Registration for the 2023 event, described below, is now CLOSED.
Yes, absolutely! This event is truly for all ages.
For example, our teens will learn from an AM/FM expert about how radio waves relate to Mathematical principles.
Yes, absolutely! This event is truly for all ages.
The Mommy-and-Me group will include Math in the Kitchen, music, and connecting with other moms to encourage one another.
The Math Scavenger Hunt after lunch IS for all ages, but our youngest usually prefer the playground option! So, you can enjoy playground time after 12:30—kids play and moms talk! We hope you can stay for this, and if your youngest has older siblings participating then you need to stay.
But if the oldest child you are bringing is 5 or younger, then you-whose-kids-are-all-super-young can leave at 12:30.
To emphasize: if you have one or more kids older than 5, which is most of us, you need to stay until 3:00. Please don’t register if you can’t stay til 3, as that takes away space from another family who could. There is fun playground time for the youngest during the super-fun Math Scavenger Hunt the older kids are doing.
Right now we have room for more families on either day—you can even invite a friend!
But, you need to register SOON!
Just follow the 3 simple steps at the bottom of this page to register!
Registration will close either on Pi Day (March 14th) OR when we are full . . . and it appears we will be full well before that day.
No, you cannot come for just part of the day.
Space is limited. We can only welcome people who can be here at 8:30 and stay until 3:00.
We have ONE exception, and that is only for those in the Mommy-and-Me class—see above about “babies and toddlers” for that policy.
We will not run late. All activities will finish at or just before 3:00. You’ll be glad you came!
The minimum donation to register is
$6 per student or $20 per family, IF you register by March 9th.
The earlier you register, the more likely you are to get your preferred day.
After March 9th, the minimum donation is $9 per student or $30 per family.
All of our teachers and other helpers are donating their time and skills; they are doing this gladly. But we do need help covering our expenses. Thank you!
We hope all parents WILL stay all day, because a primary goal of this event is to better encourage and equip YOU!
You get to observe excellent teachers and gather ideas from them regarding how to enrich your students’ learning on a day-to-day basis.
You also get to connect with other parents! This year the Parent-Hang-Out room which will be hosted by Ruth Grunstra. Ruth is a veteran home-educating mom of 8; her youngest is 20. Ruth is delighted to hang out with those of us who are still in the middle of the journey.
Having said all that, there are situations where a parent truly needs to make this a “drop off” event. If you are in such a situation, please email Natalie Myers at email@example.com after you register.
“I thought the math scavenger hunt was lots of fun!”
—many kids, all ages
“The Pi Day Party was so much fun! “I was a little nervous at first because math isn’t exactly my favorite thing. At the party, I learned math is mental weightlifting, and boy do I need to lift some weights! “It was so cool to see examples of using math in real life! I loved seeing how inflation is affected by so many different things, and thinking of ways we can deal with it better.”
—Lilly, age 17
“Pi day was great!! “We learned about bridges and how you need certain types of shapes (not a circle) to build a wall with no holes in it. “We also learned about fidget spinners and frisbees and how they have a force which helps them keep their balance.
“We learned about Pi the number too!”
—boy, age 8
“The Pi Day classes were excellent! I loved seeing professionals from our community and beyond share their expertise and love of math with my kids. My kids were able to have hands-on geometric art, engineering, measuring, and fun counting practice, thanks to the Pi Day team of organizers and passionate teachers. A year ago, right after the 2021 party, my oldest started asking me “When do we get to go to that again?” I was glad the 2022 party day finally arrived, and now am putting up with comments about next year’s event!
“I really enjoyed spending time with other moms. I have been homeschooling for a long time, but I still learned new stuff that I hadn’t thought about. I learned practical skills to incorporate learning into everyday play. I enjoyed being able to ask questions and get different perspectives on areas of education where I struggle. I will definitely sign-up next year!”
—Danielle, a mom
“For my own kids and all the other kids who participate. Pi Day takes the math out of the textbook and lays it in the laps of the kids who attend, by building on the mathematical concepts that they are learning at home and in school with fun, hands-on demonstrations, and practical exercises. Events like Pi Day spark curiosity. And curiosity is an itch that must be scratched. This Pi Day Party is a cultivator of curiosity. We, as educators, may not be fortunate enough to be there when it blooms, but we can water it. Pi Day continues to water curious minds thanks to the generosity of local companies and individuals. I’m thankful for the opportunity to participate. I’m curious to see what fascinating new things I’ll learn this year, as I’m honored to again be part of the teaching team at the Pi Day Party!”
—Eric Crouch, teacher and dad
The Pi Day Party is an event hosted by Bristol Academy. Alison Meredith is the director of Bristol Academy; other members of the leadership team are: Isha Youhas, Teresa Barker, and Ann Monin
Alison Meredith is also the director of the Pi Day Party. The leaders of this event include all the teachers listed below plus about 40 other volunteers.
The cost is so low because leaders and businesses in our community are honored to support the goals of this event, and we do not want any parent to choose to not participate due to cost. The sponsors of this event, who have generously given cash or in-kind donations, include:
Alicia Garst ACT Tutoring,
A donation of any amount is most welcome, and will be used not only to offset our general expenses but also to buy more door prizes and to invest in better Pi Day Parties for future years. If your business would like to sponsor this event, or if you would just like to make an anonymous donation, please reach out to Natalie Myers, at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve all been to a Christmas Party that wasn’t on December 25th, right? Of course!
Pi is about 3, so anytime in March is a great day to celebrate this holiday!
For any circle, of any size, the distance around that circle divided by the distance across that circle equals 3.14159. . . pi is an irrational number, so that precise decimal continues infinitely without ever repeating itself.
About 25 years ago, some Math teachers had an idea. Since 3.14 is a common approximation for Pi, why don’t we celebrate “Pi Day” with our students on March 14th? The goal was simple: help kids remember that fabulous, fun, irrational number Pi. We called it a success if the only thing a student remembered from a Pi Day celebration was:
(Lazy grammar is purposeful in the below quote. This captures what most teenagers would actually say, months after our Pi Day celebration, if someone asked them “What is Pi?”)
“Well, one day in March, my Math teacher acted really excited, and, like, we played some Math games, and then ate pie. In class! I got chocolate. It was pretty cool. So, I guess since March is the 3rd month . . .well, I guess, like, Pi must equal 3-point-something, because . . .well, she said that the party day was the Pi number and . . . like I don’t remember the date, ya know? So I don’t remember the decimal or anything but I guess 3-point-something must be what Pi is.”
If our teenaged students could say “Math class was fun today” AND get locked into their brain that “Pi is about 3”—we called that a success!
Here in Bristol, our Pi Day Party for home-educated students has been growing in size over the past 6 years.
Alison Meredith earned her BS in Mathematics from Virginia Tech. She taught professionally at an inner-city Science & Technology magnet school in North Carolina, at Dobyns-Bennett, and in Massachusetts. In 1997 she was one of ten teachers nationwide to receive the Future Leaders award from NCTM. been a home-educating mom “since the beginning.” Her seven children are now ages 11-23. She has created a plethora of resources to protect kids online. She and her husband Tim founded Tech Eagles over 13 years ago to provide cybersecurity to local businesses.
Lynette D’Avella earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from The University of North Florida. She primarily taught 1st grade to intercity, at-risk children for 5 years. She was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2001. She has been home-educating her four kids for over 18 years. She has also tutored reading, with a multi-modality approach, to countless young learners. Her husband, Steve, provides a hands-on component to their education by including the children in his contracting company’s planning and construction tasks.
Eric Crouch earned his BS in Electronic Engineering Technology from ETSU. He worked in the cell phone industry for 10 years before deciding to become a home educator. Eric and his wife, Beth, have been home-educating for over 15 years. He believes that curious kids teach themselves, so he strives to cultivate that natural wonder. Eric’s wife Beth is a nursing professor at Milligan; they are actively involved in their church and have lived in Bristol for years.
Jordan Gobble has been teaching kids about the beauty of God’s creation for years. She’s currently the program director of Camp Bays Mountain. She holds a BS in Marine Sciences and a Master’s degree in education.
Jim Moser is the senior staff engineer at Kintronic Labs, a global leader in radio broadcast antenna systems. He’s been working in this capacity for over 25 years and loves to help others understand how and why radio communication works. He earned his BSEE and MSE in Electromagnetics from University of Michigan.
Rob Rutherford graduated from King University and earned his master’s degree from ETSU. For over 15 years, he’s been caring for all ages as an EMT nurse and a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. He’s been teaching for years and delights to help kids and teenagers learn more about the beautiful world God created.
Ruth Grunstra home-educated all 8 of her kids; her youngest is now 20. Her husband, Bernie, is a pediatrician at Internal Medicine Pediatric Associates. She directs Bristol Parenting, where she delights to help parents truly enjoy their children, especially if they’re busy, stressed, or weary. For this event, she’ll be spending time with parents in the “Parent Hang Out Room.”
Karen Haaser has been teaching kids for many, many years in various volunteer roles. She recently retired after a forty-year career as an occupational therapist, specializing in hand therapy. Karen loves to share her passion for learning with others.
Jeremy Stout is an amazing science educator who has managed the Nature Center at Steele Creek Park for years. Jeremy holds a BS in biology and geology, and a MSA in biology with a concentration in vertebrate paleontology. He takes great delight in helping kids understand science, and is happy to be back teaching our kids!
Lilly Osborne graduated from King University with a degree in Elementary Education and has been teaching for decades. Years ago she helped with Classical Conversations. She is the mother of 5, a piano teacher, and the director of Children’s Ministries at First Presbyterian Church.
Sylvia Meredith earned her BS in Chemistry from ETSU. She works in Research and Development for Eastman. She is excited to help our students better understand chemistry and how it relates to Math.
Mary Connor loves teaching people of all ages. She retired from King University where she was the department chair of Accounting. She taught math and accounting at Tennessee High School and Sullins Academy. She received her BS in Math UT, her Masters in Business Administration from ETSU, and her DBA in Accounting from Argosy University.
Tom King loves helping others learn about science and math. He is the owner of Kintronics Laboratories, a world leader in the design, manufacture, and installation of terrestrial radio broadcast systems. He earned his BSEE and MSEE from UT.
Constance Schuyler loves to help others grow in the wonder of God’s creation. Connie worked as a certified occupational therapist for 20 years. She helped people of all ages with a variety of physical, mental, and social challenges. She has also been a chiropractic assistant, a caregiver, a sewing teacher, and a cooking teacher.
More amazing teachers will be joining our team!
This is not yet a comprehensive list of the wonderful people who have volunteered their time to help your kids of all ages have an amazingly fun Pi Day Party.
*We WILL have fridge space to keep your pie cold during the event, but we will NOT have fridge space to keep everyone’s lunches cold during the event.
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