Parents’ Association News and Notes

It’s been a great fall at Milton: Parents’ Weekend, class dinners, Donut Days, and our Milton-Nobles refreshment tables have provided time and space for us to gather and get to know one another. We have a lot planned in the upcoming months and we hope you will be able to join us either in person or remotely. The second half of last year we introduced Parents’ Association coffees, which we have continued and expanded this year. It is a wonderful way to connect with friends new and old. They are held in Straus Library from 8-9:30 a.m. and are planned for January 9, February 27, March 2, April 24 and May 22. Over Parents’ Weekend we added dorm socials for boarding families and Chili and Chowder on Saturday to provide an on-campus lunch and gathering option.

Parents’ Weekend Re-Cap

Parents’ Weekend, October 21 and 22, was well-attended and packed with activities. Class III and IV parents enjoyed their class dinners on Thursday night in advance of the formal start of Parents’ Weekend programming.

The highlight of Friday’s program was the opportunity to attend classes and to meet our children’s teachers and advisors. Having the glimpse into the teaching and learning that make Milton so amazing is always treasured, as is the chance to enjoy Head of School Todd Bland’s reflections and highlights. At the end of the day, the Parents’ Association hosted a wine and cheese reception, which gave us all a chance to relax and mingle, along with the socials held in each dorm for boarding parents.

On Saturday, though cold and damp, the athletic fields were lined with cheering fans, and the FCC had warm and tasty offerings. Thank you to our athletic liaisons, Rosemary and John Sheehan, and their team of volunteers, for organizing and providing a delicious array of treats and fun spirit baubles at the Parents’ Association hospitality tables.

Student Activities Committee Hosts Treats and Exam Stress-Buster

On selected days throughout the year, parent volunteers provide recess treats (donuts, apples, clementines) for the students. This fall, we hosted three Donut Days: September 19, October 18, and November 10. It’s amazing how more than 80 dozen donuts disappear in mere minutes!

In January, our Student Activities Committee will provide exam treats in the Student Center. In addition to the edible treats, the USPA will again host the Barn Babies stress-buster in the Pritzker Science Center. With great response from the students, this will be the fourth year that we will bring Barn Babies to campus.

The spring recess treat days are scheduled for February 13, April 13 and May 18. To volunteer, please contact Eileen Hogan or Bridget Minicus.

Help Support Our Senior Class

On Saturday, February 4, Class I students will host the Senior Showcase, their annual talent show. An element of the evening’s festivities is the drawing of raffle prizes, which have been donated by parents. The proceeds from the raffle offset the cost of prom tickets. Raffle tickets are now on sale; you can purchase them by contacting Christine Dimartinis (dimartinis@comcast.net) or Lisa O’Connor (lo’connor@bostonprivate.com), through your student or, shortly, through an online link. Raffle ticket purchases can be charged to your student’s IA account. Please take a chance to win one of many wonderful prizes and support Milton’s Class I at the same time. Download the list of raffle items. When purchasing tickets you must indicate which prize you would like your chance to go toward.

Class II Parent Dinner Kicks Off College Weekend

The Class II Dinner will once again kick off the College Weekend events. Mark your calendars for Friday, January 6, at 7 p.m. in the Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium. Check your email inbox for your invitation. If you have questions, please contact class representatives: Heidi Handler (heidihandler@gmail.com) or Alicia Cleary (alicia.cleary@gmail.com).

Interested in Volunteering for the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Brunch?

The Milton Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day is a wonderful, annual event hosted by the Upper School Parents’ Association. This special day includes a delicious breakfast and lunch prepared by parents, an exciting raffle, and special gift items. It is our way of expressing our gratitude and appreciation for all that the faculty and staff do for our children and families throughout the year. This year’s Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day will be held on Wednesday, February 8, in Straus Library.

This event is only possible with your help. If you live locally, we hope you will volunteer to cook, serve, clean-up, or contribute a food item. No matter where you live, you can donate a raffle item or make a monetary donation to help make this a special and memorable event.

A “Sign-Up Genius” will be sent out just before the holidays so that you can sign up to lend a hand.  Ways to help will include:

  • Preparing a homemade dish
  • Volunteering on the day of the event (Wednesday, February 8)
  • Purchasing beverages
  • Helping with decorations

In the meantime, we will be collecting raffle item donations. Raffle items that have been popular in the past include professional sports tickets, theater or concert tickets, gift certificates for dinner and a movie, gift certificates to local retail establishments, or a weekend getaway opportunity. We welcome all donations, of any kind. Please contact Jean Piazza at jean@piazzafamily.org if you would like to donate a raffle item.

Another way to help. You may send in monetary donations to help pay for decorations, assist in the purchase of raffle items, or help pay for a small token of appreciation gift to all faculty and staff members.

Thank you in advance for your help and generosity. We look forward to creating a wonderful, memorable event. Please contact one of the event co-chairs: Myrto Flesses (myrtoflesses@gmail.com) or Leah Goldberg (wegoldberg@aol.com) with any questions or concerns.

Recent Parents’ Association Meetings Provide Insight to Campus Life

Thank you to our featured guests who provided their time, insights, and perspectives on student life at Milton. Our gratitude to:

  • Lisa Morin, Director of Couseling (December)
  • Andrea Geyling, Director of Community Engagement (November)
  • Kendell Chun, Director of the Outdoor Program (November)
  • Bryan Price, Chief Information Officer (October)
  • David Ball, Upper SchoolPrincipal (September)

Thank you to the many parents who have attended our Monday evening meetings either in person or via our conference bridge

Join Us for Upcoming Parents’ Association Meetings

The next Upper School Parents’ Association meeting will be on January 9. Katie Collins, director of the Academic Skills Center, will be our guest speaker. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Caroline Saltonstall Conference Room. If you are unable to join us in person, please consider attending remotely via webinar. To access the meeting, visit: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/113576733 . Pre-registration is required, though it can be done a few minutes in advance. Join us, too, on February 12 when Rod Skinner, director of College Counseling, will be our guest.  Please join us. Your presence and input is vital!

We wish you a wonderful holiday season, and we’ll be in touch again in February.

Ann Marie Oliver P’10,’13,’17, President

Ann Jenness, P ’19, Vice President