Parents Association 2018-19
What's Happening with the PA?
Introducing the 2019-2020 Parents Association Executive Board :
We are thrilled to announce our slate of officers for the 2019-2020 academic year! This leadership team was voted in at our Annual Meeting on May 3rd. Thank you to returning members Melissa, Marianne, and Kristy, and a heartfelt welcome to MaryEllen, Rona and Lan!
President: Melissa McCray
A HUGE thank you to our outgoing board members: President Sarah Kehtani, Treasurer Susan Gally, and Volunteer Coordinator Becky Keane. We are so grateful for your time, energy and talents!
PARENTS ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER CELEBRATION - FRIDAY, MAY 17TH
8:00 a.m. at the Headmaster's House. In appreciation of all the time and hard work of Fenn's parent volunteers, please join Derek Boonisar for a Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on Friday, May 17. Breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m., with remarks at 8:50 a.m. Please park at the school and walk over to the Headmaster's house at 480 Monument Street. View Invitation and register here.
SAVE THE DATE - End of YEar Pool Parties - June 4th, 5th & 6th
Save the date for the Parents Association sponsored End of Year Pool Parties at Concord Country Club in Concord. Please note new venue this year due to construction at Nashawtuc CC. A Cookout will be provided. The cost of this event is included in your son's PA Student Activity Fee. Invitation and details will be provided in the coming weeks,
4th Grade: Tuesday June 4th: 1:00pm-2:30pm
5th Grade: Thursday June 6th: 12:30pm -2:00pm
6th Grade: Thursday June 6th: 10:30am - 12:00pm
7th Grade: Thursday June 6th: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
8th Grade: Wednesday June 5th: 2:30pm– 4:00pm
9th Grade: Wednesday June 5th: 1:00pm- 2:30pm
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 – Amy Livens, Stephanie Blunt, Sarah Rich, Julie Kelleher
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: Upper School
The Gold and Blue Dinner is for Upper School 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 – Kris Hickey, Christine Kielar, 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 – Lizzie Lewis, Beth Athanasoulos, Vanessa Ahlgren, Julia Elliott, Brooke Redmond, Lynn Wachs
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) – Becky Keane
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 – April 27 – 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 – Susie Lisa, Zoe LoPresti, Erica Mawn
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.
Affiliate Program – Sarah Khetani
Volunteers are needed to research and carry out creative fundraising activities that offer the PA a return on sales.
Annual Fund Committee – Ed Feather, 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 – Linda Lyons, Beth MacLaren Crofton
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 – Melissa McCray, Faye Weaver
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 – Ashley Kilmartin, Becky Keane, Veronica Erston, Beth Morgan, Sue Mulvany
Mark your calendars for the 50th Annual Sports Sale on Saturday, November 3. 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, Joe Wallace, 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 – Diane Randall, 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 – Ellen O’Neil
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 Volunteer – 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.
Makerspace Volunteer Coordinator –David Saunders, Asa Ewing
Makerspace volunteers work with David Saunders, Design Thinking Coordinator, 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 – Elaine O’Connell, Larissa Shyjan, Ellen O’Neil
School Picture Volunteers assist photographers and organize students as they are photographed.
Service Learning Liaison – 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.
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.
Some of the PA sponsored student events are:
- Blue and Gold and Gold & Blue dinners for grades 4, 6, 8, and 9 for each boy and their guest
- Winter outings for boys in grades 4, 5, 6, and 7
- End-of-year parties for each grade
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.
NOVEMBER PA mEETING & SPEAKER - WeDnesday, Nov 7th @ 6:00 pm
MEET FENN’S NEW DIVERSITY TEAM - 6pm in the Library. Come join fellow parents and Fenn’s Diversity faculty for refreshments and conversation. Jimmy Manyuru, Liz Wei, and Megan Macomber will discuss Fenn’s programming on Diversity and engage us in a conversation about issues we face as we raise our boys. After our discussion, join some of us as we walk over to Ward Hall for the Michael Thompson Fenn Speaks lecture at 7pm.
DECEMBER PA RECEPTION & SPEAKER - Wednesday, Dec 5th @ 5:30 pm
Join us for conversation while enjoying wine & cheese as we recap the great fall we’ve had and take a sneak peek at our program agenda for the winter months. After the reception, join some of us as we walk over to Ward Hall for the Fenn Speaks: Jill Walsh presentation at 6:30 pm.
JANUARY PA MEETING & ASSEMBLY - Monday, Jan 14th @ 8:30 am
“Boys, Reading, and Writing in the Digital Age"— A conversation with Kate Wade, Fenn’s new Chair of the English Department and Amy Stiga, Grade 6 English teacher and Assistant Director of Secondary School Placement
Join us for coffee and conversation with Kate Wade and Amy Stiga to learn about our boys and their developing literacy. We will share the goals of the Fenn English curriculum and chat about what, in today’s world, are our challenges and triumphs. Come learn about different forms of reading and writing—and the meaning of "transmedia literacy.” We'll discuss how parents can support, nurture and preserve the best intentions of reading and writing in this dynamic digital age. Come with questions for a moderated discussion and hopefully you will leave more informed and empowered to support your son as he journeys to become a life-long learner and lover of literature. Please come with questions and join us as we walk to Ward Hall for the Diversity Assembly following.
FEBRUARY PA MEETING - Friday, Feb 8th @ 8:30 am
PA MEETING FEATURING A CONVERSATION ABOUT "BUILDING RESILIENCE THROUGH MINDFULNESS" – 2/8/19
8:30 to 10:00 a.m. in the Library. Join us as we welcome nationally acclaimed speaker and teacher, Pam Ressler, RN, MS, HNB-BC, to speak with us about Resilience and Mindfulness. Pam believes helping parents incorporate mindfulness into their own lives is the first step to helping our kids learn to do the same. See the invitation sent to parents on 1/30 for more details about this thought-provoking program. We look forward to having Pam share the morning with us!
MARCH PA MEETING - Friday, MAR 1st @ 8:30 am
TECHNOLOGY AT FENN WITH JOHN SHARON, JEFF LAPLANTE and SAM KANE: Friday, March 1st 8:30-9:30 am in the Library.
Many parents have questions about how technology is being used as an academic tool at Fenn, and also how it's carrying over into our boys’ non-academic time at school and family life at home. How are faculty using the iPads in the classroom with our middle and upper school boys? What are they learning about best practice, and how are we ensuring our boys are learning to use them effectively and responsibly? What does this mean for teachers and for parents in terms of oversight and supervision both in school and at home? Join us for a conversation with John Sharon, Interim Director of the Academic Program, Jeff LaPlante, Director of Technology, and Sam Kane, Library Director on Friday, March 1. Coffee and pastries will be served.
MARCH PA MEETING - FRIDAY, MAR 29TH @ 8:30 AM
STUDENT LIFE PANEL WITH NAT CARR, TRICIA MCCARTHY, and BOB STARENSIER - Friday, March 29th 8:30 am in the LIbrary.
Save the Date! We will learn more about the Student Life Program from Nat Carr (Head of Lower School), Tricia McCarthy (Head of Middle School) and Bob Starensier (Director of Athletics and Chair of the Student Life Department). Named a Model Program by the National Association of Independent Schools, the Fenn Student Life Program supports boys as they mature and reinforces the school’s core values of honesty, respect, empathy, and courage. It is taught formally to boys in grades 6-8 and is infused through the Advisory Program in the Lower School. We hope you’ll join us as we learn more about this stellar program from these veteran Fenn faculty members.
APRIL PA MEETING - FRIDAY, APRIL 5th @ 8:30 AM
MAY PA MEETING - Friday, May 3rd @8:30 am : Annual MEETING