Parents Association

The Parents Association (PA) of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School strives to involve all of our families, nurturing our diverse and welcoming community, supporting educational excellence at St. Patrick's, and creating a spirit of volunteerism and generosity. The work of the PA contributes to the life and vitality of the Day School. Guided by an Executive Committee, and in partnership with the broader school community, the PA leads community-building and fundraising initiatives. These efforts enable the PA to support the professional development and recognition of our faculty and staff, to serve as a resource to school families, and to enhance the spirit and character of St. Patrick’s.

Who We Are

PA Leadership, 2019-2020

President: Katherine Lucas

Vice President for Communications: Hillary Chassin

Vice President for Community Service: Emily Lawrence

Vice President for Equity: Karon Harden

Vice President for Faculty & Staff Recognition: Imani Edwards

Vice President for Horizons Greater Washington: Elaine del Cerro

Vice President-at-Large: Kit Ballenger

Vice President for PA Sales: Shannon Powell McCarter

Vice President for Room Parents: Elizabeth Engel

Vice President for Volunteers: Tashia Senn-Jones

Assistant Treasurer: Lucia Cassidy

Treasurer: Stephanie Goldfine

Recording Secretary: Kelley Rogge

Development Office Liaison: Chris Bolger

What We Do

Families do not need to “join” the Parents Association (PA), as all St. Patrick’s parents are automatically members. Run by volunteers and directed by the PA Executive Committee, the PA sponsors a range of activities and events for parents and families throughout the year to build community and raise funds. The PA keeps a full calendar of activities, with volunteer opportunities and events that include:

  • Family Fun Day
  • Book Fair
  • Grandparents and Special Friends Visiting Day
  • Family Bingo Night/Skating Night

Major Events in 2019 - 2020

Family Fun Day: Saturday, October 19

Fall Book Fair: Tuesday, November 19 to Thursday, November 21

Grandparents & Special Friends Visiting Day (Grades K-5): Tuesday, November 26

Family Bingo Night: Friday, January 31

School Pictures - Grades 5-8: Tuesday, October 8

School Pictures - Kindergarten-Grade 3: Thursday October 10

School Pictures - Nursery School and Grade 4: Friday, October 11

Parents Association Open Meetings

The Parents Association (PA) offers two opportunities to come to a PA meeting--one in the fall and one in the spring. Come to learn more about what the PA is working on, and hear from faculty who benefited from the PA summer grants.

Open Meetings will be held on Wednesday, October 16 and April 15.

Parents Association Faculty & Staff Appreciation Events
The Parents Association sponsors several opportunities each year for parents and students to recognize and show their appreciation for St. Patrick’s faculty and staff. These events include appreciation breakfasts and holiday snacks.


Gifts & Grants

Each year, the PA raises funds for gifts to the school and for the faculty and staff grants. Recent grant recipients have studied ornithology, children’s yoga, Afro-Caribbean drumming, and 3D printing.

There are two grant programs available for faculty and staff: The Faculty and Staff Summer Travel and Study Grant Program and the Educational Innovation Grant—a joint grant between the Parents Association and the Day School.

The goal of the Faculty and Staff Summer Travel and Study Grant Program is to give individuals the chance to pursue vocational or academic study and/or travel experiences that will enhance their practice, the academic lives of St. Patrick’s students, and the Day School community at large.

The goal of the Educational Innovation Grant Program is to encourage individuals to undertake program design work that is innovative and interdisciplinary in nature and will make a significant contribution to the current and future Day School program.

Recent Grants and Gifts from the PA


2019 Grants to the Day School:

Sam Mason traveled to Peru to learn about their sustainability practices and diverse wildlife.

2018 Grants to the Day School:

Bridget Mack traveled to Iceland to enrich her knowledge of genetic research.

Anne Tyler prepared an oral history of the Haiti Partnership Program between St. Patrick's and our partner school St. Etienne in Haiti.

2017 Grants to the Day School:

Kankunda Klingenberg traveled to England to study Anglican cathedrals and visit the Stained Glass museum.

Danielle Wade took Mandarin lessons at the International School of Languages in Bethesda, MD.

The Reverend Amy Yount ‘77 took a Spanish immersion course at Dartmouth College.

2016 Grants to the Day School:

Science teacher Will Cook and Art teacher Elizabeth Markowitz enhanced the Grades 5 and 6 Tinker Station.

The Educational Innovation Grant went to the Design-Thinking Initiative from four faculty members: Davina Chu (Grade 4), Ashley Doriss (Kindergarten), Mary Beth James (Lower School Learning Specialist), and Elizabeth Markowitz (Art). This grant provided the opportunity to attend a design-thinking workshop at the Nueva School in the San Francisco Bay Area. Teacher will increase their depth of understanding of the design-thinking process and to support colleagues in developing engaging, project-based programs that build design-thinking expertise.

2015 Grants to the Day School:

In 2014-15, the award went to the Sustainable City Project from five faculty and staff members: Jonathan Fichter (Academic Technology Coordinator), Tom Vorenberg (Grade 7 Humanities), ReAnna Laney (Head Librarian), and Maegan Rose (Librarian) and Michelle Basile (Science). This grant provided training for a blended-learning course that explores the question: What could a city of the future look like? The grant supported an interdisciplinary program for middle school students that integrates environmental science, history, art, and culture.

Dr. Beth Cole, Grade 6 Math teacher, attended additional training to continue to develop the STEM curriculum in Grade 6 course in SketchUp provided Dr. Cole with additional proficiency in 3D printing that she will use to help her students in their design work.

Lauren Marshall, Kindergarten teacher, obtained a 20-hour Children's Yoga Certification to enhance her personal practice of yoga and to bring the peace of yoga to her students in a more meaningful way.

Anne Tyler, Grades 7 and 8 Music teacher, traveled to Oconomowoc, Wisconsin to study world music drumming with West African and Caribbean drumming master teachers. The drumming course deeply enhanced Mrs. Tyler's world music curriculum.


2019 Gifts to the Day School:

  • Books for the new MacArthur Campus Library
  • Inter-campus bike supplies
  • Hydroponics indoor garden for the MacArthur Campus
  • Laser cutter for the Whitehaven Campus Design Lab
  • Funds for a Primary School Playground sound garden

2018 Gifts to the Day School:

  • Books for the new MacArthur Campus Library
  • Spanish language books for both the Whitehaven Campus and the MacArthur Campus
  • Cataloging and inventory system for the costume room
  • Two 3D printers for the Whitehaven Campus Science Lab
  • Growing lights and a grow cart for the Whitehaven Campus Science Lab
  • Magnet Wall for the Nursery School Activity Room

2017 Gifts to the Day School:

  • Water cooler & slip covers for the Wolfhounds’ Den
  • Handbells for the new Middle School
  • Sacred space tools for the new MacArthur Campus
  • AV processor and installation for the Gym and Performing Arts Center;
  • Paper cutter
  • Permanent outdoor sign holder
  • Portable basketball hoop for the new MacArthur Campus
  • Rigamajig
  • Ellison Press Die Cut Letters and Numbers
  • Blinds for the Gym (in honor of Marcy Ference)
  • LED Light Panels
  • Playground rubber pavers

2016 Gifts to the Day School:

  • Logowear for the maintenance staff
  • Laptop Bar for the Library
  • Plastic/acrylic displays and slatwalls for the Library
  • Bulletin boards for the Lower School Common Room
  • Document cameras for the Kindergarten program
  • A magnetic wall in the Grade 6 math classroom
  • New camcorder and tripod for MacArthur Campus

2015 Gifts to the Day School:

• Grade 4 Resource Room
• Flipform risers for the Music Department
• Ramps and tiers from KODO for the Nursery School
• Acoustic shields and headphones for the Spanish classes
• Earmarked money for the Playground Initiative
• Upper School Tinker Space, where students can individually and collectively answer different design challenges


Fundraising Opportunities

Earn money for our school while you’re shopping!

Our committed parent body has always been an integral part of making St. Patrick's such an extraordinary school for our children. We thank you for your support. Please use our links when shopping for labels, custom children’s artwork books, and clothing.

If you have any questions, please contact Lucia Cassidy, Parents Association Assistant Treasurer.

  • Amazon: Please support St. Patrick's whenever possible by making your Amazon purchases through this link.

(St. Patrick's receives a portion of every purchase you make at when you go through the Amazon Associates link. The community does not benefit if you go straight to Amazon.)

  • Mabel's Labels: Please visit Mabel's Labels and search for our school to order dishwasher-, microwave-, and laundry-safe personalized labels and support the Parents Association. Mabel's Labels provides 20% commission on all orders that are placed in support of St. Patrick's, plus free shipping!
  • Plum Print: Shop Plum Print to create custom coffee-table books from your children's artwork. Each family will receive $10 off of each unique book each time they order, and the Day School receives 20% from each order. St. Patrick's earns cash back for each sale made through our landing link. Please use the code ClutterFree.
  • Primary: Shop Primary with our school's unique link to order logo-, sequin-, and word-free children's clothes from infant to size 12, in up to 25 colors in soft fabrics, all under $25. 10%-15% of sale go directly back to St. Patrick's! New customers get 20% off their first order with code STPATRICK and you receive an additional discount if you buy three or more of one item, plus free shipping!

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