The purpose of the PA is to support and enrich the student’s experiences in the school; to facilitate communication among the parents, the school and the Synagogue, and to advance the goals of the school.
All Early Childhood parents or legal guardians of students in the school are members of the ECC Parent Association, while Elementary and Middle School parents or legal guardians of students in the school are members of the Day School Parent Association. Dues are built into the tuition agreement.
The PA communicates with parents in many ways including their own weekly newsletter and regular calls or e-mails made by room parents.
The PA chairs are volunteers who are committed to serve our school community. The PA encourages all parents to get involved in the multitude of activities it sponsors. Parents should feel free to contact any and all PA volunteers when they have questions or concerns regarding any PA issue. Questions regarding the school’s academic program should be addressed with the school’s professionals.
How to Get Involved
There are many exciting ways to be involved in the Pressman Academy Parent Association. Brief descriptions of the volunteer opportunities are below. Please contact Hadar Cohen (ECC PA President) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Joelle Gryczman at email@example.com if you would like to get involved.
Room Parent – Act as a year-long liaison communicating important information between your child’s teacher, the Parent Association (PA), the school, and parents. Attend PA meetings and serve as the eyes and ears of the PA to help address parent concerns.
Elementary School Coffee Night Host – Every year, the parents in each grade come together to socialize, learn grade-specific information from school administrators, and ask questions. Volunteer to host this special evening for your child’s grade.
Lainer Library Volunteer – Work with the librarian to enhance the services and operation of our school library. Responsibilities include displaying items, managing bulletin boards, shelving books, and assisting with the Book Fair and Book Share. There are opportunities available every week for volunteers.
Colker Judaica Gift Shop and Student Store – Join the group of gift shop volunteers. We need parents who are savvy, creative, and personable. There are opportunities to serve as salespeople, Shabbat pop-up shop personnel, and more. Bulldog apparel, school supplies, Judaica, and food and drinks are sold. Gift shop proceeds directly benefit our school.
Hanukkah Boutique – Work with our dynamic team of business savvy parents on this annual event that brings together vendors at a one-stop shop for all your Hanukkah needs. And a portion of proceeds goes back to our school! We need lots of volunteers to plan and execute this event, which will take place at Temple Beth Am on December 8, 2016.
Hesed Committee – Help reach out to families within our school who are experiencing the joys and difficulties of various life-cycle events. Help is needed to make phone calls and activate a circle of caring that includes assistance with meals, carpools, play dates, etc. during a family’s time of need.
Welcome Committee – Help activate a support system for families who are new to our community. This committee plans back-to- school parties, and activates various networks within each class to make new families feel welcome and involved in our vibrant community.
Party Book – This is a way to throw social events throughout the year that benefit both our school community, and raise money for the Parent Association. This is how it works:
- Families offer to sponsor (host) a party. Sponsorship (host) duties include paying for the event, finding a place to hold the event, and taking care of all details and payments related to the event (host families can use their sponsorship as a tax deductible donation to Pressman Academy).
- Pressman families pay to attend the event(s) and the money paid to attend the party goes directly to the Parent Association (host families do not recoup the costs of hosting the events).
- You may get involved either by offering to host a party (all ideas are welcome), or by attending a party (a fun way to socialize with your friends, meet new ones, and raise money for our school).
**If you would like to volunteer in a way that was not mentioned in any of the above choices, please let us know. We can meet to discuss a volunteer opportunity that you will enjoy!