The mission of Hewitt's Parents' Association (PA) is to foster a spirit of community and serve as a resource for all Hewitt families. In addition to providing support to new and current families, the PA plans school-wide events for students and parents, and organizes everything from the annual book fair to guest speakers to fundraising initiatives. A communication conduit between families, administrators, and faculty, Hewitt Parents' Association plays a critical role in our home-school partnership.
- All-School Ice Skating Party
- Book Club
- Book Fair
- Class Representatives
- Dads' Basketball
- Family Activities
- Joint Schools Activities Representatives (Grades 5-8)
This annual committee plans Hewitt’s ice skating party, a well-attended and highly-valued K-12 community-building event. Responsibilities include working with the venue, party planning, and overall event promotion. The committee collaborates with the merchandise team to ensure themed merchandise is sold at the event. Committee members are expected to attend and help manage the event.
The book club is open to parents, grandparents, alumnae, parents of alumnae, and friends, and meets three times throughout the year. Committee co-chairs are responsible for selecting the books, organizing the meetings, leading an inclusive discussion, and choosing the dinner menu. Additional responsibilities include coordinating with the book fair committee to ensure that book club selections are available for sale and managing the group's Facebook page. Book selections are chosen, approved, and announced by the start of school.
This multi-day event begins with an evening reception for parents followed by consecutive daytime sales for students. Committee members organize, set-up and run all aspects of the event. They first establish a theme and then implement daily operations including, but not limited to, diverse book selections based on recommendations from teachers and librarians, a floor plan, a volunteer schedule, grade visits and home delivery options.
Additionally, the committee works with the merchandise team to coordinate their corresponding sale, and the Book Club committee to ensure all club selections are available during the sale.
Class representatives serve as ambassadors for Hewitt, providing channels of communication and coordination between parents and the PA. They attend class representative training and meetings, regular PA meetings, and grade-wide events. Class representatives are informed about events at school and encourage parents to get involved with school activities. Additionally, they assist the administration, faculty and executive board with school events. Each lower school homeroom has their own class representative, and there are two representatives per grades in the middle and upper school.
All parents and guardians are eligible to serve as class representatives. Parents may nominate themselves or others to serve as a class representative. The Parents’ Association co-presidents and the class representative managers, in consultation with the school administration, select class representatives. Generally, this volunteer position lasts no more than two consecutive years.
Two parent representatives from each grade (5-8) assist with organizing activities sponsored by the Joint Schools Activities committee (JSA). Established by the Parents’ Associations of 13 member schools, the JSA coordinates service-oriented social activities for middle school students at single-sex independent schools. Hewitt’s representatives serve as liaisons with the JSA, the class representative managers, and the partnering schools.
- Kindness Committee
- Merchandise and Uniforms
- Parent Education
- School Plays and Musicals
- School Spirit and Athletics
- Staff Appreciation
- Valentine's Day Breakfast
The merchandise committee hosts several sales during the year, providing opportunities for parents, students, alumnae, faculty, and staff to purchase Hewitt apparel, spirit wear, jewelry and gift items featuring the school logo. The committee sources, designs, and purchases all sale items. Volunteers are needed to support these activities both in the early morning and the evening.
This committee is run in conjunction with the Assistant Head of School, the Director of Diversity and Inclusivity, and the PA Executive Board and provides resources and coordinates events centered around parent education. Committee members generate ideas for parent programs, outside speakers, and coffee talks; and curate a resource list to be shared with parents that includes articles, books, videos and lectures.
The staff appreciation committee plans and hosts a celebratory lunch twice a year on Parent/Teacher Conference Day. Their goal is to recognize and thank teachers and staff for their hard work and dedication. The committee also coordinates a special gift for teachers and staff during teacher appreciation week in May.