Parents Council Membership

Parents Council is composed of Class Parents from each section of each grade and its officers: two Co-Chairs and a Vice Chair. Each gradehead section has one or more Class Parents, who serve one year terms. Class Parents support classroom teachers and work to foster a warm, inclusive and welcoming community for parents. They also help parents get questions answered by directing them to the appropriate resource within the school.

Parents Council hosts parent social and educational activities throughout the year, such as parent coffees and three or four Parent Community Evenings. Evening events provide educational forums with speakers whose expertise includes topics chosen to align with the school’s mission and are of interest to parents.

Shady Hill’s emphasis on community building is a hallmark that benefits all families. Parents Council is a school-sponsored organization that focuses on strengthening our community by providing opportunities for all parents to be involved in the life of the School through a variety of events during the year as well as facilitating volunteer opportunities.
Parents Council is composed of Class Parents from each section of each grade and three officers. All officers meet regularly with the Head of School, and the senior officer is a member of the Board of Trustees.
The role of Class Parent includes welcoming new families and coordinating events, such as class- or grade-wide potlucks and other functions. Class Parents also support their classroom teachers and the broader efforts of Parents’ Council.
Parents Council organizes events, from casual morning coffees to social and educational evening events. The Parent Community Evenings provide opportunities to hear from experts on a range of topics, including: parenting, learning and the brain, health and wellness, media and technology, gender and sexuality, socioeconomics, and politics. Recent speakers include Jennifer Bryan, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Rob Evans, Ned Hallowell, Ellen Langer, Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debbie Irving, Marje Monroe, John Ratey, Deborah Roffman, Catherine Steiner-Adair, Michael Thompson, and Rick Weissbourd. During these evening events, we provide childcare (MAP—Movie And Pizza nights!) for a small fee in order to make the events accessible to all families.

Parents Council is a good resource for new or current parents who are interested in getting involved in the life of the school community. Given the range of our parents work and family commitments, there are a variety of opportunities available. Here is a sampling:

Volunteer / Service                                      
    • Admission Tour Guides                                          
    • Annual Fund Volunteers                                         
    • Birthday Books Coordinator    
    • Class Parents                                
    • Faculty Appreciation Committee                          
    • Grandparents Day                                                       
    • International Fair
    • Library Helpers
    • Lost and Found
    • Parents Independent School Network (PIN)
    • Pizza Lunch
    • Shady Hill Fair
    In addition, parents of all currently enrolled students are members of the Shady Hill Corporation, which has an annual meeting each May and is responsible for electing members of the Board of Trustees.

    Parents Council 2017-2018 Officers

    Ravi Batra, Co-Chair
    Ruth Webb, Co-Chair
    Melissa McGaughey, Vice-Chair
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