Founded in 1943, the Parents’ Association (PA) provides fellowship and friendship among Country Day families through hosting school-wide activities and fundraisers. Every Country Day parent is a member of the Parents’ Association.
For those looking to volunteer and get more involved with the PA, there are many opportunities available throughout the year and a variety of boards on which parents can serve, including the following.
Parents' Association Boards
- Auction: The Country Day Auction is a biennial event involving volunteers in all aspects of planning. Volunteer opportunities include: acquisitions, underwriting, clerical support, graphic design, editing/proofreading support, decorations/display, mailings, check-in/check-out, set up, and distribution.
- Big Saturday: Big Saturday is Country Day's annual fun-filled spring festival. This is one of our largest fundraisers, and many volunteers of various talents are needed. Volunteer opportunities include: art sale, bake sale, decorations, prizes, and publicity. Many volunteers are needed for one-hour shifts the day of the event.
- Car Raffle: The Big Saturday Car Raffle offers a range of tasks with varying levels of involvement and flexibility. Volunteers are needed to help tally sales and distribute ticket packets and incentives. Each of the elements is easily manageable, so you can start small and increase your involvement as your schedule allows. Car Raffle duties are concentrated in April.
- Holiday Breakfast: A Country Day tradition for more than 50 years, the Holiday Breakfast brings parents, faculty, students, alumni, and staff together in celebration of the holiday season. This committee is responsible for selecting a theme, decorating, and coordinating the event logistics (setup, parking, communication with food services, publicity, and cleanup). Volunteers must be available to set up the day before and help the morning of the breakfast.
- Lower School Family Picnic: This fun, family event for Lower School families is held in the spring. Committee responsibilities include help with signage and promotion, setup, short assigned shifts during the picnic, and cleanup.
- Mini Directory: This committee markets the very popular Country Day Mini Directory, an abridged, pocket-sized version of the Parents' Handbook. Committee members help with sales at all the major back-to-school events in August and September. This is a fun opportunity to see everyone after summer break.
- Parent Global Ambassadors: Parent Global Ambassadors provide valuable feedback and suggestions to the Office of International Studies with regard to strengthening global awareness at Country Day. Ambassadors assist with the facilitation of hosting visitors from our eight international sister schools and provide support for Country Day students as they prepare for experiences abroad. They also help promote on-campus international opportunities for students and encourage the inclusion of our international community in both academic and social settings. This volunteer opportunity is open to all LS, MS, and US parents.
- Classroom Parents (Grades JK–4): Two parents from each class serve as primary liaisons between the parents and teachers throughout the school year. Primary responsibilities include coordinating classroom functions/activities with the teachers, securing parent volunteers for classroom functions/activities, and communicating information to parents via monthly e-mails. Additional duties include presenting at and assisting with Parents' Night in the fall, summarizing and distributing volunteer responsibilities, reminding volunteers of their commitments, assisting Hospitality and Big Saturday chairs as needed, collecting and distributing class roster with appropriate contact information, coordinating the celebration of teachers' birthdays, delivering holiday and year-end teacher gifts, and helping with any other parental classroom involvement as needed by the teachers or the Lower School Board.
- Hospitality: This committee has two co-chairs and approximately 50 volunteers. They provide snacks in the teachers' lounge each month, coordinate Lunches-to-Go for all Lower School teachers and staff, as well as organize the Lower School Staff Appreciation Luncheon in May. In addition, the committee provides doughnuts and notes of appreciation for Plant Operations and Cafeteria staff twice a year. With such a large committee, volunteers typically provide snacks one time during the year, deliver Lunches-to-Go, and help with the menu, decor, and serving of the Staff Appreciation Luncheon. There are usually two meetings during the year to provide the opportunity for committee members to sign up for the various events.
- JK/K Morning Carpool: What a great way to start your day! Volunteers supervise the arrival of children in carpool and open car doors at the JK/K lower lot buildings. Volunteers work two mornings a month from 7:40–8:05 am. This is a wonderful volunteer position for both moms and dads!
- Library: Volunteers assist the librarians throughout the year by working twice a month for approximately one to two hours. Volunteer hours are scheduled in three shifts between 10:00 am and 2:50 pm. Volunteers also assist with the Fall Book Fair which is one of the highlights of the Lower School year. This is a wonderful opportunity to have a regular volunteer commitment on an ongoing basis. Time in the library allows for a hands-on opportunity to interact with both teachers and students during their school day. Please note that though this is an enjoyable position, it is a serious commitment to a regular time slot.
- Parental Awareness Representative: Volunteers act as liaisons between the Parental Awareness co-chairs and parents in each classroom. Duties include organizing and hosting your classroom parent social in the fall and helping with the Fathers' Coffee and the Grade Level Coffee for your child's grade.
- Parental Awareness—Social Events: Volunteers help plan, organize, and staff special events that provide fellowship opportunities for families and encourage networking among parents of Lower School children. Events include: Lemonade Party, Halloween Parade, Fathers' Coffees, and Grade Level Coffees. Volunteers may also help plan and organize other educational programs for parents on issues relevant to their LS children.
- Projects Classroom Representative: One Projects Classroom Representative is needed per Lower School class. These reps communicate information about Parents' Association fundraisers to parents in each classroom. Fundraisers include Big Saturday, Car Raffle, Box Tops campaign, and biennial Auction and Tuition Raffle. The primary responsibility is to inform parents of fundraising details and promote as needed via e-mail or phone call. They manage the shift schedule for the Big Saturday class booth and make sure volunteers are in place. Volunteers attend one to two meetings per year. They introduce themselves on Parents' Night and encourage participation throughout the year.
- Grades 5–8 Advisory Parents: This volunteer opportunity is an excellent way to stay in touch with students, teachers, and school events. Advisory parent volunteers work closely with their class advisor and the grade-level chair to send relevant e-mail communications to parents in their advisory, plan Parents' Night, assist with advisory lunches, and help organize and/or coordinate parties and civic projects. They also attend an organizational meeting at the start of the school year for training and assist in the coordination of their advisory's Big Saturday booth. Advisory parents MUST have computer proficiency (Word, Excel, and internet applications) including updated software and regular e-mail accessibility. Please note: recruitment for this position does not begin until just before school starts.
- Hospitality: Volunteers provide snacks for the teachers' lounge each month. They host the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon and provide refreshments for receptions following school contests. This committee also assists with packaging and distribution of a catered casserole dinner for Middle School teachers and staff.
- Media Center: Under the direction of the librarians, volunteers work a monthly two-hour shift from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and have the opportunity to assist with the Spring Book Fair. Duties include re-shelving books, filing monthly periodicals, covering new editions, and assisting in general operations of the library. One volunteer assigned per shift at the same time/same day each month. With a limited number of shifts, volunteers are selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
- New Parents: This committee provides a warm, welcome and ongoing support for families new to Country Day. Volunteers make personal contact with new families and answer questions throughout the year. This committee plans and hosts a back to school party for new families and their buddies in August, and assists with a New Parent Coffee in September.
- Parental Awareness: This committee organizes two luncheons per grade in the fall and spring, and grade level father/child activities once per year. The luncheons provide excellent opportunities for parents to connect with other parents and faculty members to discuss issues of grade level interest. Some grade level luncheons feature a well-respected expert on adolescent development. The father/child activities are held before school and give fathers a chance to experience their child's world. Volunteer opportunities are available for four grade level representatives who are responsible for organizing refreshments, two grade level luncheons, and two father/student activity coordinators who organize refreshments for the father/child activities. In addition, there are needs for volunteers to provide refreshments for luncheons and activities. These positions are not time-consuming and may be attractive to working parents.
- Used Book Sale: Volunteers work at the Used Book Sale to help collect, evaluate, and organize used books for sales in May and August. Collection is two days, and the sale follows on a separate day. Volunteers can buy used books prior to the general sale.
- Grades 9–11 Level Support: Volunteers assist Grade Parent with class projects, fundraisers, and special snacks during Spirit Week and exams. Volunteers also coordinate refreshments for Parents' Night. This committee works in cooperation with the Hospitality committee, as needed, on faculty/staff appreciation events.
- Grade 12 Level Support: Volunteers assist Grade Parents with the following events for seniors: parent coffees and socials, quarterly birthday celebrations, rafting trip, Senior Courtyard, First Day of School, Spirit Week, Halloween party, holiday tree ornaments, holiday tree dedication party, holiday senior and parent party, December exam snacks, Valentine's party, senior DVD photographers and production, Community Service Day, Casino Night, plus other as-needed volunteers. Each event has its own chairperson.
- Hospitality: Volunteers are asked to provide food/beverages for the monthly snacks provided for faculty and staff, and to help host the teacher/staff appreciation luncheon in the spring. Volunteers work in cooperation with Grade Level support on refreshments for Parents' Night.
- Media Center: Volunteers work in the Learning Center with the librarians once or twice a month for two-hour shifts throughout the year. Assist with shelving, checking books, and other jobs with which the librarians may need help. This is a fun job that provides lots of student contact.
- New Parents: This committee provides a warm and friendly welcome to new families in the Upper School. Volunteers are called on as needed. Duties include coordinating current families to serve as buddy families to new students and their parents, organize an August pool party for new students and their family buddy student, and a September coffee for new Upper School parents. This job is more concentrated in June to December.
- Office Aides: Volunteers of predominately senior parents work in the Upper School office for 45 minutes during lunch on one assigned day per month (for example, first Mondays). Volunteers answer phones, assist students and parents, and perform other small jobs, such as mailings, when needed.
- Parental Awareness: This committee works to enhance fellowship and communication among Upper School parents. Volunteer opportunities include providing refreshments, and introducing speakers for Parental Awareness grade-level meetings, as well as the International Studies fall lunch program.
- Used Book Sale: Used school textbooks, which are used the following school year, are collected from students in the spring and sold to other students in early August. Students receive 50% of the proceeds of any book sold, and the Parents' Association receives the other 50%. Volunteer opportunities include helping collect, evaluate, and organize used books in the spring and then reselling them to students and parents in early August. Volunteers have the benefit of buying used books at a presale, prior to the general sale.
International Big Saturday Pavilion: provides and/or serves a food dish for the International Pavilion at Big Saturday.