As members of the Parker community, we are thrilled to welcome you to the PA and support your journey as parents at Parker!
A MESSAGE FROM THE PA PRESIDENT
On behalf of the Parents Association (PA), I would like to extend warm greetings to both our new and returning families as we enter the 2019-2020 school year. As a parent at Francis Parker School, you are automatically a member of the PA. We are here to represent your interests, facilitate parent communications, and support you on your journey through Parker.
PA participation is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and engage in the life of the School. There are ways, both large and small, to contribute throughout the academic year. Any contribution that you make is greatly appreciated by students and faculty, personally rewarding, and a model of community service for our children. We look forward to seeing you around Campus and at our many activities.
Here are just a few ways to become involved:
- Attend our general meetings to hear updates about our community and listen to informative guest speakers.
- Connect with other parents at grade-level parent mixers and grade-level pop-in coees.
- Read our monthly announcements in the PA section of the Parker Family Connection email newsletter to learn about volunteer opportunities and parent fellowship events.
Our goal is to enhance your Parker parent experience while supporting the School's mission, vision, and values. Let's come together and create a rewarding 2019-2020 school year for all!
Parents Association President
The Francis Parker Parent Association is pleased to present you with a short notebook highlighting the experience.
Whether you can give a lot of time or a little, there are many opportunities for you to participate and support Parker.
Current Parker parents can access more information about the PA as well as current volunteer opportunities by visiting the PA Resource Board.
The Parents Association has a rebate program through AmazonSmile.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Purpose of the PA?
The Parker Parents Association (PA) offers parents opportunities for active participation in a wide-range of volunteer activities.
The PA has four main goals: facilitating and enhancing communication between families and the school; promoting fellowship within the school community through student, parent, and family activities; assisting in fundraising for the school; and providing parent education regarding social issues that affect our students.
How Can I Join the PA?
Every parent is automatically a member of the Francis Parker School Parents Association. There are no dues or fees associated with membership.
Where can I Sign Up to Volunteer?
It's easy. View the volunteer page to see a listing of volunteer opportunities, dates and contact information, or visit the PA Board and Committee Chairs page to contact the vice president, committee chair or grade-level representative for the area(s) in which you're interested.
What is the PA Board Election Process?
Members of the Parents Association who are interested in being considered for a position as a PA officer or committee chair should express their interest to the Chair of the Nominating Committee.
Beginning in late January, a Nominating Committee is elected and begins the task of slating officers for the coming school year. The committee is chaired by the Immediate Past President and includes two appointed members from the Board and three from the general membership. At the April General Meeting each year, the Nominating Committee presents the slate of officers to the membership for their approval and election.
What Fundraisers does the PA Organize?
Our biggest fundraiser of the year is the annual Gala. The Gala includes a silent and live auction, dinner and dancing. The proceeds benefit student financial aid, faculty professional development and Parker's capital campaign.
Parents Association volunteers also organize several smaller fundraising events, including the eScrip program, whereby a percentage of purchases from participating parents are donated back to the school. These fundraisers benefit student activities and the arts and sciences programs at Parker.
Parents Association volunteers also coordinate the Lower School book fairs (December and May) in support of the Lower School Library and organize the gently-used uniform sales in the spring; proceeds benefit student activities at the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.
How does the PA Provide Education about Social Issues?
The Parents Association schedules regular lectures on a variety of topics relevant to different grades and ages of children. The lectures are held at different times of day and on both campuses to facilitate participation by all interested parents. The Parents Association also hosts parent coffees and parent dinners by grade level to allow parents to share information about their Parker experiences.
The Parker Parents Association is also a founding member of WeCare, a San Diego consortium of independent schools which offers several parent education events each year. WeCare's mission is to promote integrity, responsibility, ethical behavior and wellness in our school communities through ongoing collaboration and education. The participating schools include: Cathedral Catholic High School, Francis Parker School, La Jolla Country Day School, San Diego Jewish Academy, St. Augustine High School, The Bishop's School, and Warren Walker School.