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Partnering with Parents

Cushman Parent Associations

At The Cushman School, we know that in our quest to help our children develop into future leaders, strong characters, life-long learners and Innovators of Change, parents are our strongest allies.

Parent Associations
Parent Associations
Parent Associations
Parent Associations

All parents are automatically members of our Cushman parents’ associations by virtue of being a part of Cushman’s inclusive community. The Cushman School Parents’ Association (“CSPA”) and the Cushman High School Parents’ Association (“CHSPA”) are our parent-led organizations that are responsible for acting as the liaison between the parent community and The Cushman School’s staff, faculty, and administration as well as their support system.

The CSPA runs the Classroom Room Parents; Family Ambassador Program; Cushman Appreciation Week for Faculty & Staff; the Cushman Athletic Committee and works closely with the Advancement Office in supporting school-wide events, The Cushman Fund, and our Capital Campaign, Play to Learn, for the building of our multipurpose Performing Arts and Athletic Facility, which is set to open in Spring 2022.

The largest fundraiser for the CSPA is Pizza Lunch that launches each October. Additional fundraisers for the CSPA include our school pictures and photo gifts. CSPA funds are used for Faculty and Staff Appreciation and for purchasing things that benefit the students and community, such as picnic tables, filtered water fountains, playground equipment, activities for the High School students such as foosball, ping pong tables and more. The CSPA parents vote each year on how the CSPA funds should be disbursed.

The CSPA invites all parents to get involved! Opportunities range from fundraising, community service, social events, and participation in your child’s classroom. No effort is too small. Plus, most CSPA activities are so much fun that once you start volunteering you won’t want to stop.

Our Leadership

CSPA Officers

President:   Noelle Androuin
Vice President:   Laura Keller
Treasurer:   Casandra Murena
Liaison:   Jennifer Geimer/Crissi Boland
Secretary:   Gianni LaCapra
Liaison:   Lisa Arvin

CHSPA Board

President: Michelle Jayme
Treasurer: Soledad Villamil

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Contact email [email protected]

Activities And Volunteer Position Descriptions

The Room Parent is the official CSPA representative for each class and the first line of contact for all CSPA events and projects. Serving as the liaison, the Room Parent keeps the avenues of communication open between the CSPA, the teachers, and the parents of their class. The Room Parent is also the coordinator for the “in classroom” events such as holiday parties and other fundraising events. His or her goal is to encourage good will, build friendships, secure volunteers and/or donations for school events, and communicate with the other families within the class.

The Halloween Howl is one of the children’s most beloved events all year. The Howl allows a safe and fun environment for Cushman students, their friends and alumni to play, go on rides, eat and take home prizes. The Halloween Howl also includes a bazaar of outside vendors (jewelry, handbags, t-shirts, etc.) who donate a portion of their sale proceeds to our School. A dedicated team of parents is needed to help set up, run and dismantle the event. Many volunteers are greatly needed for many aspects of this important event which raises money and is great fun for the whole family.

Held in the Spring, Cushman Appreciation Week is the opportunity for the CSPA and individual families to show Cushman’s faculty and staff their heart-felt appreciation by hosting various events and activities, the most popular of which has become the Wednesday potluck lunch provided by Cushman families. The committee will come up with creative ideas and organize the week accordingly. Volunteers are needed to implement a successful week.

This event, held annually on a Saturday in February, is when families, teachers, school faculty and children all come together to share a fun-filled day of relay races, games and food for the whole family. The picnic is a great gathering for both parents and children to enjoy an afternoon of sports, games, food and fun. Volunteers are needed to set-up and clean-up, run games, sell food, man booths and much more!

Cushman Cares is the school-wide community service project of the CSPA. The three big Cushman Care events are: “Used Book Donation Drive” (September), “Holiday Gift Drive” (December) and “Children’s Clothing and Stroller Drive” (April). You will be hearing more information about our upcoming projects.