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

4
Welcome Table (10:30am-12:00pm) and Coffee (2:45-3:30pm; Student Center)

24
Parent Coffee (8:00-10:00am; Straus)

25
USPA meeting (7:00pm) featuring David Ball and Murielle St. Paul

OCTOBER

15
USPA meeting (8:15am) featuring Julie Seplaki and Heather Sugrue

18
Class I Social (6:30pm; Straus)
Class III Social (6:30pm; Wigg)
Class IV Dinner (6:30pm; RSG)

19
Parents’ Reception (4–5:50pm; RSG)

20
Hospitality Table (11:30am–2:30pm; Student Center)
Class II Dinner (6:30pm; RSG)

NOVEMBER

13
USPA meeting (7:00pm) featuring Rod Skinner

30
PIN meeting (9:00-11:00am; Straus)

JANUARY

8
USPA meeting (7:00pm) featuring Lisa Morin

FEBRUARY

5
USPA meeting (7:00pm) featuring Kelli Edwards and Adrian Anantawan

13
Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event

26
Upper School Panel and USPA social (7:00-9:00pm; Straus)

MARCH

4
USPA meeting (8:15am) featuring Caroline Sabin and Rob McGuirk

APRIL

2
USPA meeting (7:00pm) featuring Jackie Bonenfant and José Ruiz

MAY

21
USPA meeting (7:00 pm) featuring Rod Skinner

Details of Board Positions and Their Associated Volunteer Committees

Executive Committee

President

  • Develop meeting agenda and chair monthly USPA meetings
  • Edit monthly meeting notes from Secretary and post to website
  • Work with staff liaison to coordinate joint Milton/parent events throughout the year
  • Act as the USPA’s liaison with the Head of School and Upper School Principal
  • Work with VP and staff liaison to choose next year’s Board members
  • Recruit hosts and assist with the four USPA welcome receptions in late August

Vice President

  • Two-year commitment (one year as VP, second year as President)
  • Attend monthly USPA meetings
  • Act as the USPA’s co-liaison with the school
  • Work with the President and staff liaison to choose next year’s Board members

Treasurer

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

Secretary

  • Attend monthly meetings of the USPA
  • Record and distribute meeting minutes
    • Minutes are an important channel for the school administration, along with the PA, to disseminate information to the Milton parent community
    • Key initiatives and strategies of the school administration are discussed, as well as details and specific deadlines and requirements for upcoming events on campus

Committee Chairs

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon Chair

  • 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
Student Activities Coordinator
  • Head the Student Activities Committee
  • Attend monthly USPA meetings either in person or by conference call
  • Assist with the USPA 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

  • Plan annual Spring Fling for the student body, which includes:
    • Coordinate with the staff liaison for help from Facilities and the Audio Visual Department
    • Book food vendors
    • Plan activities and games
    • Recruit volunteers to work the day of the event
  • Complete Event Report

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

Class I Reps

  • Write welcome letter to Class I parents, to be sent out by school
  • Attend monthly USPA meetings either in person or by conference call
  • USPA liaison with Class I parents for all USPA events
  • Coordinate with President and staff liaison to organize class-specific events and activities, including:
    • Organize and host the annual Class I reception in October
    • 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

  • Write welcome letter to Class II parents, to be sent out by school
  • Attend monthly USPA meetings either in person or by conference call
  • USPA liaison with Class II parents for all USPA events
  • Organize and host the annual Class II parent dinner in October
  • Complete Event Report for each event

Class III Reps

  • Write welcome letter to Class III parents, to be sent out by school
  • Attend monthly USPA meetings either in person or by conference call
  • USPA liaison with Class III parents for all USPA events
  • Organize and host the annual Class III reception in October
  • Complete Event Report for each event

Class IV Reps

  • Write welcome letter to Class IV parents, to be sent out by school
  • Attend monthly Board meetings either in person or by conference call
  • USPA liaison with Class IV parents for all USPA events
  • Organize and host the annual Class IV parent dinner in October
  • Complete Event Report for each event

Liaisons

Communications Liaison

  • Attend monthly USPA meetings either in person or by conference call.
  • USPA 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 USPA meetings and report on last PIN meeting
  • Attend six PIN meetings and lectures to take notes for above reporting
  • 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

2018–2019 Parents’ Association

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

Executive Committee: Leah Goldberg, President; Michelle D’Ambrosio, Vice President; Claire Walton, Treasurer; Libby Albright, Secretary

Parents’ Association Committees: These volunteer committees have intermittent responsibilities supporting specific PA activities.

  • New Parent Welcoming Committee: Tisa Hughes and Mark Robinson; Michelle and Gerry D’Ambrosio; Jeannie and Todd Peters; Barbara and Greg Ehret
  • Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon Chair: Nicole Lippa
  • Student Activities Committee: Jen Jordan and Meredith Hall
  • Spring Fling Committee: Nicole Lippa and Ray Simmons

Class Representatives:


Class I: Michelle D’Ambrosio (Boarding) and Barbara Ehret (Day)
Class II:
 Heidi DuBois (Boarding) and Jen Jordan (Day)
Class III:
 Vicki Spencer (Boarding) and Kate Paiz (Day)
Class IV: Maria Fawcett (Boarding) and Amy Torrey (Day)

Communications Liaison: Ann Jenness

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

PIN Representatives:
 Susanne Chiang and Virginia Putnam

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.

Download the 2018–2019 PIN calendar.

PIN Web page:  Log in to your myMilton account to find the information you will need to access the PIN Web page.  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. 

 

Other Volunteer Opportunities

  • Volunteer to drive for the community engagement program. Throughout the year, the community engagement 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.

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