The McGillis School Parent Association is the link between the families and teachers, administration, and staff. Our mission is to promote the welfare of The McGillis School Community and its Student Body through the identification, encouragement, and coordination of family volunteers. All family members at The School are automatically members of the Parent Association and the level of involvement is up to the individuals. The Parent Association has many events throughout the year, from fundraisers for the Library to social activities to community support. We encourage everyone to get involved.
Parent Association Executive Board
- PA President: Suzanne Jeschke
- President Elect: Mo Schiffman
- Room Representative Coordinator: Kate Reymann
- Secretary: Rachel Borup
- Volunteer Coordinator: Marissa Mitchell
- Member-at-Large: Randy Bisson
Parent Association Committees
Ambassadors: Working with the Admissions Office, this committee provides resources and a support system for new families. Our mission is to welcome new families and foster community among all McGillis Families. Chair: Bec Chalmers. Ongoing.
Book Fair: Assist the chair in coordinating book fairs. Most of the work is focused on promoting the event, setting up, and selling books! Funds raised go to the school library. Dates: 10/17/16 - 10/21/16 and 5/30/17 - 6/2/17.
Brownies in a Bag: Assist in coordinating our annual fundraiser to benefit The Utah Food Bank. The committee orders the ingredients, organizes family volunteers for the day, helps in the sale of the brownie bags, and advertises the event. Brownie Order Form.Brownie Recipe Variations. Chair: Sara Majercik. Date: 12/2/2016.
Effortless Fundraising: Promote and collect items for our "effortless" fundraising (e.g. Box Tops). We are always looking for fresh ideas for this. The money helps pay for MCA events. Chair: Lisa Kuwahara. Ongoing.
Gala: There are many ways to help the Annual Gala team! Please volunteer in any area you feel comfortable with – this is a great way to get to know other McGillis families and be a part of a successful Gala! Gala Opportunities include: data entry, office help, website support, Sponsorships/Table sales, decorations, signage/graphic design, Party Boards, Class Projects, Class Pillows, Teacher Experiences, Gala video, procurement of Silent and Live Auction items, bundling items, program ads, syndicate ticket sales, and night of volunteers. Chairs: Stephanie Fagin, Carolyn Greenberg, and Mimi Sinclair. Date: 3/4/2017.
Garden:The School Garden encourages connection to the land, consistent with core McGillis School values, by providing resources, curricular connections, and hands-on opportunities for students to learn about and engage in local ecology, community gardening, and sustainable agricultural practices.The Garden Committee supports easy access to the garden for students, teachers, and wider McGiilis community and helps with regular garden maintenance. You don't have to be a green thumb to join! Chair: Nicole Smeeding. Ongoing.
GrandFriend's Day: Set up and greet Grandfriends the day of the event (5/12/2017). Chair: Amy Taylor.
Art Show: Assist the chair in helping the art teachers prepare for the Art Show (5/8/2017-5/12/2017). Chair: Abbie Knibbe.
Library: Volunteer to help in the Library under the direction of the Librarian. Ongoing.
McGillis Traditions and Values (MTV): The mission of the MTV is to foster a broader understanding of the place of Jewish culture at McGillis and to enable families of all backgrounds to become involved in shaping and implementing this aspect of the school's identity. This is done through many events throughout the year. Chair: Matthew Weinstein.
Social: Plan Social events for students and families [Movie night (11/5/2016), Brighton Ski Day (tbd), Middle School dances (11/12/2016 and 2/25/2017), and End-of-Year picnic (6/6/2017)]. Chair: Bruce Johnson.
Sustainable Pathways: Sustainable Pathways is a school wide initiative to create a "green" campus. Our school community is committed to reducing, reusing, recycling and rethinking how we use resources.Our goal is to increase awareness about our carbon footprint and the impact it has on environmental sustainability.
Teacher/Staff Appreciation: Plan events that celebrate and recognize our teachers and staff [Teacher/Staff Appreciation Day (5/2/17) and birthday celebrations once a trimester]. This committee does not meet often. The work is clearly defined and can usually be organized by e-mail and phone calls. Chair: Lanna Cairns.
Coffee Klatch Schedule:
Coffee Klatch is held on the last Friday each month and hosted by a different grade each month. Coffee Klatch is an extension of filling up your coffee cup every morning to a friendly gathering of parents and staff with munchies!
Volunteer Interest Form: Click on the Volunteer Interest Form to volunteer for any committee. If you have interest in being a Room Representative or a Committee Chair, please let one of the PA Executive Board members know. These appointments are usually made in April and May (specific Room Representatives are not assigned until the class lists are released in July/August but we still like to know of anyone interested before that).