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 am excited to welcome you to the 2021-22 school year. The past two school years have been challenging for all of us, and we’ve all been stretched in ways we didn’t know we could stretch. As we slowly return to some of our normal activities, the PA will continue to serve as a resource for all Parker parents, enhancing the community and supporting your family on your journey. As a Parker parent, you are automatically a member of the PA, and this year, more than ever, we will strive to reinforce the bonds that make us one school family.
We rely on parents like you to ensure the continued success of the PA. Our creative parent volunteers found ways to preserve and sustain our traditional activities despite the past year’s challenges. We are excited to continue that work with a renewed emphasis on connections and community. Please consider the following ways to become involved:
- Attend our monthly general meetings to hear updates about our community, mingle with other parents, and listen to informative guest speakers.
- Connect with other parents at grade-level coffees and parent mixers.
- Read our announcements in the PA section of school emails.
- Browse the “Parents Association” resource board, located on the Parker Portal, to catch up on events and connect with other PA volunteers.
As we embark on a new year at Francis Parker School, I look forward to reconnecting with returning families and getting to know new families in the spirit of our community. Together we can build relationships that will make this a wonderful 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.
In the first quarter of the calendar year, 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.
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 Parker's student financial aid program.
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 throughout the school year; 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 "pop-ins" 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.