Parents’ Association

 

Every parent of a Milton Academy Upper School (Classes I–IV) student is a member of the Upper School Parents’ Association (USPA), so if you are a parent, this is your page!

At Milton, the Parents’ Association welcomes new parents, offers opportunities for parents to come together, sponsors an array of student events, and supports the efforts of faculty, staff and administration to make Milton a positive learning environment for our children.

All meetings are open, and they are generally held in the CSG conference room (and available on dial-in) once a month at 7 p.m. EST. Check the calendar below for dates. Each features a member of the faculty, staff or administration, speaking and taking questions on their role at Milton.

Our governing body—the Executive Committee—is comprised of parents, and all USPA events are planned and run by still more parents, volunteering their time. We cordially invite you to become involved, whether you live nearby or on another continent. Find out more, below, and contact us to volunteer!

Parents' Association Calendar

SEPTEMBER

5
Welcome Table at Registration (10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Student Center)
Welcome Reception (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.; Tent on Quad)

19
USPA meeting featuring David Ball & Katie Collins

25
Welcome Parent Coffee (8:00 – 10:00 a.m.; Straus)

OCTOBER

3
USP A meeting featuring Heather Flewelling

12
All begin 6:30 p.m.:
Class I /II Social – Wigg Auditorium
Class III Dinner – CSG
Class IV Dinner – RSG

13  
USPA Reception for all parents (4:30 – 5:45 p.m.; RSG)
Boarding Parents’ Socials: boarding families (6:00 – 6:45 p.m.; Respective Dorms)

14
Chili and Cornbread Lunch (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Student Center)

NOVEMBER

14
USP A meeting featuring Andrea Geyling

DECEMBER

4  
USP A meeting featuring Lisa Morin

JANUARY

5
Class II Dinner and start of College Weekend (7:00 p.m.; RSG)

9
USPA meeting featuring Bryan Price & Chris Hales

FEBRUARY

6
USPA meeting featuring Peter Parisi & Adrian Anantawan

7
Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day (Snow Day: February 8)

27
Upper School Panel and USPA Social, featuring Todd Bland, Indu Chugani & David Ball (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Straus)

MARCH

6
USP A meeting featuring Rod Skinner

APRIL

3
USPA meeting featuring Caroline Sabine & Rob McGuirk

19
USPA Parent Social (7:00 – 9:30 p.m.; Straus)

MAY

8
USPA meeting featuring Jackie Bonenfant & José Ruiz

JUNE

2
Class I Dinner (6:30 p.m.; Wigg Auditorium)

5
USP A Meeting featuring Rod Skinner

Details of Board Positions and Their Associated Volunteer Committees

Executive Committee

President

  • Develop meeting agenda for and chair monthly board meetings
  • Work with staff liaison to coordinate join Milton/parent events throughout the year
  • Is the Board’s liaison with the Head of School and Upper School Principal
  • Work with staff liaison to produce summer mailings
  • Work with VP and staff liaison to choose next year’s Board members

Vice President

  • Two-year commitment (one year as VP, second year as President)
  • Work with President to develop agenda for and attend monthly board meetings
  • Assist Secretary with edit of monthly meeting minutes
  • Is the Board’s co-liaison with the Head of School and Upper School Principal
  • Work with the President and staff liaison to choose next year’s Board members

Treasurer

  • Two-year commitment
  • Attend monthly Board meetings
  • Develop an annual operating budget
  • Manage PA account and coordinate payment of invoices
  • Report finances to Board
  • Liaison with the Business Office

Secretary

  • Attend monthly Board meetings
  • Record and distribute meeting minutes and agendas

Committee Chairs

New Parent Welcoming Committee Chair

  • Head the New Parent Welcoming Committee
  • Attend monthly Board meetings either in person or by conference call.
  • Assist with the four PA welcome receptions at homes in late August
  • Assist with the PA welcome table during registration in September
  • Board liaison with the Dean’s Office for welcoming new families
  • Coordinate with deans and staff liaison in welcoming new families to Milton:
    • Recruit committee members to welcome new families before school begins
    • Plan welcoming activity with Dean’s Office and Development Office
    • Disseminate email or letter to new parents with appropriate and relevant links to Milton’s web page
  • Complete Event Report

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon Chair

  • Attend monthly Board meetings
  • Plan annual Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon, which includes:
    • Recruit parents to work on the Faculty & Staff Appreciation Committee
    • Solicit donations of food and funds from parents, via SignUp Genius
    • Assist committee members in recruiting volunteers, via SignUp Genius, to work the day of the event
  • Note: Appreciation event is in mid-February; work begins in October, but is concentrated in January and February.
  • Complete Event Report

Athletics Hospitality Liaison/Chair

  • Head Athletics Hospitality Committee
  • Attend monthly Board meetings either in person or by conference call.
  • Assist with the PA welcome table during registration in September
  • Board liaison with the Athletic Director and the Athletic Department
  • Recruit volunteer parents from each JV and thirds team to organize team snacks for games and matches, as well as end-of-season coaches’ gifts by doing the following:
    • Request rosters each season from the Athletic Department
    • Send rosters each season from the Athletic Department
    • Recruit a parent volunteer from each team to organize team snacks
    • Send parent volunteers team roster, parents’ e-mail addresses, and guidelines sheet for organizing snacks
  • Send varsity captains’ parents the team roster, parents’ e-mail addresses, and guidelines sheet for organizing snacks
  • Coordinate the PA-sponsored fall and spring season hospitality tables
  • Complete Event Report

Student Activities Coordinator

  • Head the Student Activities Committee
  • Attend monthly Board meetings either in person or by conference call
  • Assist with the PA welcome table during registration in September
  • Coordinate Donut Days and other Treat Days, January Exam Treats, and Barn Babies
  • Complete Event Report

Spring Fling Chair

  • Attend monthly Board meetings
  • Plan annual Spring Fling for the student body, which includes:
    • Coordinate with the staff liaison for help from Facilities and the Audio Visual Dept. (music/sound)
    • Book food and inflatables vendors
    • Solicit donations of cash and beverages from parents, via SignUp Genius
    • Recruit volunteers and the loan of lawn games, via SignUp Genius, to work the day of the event
  • Complete Event Report

Class Representatives – (one boarding and one day for each class)

Class I Reps

  • Attend monthly Board meetings either in person or by conference call
  • Board liaison with Class I parents for all PA events
  • Coordinate with Class II Reps for Parents Weekend Class I/II Reception in October
  • Coordinate with other Class Reps to setup/breakdown Boarding Receptions in October
  • Coordinate with staff liaison to organize class-specific events and activities, including:
    • Working with Seniors to provide raffle items for annual Senior Showcase
    • Senior Showcase raffle in February, managing tickets, gifts, money, and thank you notes
    • Class I Prom Send-Off Dinner in June
    • Recruit Seniors and other parents to prepare slideshow for above Dinner/Prom
    • Food/drinks at after-Prom pickup
    • Gifts for the class and distribution of year books
  • Complete Event Report for each event

Class II Reps

  • Attend monthly Board meetings either in person or by conference call
  • Board liaison with Class II parents for all PA events
  • Assist with the PA welcome table during registration in September
  • Organize the annual Parents Weekend Class I/II Reception in October
  • Coordinate with other Class Reps to setup/breakdown Boarding Receptions in October
  • Organize the annual Class II parent dinner in January
  • Organize, through a coordinated effort with the Student Activities Office, the Class II Boat Dance in May
  • Complete Event Report for each event

Class III Reps

  • Attend monthly Board meetings either in person or by conference call
  • Board liaison with Class III parents for all PA events
  • Assist with the PA welcome table during registration in September
  • Organize the annual Class III parent dinner in October
  • Coordinate with other Class Reps to setup/breakdown Boarding Receptions in October
  • Coordinate with Class II Reps to deliver/setup food/beverages to boat for Class II Boat Dance in May
  • Complete Event Report

Class IV Reps

  • Attend monthly Board meetings either in person or by conference call
  • Board liaison with Class IV parents for all PA events
  • Assist with the PA welcome table during registration in September
  • Organize the annual Class IV parent dinner in October
  • Coordinate with other Class Reps to setup/breakdown Boarding Receptions in October
  • Complete Event Report

Liaisons

Communications Liaison

  • Attend monthly Board meetings either in person or by conference call.
  • Board liaison with Communication Office
  • Coordinate with staff liaison to disseminate accurate, timely information on School activities and events pertinent to parents
  • Write and update Centre Connection information five times per year

PIN Reps

  • Attend monthly Board meetings either in person or by conference call
  • Attend six PIN meetings and lectures to take notes
  • Report on PIN topics to the Board at monthly Board meetings
  • Encourage awareness of and use of the PIN web page
  • Coordinate with Milton’s Director of Community Service to take advantage of available grants and service awards
  • When possible, attend and report on additional lectures of interest to Milton parents held by PIN member schools
Parents' Association Meeting Minutes

Coming soon.

2017–2018 Parents’ Association

Forms:
Click here to download the Event Reimbursement form.
Click here to fill out the USPA Event Description form.

Executive Committee:
Ann Jenness – President
Leah Goldberg – Vice President
Claire Walton – Treasurer
Karen Falcone and Libby Albright – Co-Secretaries

Parents’ Association Committees
These volunteer committees have intermittent responsibilities supporting specific PA activities. They work closely with the associated board member:

Class Representatives:

Class I: Joanne Urquhart (Boarding) and Nina Panarese (Day)
Class II:
 Michelle D’Ambrosio (Boarding) and Barbara Ehret (Day)
Class III:
 Heidi DuBois (Boarding) and Jennifer Jordan (Day)
Class IV: Vicki Spencer (Boarding) and Anita Mraz (Day)

Communications Liaison: Rachel Wohanka
The parents’ newsletter, Centre Connection, is published five times each year to help inform parents about what’s happening on campus.

PIN Representatives:Christina Taborsky and Susanne Chiang
The Parents’ Independent School Network (PIN) is a volunteer-run, parent organization that brings representatives from 68 New England schools together for the exchange of information on non-academic issues of mutual concern and interest. Two divisions ensure age appropriate topics: Lower School and Upper School. Each division holds six meetings throughout the year, with a guest speaker or head of school presenting on salient topics.  Click here for the 2017 – 2018 PIN meetings calendar.  Each year, member schools can apply for grants or awards to recognize community service that their students have performed. Along with PIN history and mission information, parents can access past lectures, school survey results by topic, and minutes from past meetings on the secure school section of the PIN Web page. Please explore this Web page and its wealth of information on subjects such as managing stress, gap year, bullying, teaching leadership, sports health, managing the college process, and much more. Log in to your myMilton account to find the information you will need to access the PIN Web page.

 

Other Volunteer Opportunities

  • Volunteer to drive for the community service program. Throughout the year, the community service program needs driving help to get student volunteers to their service sites. If you have time during the school day, after school, or on a Saturday to drive students to and/or from their destinations, contact Andrea Geyling.
  • Bookbinding Group Seeks New Recruits. Interested in helping maintain the collections and preserve the treasures in Milton Academy’s libraries archives? Join a dedicated group of volunteers on Wednesdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. No previous experience is necessary. For more information, call 617-898-2191.