Wakefield School is fortunate to have so many wonderful families who make up the fabric of our community. Parents and other family members provide much of the energy and life that invigorates daily life at the school. There are many ways to get involved. Although we are always grateful for interest and help in specific areas of the school like the library or helping to serve tacos on Tuesdays or pitching in with the Auction, the main volunteering is coordinated by our two organizations, the Wakefield Parents’ Association (WPA) and The Booster Club.
The goal of the Wakefield Parents' Association (WPA) is to foster a sense of community, fun and fellowship at Wakefield School. Both our existence and our activities are based upon a commitment to support the school to which we entrust the education and development of our children. The WPA's committees coordinate the resources, talents, and efforts of parent volunteers to provide the little "extras" that enrich the lives of our children and their families.
The WPA also serves as an important communication channel and information resource for the parent community. All parents at Wakefield School are members of the WPA. Dues of $50 per family are collected with your tuition billing in July.
WPA Executive Board 2016 - 2017
Co-Coordinators- Krystal Wilson-Campbell and Lisa Cifferello
Financial Coordinator- Nada Dizayee
Communications Coordinator- Aida Kalley
Lower School Representative- Leslie Kennedy
Lower School Representative- Jenna Sindle
Middle School Representative- Amee Wiggins
Upper School Representative- Jennifer Handford
Committee Chairs and Grade Representatives
6th Grade Representative- Rebecca Schaefer
7th Grade Representative-
8th Grade Representative-
9th Grade Representative-
10th Grade Representative- Wendy Osborn
11th Grade Representative-
12th Grade Representative-
Parent Dinner Chair- Rebecca Scheafer
Spooktacular Chairs- Kate Moffat and Alison Seaborn
Donuts with Dad Chair- Glynnis Dwelly
Basket Bingo Chair- Krystal Wilson-Campbell
Owls' Outlet Chairs- Amber Carey and Jennifer Neff
Owl-ke-Teers Chair- Sabrina Moses, Tara Chhay, Nada Dizayee, and Quyen Vu
Teacher Appreciation Chairs- Laura Bassam, Tara Chhay, and Lisa Cifferello
Used Uniform Store- Karen Conlin
Holiday Bazaar Chair- Wendy Osborn
Muffins with Mom Chair- Alison Seaborn
Being a Room or Grade Parent is an important gift to our school, our faculty, and our students. Wakefield School needs and wants its parents to be involved in the effort to make their children's experience at their school as interesting, fun, and memorable as possible.
New Family Mentoring
The first year in a new school can be daunting for students and their families. The New Families Program is specifically designed to ease our newest families into the first days, weeks, and months of life at Wakefield.
The WPA is coordinating the selection of mentors for our new families. These mentors are experienced parents who can answer those questions and, among other services, "buddy" with them at events like the Back-to-School Picnic and the Parent Dinner to make them feel welcome and introduce them to other members of the community.
The Owl's Outlet is our on-campus store for branded items, "spirit wear," and other Fighting Owl gifts for the Wakefield community. The Outlet is located on the main level of the Roberts Building. The store also offers staple items such as school ties and patches. The Owl's Outlet is open Monday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and Thursday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. as well as during some of our all-school events. Proceeds from the Owl's Outlet go directly to support programs for Wakefield School.
Used Uniform Store
For many years the WPA has been in charge of collecting gently used uniforms and organizing them in Used Uniform sales for the benefit of all our parents with rapidly growing children. We have now established the Used Uniform Store as a permanent resource for the donation, organization, and sales of uniform items in good condition at very reasonable costs.
The Parent Porch
The Parent Porch is a designated place for parents to enjoy a cup of coffee while getting caught up with old friends and making new ones, hold a meeting regarding a class or school event, find out more about all of the volunteer opportunities available at Wakefield, or sit and relax before your Parent/Teacher Conference. The Parent Porch is open every day from 8:30 - 3:30 pm. The Porch is the room/porch next to the Board Room in the Archwood House.
Lower School girls in 1st through 6th grades support Wakefield's Upper School Athletics & Performing Arts throughout the school year in this spirit club.
This dinner is held to welcome new families into our community and give returning families a chance to re-connect.
Spooktacular Halloween Event
Cars are lined up for Trunk-or-Treat at the front of the school and compete for the Best in Decoration. The campus is suitably decorated in spooky splendor. Creepy science experiments and ghastly visions greet the children in the halls of the Roberts Building and movies are shown in the Lower Gym. The Middle School students have their own special activities, designed each year by the Spooktacular Committee. The Upper School students enjoy their traditional Scream on the Green movie screening out on the front lawn after the younger students have all gone home.
Join friends and families for a night of free bingo. Parents donate fabulous baskets for all ages that are won during the evening. Ten fun games of bingo are played. Delicious food is offered for sale by our parent partners in the Booster Club.
Donuts with Dads
To give them some special attention each year, dads are invited to come to school, have coffee and donuts with their children, and interact with other dads and teachers.
Muffins with Moms
Teacher Appreciation Week
Parent volunteers arrange the WPA's two Teacher Appreciation lunches held during National Teacher Appreciation Week as well as a week's worth of special attention of all kinds for our dedicated, hard-working faculty and staff.
Support Wakefield While You Shop
There are a number of different opportunities that allow us to direct rebates to Wakefield as we do our regular shopping. Schools can earn thousands of dollars each year by promoting this simple approach so the WPA has selected a handful that we feel are the most accessible to our community including Amazon, Land's End, Giant Food, Safeway, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, and Target.
Organized in 2000, the Booster Club is a parent organization that provides support for students, faculty, staff, coaches, and parents for athletics and performing arts events. Our mission is to cultivate loyalty and 'esprit de corps' among the members of the Wakefield community. By manning concessions at athletic games and theatrical performances, the Booster Club provides an important hospitality service for our students, faculty, families, and guests. The funds raised through sales are divided equally between the Athletic and Performing Arts departments to support specific resource needs.
Booster Club Executive Committee
President - OPEN
VP Athletics - John & Clara Christensen
VP Arts - Michael & Christine Rosenfeld
Secretary - OPEN
Treasurer - OPEN
Membership Coordinator - Matina McGrath
Raffle Coordinator - OPEN
Special Events Coordinator - Sue Boyer
Life & Breath Coordinator - OPEN
Sports Banquet Coordinator - Diane Ross
The Booster Club offers memberships for Banner Boosters for $500, Super Boosters for $100 and Regular Boosters for $40 per family with benefits accordingly.
Raffle: The Boosters offer a raffle each year, the drawing for which is held at the Life and Breath Basketball Tournament in December. Tickets are sold at various Booster events and at the concession stands during athletic and arts events.
There are two concessions venues at Wakefield, the Bird Feeder in the Upper Gym and the Owls' Nest trailer on Costin Field. For each season, spring, winter, and fall, Volunteers run concessions in one or both of these venues for selected home games. Net proceeds from concessions sales (which have been as high as $13,000 over the course of the year) are divided equally between the athletic and performing arts departments to fund equipment or other specific needs.
Special Events Concessions
Concessions are also sold at special all-school events like the WPA's "Spooktacular" and Basket Bingo events, Athletic Department's Life and Breath Basketball Tournament, and Field Day.
At the end of each sports season, a Sports Banquet is held to acknowledge the achievements of the athletes and their coaches. The Booster Coordinator organizes the dinner which is a potluck brought by athletes' families.