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As we enjoy the relaxing pace of summer, we are beginning to look forward enthusiastically to the start of another school year in September. We are thrilled that Barrack will be welcoming a record number of new families to our community, and as Co-Presidents of the Parents’ Association, we want to extend the warmest of welcomes to each of these incoming families.
Barrack Academy’s Parents’ Association (BAPA, formerly known as the HSA) functions as a community-building organization, whereby parents feel engaged and valued as integral members of the Barrack family. There are a wide variety of programs, and countless ways for you, as parents, to get involved. Please read below for detailed information about some of our activities.
Each grade at Barrack has a social event specifically for parents of students in that grade. The socials are hosted by Barrack families who volunteer their homes to provide new and returning parents an opportunity to get acquainted in an informal setting. The Parents’ Association reimburses hosts up to $250 per event.
Please mark your calendars, as the following parent socials have already been scheduled:
6th Grade Parent Social – Hosted by Rachel Wachs, October 5, 2013 at 8pm
7th Grade Parent Social – Hosted by Nicole and Marten Hirsch, October 5th at 8pm
8th Grade Parent Social – Hosted by Shira and Alan Woronoff, date TBD
9th Grade Parent Social – Hosted by Lisa Glassner-Kovacs and David Kovacs, date TBD
10th Grade Parent Social – Hosted by Selina Luger and Michel Hoessly, date TBD
11th Grade Parent Social – Hosted by Kristin & Michael Karp, date TBD
12th Grade Parent Social – Hosted by Debbie and Brian Lurie, October 20th at 11am
POT LUCK DINNERS
In response to parents’ feedback that they would like to socialize in a more intimate gathering with fellow Barrack parents, the Parents’ Association created the Pot Luck Dinner program three years ago. This past year, we held four Pot Luck Dinners in a variety of geographic areas. Each dinner had between 8 and 14 participants. The parent response to these events was extremely positive, and the dinners afforded an opportunity to make meaningful connections with others in our community.
Jodi Gordon, firstname.lastname@example.org, will once again be chairing this program for the Parents’ Association. If you would be interested in hosting one of these Pot Luck Dinners, please email Jodi. More information about this program will be available in the fall.
SPORTS BOOSTER CLUB
The Booster Club is a parent organization that supports all Barrack Sports Teams. Our efforts help young athletes have a more spirited, enjoyable and rewarding sports experience. Through this organization, parents provide healthy snacks for Barrack athletes at home and away games, as well as team parties to boost morale. Debbie Lurie, email@example.com, will be chairing this program for the Parents’ Association. If you want to get involved with our Booster club, please contact her directly.
Each year we run an evening program meant to be a fun night out for parents. Chaired by Seyna Abel, Marcia Glickman and Ros Grossinger, we have had cooking demonstrations and flower arranging lessons. This past year, we held a cupcake decorating event in someone’s home. There were over 30 attendees, and the feedback from this program was very positive. We are currently in the process of planning for next year’s programs, so if you have any ideas, please let us know.
The Parents’ Association organizes dynamic speakers to help educate and inspire our school community. This year we invited Dr. Taliba Foster, a psychiatrist specializing in teen behavior, to run a program titled “The adolescent brain, stress, and coping tools for parents.” Parents found this event to be extremely informative and relevant. Dvora Reich, firstname.lastname@example.org, will continue to chair our educational programs for the coming year. If you have suggestions regarding topics or speakers whom you find interesting and relevant, please contact Dvora directly.
BARRACK: BAGELS, COFFEE AND LEARNING
The Parents’ Association runs adult learning sessions one Friday morning each month, from 8:15 – 9:15am. The sessions are led by area Rabbis, Barrack teachers, and other communal educators. The topic this past year was: Jewish Ethics: An Exploration of Midot and Pirkei Avot. We are currently making arrangements for next year’s speakers. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please contact us.
We provide support for any Barrack family in need, through our Mitzvah Corps. The nature of the support provided varies depending on each situation. We are proud that our Mitzvah Corps has coordinated meal preparation, carpooling, babysitting, transportation and other services, as the needs require. If you are interested in either Chairing this program, or volunteering to help as needs arise, please contact us.
FACULTY APPRECIATION LUNCHEON
The Parents’ Association organizes a lovely lunch for our outstanding faculty each year in the spring, under the direction of Belinda Raikin. This year’s luncheon was held in mid-June. If you would like to volunteer to help with teacher appreciation efforts, please let us know.
Volunteers help with the graduation ceremony, which is held in June. 11th grade parent volunteers help teachers and students while dressing, taking class photos and lining up for commencement. 12th grade parent volunteers plan and coordinate the Graduation dinner and celebrations.
SCHOOL CLUB SUPPORT
This past year, the Parents’ Association proudly supported a variety of student-led clubs and organizations including The Israel Club, The Chesed Club, and the Human Rights Club. Each year, the needs vary and opportunities for involvement emerge as the school year proceeds.
We hope that this overview of our activities has been informative. Please let us know how we can best serve your interests and needs. Our community depends on the active engagement and involvement of all of us. Please join us!
Lori and Tracy
Parents’ Association Co-Presidents