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ParenTs Association

2020-2021

 

What's Happening with the PA?

 

   SAVE THE DATE - All gatherings are Virtual

  • Sun Nov 22nd - Last Day to Shop at Virtual Fenn Book Sale
  • Thursday, Dec 3rd - 7th Grade Social  - 7pm

* Learn more about these events in Friday Fenn!

  Fenn VIRTUAL Book Sale - 11/16 to 11/22 

They say reading is dreaming with your eyes open.  The gift of a book, especially during a pandemic, can let you travel to far away places, embark on a great adventure, and give you the gift of being in another person's shoes for a while, all while practicing safe social distancing rules! The Fenn Book Sale will be virtual this year from Monday, November 16th - Sunday November 22nd. A portion of the proceeds made from our online Fenn Book Sale will be donated to the Fenn School PA, which benefits the school, boys, and staff.  We are so grateful to the Concord Bookshop for their generosity and support.  There are many fun ways to shop on the website and help support the Fenn School and the local Concord Bookshop:

  1. Purchase a book for the Fenn Library from the Fenn Library Wish List.
  2. Purchase books from the suggested reading lists by Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.
  3. Purchase a gift certificate for a Fenn staff member, the Fenn Library, or anyone else on your holiday list. (They make great holiday gifts!)
  4. Purchase any books off the Concord Bookshop's website.  The Concord Bookshop staff have great suggested reading lists, with wonderful reviews.  

The Fenn virtual booksale is a great way to get your holiday shopping done with just a few clicks of a button.  Purchases can be made through November 22nd.  Just be sure to enter "FENN SCHOOL" in the comments section before checking out.  Please note, phone orders and in-person sales will not count towards the fundraiser.  

CLICK HERE to check out the Fenn Book Sale website now! ! Thank you for your support!

 

   DECEMBER PA Meeting - A CONVERSation ABOUT DIVERSITY, EQUITY and INClusion - 12/10 - MEETING POSTPONED

RESCHEDULED TO SPRING - DATE TBA 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.  

 

 

 Quick Link to Friday Fenn

List of 2020-2021 Grade Parents

 
 

About Us -- Mission and Leadership

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.  

Leadership: 

President
MaryEllen LaCamera

Vice President 
Parent Programs & Events
Lindsay Boger

Vice President 
Student & School Life
Babbie Mulvany

Treasurer
Rona Beetham

Secretary
Kristy Beauvais

Volunteer Coordinator
Lan Zhang

Getting Involved -- PA Events and Committees

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.

 

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEES

 

 

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 RichmondLiz 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 parents@fenn.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.

Student Activity Fee

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.

Sincerely,
Rona Beetham, PA Treasurer and MaryEllen LaCamera, PA President

PA Meetings and Archived Recordings

 

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. 

 

Access recorded PA meetings here

 

 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 

 

 

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

Annual Meeting 

 

Committee Chairs and Grade Parent Resources

Parents Association
Officers 2020-2021

President
MaryEllen LaCamera

Vice President Parent
Programs & Events
Lindsay Boger

Vice President
Student & School Life
Babbie Mulvany

Treasurer
Rona Beetham

Secretary
Kristy Beauvais

Volunteer Coordinator
Lan Zhang

PA Meetings & Year-end Events

  • December 2020
    • TueDec08 Faculty & Staff Appreciation
    • TueDec08 Holiday Logo Wear Sale
    • ThuDec10 December Parents Association Meeting 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    • TueDec15 Faculty & Staff Appreciation
  • January 2021
    • TueJan12 Faculty & Staff Appreciation
    • ThuJan14 January Parents Association Meeting 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • May 2021
    • TueMay25 Final Parents Association Meeting of the School Year

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