Welcome from the Parents' Association President
The St. Paul's School Parents’ Association supports the administration and the faculty through various activities for the mutual benefit of all in order to enhance and maximize the campus and community life of every student. Activities such as: parents’ nights, grade gatherings, parent receptions, Field Day, the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon, upper school coffee houses, middle school social events, lower and middle school closing programs, prom, various art program receptions, the Fun Run, holiday decorations around campus, the Diversity committee, Grandparents Day, Holiday Cheer, International Block Party, and others are funded through annual dues and monies raised through various activities throughout the year. The success of these well-liked events also depends heavily on parent volunteers.
The Parents’ Association meets several times each year in Fisher Hall and all are welcome. Please know there are always volunteer opportunities in all divisions of the school and it is never too late to sign up!
Happy New Year St.Paul's Families,
I wanted to take a moment to welcome you back from Winter Break and give an update on PA events for the remainder of the 2018-2019 year.
As I entered Brooklandwood on the day before classes resumed this January I was amazed. The Parent's Association provided funds for impressive renovations to brighten and enhance the beauty of this historic building that is often the first place prospective families visit. The renovations, which included cleaning the woodwork, repainting, replacing carpets, and rearranging furniture and wall decor, took place over Winter Break.
During the holiday season, our campus was filled with festive spirit enhanced with the students' holiday concerts, the Lower School Holiday Bazaar, and many other holiday-themed events. Thank you PA Vice President Teri Bickford, Susan Black, and the PA Hospitality Committee for decorating Brooklandwood for the season. The PA was also pleased to host the annual holiday lunch for our security and maintenance staffs.
As the New Year begins we will look forward to sponsoring the Upper School Coffee House on the evening of January 11.
We will host a breakfast for the Parents' Association Network of Baltimore in February when members can share information and gather ideas about how to improve the PA of their individual school.
Please save the date and secure your sitters as the PA and the Alumni Association partner to bring you the 48th annual Brooklandwood Bash on Saturday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. We are always looking for items to be donated, volunteers to help set up the day before, and most importantly your presence at the event. The food, drink, and auction items this year are the best they've ever been. Get your tickets at www.stpaulschool.org/bash.
Finally, accept my invitation to our next PA meeting to be held on Thursday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m in the Scheffnacker Library in Fisher Hall.
Know that I am available to address any questions at any time.
Best to you and yours,
St.Paul's School Parents' Association
Jennie Ray, President
Teri Bickford, Vice President
Janine Golden, Past President
Jen Trone, Treasurer
Collette Walker-Thomas, Secretary
Rhonda Greene-Bruce, International Block Party Co-Chair
Jeannine Conover, International Block Party Co-Chair
Heidi Nanavati, Lower School Chair
Jonni Warder, Middle School Chair
Eileen Thompson, Middle School Assistant Chair
Patti Mustacio, Upper School Chair
Friday Night Lights
Friday, Oct. 19 starting at 4pm at Turf Field
Join family, friends, students, and alumni to cheer for St. Paul's Crusader soccer and football for our first ever Friday Night Lights! Food trucks available for guests to purchase dinner and dessert. Stay tuned for details.
Friday, Nov. 16
6:30 - 10:30 pm
December 5: NYC Bus Trip with SPSG
Wednesday, December 5
6 am - 9:00 pm
New York City
Click here to reserve your spot.
International Block Party with SPSG
Friday, April 5
5 - 8 pm
Friday, April 26
Noon - 1 pm
Faculty/Staff Appreciation Lunch
11:30 am - 1 pm
Parents' Association meetings are held every other month and are scheduled for the following dates at 7:00 in Fisher Hall, Upper School.
The Hospitality Committee helps to plan and execute the Holiday Cheer Party, traditionally help within the second month of the start of school and the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon, held in the Spring. In addition, the committee decorates the campus post-Thanksgiving for the Christmas holiday. The committee must work within the monetary budget allocated by the Parents’ Association, coordinate with the St. Paul’s School maintenance department and administrative staff, as well as coordinate with parent volunteers as needed per event.
Second Crusade is a self service shop for gently used St. Paul’s uniforms and appropriate school clothing. Volunteers are needed to help sort, fold, and place goods in their proper location. A general sweep of inventory and cleaning is done at least two times during the school year. Volunteers are needed to frequently check on incoming clothing to keep the shop in order. In addition, volunteers are needed in August to help get the shop in order before the start of the new school year.
St. Paul’s School for Girls (SPSG) Liaison
The SPSG liaison attends both the St.Paul’s School and the St. Paul’s School for Girls Parent Association meetings. In these meetings, the liaison reports on the news from each school, sharing important details that are covered in each meeting.
The Chapel liaison is responsible for the communication of all pertain information between the chapel and the Parents’ Association board on upcoming events. The Chapel liaison communicates on regular basis with the Chapel and then reports at the Parents’ Association monthly board meetings.
The Fundraising co-chairs oversee the overall fundraising goals of the Parent’s Association.
Diversity Committee Liaison
The Diversity Parent Liaisons provide communication with the larger community on diversity related meetings, events and discussions. The Liaisons serve as a presence and voice at the Parents’ Association meetings to report verbally and in writing, on diversity events and discussions throughout the SP community.
Volunteer Liaison (formerly Historian)
During the month of August, the Volunteer Liaison receives all volunteer forms sent out by the Upper, Middle and Lower schools. The Liaison will then correlate these forms into a spreadsheet with all the information pertaining to parent’s volunteer requests. This information will then be given to the form parents and committee chairs to aid them in filling their volunteer needs for the school year.
The Angel Committee’s purpose is to offer assistance to members of the St. Paul’s community (students, families, alumni, staff) in times of personal need, tragedy, loss or other life-changing events. The existence of the committee will provide a structure and network of individuals to provide counseling, support, transportation, meal assistance, play dates, sports logistics and other resources that can be mobilized immediately for the individual or family upon request. The committee will also serve as a liaison between the Saint Paul’s School Divisions and their respective Parents’ Association when an issue may involve a family with a child in more than one of the schools.
The member-at-large is a board position allowing an insight to the working of the Parents’ Association and allowing a member to experience various volunteer opportunities. A member-at-large is expected to assist one or more of the various committees throughout the school year, as well as provide input at meetings and support the PA in and out of school. The term is for 2 years and it is hoped that a member-at-large will fill a committee chair role in subsequent years.
The Community Development Committee provides communication with the larger community on parent education events and discussions. The committee serves as a presence and voice at the Parents’ Association meetings to report and make suggestions for events and discussions throughout the SP community.
We accept donations of all school clothes, SP sweats/fleeces and blue blazers. NOTE: Second Crusade no longer accepts shoes or athletic footwear of any kind.
Recycle your child’s outgrown items.
Help out a fellow Parent.
Save by shopping at Second Crusade.
Second Crusade is located on the 3rd floor of Brooklandwood. Enter through the main lobby, turn right and take the side stairs. All items are $5.00. Honor Code allows the store to always be open.