An Independent K-12 school on a beautiful wooded campus, 3 miles from Washington, D.C.

Parent Association

For almost two decades, the Parent Association (PA) has been an integral part of The Potomac School. As outlined in our mission statement, the PA works not only with, but also on behalf of all parents in an effort to build and support the Potomac community. All parents are members.

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Through the 17 committees that make up the Parent Association, we provide many opportunities to become involved in the life of the School. Fall Frolics, the Scholarship Auction, Class Representatives, and the Parent Diversity Committee are just a few of the key events and programs that rely on the creativity and energy of parent volunteers.

Visit the Parent Association pages on CampusNET for in-depth information on committees, activities, and volunteer opportunities.

Questions? Please contact the Development Office at (703) 749-6329. We will be glad to assist you.

Leadership

Parent Association Executive Committee 2017-18

Nicole Alexander, Chair

Christine Labrecque, Chair-Elect

Diane Halpin, Secretary

Annie Pacious, Treasurer

Jeanett Yonemoto, Nominating Chair

Strategic Goals

1. Foster a sense of community throughout the School.

2. Encourage and promote volunteerism.

3. Welcome new families to our community.

4. Facilitate communication between the School and parents.

5. Raise funds through activities such as the Annual Fund, Fall Frolics, Book Fair and Panther Pride.

6. Support the School’s educational programs through the Distinguished Speakers Series and the Diversity Committee.

Membership

All parents and guardians of students attending The Potomac School are automatically members of the Parent Association, and are encouraged to attend general Parent Association meetings.

Meetings

The Parent Association holds three to four Potomac Community general meetings throughout the year. One of these meetings is held jointly with the Board of Trustees. Meeting dates are posted on the school’s calendar on CampusNET.

Organization

1. Governing Documents. By-Laws of The Parent Association are posted on CampusNet

2. Governance. Officers and at-large members of the Parent Association Executive Committee are chosen by a Nominating Committee and serve a one or two-year term.

3. The Parent Association Executive Committee.

a. Purpose. The Parent Association Executive Committee is responsible for implementing the strategic goals of the Parent Association.

b. Membership. The Parent Association Executive Committee consists of nine members: Chair, Chair-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, plus eight “at-large” members appointed by the Nominating Committee.

c. Meetings. The Parent Association Executive Committee shall meet monthly throughout the school year (September-June) to discuss financial and organizational matters.

Nominating Committee

1. Purpose. The Nominating Committee is responsible for making recommendations to fill vacancies on the Executive Committee and Committee Chairs.

2. Membership.

The Nominating Committee shall consist of the current Vice Chair of the Parents Association, one representative from the School’s administration, and two members of the School’s community that have been chosen by the Nominating Committee. Any member of The Potomac School community that desires to serve on the Nominating Committee may nominate himself or herself by completing a Parent Association volunteer form.

3. Procedures Relating to Nominations.

a. Executive Committee. The Nominating Committee is responsible for making recommendations to fill vacancies on the Executive Committee for the following year. Recommendations will be submitted to the Head of School for final approval.

Committees

Around the World

Around the World is the Potomac community's annual celebration of the diverse ethnic interests and heritages of the school's students, families, faculty, and staff. Last spring, members of the community put together exhibits showcasing the food, arts, languages, and history of 36 countries. Event highlights included a percussion group, a Bollywood dance troupe, and Potomac students performing native dances from a variety of countries.

BOOK FAIR

A treasured annual event, Book Fair is a huge sale of used books collected from the Potomac community. Funds raised through the sale support Potomac’s libraries. During two weeks in November, we host a book collection drive, sort the books, and set up and run the sale. Book Fair succeeds because of our dedicated volunteers! We welcome all families to play a part in this Potomac tradition, which fosters our shared love of reading.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

The Parent Diversity and Inclusion Committee works to ensure that parents are active partners in fulfilling the school's goals as they relate to diversity and inclusion. The committee helps to foster an inclusive environment for all social and ethnic groups at Potomac by arranging discussions; readings; presentations with guest speakers; and dialogues among faculty, students, and families.

FALL FROLICS

Fall Frolics has been a beloved Potomac tradition for almost 40 years. Fall Frolics events include a family carnival, student raffle, and the Nearly New clothing boutique. This great event supports student scholarships and faculty professional development. Hundreds of volunteers are needed each October to make this week of festivities a success! This year, the carnival will be held on Saturday, October 17.

FATHERS ASSOCIATION (FAPS)

FAPS consists of all fathers and male guardians of Potomac School students. The organization’s mission is to sponsor educational, cultural, and recreational activities for students and their families, to further enrich the Potomac experience for everyone and promote the sense of community for which our school is known. Past activities have included the Welcome Back Cookout; the fall campout for Lower and Middle School students and their families; the winter skating party; the Upper School homecoming bonfire; team tailgate parties; hikes; outings to local sporting events and theater performances; and volunteer efforts for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Stewardship Day, and Earth Day. FAPS members also man the grills for the Panther Pit and various school cookouts throughout the year.

GRANDPARENTS DAY

This committee works with the school to coordinate Grandparents Day, held each May. Volunteers serve as welcoming ambassadors, hosts at the opening breakfast, and guides to and from the various assemblies.

NEW PARENT MENTORING

Volunteers for this committee serve as mentors to families new to the Potomac School. Current families are paired with new families in the spring and stay in touch over the summer and during the following school year.

PANTHER PRIDE

Potomac's athletic booster club runs the concession stand known as the Panther Pit. The Pit is open daily during the school year from 2:30 to 4:00 pm, as well as for many home games. The committee also helps to organize and host several events throughout the year, including the Welcome Back Cookout, Homecoming and the accompanying bonfire, Winter Sports Weekend, and Spring Sports Day.

PARENT FORUMS

Parent Forums are a great way for parents to engage in conversations with other parents in their child’s grade about important non-academic issues. This committee organizes the parent forums and trains the facilitators.

PARENTS COUNCIL OF WASHINGTON

The Parents Council of Washington (PCW) is a consortium of approximately 60 independent schools in the Washington metro area that provides networks, resources, and information for parents, school administrators, and students to help navigate the challenges and opportunities of education and childhood/young adult development while building a strong community. Potomac is a PCW member and has two parent representatives that communicate to our community.

PARENTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION

The Parents for Environmental Action (PEA) Committee works with student and faculty environmental groups to help students experience the natural resources of our 92-acre campus in purposeful and sustainable ways. Parents work on outdoor-related programs such as the twice yearly Farmer's Market, Spring and Fall Stewardship Days, tours of Potomac's woods, Earth Day environmental initiatives, and our campus vegetable-gardening programs.

SCHOLARSHIP AUCTION

The Scholarship Auction is a festive evening that raises critical funds for student scholarships and faculty professional development. On Auction night, the Potomac community joins together in a celebration of good food, extended friendships, and a great cause. The Auction also serves as a community builder, and working on this event provides an excellent opportunity to meet other parents and become part of a vibrant team. Every member of the Potomac community has a talent or skill to offer. Volunteer opportunities are plentiful, and we need you to get involved. Watch Paw Prints for information on this much-anticipated annual celebration.

SERVICE LEARNING

Service learning at The Potomac School brings academics to life by creating meaningful and transformative experiences that empower students to think critically, use their creativity, and integrate their learning with action. As part of our school’s continued transition from community service to service learning, this committee assists with Potomac’s two-decade tradition of monthly sandwich making in partnership with Martha’s Table and helps to integrate service learning into such beloved traditions as Book Fair, May Day, and Grandparents Day.

SPEAKER

This committee of volunteers identifies and invites distinguished individuals representing politics, the arts, science, media, government, nonprofits, and other areas of endeavor to share their perspectives with the Potomac community.

SUNSHINE

This committee provides much-needed support to families going through a difficult time. Volunteers may be asked to make a meal for a family, provide carpooling or play dates, or just offer support.

TRADING POST

The Trading Post collects, organizes, and resells gently used uniforms at Potomac. Volunteers are needed once a month to help organize and set up the Trading Post and sell uniforms.

WELCOME

This committee participates in the Welcome Back Cookout and the New Parent Reception, held at the beginning of each school year. It also works with other committees throughout the year in an effort to welcome new families into our community.

Scholarship Auction

Our annual auction raises funds to support faculty professional development and student scholarships. Learn more.

Fall Frolics

Food, games, and fun on the quad. This annual October event brings out the entire community.
Learn more.

Book Fair

Thousands of books - a beloved community event. Learn more.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Parent Association strives to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of the entire Potomac community. We are an association that understands and embraces the school’s mission statement, and we work collectively to support all aspects of the school’s educational, athletic, artistic, and fundraising endeavors.

We facilitate open communication and serve as liaisons between the parents and the school’s administration. As a group, we are committed to maintaining a strong community and do so by uniting and supporting the many volunteer organizations at the school.

The Parent Association is comprised wholly of parent volunteers; it is this strong tradition of parent involvement that reflects the core values of the Potomac community.