Parents Association

The Parent Association (PA) of The Winston School of Short Hills welcomes you to the 2017-2018 school year! We are excited about the year ahead and look forward to meeting and engaging with your families.

Our mission is to support, engage and connect the parent community, to provide social forums and program-enhancing activities for families, and to serve as a liaison between the parent community and the school administration. With help from the parents in our school community, we carry out this mission by supporting and hosting parent and student gatherings throughout the year, giving back to the community through service events, and by facilitating open communication between parents and the school.

Whether you are a working, traveling or stay-at-home parent, we hope you will join us in whatever capacity you are able in the year ahead. There are numerous opportunities to get involved, including volunteering for events, chairing committees, lending your expertise,  attending meetings, or simply sharing your feedback.

Meetings
The PA is planning some NEW meeting formats for the year ahead. In addition to regular PA business meetings, where we discuss and plan events, work on committee projects, and share feedback for our school leadership, we will be holding several parent socials. These socials will provide a fun, supportive environment where we can come together to talk about the unique issues that affect our children and families. In addition, members of event, social, budget, and service committees hold planning meetings throughout the year. Stay tuned for details and mark your calendars for our first regular meeting: Wednesday, September 13 at 8:15, immediately after drop-off.  We are committed to maintaining a strong Winston community, and we want to know what you think about our ideas and possible events to accomplish our mission. Please look out for a Survey Monkey that will be sent out in connection with our first meeting. We look forward to hearing from you!
 
Class/Grade Parents
Grade parents are a vital part of the Winston School parent community! As ambassadors of the Parent Association, they work to connect parents within specific grades through social ice-breaker events and communications. Stay tuned for details on your grade's end-of-August student gathering.
 
Our 2017-18 grade parents:
2nd: Kristine Foley and Fran Shea
3rd: Sarah Bodack
4th: Lori Schwartz and Kate Vail
5th: Taryn Glassman and Angie Drakulich
6th: Bernadette Miragliotta - need one more; please email us your interest
7th: Amy D'Andrea and Stacey Glassman
8th: Laurie Levy and Christine Galiardo
 
Dues & Teacher Gift Fund

At Winston, our children work with multiple teachers - often as many as 10 to 12 throughout the year. This can make holiday and year-end gift giving for teachers a bit overwhelming. The PA has found a creative way to help parents with this process.  The PA collects money from families early in the school year and uses the funds to present ALL of the teachers and staff members with holiday AND end-of-year gifts. The suggested gift amount per student is $120 (or $10 per teacher). By contributing to the Teacher Gift Fund, you do not have to worry about buying individual gifts for your child's teachers.

We will be asking for these funds in September, along with the annual PA dues ($35), which go toward fall and spring parties for the students, and more.

Thank you in advance for your participation!  We want your feedback!

Whether you're a new parent at Winston, or you've been part of the community, we want to hear your ideas and suggestions for making the Parent Association the best it can be. Please take our upcoming survey and feel free to reach out to us at:

Email: parentsassociation@winstonschool.org
Webpage: http://www.winstonschool.org/parents/
 
Officers:
Nancy Kover, President (Josh, 2017 graduate, and Jacob, 7th)
Angie Drakulich, Vice President (Laney, 5th)
Kate Higgins, Secretary (Chloe, 6th)
Sarah Shulman, Treasurer (Zach, 4th)
 

We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer! Please look for our volunteer signup sheet, PA event calendar, and more in our Back-to-School Packet, coming later this summer. See you in the fall!

Sincerely, The Winston School Parent Association


 

The Parents Association is always looking for new ideas to make our school a better place.  Please take a moment and share any ideas or suggestions that the Parents Association could implement.  If you are interested in volunteering please complete form.

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