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Grade level Parent socials
Mark your calendars for these Fenn Parent Socials! Each grade will be hosting a Parent Social, organized by your Grade Parents. We hope that you can join us for an evening of reconnecting and welcoming the new families of the Fenn community! These casual adult-only potlucks will be held outdoors, so dress accordingly. See email for more information
GRADE LEVEL Parent COFFEES
8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the Thomas Fenn Men Green in front of Ward Hall. Drop off your son and come enjoy a cup of coffee and light refreshments while mingling with other parents in your son's grade at these informal back-to-school coffees hosted by the Grade Parents.
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. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Caroline Myler to find how you can get involved today!
Annual Fund Committee – Faculty Advisor: 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.
Assembly Program – Chair: Cate Waldeck, Faculty Advisor: 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.
Diversity Committee – Chairs: Laura Huang, Lan Zhang, Faculty Advisor: Liz Wei
Help connect Fenn parents with the workings of the faculty and student diversity teams, and support Fenn's mission of diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
Drama Volunteers – Chair: Derek Moitoso
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.
Faculty/Staff Appreciation Committee – Chairs: 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.
Fenn Logowear – Chairs; Babbie Mulvany, Ashley Kilmartin
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.
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. Note: The iLab will be unavailable to students before school at the start of the year; however, we expect it to be available as the school year progresses.
Library Volunteers– Chair: Lara Riley, Faculty Advisors: Jill MacKinnon, Siobhan Smith
The Library Volunteers assist Library Director, Siobhan Smith and Library Teacher, Jill MacKinnon, in the library by preparing new books for shelving, covering or repairing books, making displays, shelving books, or helping with special projects.
My Big Brother’s Store – Chair: Esther Yoon
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 – Chair: 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 – Chair: Esther Yoon
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 – Chairs: Brittanie Beeson, Jennifer Smith
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) – Chairs: Mara Kunst, Adrienne Principe, Raquelle Webster
Parent representatives from Fenn attend monthly meetings with parents from other independent schools to share ideas and information.
School Pictures – Chairs: Kathy McCullen, Isabelle Rosso, Jennifer Cavazos
School Picture Volunteers assist photographers and organize students as they are photographed.
Service Learning – Chair: Michelle Oldershaw, Rob Morrison, Emalee Fay
Service Learning volunteers work with the Service Learning Liaison to support Fenn Service Learning Faculty Advisors with Tuesday afternoon "day of service" activities and event logistics.
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.
Sports Sale – Chairs: 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.
The Fenn Book Sale – Chair: 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.
Upper School Sports Tailgate – Chair: 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.
Dear Fenn Parents,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 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
The PA requests that the fees required to cover these events be paid up front at the beginning of the year, and parents may do so via the link below. 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.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to us too! Thank you for your support; we look forward to helping make this a great year for our Fenn students and their families.
Tanya Oblak, PA Treasurer and Lindsay Boger, 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 8 @ 8:30 AM
Join us along with Head of School Derek Boonisar on Friday, October 8th, on the Thomas Fenn Men Green outside of Ward Hall for our first Parents Association meeting of the year. Mr. Boonisar will welcome parents and address questions at this annual "Ask the Head" event. Stay tuned for an opportunity to submit questions in advance of the meeting. Save the date and join us for coffee, conversation, and Q&A.
NOVEMBER PA MEETING - TBA
DECEMBER PA MEETING - TBA
JANUARY PA MEETING - TBA
March PA MEETING -TBA
APRIL PA MEETING & SpEAKER -
Join us along with a representative 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 - TBA