parents' Association

Fostering Community

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.

Parents' Association Committees

Class Representatives

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.


All-School Ice Skating Party

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.


Book Fair

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. Event Date: November 1-3, 2017.

Dads' Committee

This committee hosts a range of social and cultural events throughout the year. These include a family bowling night, an outing to the Nutcracker, and various other athletic, theater, music, and dance events. The committee also sponsors bi-weekly parent basketball games in the Hewitt gym.

Book Club

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.

Staff Appreciation

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.

Merchandise and Uniforms

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.


Parent Education

This new 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.

Joint Schools Activities Representatives (Grades 5-8)

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.


Annual Benefit

Held each spring, the annual Hewitt Benefit is a wonderful opportunity to socialize with fellow parents and raise funds to support our school. Committee members help plan, staff, set-up, sell tickets, underwrite, and/or solicit auction items for the event.

Kindness

Members of this committee provide support to Hewitt families, faculty, and staff who are experiencing challenging and difficult life events such as illness, divorce, or death. They also acknowledge celebratory milestones such as births and marriages.

Athletic Spirit

Committee members are responsible for cultivating school pride by promoting athletic events and games, increasing student and family attendance, establishing and coordinating spirit activities, and providing general support to Hewitt Athletics throughout the year.


Theater Arts

This committee is responsible for promoting performances, providing chaperones, making costumes, offering night-of assistance, fulfilling general backstage needs, and offering box office oversight in support of the school’s drama and music performances.

Decorating

This committee decorates for various annual events, including faculty and staff appreciation days, the faculty holiday party, and the senior dinner.

Tech and Communications Liason

Behind-the-scenes technical and communications support is provided for PA activities including managing MyHewitt PA pages, working with the merchandise committee to update the online store, and creating and maintaining RSVP forms.

Current parents who are interested in joining a committee are invited to fill out the Hewitt Parents' Association volunteer interest form.