To contact any of the listed volunteers sign in to Inside PDS and go to the directory or simply email PA President Lynn Lien.
Parent Ambassador Chair
Parent Ambassador Assistant
Upper School Chair
Upper School Assistant
Middle School Chair
Middle School Assistant
Lower School Chair
Lower School Assistant
PA CMDT Chair
The Angels is a parent organization that provides support for the upper school Performing Arts Program (PAP) including the fall play, winter musical and spring festival. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of the performing arts, advocate for performing arts education, support the students who participate, and raise funds through a number of activities and events. Funds raised are used for acquisitions and capital improvements that directly benefit the theater and the PAP. Supporting activities include providing meals for the cast and crew during the weeks of performances, box office, concession stand, mailings, public relations, t-shirt and poster sales, videotaping and photography of shows, and our annual fundraiser, the benefit dinner.
Angels Committee Chairs:
Applause is a parent volunteer organization that supports the Middle School theatre program. Parent volunteers support the faculty and students during the production of the fall play and the spring musical. Many opportunities are available to support the Middle School productions, from chaperoning rehearsals to providing snacks. If you are interested contact Lena Khatcherian.
Helping Hands Program
Helping Hands is a PDSPA network to assist any member of the PDS community during a time of need. The Helping Hands response depends on the specific situation; we strive to provide compassionate support in a sensitive, appropriate and discreet manner. We welcome parent and faculty input.
US: Melissa Bernardi
MS: Kelly Petrucci-Carrol
LS: Courtney Stephenson
Parent Ambassador Program
The Parent Ambassador Program is designed to ease the transition of new families into the PDS community. Before the school year begins, parent volunteers organize social gatherings for new families. These events provide an informal and relaxed atmosphere where questions pertaining to life at PDS can be answered. The partnership continues throughout the year and encourages new families to participate in Parents Association activities.
Parent Ambassador Committee Chair: Melissa Hubsher-Freedman
Parent Ambassador Committee Assistant: Joyce Johnson
Art Action is a parent group that provides support for the art department in all three divisions at PDS. Its purpose is to encourage PDS families' interest in and appreciation for the arts. Volunteers assist faculty and staff with art exhibits, lectures, and trips. For more information or to volunteer, contact Jeanne Conerly.
The Book Fair is held every year at PDS for family and friends of the school. All proceeds benefit the PDS libraries. The Book Fair offers a great selection of books and related items at a reasonable price.
Book Fair Committee Chairs:
Lisa Skeete Tatum
The Booster Club is a parent organization that supports the athletic community of the upper and middle schools. Its purpose is to promote enthusiasm and spirit among athletes, parents, and spectators. Booster volunteers raise funds to directly benefit PDS sports programs.
Booster Club Committee Chairs:
US: Gwyn Langeler
MS: Jill Mundenar
LS: Shawn Robinson
This lecture series is a collaborative effort of the Parent Associations of Princeton Area Independent Schools to bring exceptional speakers to the Princeton community. The lectures, which occur three times per year and rotate among the member schools, deal with educational and parenting issues. The lectures are free and open to the public. Please visit the Common Ground Web Site
CommonGround Committee Chair: Jessica Stevens
Faculty & Staff Appreciation
PDSPA sponsors two lunches for faculty in the Campus Center during the school year. One is in January hosted by middle and upper school. One in the spring hosted by lower school.
Contact: PDSPA President Lynn Lien
Friends of the PDS Libraries
The mission of the J. Richardson Dillworth Friends of the PDS Libraries is to support, strengthen and promote libraries as centers of learning; to foster the process of intellectual growth; and to nourish the imagination with the pleasures of reading. Volunteers support the library faculty and promote reading through a variety of activities.
Ovations is a parent organization that supports music performance activities throughout Princeton Day School. Its mission is to promote and support PDS music events and activities and to support the music department faculty and student performers. Publicity, parent communication, and administrative help will be our primary activities.
Ovations Committee Chairs:
PDSeeds is a new parent group formed to support Princeton Day School's goal to become a sustainable community where students are educated about the importance of stewarding our planet's resources for the next generations. The PDSeeds group will work to educate the PDS community about living more sustainably and will undertake projects that enhance the school's sustainability efforts. The faculty liaison is Liz Cutler, Director of Sustainability.
SEEDS Committee Chair:
Parent Events by Division
In each school division (lower, middle, upper) there are numerous opportunities to meet with other parents and school administrators to share ideas and discuss aspects of parenting.
Class Parent Network
Parents are encouraged to contact their class parents with any questions pertaining to: PDSPA sponsored activities; trip and event chaperoning; class parties; and teacher assistance.
If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact the following:
US: Tricia Rosenthal
MS: Shari Phillips
LS: Candy Shah
Class parents organize coffees, cocktail parties and dinners, by grade, to socialize and meet other parents during the school year.
Parent Volunteer Network
Our cadre of parent volunteers is fundamental to the success of PDS in every division in a variety of areas. Parents are needed for teacher assistance, chaperoning, hosting parties, hospitality, etc. To volunteer at any time during the year, contact your PA divisional chair representative, your grade or class parent, or any committee chair.