Parent Association

Building a Strong Community around Our School
The CA experience is enhanced by active and engaged parents who champion the mission and vision of our school. Parents are encouraged to become involved in a variety of ways, and they enjoy connecting with each other and school staff through our Parent Association (PA) and many interest groups, social gatherings, special events, and student-focused meetings throughout the year.

Volunteering

Each fall, the PA hosts the Get Involved Parent Volunteer Fair where parents can explore and sign up for activities throughout the year. Online sign-ups are also available.

Building Community

Creating a sense of community within our school includes organizing popular events like SPEAK Lectures and generating support for a variety of programs including financial aid, our libraries, faculty/staff appreciation, and community outreach programs. Contact our PA for more information.

 

PA FAQs

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  • What do the PA fundraising dollars support?

    Every year the faculty and administration from each division, the Visual & Fine Arts, and Athletic Departments create a wish list. In March, parents vote for the items they wish to see funded. Last year the PA funded items including: a water bottle filler, Stereolithography 3D printer, well pump equipment for Haiti, projectors for use on white wall with Smart Boards, Lego robots for 8th Grade STEM class, student lounge furniture, CNC wood carving machine, whiteboard tables for math classrooms, standing classroom desks, wireless headset microphones, tennis court canopies, and library furniture.
    In addition, the PA supports a variety of Enrichment Activities including: Library Acquisitions, SPEAK Series, Think and Drive Day, Arts Around, the Arts Festival, Taste of CA – A Celebration of Cultures, and Welcome Bags for new students.
    When you support Parent Association fundraising, your dollars are going to benefit your child and the CA community as a whole.
  • When is the next Parent Activity? (Art Tour, Hike, Book Club, Ski/Board trip)

    The Parent Association organizes all kind of activities open to all parents. Sign up on the Volunteer Form to be added to an activity's email list or you are always welcome to pop in. Most current information is on the Parent Association Calendar.
  • If I didn’t sign up to volunteer at Get INvolved - the Parent Volunteer Fair - is it too late?

    It’s never too late! Click here to view the A-Z Parent Volunteer & Activty Guide.
  • What is the Faculty Appreciation Committee (FAC)?

    The FAC Committee is organizes parents to support the faculty and staff at CA. The committee provides dinners during Back-to-School nights, snacks during conferences, and plans a special holiday Cookie Fest. 
  • What is “Taste of CA: A Celebration of Cultures”? (February)

    This evening is one of the most entertaining and fun of the year. Parents, students, faculty, and staff come together to celebrate all our various cultures and customs, share our unique culinary offerings and enjoy entertainment from around the world. Bring your family's favorite dish, decorate a table, and join in the celebration. Everyone is welcome.
  • What is the Used Book Sale and how can I get involved? (January/February)

    This is one of the Parent Association’s oldest and most popular fundraising events. Join us in the Sadler Room of the Campus Center to find an extensive selection of children’s and adult books, games, and puzzles. Be on the look out for volunteer opportunities and share a few moments of your time to help the first week with sorting and organizing books, the second week is the sale. Please drop by and say hello and you will discover this event is also a great way to meet other parents who share your love of books.
  • How does PA Gifting work? (March)

    Parent Association fundraisers throughout the year bring our community together and raise money that is gifted back to the school in two ways. We support a variety of school enrichment programs such as SPEAK, Arts Around, Library Acquisitions, Taste of CA, Welcome Committee, just to mention a few. These programs are supported on a yearly basis and are fixed items in the PA budget.
     
    In addition to these programs, depending on the amount of money raised each year, there is a sum of money that is gifted back to the school to fulfill “wish lists” by each division, and the Fine Arts and Athlectic Departments. Each spring parents have the opportunity to vote for their favorite items through an online system. 
  • What is Think & Drive? (April)

    This program is designed to reach CA Upper School students with the message that it is important to develop safe driving habits. The activities are incorporated into the regular school day and include speakers, dramatic presentations and videos. If you are an Upper School parent please consider helping out during this event. 
  • What is the Arts Festival? (Spring)

    The Arts Festival is an all-school celebration which showcases the amazing student artists in all divisions. The PA needs help framing, hanging and organizing this event. Be on the look out for volunteer opportunities and share a few moments of your time.
  • What is the Parent Luncheon in May?

    Colorado Academy and the Parent Association host a beautiful lunch in the Cedar Garden, on the south side of Welborn House, to celebrate the entire parent community. There is also a special tradition of paying tribute to parents who have their last child in the current graduating class. Everyone is invited to attend, invitations are emailed out in April.
  • What is Giant Relay Day and do parents attend? (May)

    Giant Relay Day is CA’s version of Field Day!!! This is an all school celebration, and Lower School parents are encouraged to attend. Eighth grade students help the faculty organize and run the activities for the LS, while the 6th and 7th grades take field trips away from campus for the morning. The day culmintates with the Giant Relay between US students, faculty, alumni, and parent teams.

2017-2018 Officers

Maggie Shapiro, President
Denise Kay, President-Elect

Upcoming All Parent Events

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