PA Ice Skating Party Creates Special Time Together as a Community

At Allen-Stevenson, activities that allow our students, staff, and parents to interact together are a time-honored tradition. And no event is more anticipated than last week’s Ice Skating Party at Chelsea Piers, hosted by the Allen-Stevenson Parents Association.
For three hours, around 400 Allen-Stevenson community members enjoyed a relaxing, care-free skating experience. The ice skating party was a time for students and parents to interact with teachers and staff members in a non-school setting, but also a time for individuals to socialize with those they usually don’t cross paths with. Students in different grades could be seen skating with each other, parents conversed with other adults, and connections were formed. And throughout the evening, dinner, dessert and hot chocolate were savored in a beautiful room overlooking the Hudson River.
 
What made this ice skating party so much fun were the additional features. Not only did the boys get to free skate, but the New Jersey Devils hockey team joined them, signed autographs for the boys, took pictures with them, and provided Devils gift bags! Each grade also selected collectively one song that would be added to the Allen-Stevenson playlist, which cycled throughout the party, adding a sense of ownership and participation for our boys. The joy heard when the song the boys had selected came on was palpable. The Parents Association also added other forms of entertainment for time off the ice such as a photo booth and popcorn machine, and the School Store was on site for anyone looking for spirit gear. 
 
“The PA Ice Skating Party is one of my favorite events of the year,” says Parents Association President Elizabeth Steinberg. “I’m grateful to everyone who showed up but also to everyone who put their time and effort into making this event happen. It’s a great time for Allen-Stevenson to come together, take a few hours, and enjoy the company of each other, and remember why we do what we do: to build boys into better people. Though the ice skating party was a social event, interpersonal skills were learned during the skate that will stick with our boys forever. That’s what I love about this school. There’s time to play, time to learn, and sometimes, time for both.”
 
The PA Ice-Skating Party was enjoyed by everyone there and definitely a night that all attendees will surely remember as one of the best events of the 2018-2019 school year.
 
A special thank you goes to the PA Ice Skating Party Co-Chairs Amy Brayman and Kristan Spamer!
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