Parents Association 2019-2020
What's Happening with the PA?
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!
To our PA Co-Chairs, Grade Parents, and Volunteers: Thank you all so much for taking on a leadership role in our Parents Association this year. Although our year hasn’t gone exactly as expected, as a Parents Association, thanks to you, we have offered some really wonderful opportunities and events for our boys, our parents, our faculty and staff, and our community as a whole. Thank you for volunteering your time, energy and talents to make this happen!
The Parents Association wants you! Our PA Executive Board has just begun thinking about volunteer needs for next year. Interested in being on the Board? Maybe co-chairing an event, being on an event committee or being a grade parent? Reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator Lan Zhang for more details!
Final PA Meeting - May 26th
Save the Date! Join us via Zoom for our final Parents Association meeting of the year on Tuesday, May 26th (time and invitation with link to follow). This is our Annual Meeting during which we will vote on and welcome new board members and present the year's budget, and we will also hear from Amy Stiga and Dave Irwin from the Fenn Secondary School Counseling office. Stay tuned for more details.
Mission: The Fenn Parents Association serves as a primary link between Fenn families and the school. Our goal is to foster an inclusive, close-knit Fenn community with opportunities for parents and students to get to know each other better, have fun, and to build lasting friendships. The PA arranges social functions and educational programs for Fenn families, conducts fundraising activities to benefit the school, and assists with general school activities. Every parent is a member of the Fenn PA and we welcome your involvement in whatever way fits into your schedule.
EVENTS AND COMMITTEES
The various Parents Association Committees assist with school activities and coordinate social functions, educational programs, and fundraising activities.
To volunteer, please sign up at www.fenn.org/volunteer.
Blue and Gold Dinners – Grade Parents: 4th and 6th Grades
Blue and Gold Dinners include a dinner and an activity for fourth and sixth grade boys and a parent or other significant adult in their life. Help with planning, set-up, or clean-up.
Faculty/Staff Appreciation – Michelle Oldershaw, Jen Rich
The Parents Association acknowledges its appreciation for Fenn faculty and staff by organizing several special events each year. Help by donating food, decorating, setting up, or cleaning up.
Gold and Blue Dinner – Grade Parents: 8th Grade
The Gold and Blue Dinner is for 8th grade boys and a parent or other significant adult in their life. Help by planning the event, setting up, or cleaning up.
My Big Brother’s Store – Kimberly Brainerd, Kris Hickey, Agnes Lubega-Kalisa
The store provides Fenn students with gently-used, dress-code appropriate clothing. Help by sorting through donations, cleaning and ironing clothes, organizing the store, soliciting donations, and encouraging shopping.
Outdoor Notice Board – Vanessa Ahlgren
The Outdoor Notice Board Group prepares announcements of upcoming events that are then placed on the notice board on the Entry Drive.
Parents Association Closet Organizer – Agnes Lubega-Kalisa
We have a small room in the Alumni and Development Office loaded with items we use for all PA events and activities. Help with keeping it sorted and organized.
Parent Connections – Volunteers are needed.
Parent Connections aims to bring Fenn parents together in new ways through a variety of small events and programs. The goal is to have fun, share experiences, and strengthen the parent community. There are many incredible parents at Fenn – let’s find some time to spend together.
Parents Independent Network (PIN) – MaryEllen LaCamera
Parent representatives from Fenn attend monthly meetings with parents from other independent schools to share ideas and information.
Spring Social – Robin Malouf, Faye Weaver
Save the date – May 16, 2020 – for an enjoyable social event for all current Fenn parents, faculty, and staff. Volunteers are needed to help with planning, set-up, and clean-up.
Upper School Sports Tailgate – Kathy Dong
The Tailgate Committee plans tailgates in the fall and spring when all interscholastic teams play at home. Help by donating refreshments, setting up, serving, or cleaning up.
Annual Fund Committee – Todd Brady, Tina Murdough, Jessica Adani
The Annual Fund is Fenn's largest yearly fundraising effort and it supports the programs and people that make Fenn such an exceptional place. Serve as a representative for the 42 Days for Fenn by contacting fellow parents and asking them to join you in supporting Fenn's Annual Fund. Participate in two November phonathons and one December phonathon or make calls from home or the office. Plan on approximately three to six hours, with an emphasis placed on the late fall.
The Fenn Book Sale – Beth MacLaren Crofton, Candace Root
The Fenn Book Sale is held at the Concord Bookshop, located at 65 Main Street in Concord. A portion of the day’s sales at the bookshop goes to Fenn. Help with publicity or staffing the information table at the bookshop for a 1-2 hour shift on the day of the event.
Fenn Logo Wear – Marisa Little, Beth Thut
The Fenn PA offers logo wear clothing and accessories three times a year. Volunteers are needed to help with managing inventory and selling logo wear at the following sales: Welcome Back to School Sale, Homecoming Sale, and Holiday Sale.
Sports Sale – Veronica Erston, Azure Hood, Hillary Kavanagh, Ashley Kilmartin,Sue Mulvany, Sarah White
Mark your calendars for the Annual Sports Sale on Saturday, November 2, 2019. This public sale of new and gently used sporting equipment and accessories is a major fundraiser and community event for Fenn. Help with advertising, promoting the event, picking up, sorting, and pricing donations, or help with sales on the day of the event.
PARENT SUPPORT OF SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Assembly Program – Cate Waldeck (Chair), Julie Brogan, Kristyn MacInnis, Megan Pesce Lynn Duval, Patricia McCarthy
The Assembly Program selects enriching entertainment for Fenn’s assembly program for the boys. Join a group of Fenn parents who network with other schools to attend assembly performances and preview weekday showcases organized by The Young Audiences of MA Association, West Suburban Creative Arts Council, and other sources. This committee is a great opportunity to meet other parents, learn about other schools, and add some culture to your week.
Cultural Arts Festival – Jimmy Manyuru, Liz Wei
The Cultural Arts Festival occurs each year and explores many cultures through arts, food, music, and sports. Share your interests and experiences with the boys. Help by planning and coordinating activities, running a workshop or assisting faculty members in theirs. In past years, parents led or assisted in the following workshops: Greek and Roman Art, Solomon Island Culture, Russian Egg Painting, Tap Dancing, Bhangara Dancing, Yoga, Bunraku Puppet Making, Natural Sculpture, Flatbreads of the World, Cambodian Culture, Dumpling Making, Moroccan Culture, Malian Mudcloth Painting, and Architecture.
Diversity Liaison – Noreen Ma, Jimmy Manyuru, Liz Wei
The Diversity Liaison’s goal is to connect the Parents Asociation with the workings of the Faculty and Student Diversity teams. Both groups are open to all parents as we support Fenn’s mission of diversity and inclusivity.
Drama Volunteer – Rika Stevenson
Drama Volunteers work with Fenn’s Drama teacher to support theatrical productions throughout the school year. Help by working on the organization of props and costumes, assistance with costume fittings, and the coordination of cast parties.
Friday Fenn – Jennifer Cavazos, Jennifer Sheeny Everett
The School’s weekly email newsletter is the Friday Fenn. Look to it for timely information about events at or involving Fenn. Items about such events or activities should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Friday Fenn is not published during school vacation weeks or during summer vacation.
Library Volunteers – Rika Stevenson, Sam Kane, Liza Halley
The Library Volunteers assist Library Director, Sam Kane, and Library Teacher, Liza Halley, in the library by preparing new books for shelving, covering or repairing books, making displays, shelving books, or helping with special projects.
iLab Volunteers – David Saunders, Asa Ewing
iLab volunteers work with David Saunders, Director of Innovation, to support before-school activities in the makerspace lab throughout the year. Help by assisting boys with scratch coding, use of 3D printers, and general makerspace projects.
School Pictures – Kathy McCullen, Erica Silverman Jennifer Cavazos
School Picture Volunteers assist photographers and organize students as they are photographed.
Service Learning Liaison – Brittanie Beeson, Lan Zhang, Elise Mott, Winnie Smith
Service Learning volunteers work with the Service Learning Liaison to support Fenn Service Learning Faculty Advisors Elise Mott and Winnie Smith with Tuesday afternoon "day of service" activities and event logistics.
Dear Fenn Parents,
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at Fenn. The Fenn Parents Association (PA) offers many wonderful community building events and activities for both the students and the parents at Fenn. Our goal is to foster an inclusive, close-knit Fenn community with opportunities for parents and students to get to know each other better, have fun, and to build lasting friendships.
For the PA sponsored student activities planned for this year, there are fees required to cover the costs. The fee for students in grades 5, 7, 8, and 9 is $75 per student, which covers two events. The fee for students in grades 4 and 6 is $100 per student, which covers three events. Events include:
- 4th Grade: Blue & Gold Dinner for each boy and his guest, Winter Outing, End of Year Party
- 5th Grade: Winter Outing, End of Year Party
- 6th Grade: Blue & Gold Dinner for each boy and his guest, Winter Outing, End of Year Party
- 7th Grade: Winter Outing, End of Year Party
- 8th Grade: Gold & Blue Dinner for each boy and his guest, End of Year Party
- 9th Grade: Class Outing, End of Year Party
We are pleased to share that the PA has again arranged for these fees to be paid upfront and online. This process is convenient for parents and also reduces a large accounting time strain on our volunteers, allowing them to focus on the planning and execution of events.
Please pay your son(s)’ PA Student Activity Fee(s) for the year online. Please make your payment by October 1, 2019.
Fenn families who receive financial aid will receive a separate letter regarding the PA Student Activity Fee from Tory Hayes, Interim Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, and may contact him with any questions or concerns.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Thank you for your support. We want to make this a great year for our Fenn students and their families.
Rona Beetham, PA Treasurer and Melissa McCray, PA President
All parents are invited to attend the monthly Parents Association Meetings which are held in the Connolly Dining Hall unless noted otherwise. Meetings are recorded and can be viewed in our Video Archive.
OCTOBER PA mEETING - fri, Oct 4th @ 8:30 AM
ASK THE HEADMASTER: Join us and Headmaster Derek Boonisar in the Connolly Dining Hall for our first Parents Association Meeting of the year. Mr. Boonisar will welcome parents and address questions in our annual "Ask the Headmaster" event.
NOVEMBER PA MEETING - Fri, Nov 22nd @ 8:30 AM
Join us in the Hammett Ory Library. Dr. Geoffery Cohane, Fenn's Consulting Clinical Psychologist (and Fenn alum) will talk to us about stress and anxiety in boys. Stay tuned for more details.
DECEMBER PA MEETING - Tue, DeC 10th @ 8:30 am
Come mix and mingle with fellow Fenn parents and enjoy some light refreshments before the Holiday Logo Wear Sale from 10 am - 1pm.
JANUARY PA MEETING & SPEAKER - Mon, Jan 13th @ 6:30 PM
Join us for a light dinner before we enjoy a talk on executive functioning with Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP and Co-Director of Cognitive Connections.
March PA MEETING - Fri, March 6th @ 8:30 am
Join us on Friday, March 6th at 8:30 am in the Library for a conversation with John Sharon, Fenn's Director of Academic Programs. He will sit with parents, talk about Fenn’s homework policy and how it has evolved, share trends about homework and answer questions.
APRIL PA MEETING & SpEAKER - FRI, APRIL 7th @ 8:30 AM
Join us for John Tummon, from Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD), a non-profit substance abuse prevention organization. This is a talk you do not want to miss and is appropriate for parents with boys of all ages. The presentation will help you to identify risk factors for addictive behavior that you might not have considered before and will share helpful tips for supporting your boys during complicated adolescent years. Please come to learn more about this very important topic. Questions are welcomed and encouraged. This meeting will not be recorded.
MAY PA MEETING - TUE, May 12th