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ParenTs Association

2021-2022

 

What's Happening AT FENN?

 

   SAVE THE DATE 

  • Fri May 13th - Campout - 6:30 pm
  • Fri May 13th - Upper School Dinner Dance - 7 pm
  • Sat May 14th - Cradles to Crayons Volunteer Opp
  • Mon May 16th - 9th Grade Overnight to Boston
  • Tue May 17th - POSTPONED Final PA Meeting of the Year - 8:30 am 
  • Wed May 18th - 5th Grade Trip to Merrowvista
  • Tue May 24th - 8th Grade Bowling Outing 
  • Fri May 27th - Volunteer Appreciation Celebration - 8 am

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

  Final Parents Association meeting of the year - POSTPONED


Stay tuned for a new date for the final PA meeting of the year! Via ZOOM, we will give an overview of the PA's community building activities and events at Fenn this year, vote in our new Executive Board members and present our budget for 2022-2023.  

     Volunteer Appreciation celebration - 5/27

Fenn's parent volunteers are invited to join Derek Boonisar on Friday, May 27th at 8:00 am at the Head of School's house at 480 Monument Street.  If you helped with PA outings and events, Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days, the Annual Fund's 42 Days for Fenn, Admissions inquiries, library programs, drama productions, or in any other way, we look forward to recognizing and thanking you for your generous service to Fenn.  Please save the date! 

 

 

 Link to Login for Friday Fenn

List of 2021-2022 Grade Parents

Quick Link to Visitor Form

 

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
Lindsay Boger

Vice President 
Parent Programs & Events
Liz Nadzo

Vice President 
Student & School Life
Babbie Mulvany

Treasurer
Tanya Oblak

Secretary
Kristy Beauvais

Volunteer Coordinator
Caroline Myler

 

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 Caroline Myler to find how you can get involved today! 

 

Annual Fund Committee –  Matt Kilmartin, Melanie Sureau, Jing You, 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: NEW NEEDED

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: NEW NEEDED 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: Jennifer Smith and NEW NEEDED

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 Photos – Chairs: Isabelle Rosso and NEW NEEDED,  Jennifer Cavazos

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

 

Service Learning – Chair: Michelle Oldershaw and NEW NEEDED, 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: NEW NEEDED

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: 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.

 

Fall Sports Tailgate – Chair: NEW NEEDED

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.

  

 


 

 

Student Activity Fee

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.

Sincerely,
Tanya Oblak, PA Treasurer and Lindsay Boger, 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 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 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 - Wed 11/17@ 7pm

Join us in Ward Hall for an evening discussion about families. How are we doing? Are we communicating well (enough)? Do we feel connected? Learn how families operate as a system, practice strategies to improve family communication, and consider how to increase parent wellness. Our speaker for the evening is Kelly B. Crowley, LICSW, a family therapist and Concord parent. We plan to gather ahead of time - stay tuned for more details!

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

 

Committee Chairs and Grade Parent Resources

Parents Association
Officers 2021-2022

President
Lindsay Boger

Vice President Parent
Programs & Events
Liz Nadzo

Vice President
Student & School Life
Babbie Mulvany

Treasurer
Tanya Oblak

Secretary
Kristy Beauvais

Volunteer Coordinator
Caroline Myler

PA Meetings & Year-end Events

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