All current Packer parents and guardians are members of the Parent Association and are invited to participate in our wide range of activities — from our fall and spring all-school meetings to our signature events and parent discussion groups.
Please explore to learn more about ways to get involved, meet other parents and families, and support our wonderful school.
Volunteering is a great way to meet other parents while helping to enrich school life for our children.
— To create and maintain a warm and welcoming community for all Packer families.
— To facilitate communication between parents and the school administration.
— To support faculty objectives with educational program events.
— To raise money for the Community Fund, which helps families cover certain ancillary costs of an independent school education, such as student travel, certain academic and athletics-related expenses, instrument rental, etc.
Our events and parent discussions are great opportunities to connect with other parents and families and support our school.
Find details and sign-up links on the PA Events Calendar
Welcome Breakfasts (Thu Sept 5 and Fri Sept 6)
New: Community Engagement Orientation and Project (Sat Sept 28)
Pumpkin Patch (Sun Oct 20)
All School PA Meeting (Wed Oct 30)
Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging (Sat Nov 16)
Holiday Gift Fair (Fri Dec 13)
Skate Party (Thurs Jan 16)
Martin Luther King Jr. Workshop and Peace Walk (Mon Jan 20)
Faculty Art Exhibition and Concert (Tues Feb 4)
Cultural Day (Sun Feb 9)
Spring Benefit (Fri Mar 6)
Sip & Shop Book Fair Preview (Tues Apr 28)
Book Fair (Wed Apr 29 through Fri May 1)
All-School PA Meeting (Wed May 13)
Breakfast Social (Wed May 20)
Family Picnic (Sun Jun 7)
Parent Discussion Groups
Find details and sign-up links on the PA Meetings & Discussions Calendar
No membership required.
The mission of the Diversity Parent Discussion Group is to help create a safe, welcoming and supportive space for parents to address issues of diversity at Packer. We strive to help our school be a place where diversity is valued, respected and nurtured by creating an environment of inclusiveness and equity.
Our goals are:
- To serve as a resource for parents as they engage the school on matters of diversity and equity.
- To address barriers to and embrace opportunities for enhanced diversity among the student and faculty body.
- To align meetings, discussions and events with diversity programming within the school on topics related to the entire range of human differences including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, learning differences, physical ability and family structure.
The Packer PA Community Engagement Committee (CEC) aims to create opportunities for Packer families to participate in meaningful community engagement activities and build community both among Packer families and between families and the larger community surrounding our school. CEC events also support the work of the service programming happening inside of the school. The goal of the school’s service and community engagement programming is to support our mission of building empathetic, responsible and globally minded individuals. We hope that participating in these activities will provide students with opportunities to think deeply, speak confidently and act with purpose and heart.
In addition, Packer’s service programming is adopting the FARE process to help us structure our activities. FARE stands for Familiarization, Action, Reflection and Extension; we believe that before participating in an activity it is important to familiarize ourselves with the organization and the issues that our service activity is addressing. Then, taking action happens in context and has more meaning for all involved. We also believe in taking time to reflect to think about what we experienced and what we learned as a result of that activity and finally, think about how we can extend what we have learned beyond this activity.
The mission of the Parent Association Learning Support Committee is as follows:
- To provide a forum for parents to share their experiences and to learn about resources available to support their children and families.
- To destigmatize learning differences.
- To present programs that educate the parent body, faculty and administration about learning and learning differences.
- To serve as an additional information conduit between the school learning support department and parents, and between parents and the administration.
Who we are
The PA Learning Support Committee is composed of parents who have an interest in exploring issues relating to learning differences, usually because they have a child with learning differences. However, because the committee recognizes that all children have their own learning style, our programs are often relevant to the entire community. The committee’s overarching goal is to support parents so that they can better support their children as learners. As part of that goal we aim to support the work of the school’s Learning Skills Department and serve as a liaison between the department and parents.
About learning differences
According to current statistics, one in five children has a learning difference (e.g. communications issues, executive functioning weaknesses, language processing issues, ADHD). The percentage is about the same at Packer. These issues often co-exist with high intelligence. Many of our children, who receive well-intentioned reminders to “read more”, “listen carefully to directions”, “organize your belongings”, “memorize your math facts”, and “be a little quicker, please,” may really suffer from undiagnosed learning differences that need to be recognized and accepted before they can be understood and addressed. A high percentage of parents who notice their child exhibiting learning difficulties wait a year or more before acknowledging that their child has a problem, often due to a lack of understanding of the nature of the problem. Learning differences can be diagnosed in pre-school, lower school, middle school, high school, college or beyond.
Packer’s support of learning differences
Although Packer is a competitive college preparatory school it recognizes that some of its students have learning differences. To help children meet the school’s rigorous academic demands and better succeed regardless of learning style, Packer has a Learning Skills Department comprised of learning specialists, as well as school psychologists, in each division. Educating ourselves about learning differences and what Packer offers as support gives us the skillset to help our children successfully negotiate the educational environment and build a better foundation for the future.
What we do
In order to support and educate parents we sponsor two types of meetings:
Open Meetings: Approximately once a month we have an open meeting, usually in the morning, to which all parents are invited. The goal of these meetings is to give parents a place to share information, get help from other parents concerning problems their children may be facing,
suggest evening programs that parents and educators would find useful, and elicit feedback from parents regarding the communication and implementation of school policies or programs that affect children with learning differences. We give feedback to the head of the Learning Skills Department about issues that are of concern to parents and feedback to parents about what the Learning Skills Department is doing to address their concerns.
Evening Presentations: We organize evening presentations on a variety of learning-related topics for parents, faculty and the administration. Many of these programs are relevant to all children as learners, not just to those with learning differences. When appropriate, students are also welcome at our events.
Lastly, we strive to be an information conduit by notifying parents about meetings at other venues that might be of interest to them and by posting articles or book references on learning differences.
For further information or to see how you can become more involved, please contact the Learning Support Committee Co-Chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many ways to get involved — from selling tickets or merchandise, to serving as a class rep, to working on an event committee, to joining a parent discussion group, to serving on the PA Board.