Parents Association


Welcome

All parents and guardians are members of the PDS Parent Association and we encourage your active participation in this important part of the PDS community.

With your help, we can achieve our mission to promote a strong sense of community in partnership with the school and to facilitate communication, cooperation and involvement throughout the PDS community.

Participation in the PDSPA is a great way to get involved in the life of the school and to meet many of your fellow parents. So get involved, make a difference, and be part of the PDS experience!

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Committees


Book Fair

The Book Fair is held every year, in each division, for family and friends of the school. All proceeds benefit the PDS libraries.

Book Fair Committee Chairs:

Boosters

Boosters supports the athletic community of the upper and middle schools by promoting enthusiasm and spirit among athletes, parents, and spectators. Volunteers assist with Fall and Spring Weekend activities.

Boosters Chairs:

CMDT (Community Multicultural Development Team)

The Community Multicultural Development Team (CMDT)'s mission is to harness the strengths that reside in the PDS community's diversity of race, gender, ability, ethnicity, religion, financial circumstance, geography, and sexual orientation. The CMDT values the critical involvement of our parents in supporting and developing the PDS tradition of understanding and appreciating the richness of our diverse community. The CMDT Parent Association representative facilitates communication, supports parents, and coordinates celebrations (Diwali, Chinese New Year, Black History Month, and Taste of Home) throughout the year.

Chair:

Common Ground

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

Common Ground Committee Chairs:

Encore

Encore supports the theater program in the middle and upper schools. Its purpose is to assist theater faculty and student performers with theater events and facilitate communication with parents.

Encore Chairs:

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 assist with the Imagine the Possibilities program in the spring.

Committee Chairs:

Gallery

Encourages PDS families' interest in and appreciation for the arts. Volunteers assist faculty and staff with exhibits in the PDS Art Gallery.

Gallery Chairs:

Helping Hands

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.

Chairs:

Ovations

Ovations supports music programs in all three divisions. Its purpose is to assist faculty and student performers with music events and facilitate communication with parents. Ovations volunteers chaperone events, promote concert CD sales, provide upper school student pre-concert dinners, organize post-concert receptions, and prepare parent communications.

Ovations Committee Chairs:

Parent Ambassadors

Parent Ambassadors supports the PDS Admissions Department by organizing parent volunteers to attend admissions events throughout the school year.  Parent Ambassadors is also responsible for organizing volunteers for Parent Partners, which is a program created to connect new PDS families with current PDS families to ease the transition into our school community.

Chair:

Assistant Chairs:

PSGG (Parent Sustainability & Garden Group)

The Parent Sustainability and Garden Group (PSGG) was 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. PSGG will work to educate the PDS community about living more sustainably and will undertake projects that enhance the school's sustainability efforts.

Chairs:

Service Learning

Supports Service Learning across all divisions at PDS.

Chair:

Parent Outreach and Support

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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: Michele Stillwell
MS: Sejal Doshi
LS: Jennifer DelVecchio

Parent Socials
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.

PA Governing Board 2019-20

President Ex-Officio
Karen Law

President
Alanna Bocklage

President Elect
Sejal Doshi

Treasurer
Cynthia Mahmoud

Asst. Treasurer
Katrina McIntyre

Secretary
Joy Turchetta

Communications Chair
Susan Broeker

Communications Asst.
Alicia Merse

US Chair
Kristen Dries

US Asst.
Amy Granato

MS Chair
Catherine Shapiro

MS Asst.
Vandana Bhanote

LS Chair
Kerri Cook

LS Asst.
Veronica White

Parent Ambassador Chair
Stacey Nieves

Parent Ambassador Assistants
Dana Frascella & Galina Flider

Nominating Committee Chair
Shari Phillips