Carnegie Mellon University

Family Spotlight: Snapshot of Our Community

During September, the friends in all of our classes get to know each other by sharing information about themselves and their families, which prompts us to discuss similarities and differences so that we can better appreciate the diversity among us. The “All About Me” projects in the preschool and kindergarten give children and families an opportunity to get to know each other better. You’ll get to see all of these at the Open House events!

This fall, we have 76 families with 79 children at the Children’s School, including 25 only children. Thirty-one of these families are new to the school, including families who recently moved to Pittsburgh from China, France, Germany, Japan, Russia and Turkey. Among our families, we have four in which the parent is a Children’s School alum!

Eleven of our families have a parent who is a graduate student or faculty member at Carnegie Mellon, and one is faculty at Pitt. Twenty-nine of our mothers identified themselves as stay-at-home parents. The other parents listed a wide variety of professions, including Anesthesiologist, Archivist, Army National Guard, Artist, Attorney, Audiologist, Audio Technician, Banker, Bartender, Business Owner, Chef, Chiropractor, Computer or Software Engineer, Construction Worker, Correctional Officer, Customer Service Rep., Designer, Entrepreneur, Event Manager, Financial Consultant, Food Service, Funeral Director, Hair Stylist, Journalist, Librarian, Mathematician, Mechanical Engineer, Mail Carrier, Nurse, Ophthalmologist, Pastry Chef, Ph.D. Student, Physician, Podiatrist, Product Manager, Psychologist, Real Estate Developer, Researcher, Restaurant Owner, Scientist, Social Worker, Sports Psychologist, Teacher, Therapist, Veterinarian, Video Editor and Producer.

Nearly 40% of our children are dual language learners (31). This year, we have families speaking at least 15 languages besides English: Arabic, Cantonese, Chinese, French, Hawaiian,  Japanese, Mandarin, Marathi, Nepali, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, and Turkish.

We also talk about the school as a community where we are all helping each other to learn. We aim to build community by engaging families in school events, such as this month’s Open Houses, through our Family Social Organization (FSO), and through introductions in our newsletters. Each month hereafter, the Family Spotlight column will introduce one of the Children’s School families in more depth. Please contact Mrs. Rosenblum if you would like to be a featured family. You can see prior family profiles on the Children’s School web ite under “For Families”. The Bird/Pfeuffer, Figueroa, Heinz, and Kurzweg families introduced themselves last year.