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ParenTs Association

2023-2024

 

What's Happening AT FENN?

 

   SAVE THE DATE 

  • May 22nd-24th - Merrowvista Trip for Fifth Graders
  • Thurs May 23rd - Volunteer Appreciation Celebration - 8:15am
  • June 3rd-7th - GRADUATION WEEK FESTIVITIES
  • June 4th-6th - End-of-Year Pool Parties

* More details in Friday Fenn!  Note: PA Events appear in bold.

 volunteer appreciation celebration on may 23!

Thursday, May 23rd, 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at 480 Monument Street (Boonisar home). See the invitation for this celebration of the contributions of our amazing parent volunteers! If you volunteered in any way during the school year (for the PA, Admissions, Advancement, Service Learning, a school department, etc.), you're invited! RSVPs were requested by 5/16, but if you haven't submitted yours, please RSVP TODAY! Questions? Contact Erica Silverman at esilverman@fenn.org or 978-318-3598.

  END-OF-YEAR POOL PARTIES!

Students will swim, enjoy a BBQ, and celebrate the end of the school year with their friends! Parents are responsible for transporting their student(s) to and from Concord Country Club (246 Old Rd to 9 Acre Corner, Concord) so please plan ahead (except for the eighth grade, see note below). The cost of this event is included in your son's PA Student Activity Fee. Events take place on:

  • 4th Grade: Tuesday, June 4,1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
  • 5th Grade: Thursday, June 6, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • 6th Grade: Thursday, June 6, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
  • 7th Grade: Thursday, June 6, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
  • 8th Grade: Tuesday, June 4, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
  • 9th Grade: Wednesday, June 5,1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Note for Eighth Grade: Due to the eighth grade's full schedule on June 4, lunch will be provided at Fenn between Prize Day and graduation rehearsal (in lieu of a BBQ at Concord Country Club), and a bus will be available to transport boys to the pool party and back to Fenn.

 

 Link to Login for Friday Fenn

List of 2023-2024 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
Lauren Manthripragada

President, Elect
Jamie Patterson

Vice President 
Parent Programs & Events
Dish Woodard

Vice President 
Student & School Life
Melissa Napoli-Kohut

Treasurer
Jill Mavro

Secretary
Jennie Garofalo

Volunteer Coordinator
Andrea Cawthorne

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.  Contact Volunteer Coordinator Andrea Cawthorne to find how you can get involved today! 

 

Annual Fund Committee – 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 – Chairs: Grace Mutooni, Cate Waldeck; Faculty Advisors: Nat Carr, Kate Wade, Dave Irwin

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.

 

Camp Out – Chair: Herby Duverne

Be a part of the parent-led team to plan, organize and staff this popular Friday night (overnight) event held on the Fenn campus grounds.

 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Faculty Advisors: Simone Hutchings, Liz Wei

Connect with other Fenn parents and students on this faculty organized team to support Fenn's mission of diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

 

Drama Volunteers – Faculty Advisor: Amy Menkin

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: Ashley Kilmartin, Lacey Verhage

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.

 

Fall/Spring Sports Tailgate – Chairs: Abby Larson, Michele Walters

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.

 

Fenn Logowear – Chairs: Babbie Mulvany, Tanya Oblak

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.

 

Graphics/Print Coordinator – Chair: Jessica Towl

The Outdoor Notice Board Group prepares announcements of upcoming events that are then placed on the notice board on the Entry Drive.

 

iLab Volunteers – Faculty Advisor: Nathan Kraai

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. 

 

Library Volunteers– Chair: Elaine Yang; Faculty Advisor: 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.

 

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.

 

Parents Independent Network (PIN) – Chairs: Mara Kunst, Raquel Webster

Parent representatives from Fenn attend monthly meetings with parents from other independent schools to share ideas and information.

 

School Photos – Chairs: Isabelle Rosso, Joanna Turner

School Picture Volunteers assist photographers and organize students as they are photographed.

 

Service Learning – Chair: Maria Francesconi; Faculty Advisor: 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 – Chairs: Nia Jephson, Elizabeth Leonard

A wonderful adult-only event that allows Fenn parents to mix and mingle. Help with choosing the theme, menu and decor, and help bring the evening to life on the night of the event.

 

Sports Sale – Chairs: Alissa Kugler, Jennifer Todd, Genevieve Wagenknecht

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 – Chairs: Carrie Blake, Anne Slugg

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.

 

Student Activity Fee

Dear Fenn Parents,

Welcome to the 2023-2024 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, student activities organized by the PA include:

  • 4th Grade: Blue & Gold Dinner for each student and guest, Winter Outing, End of Year Party
  • 5th Grade: Winter Outing, End of Year Party
  • 6th Grade: Blue & Gold Dinner for each student and guest, Winter Outing, End of Year Party
  • 7th Grade: Winter Outing, End of Year Party
  • 8th Grade: Gold & Blue Dinner for each student and 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 with any questions or to get involved.  Thank you for your support; we look forward to helping make this a great year for our Fenn students and their families.

Sincerely,
Jill Mavro, PA Treasurer and Lauren Manthripragada, PA President

PAY PA STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

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 knowledgeable Fenn faculty and staff, to hear from professionals within our broader community, and to interact with fellow parents in meaningful ways. 

Meetings will be recorded and can be viewed in our video archive at any time. Some topics may be subject to privacy considerations and will not be recorded.

 

Access recorded PA meetings here

2023-2024

 OCTOBER PA MEETING - FRI., OCT 6 @ 8:30 AM

Join us and Derek Boonisar, Head of School, on Friday, October 6th at 8:30am in the Hammett Ory Library, for our first Parents Association meeting of the year. Mr. Boonisar along with Nat Carr, Kate Wade, and Dave Irwin (Heads of Lower, Middle, and Upper School respectively) will welcome parents and address questions at this annual "Ask the Heads" 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 - Tues., dec 5 @ 8:30 am

Join us on Tuesday, December 5th at 8:30am for our December Parents Association Gathering featuring our Holiday Logo Wear Sale!  Come mix and mingle and enjoy some light refreshments and warm beverages while getting a jump on some holiday shopping.  We will offer many of the classic goodies (hoodies, joggers, winter hats) and will debut some awesome new items and stocking stuffers just in time for the holidays!  We hope you can join us!

 JANUARY PA MEETING - TBA

 FEBRUARY PA MEETING - WED., feb 21 @ 8:30 AM

8:30am on Wednesday, February 21st in the Hammett Ory Library. Please join us along with our very own Fenn Director of Innovation, Nathan Kraai, for our February PA meeting. Mr. Kraai will speak about AI, innovation, and creativity at Fenn, in the iLab and beyond, in his talk titled, "The Future of Teaching and Learning at Fenn." Save the date and join us for coffee, conversation, and Q&A. 

 March PA MEETING - TBA

 APRIL PA MEETING - THURS., april 4 @ 8:30 am

8:30am in the Hammett Ory Library. Join us on Wednesday, April 4 for coffee at 8:30 a.m., followed by an 8:45 a.m. workshop with Glen Hall from Prevention Solutions, highlighting current facts and trends related to drug and alcohol use and effective ways to communicate with children about these substances and the smart choices they can make related to them. This meeting will not be recorded, so it's not to be missed! Prevention Solutions will also be meeting with Fenn students in Grades 7, 8, and 9 during this school week; however, this PA session is appropriate for Fenn parents and guardians of boys of all ages. Stay tuned for additional information about Prevention Solutions' visit to Fenn, including how to submit questions in advance.

 MAY PA MEETING - Tues., May 21 @ 9:00 AM

Please join us at 9:00am on Tuesday, May 21st via Zoom for our Parents Association Annual Meeting and last PA meeting of the year. We will give an overview of the PA's community-building activities and events at Fenn this year, present and review our budget for 2024-2025, and vote in our new Executive Board Members. Zoom details to follow. 

Committee Chairs and Grade Parent Resources

Parents Association
Officers 2023-2024

President
Lauren Manthripragada

President-Elect
Jamie Patterson

Vice President Parent
Programs & Events
Dish Woodard

Vice President
Student & School Life
Melissa Napoli-Kohut

Treasurer
Jill Mavro

Secretary
Jennie Garofalo

Volunteer Coordinator
Andrea Cawthorne

PA Meetings & Year-end Events

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