Rippowam Cisqua School Parents Association

Parents are an invaluable part of the Rippowam Cisqua School community who selflessly give of their time and talent to make the School a vibrant and welcoming place for families. As valued partners, we rely on the Parents Association to serve as a conduit between the parent body and the faculty, staff, and administration in support of the School mission.  

Every family automatically becomes a member of the Parents Association from the first day their child is enrolled in the School. The Parents Association provides many opportunities for parents to get engaged throughout the year. Whether you attend an event or organize one, your participation in the Parents Association adds to the vitality of the Rippowam Cisqua community and enhances the overall experience of your entire family.

List of 3 items.

  • Executive Committee

    The Parents Association Executive Committee serves as the primary liaison between the Parents and the Administration, meeting monthly with the Head of School and the Division Heads to share insights, views, and information.

    All officers of the Parents Association Executive Committee serve a minimum two-year term. The committee is comprised of the following people:

    Parents Association Chair
    Antoinette Sullivan

    Parents Association Chair, Lower Campus
    Jennifer Steffen

    Parents Association Chair, Upper Campus
    Lisa Kaufmann

    Parents Association Treasurer
    Brian Bubb
  • Volunteers

    Volunteerism is an integral part of our School and commitments, both large and small, help us to connect as a community and allow our children to see the value we place on their education. There are many ways for parents to get involved whether you have a few hours or a few days. Here is just a sample, but feel free to contact the Executive Committee to explore ways in which the PA can tap into your talents.

    Each grade has one Grade Rep who is responsible for keeping parents informed, coordinating grade wide events and communicating specific questions and concerns to the Parents Association and the Administration. Grade Reps serve a two-year term and also act as Class Parent for their child’s homeroom.

    On the Lower Campus and in grades 5-6, Class Parents serve as a liaison between the teacher and parents and coordinates in-class activities that require parent involvement. The Class Parent is also responsible for ensuring that new families are welcomed and connected with the existing RCS community.

    Parent volunteers are critical to ensuring the smooth execution of Parents Association events. You can lead a committee or join an enthusiastic team of individuals working towards a common goal.

    Parents are needed from time to time to help with specific school initiatives. In the past, parents have served as grade liaisons for our fundraising initiatives, Upper Campus renovation and as host families for admissions.

    Come support our sport teams at home or away, attend the PA meetings and events, participate in our service learning program or sign up for Car Door Opening on the Lower Campus. Your presence is the MOST important part of building a strong community.
  • Events & Activities

    The Parents Association organizes community-building events that provide opportunities for parents to meet other families, support children as learners, and give back to the school in meaningful ways.

    • PARENTS ASSOCIATION MEETINGS: The Parents Association hosts periodic meetings throughout the year during which parents meet for coffee and conversation to learn about upcoming school activities, new initiatives, and grade level programs. You can also connect with other parents and learn about volunteer opportunities or chat with faculty and administration who are often on hand to answer questions.
    • PARENT CONNECTION: Grade level cocktail parties and family events are held each year to give parents an opportunity to connect outside the school grounds.   
    • THE MERRY MARKET (NOVEMBER): Held the week before Thanksgiving break, this is the perfect time for friends and family to get a head start on their holiday shopping. Among the items for sale are home baked goods, festive holiday plants, and an assortment of hostess and holiday gifts, including jewelry and clothing from local vendors.
    • HOLIDAY RAFFLE (DECEMBER): The Raffle is one of our biggest events of the year as it offers families the chance to win tickets to theatrical, sporting, and holiday events, as well as special prizes that take place in the classroom in support of the Teacher Appreciation Program.
    • BOOK FAIRS (APRIL): A long standing tradition, book fairs are held concurrently on the Lower and Upper campuses with scheduled class time for students to explore their love of reading.
    • TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCH (MAY): A special luncheon is held each year to thank teachers on both campuses for their continued enthusiasm, dedication and hard work.  
    In addition to these school-wide events, the Parents Association helps plan student events such as the Upper Campus Spring Dance, family outings or ad-hoc activities. The PA also makes monetary contributions to the School for special projects which may include technology initiatives, speaker events, fundraising drives and more.  

Parents Association Core Values

The overlying goal of the Parents Association is to strengthen the RCS community, serving as the primary liaison between the School and parent body. To achieve this, we focus on three core values:

  • CONNECTION: We will foster a strong sense of connection and community by hosting activities and events thus providing opportunities for parents to get together with each other, faculty, and their children in fun and productive learning environments.
  • COMMUNICATION: We will provide a strong link between parents and the Administration by facilitating the exchange of ideas and information for school-wide initiatives while serving as a platform for parents to share views, interests, and perspectives.
  • COMMITMENT: By leveraging the power of community, strong leadership, open communication, and goal setting, we will be steadfast in our promise to develop meaningful and strong connections for our families.