasy baseball talk! It will be fun! Bring questions!
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 1, 5:30 p.m.
Instructor: Michael Spound is a professional actor, writer, Buckley teacher, and parent of Buckley alum, Zach Spound ’07. He is also a lifelong Red Sox fan.
Registration InformationClick here to RSVP.

Experiments with Watercolor: Explore and Play with Color through Abstract and Figurative Painting

Description: Explore and play with color through figurative and abstract painting. Learn tricks for how to manipulate watercolor, blend it, and make an abstraction. You’ll also make a series of quick figurative/representational studies as you discover the beauty of the medium.
Instructor: Tim Lokiec is Buckley’s Middle/Upper School art teacher, focusing on 2D art and drawing, painting, and graphic design.
Materials: Small and medium watercolor brushes, a palette of watercolor paints (preferably with  8-12 colors), a pad of 8.5” x 11” watercolor paper, and a jar of water!
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 8, 5:30 p.m.
Registration Information: Click here to RSVP

Powerhouse Training: Strength, Balance, and Pilates with Kit Rich

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Description: This 45-minute class will focus on strength, core conditioning, and balance. It incorporates Pilates principles to help strengthen all muscles that support the hips and back – the area also known as “the powerhouse” in Pilates. This is a great class for all skill levels, no previous Pilates experience or knowledge required! Participants will need a yoga mat and towel.

Instructor: Kit Rich ’01 is a Buckley alum and nationally recognized Pilates expert, fitness professional, published writer, and speaker. She was named one of the top five trainers in Los Angeles by SHAPE magazine, a top “Female Badass Trainer” by PopSugar, and made it to the top twenty of Oprah’s “Be The Next TV Star.” She has been hired to work with and write for brands such as Lucy Activewear, PopSugar, REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kellogg’s, the W Hotel, Avalon Hotel, Phillips and Jeep.
What You'll Need: Yoga mat and towel.
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 15, 10:00 a.m.
Registration InformationClick here to RSVP.

Cooking and Learning: One-Pot Farmers Market Pasta with Culinary Kids Academy's Danny Corsun

Description: Mix up your summer supper repertoire with a new, fun and delicious pasta dish (with garlic bread of course!) and learn more about what farm-to-table really means -- Taught by the founder of Culinary Kids Academy, which runs Buckley’s Afterschool cooking class (as well as cooking programs nationwide). Participants will be given the option to purchase and pick-up a care package of ingredients from Bandwagon Brokerage, Inc., an LA produce provider of locally sourced fantastic fresh fruits and vegetables.

Culinary Kids partners with Bandwagon Brokerage, a local produce supplier, for all their fresh fruits and vegetables. They will have most of the ingredients needed to cook the meal on July 15. If you’d like to stay out of the grocery store, just go to their order form or website, select your items, and pick them up in Encino the Tuesday prior to the class.

Instructor: Danny Corsun, founder of Culinary Kids Academy
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 15, 5:30 p.m.
Registration InformationClick to RSVP.

Materials Needed:

Pasta Ingredients:
12 ounces pasta (Your choice - Linguine works great!)
1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid
1/2 cup diced marinated sun dried tomatoes
2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes
2 medium carrots, finely diced
1 large sweet onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
2 large sprigs basil, chopped
4 1/2 cups vegetable broth 
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Parmesan cheese for garnish

Garlic Bread Ingredients:
1 loaf of Ciabatta or Italian bread
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves of garlic 
Salt and cracked pepper to taste

Pasta Equipment:
1 large stock pot
1 cutting board
1 knife
Measuring cups/spoons
1 heat-resistant mixing spoon

Garlic Bread Equipment:
1 cutting board
1 knife
Measuring cups/spoons
Oven/grill/pan to toast bread

Writing about Board Games, Writing about Our World: Family Games as Personal Narrative

Description: When John McPhee wrote “The Search for Marvin Gardens” for the New Yorker magazine in the mid-1970s, he used the game Monopoly to explore truths about Atlantic City, the game’s setting. Almost 50 years after the essay was published, it is still just as inventive and relevant. Through a discussion of McPhee’s article and the use of short writing prompts, you’ll reflect on what you’re experiencing now in a way that will resonate for years to come.
Instructor: Mitch Kohn is an Upper School English teacher at Buckley, faculty advisor for the Oxford Comma literary magazine, and the founder and director of Buckley’s partnership with the University of Iowa’s Graduate Nonfiction Writing Program.
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 22, 5:30 p.m.
Registration Information: Click here to RSVP

March: A Discussion of the Illustrated Trilogy by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

DescriptionDiscuss the historical context for and engage in conversation about the #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award winner March. Co-written by legendary congressman Lewis and Aydin, the trilogy is illustrated by New York Timesartist Powell and tells the story of the Civil Rights Movement through Lewis’s personal experiences.
Instructor: Assistant Head of School Lolli Lucas comes to Buckley this year from Laguna Blanca in Santa Barbara and before that Sierra Canyon and Brentwood Schools. She has been a college counselor and Upper School head and has taught social science courses including U.S. History. Her work has centered on a course she taught for 20 years, Defining Moments: The Civil Rights Movement.
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 29, 5:30 p.m.
Registration InformationClick here to RSVP

Activate: Poetry as a Catalyst for Change

Description: Read and discuss poems that drive social change through powerful metaphors, symbolism, diction, and an unequivocal call to action. This course encourages participants to challenge the traditional canon by engaging with poems from different cultural traditions and political realities. By the end, you will have tools for how to ignite progress in your own community and a new appreciation for how poetry can be a catalyst for change.
Instructor: Irie Rose De Lilly teaches eighth grade English, co-leads the Middle School Writing Lab, co-leads the Passion Projects program, and founded Buckley’s “Fireside: A Middle School Poetry Event.”
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 5, 5:30 p.m.
Registration Information: Click here to RSVP

Buckley’s Summer Reading: A Peek into the Selection Process and Discussion of Exit West

Description: By discussing Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, the title that all US students will be reading this summer, learn how the English department selects its summer reading list, what students will do with these books, and how the reading will be integrated into the curriculum this year.
Instructor: James Evans is the chair of the English department and teaches Upper School English and art history.
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Registration Information: Click here to RSVP