Volunteering is a great way to meet and form connections with other parents, and help enrich school life for our children.
The Rye Country Day School Parents Association (the "PA") is a parent-governed organization representing parents and guardians of Rye Country Day School students. The PA is headed by an Executive Committee and is organized into four areas: Community Building, Enrichment, Fundraising, and the Liaison and Host Family Network.
The PA's overall mission is to foster a relationship between the parent body and the School, and to work in partnership with the School for the benefit of the whole community. Specifically, the PA strives to:
- build a warm and welcoming community among parents;
- facilitate communication between parents and the School; and
- raise funds for scholarships, PA activities, and other vital programs at RCDS.
- Book Fairs and Gift Boutiques
- Arts Festival and International Fair
- Spring Benefit
- Parents' Day Out
- Fall and Spring Luncheons
- Grade-Level Social Events
- Parents Association State of the School and Annual Meetings
The RCDS Book Fairs and Gift Boutiques are well loved among RCDS community members. These events raise a substantial portion of the PA’s funds and provide the perfect opportunity to shop for books, enjoy food, find special gifts, and socialize with friends. Outside vendors sell a variety of items such as clothing, jewelry, stationery, accessories, kids’ games, and more. The fairs also feature a raffle with several exciting prizes. The Book Fairs and Gift Boutiques have a Public Purpose component to support the School’s curriculum and Public Purpose initiatives.
In the cold of winter, the entire Rye Country Day community comes together to celebrate the arts and traditions from across the world. We gather to enjoy student work and performances, and the Parents Association puts together a lunch that features foods from around the world. This is a day not to be missed.
Every other year, the Parents Association plans a social and fundraising event to benefit the School. Parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends gather for an evening of fun, raising vital funds for student scholarships, faculty professional development grants, equipment grants, and Parents Association programs, to name a few.
The Parents’ Day Out Committee sponsors several fun day and evening events to provide opportunities for parents to get to know one another while enjoying unique cultural or culinary events. Previous events have included private museum tours, hikes, cooking classes, Broadway plays, and lunches and tours of the Culinary Institute and Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
Each fall, the PA hosts a festive and fun luncheon to kick off the new school year. The luncheon is purely social, providing an enjoyable afternoon for parents to see each other after the summer and welcome new families. The Fall Luncheon has a Public Purpose component to support the school’s curriculum and Public Purpose initiatives. In the spring, the PA hosts a Spring Luncheon for all parents to celebrate the end of the school year, as well as the efforts and contributions of parents to the PA and school community.
Each year, liaisons organize at least three social events for parents in each grade level. These events are designed to bring parents together to form connections with one another and foster a sense of community among the parent body. The social events range from coffees after drop off, to pot luck dinners, and gatherings in local restaurants.
In January of each year, the Parents Association hosts a State of the School meeting at which the Headmaster and the Parents Association President update the parent body on important matters relating to the school. The Parents Association also holds an Annual Meeting in May of each year to conduct Parents Association business and to celebrate the efforts and contributions of the parents to the Parents Association and the school community.