A student's experience at SPA is a partnership between the family and school. SPA's two Parent Associations—one for Lower School parents and the other for Middle and Upper School parents—are organizations formed by and for SPA parents that are important pieces of that partnership. Both organizations support the community in two ways: by providing opportunities to support the work of the school; and providing ways for SPA parents to get to know each other, forming friendships and support networks as their students move through the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools.
Mission and Vision
Both Parent Associations share a common mission and vision, contributing to school life by:
- fostering a sense of community among students, parents, and the school
- providing parent education programs
- facilitating communication among parents and between the parent body and the school
- providing volunteer support
Both Parent Associations pride themselves on their openness, flexibility, and warmth. Parent Association leadership welcome all parent (and grandparent) involvement and are happy to help all SPA families find ways to be involved in the life of the school and connect with each other.
- Lower School Parent Association (LSPA) - Grades K-5
- Middle/Upper School Parent Association (M/USPA) - Grades 6-12
SPA's Lower School is an extraordinarily warm and welcoming community, and the Lower School Parent Association (LSPA) sponsors programs throughout the year that give moms, dads, grandparents, and any other family members the chance to be a part of that community. It's important for parents to feel comfortable in school, particularly when their children are young, and being a part of the LSPA is a wonderful way to connect with the teachers, staff, and other students who are such a large part of the Lower School. The LSPA also hosts events just for parents, building friendships and a sense of community that last throughout the family's time in the Lower School and continue and grow as the student moves through the Middle and Upper Schools.
All Lower School parents are automatically members of the LSPA and are encouraged to explore the participation opportunities that fit their family's schedule. Whether it's an hour a week or an hour a year, all parents are welcome to join us in whatever way works for them. Participation opportunities include:
- Serving as a Room Parent for the student's homeroom and acting as a liaison between the homeroom teachers and other parents.
- Volunteering in the library during K-2 library times or lacing ice skates during recess in the winter.
- Hosting a grade-level parent social in your home.
- Planning special events that take place throughout the school year including the Fall Family Picnic, Lower School Book Festival, Homecoming Carnival, Family Discovery Night, Family Movie or Game Nights, or the Used Uniform Sales.
- Serving as a Chair or Member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee to promote inclusivity in all LSPA events and host and/or promote special events such as speakers, book clubs, or musical events.
There are many, many more opportunities to get involved! To learn more about the LSPA and how it supports the Lower School, please contact Heather Rossi, 2019-20 LSPA President.
The Middle and Upper School Parent Association (M/USPA) is a fun and rewarding way to be involved in your student’s experience as s/he moves through the Middle and Upper Schools. We offer a wide range of opportunities for every schedule and interest to participate in the life of SPA and its parent/guardian community. We encourage parents to share their ideas, concerns, and insights about how to be inclusive and how to best serve each other and the school.
Our mission statement is fostering the parent community to support the mission of SPA. We accomplish this by hosting events that bring parents together throughout the school year. Participation and volunteer opportunities include the Speaker Series events, grade-level Parent/Guardian Socials, hosting student socials, Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days, winter celebrations, Book Festival, end-of-year Valleyfair excursion, pizza parties, and college-planning night receptions.
These are many opportunities to get involved. To learn more about the M/USPA and how it supports the school, please contact Mary Indritz, 2019-20 M/USPA President.