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SAVE THE DATE - All gatherings are Virtual
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEXT YEAR
The Fenn Parents Association (PA) invites YOU to get involved for the 2021-2022 school year! Volunteering for the Fenn PA is a fun and rewarding way to connect with and contribute to our remarkable community. Click HERE to learn about more than 20 different committees and events - everything from helping with Logo Wear to being a Grade Parent, and from helping with the Annual Sports Sale to helping with Service Learning projects. We are optimistically planning to return to in-person meetings and events in the fall, and we can't wait to work with you! Questions? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Lan Zhang.
ANNUAL PARENTS ASSOCIATION MEETING - May 25th at 9 am
9:00 a.m. via Zoom. Please join us for our last PA meeting of the year! We will give an overview of the PA's successful community building activities and virtual events at Fenn this year, vote in our new Executive Board Members, and present our budget for 2021-2022. In addition, David Irwin, Head of the Upper School and Director of Secondary School Counseling, and Amy Stiga, Assistant Director of Secondary School Counseling, will provide an update on Secondary School Placement for graduating eighth and ninth graders. Look for Zoom link to follow.
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 here.
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, Vanessa Ahlgren
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 – 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 – Chelsey Remington
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) – Erica Silverman
Parent representatives from Fenn attend monthly meetings with parents from other independent schools to share ideas and information.
Spring Social – Volunteers Needed
We hope to be able to host 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 – Marianne Balfour
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 – 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 – 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,, Ashley Kilmartin
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, 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 – 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, Ha Richmond, 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, Cheryl Leider, 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, Lara Riley, 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 –Asa Ewing
iLab volunteers work to support before-school activities in the iLab 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 2020-2021 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, to have fun, and to build lasting friendships.
In a typical year, PA sponsored student activities 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
Typically, the PA requests that the fees required to cover these costs be paid up front at the beginning of the year. However, due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty surrounding whether the grade activities will be able to occur, we have decided to postpone the collection of Student Activity Fees. The PA will reassess the situation in January and we will consider collecting the Student Activity Fees on a per event basis as they occur.
Fenn families who receive financial aid will receive a separate letter regarding the PA Student Activity Fee from Tory Hayes, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, and may contact him with any questions or concerns.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your support; we look forward to helping make this a great year for our Fenn students and their families.
Rona Beetham, PA Treasurer and MaryEllen LaCamera, PA President
We invite all parents to attend the monthly Parents Association Meetings and look forward to offering programming that will strengthen our school community by giving parents and guardians the opportunity to connect with our knowledgable Fenn faculty and staff, to hear from professionals within our broader community, and to interact with fellow parents in meaningful ways.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, PA meetings will be held virtually for at least the fall term, and can be accessed via a Zoom invitation that will be sent via email. Meetings will be recorded and can be viewed in our video archive at any time.
OCTOBER PA mEETING - fri., Oct 2nd @ 9:00 AM
ASK THE HEADMASTER: Join us and Headmaster Derek Boonisar on ZOOM for our first VIRTUAL Parents Association Meeting of the year. Mr. Boonisar will welcome parents and address questions in our annual "Ask the Headmaster" event.
NOVEMBER PA MEETING - Tue, NOv 17th @ 7pm
A CONVERSATION WITH DR. GEOFF COHANE and DR. RACHEL KRAMER. Please save the date for our November Parents Association meeting featuring a panel discussion led by Concord-based Pediatric Clinical Psychologist (and former Fenn parent) Dr. Rachel Kramer and Fenn's Consulting Clinical Psychologist Dr. Geoff Cohane. Stay tuned for more details and Zoom invitation
DECEMBER PA MEETING - Thu, Dec 10th @ 9 am - POSTPONED
NEW DATE TBA - A CONVERSATION ABOUT DIVERSITY, EQUITY and INCLUSION. 9:00 am via ZOOM. Save the date for our December Parents Association meeting on the morning of Thursday, December 10th. The meeting will feature a discussion led by Fenn’s Director of DEI Simone Hutchings, Assistant Director of DEI and Fenn teacher Liz Wei, and DEI Associate and Fenn teacher Megan Wu Macomber. Stay tuned for more details.
JANUARY PA MEETING - THU, Jan 14th @ 7pm
7:00 pm via ZOOM. Save the Date for our January Parents Association Meeting on Thursday, January 14th from 7pm to 9pm. We look forward to welcoming Sarah Ward, Co-Director of Cognitive Connections, back to the Fenn community. Stay tuned for more details and a ZOOM invitation.
March PA MEETING
APRIL PA MEETING & SpEAKER
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 - Tues., May 25th @8:30 am