Volunteering brings our community together through a shared love of and interest in our children. Whether in the classroom or at events and student activities, volunteering pays dividends for each of us as we get the job done while developing new and lasting friendships. Opportunities are readily available for you to roll up your sleeves and VOLUNTEER!
Wakefield's Parents' Association (WPA) is an active and energetic organization for parents of Wakefield students. This all-volunteer group sponsors several events and activities throughout the year to foster a cooperative and cohesive spirit in our community, bring our families together, and support our teachers. All parents are welcomed and encouraged to be involved, as much or as little as they are able. There are many opportunities to match parents' interests and availability.
All parents are members of the WPA. Dues of $50 per family are collected with your tuition billing in July.
Monthly meetings are held in the board room in Archwood House at 8:30 a.m. All parents are invited to attend.
WPA Meeting Dates
September 15, 2017
December 8, 2017
March 2, 2018
WPA Executive Board 2017 - 2018
Co-Coordinators - Lisa Cifferello and Jenna Sindle
Financial Coordinator - Nada Dizayee
Communications Coordinator - Jennifer Moores
Lower School Representatives - Valerie Simon and Wendy Jenkinson
Middle School Representative - Amee Wiggins
Upper School Representative - Jennifer Handford
Committee Chairs and Grade Representatives
6th Grade Representative - Amee Wiggins
7th Grade Representative - Rebecca Schaefer
8th Grade Representative - Aida Kalley
9th Grade Representative -
10th Grade Representative -
11th Grade Representative -
12th Grade Representative-
Parent Dinner Chair - Rebecca Scheafer
Spooktacular Chairs -
Donuts with Dad Chair - Valerie Simon and Laura Bassam
Basket Bingo Chair - Shannon Rogers
Owls' Outlet Chairs - Amber Carey and Jennifer Neff
Owl-ke-Teers Chair -
Teacher Appreciation Chairs - Laura Bassam and Leslie Kennedy
Used Uniform Store - Rebecca Schaefer, Amee Wiggins, Kate Moffat
Muffins with Mom Chair - Alison Seaborn and Alyson Marcoux
Wakefield is a wonderful school in great part because of the parents who work so hard to support our teachers and enrich our childrens' experience. We look forward to seeing you at meetings and events!
WPA Event Calendar
September 22 - Parent dinner
October 27 - Spooktacular
November 10 - Donuts with Dad
March 23 - Basket Bingo
May 7-11 - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 11 - Muffins with Mom
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. Serving as a Room or Grade Parent is an important gift to our school, our faculty, and our students. Room parents in the Lower School help the teachers run curriculum based events and occasional class parties. Middle and Upper School parents help the school run key events such as the Middle School Closing and Graduation.
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.-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. Go Owls!
Used Uniform Store:
The Used Uniform Store collects and sells gently used uniforms for all grades at great prices. The store is located near the Owl’s Outlet in the Roberts Building and 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. All proceeds support our school wide events.
This fun dinner is held to welcome new families into our community and give returning families an opportunity to reconnect at the beginning of the school year. This is a purely social event. Come spend a relaxing evening with new and old friends.
Donuts with Dad:
Dads are invited to enjoy coffee and donuts with the children, fellow dads, and teachers. It’s a great morning not to be missed.
This is one event you have to see to believe! One of our best-loved traditions, Spooktacular offers families a fun, safe, and friendly place to celebrate Halloween. Decorations abound as families enjoy trunk-or-treating, face painting, laser tag, cotton candy, and much, much more.
Join friends and families for a night of free bingo. Parents donate fabulous baskets for all ages and interests to be given as prizes. Ten exciting games of bingo are played throughout the evening. Delicious food is offered for purchase by our parent partners, the Boosters. It’s always a fun evening for all.
Muffins with Mom:
A special morning just for the ladies. Moms join their children for a breakfast of muffins, coffee, tea, juice, and fruit.
Teacher Appreciation Week:
We love our teachers! They work incredibly hard for our children and deserve all of the appreciation we can provide. Parent volunteers organize surprises throughout the year and for Teacher Appreciation Week in the spring.
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 - Jodi Duszynski
Special Events Coordinator - OPEN
Sports Banquet Coordinator - OPEN
The Booster Club offers memberships for Banner Boosters for $500, Super Boosters for $100 and Regular Boosters for $50 per family with benefits accordingly.
Raffle: The Boosters offer a raffle each year, the drawing for which is held 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.
The Annual Wakefield Auction is a community celebration, bringing our families together in a fun, social atmosphere where great must-have items can be won with the highest bid. It also serves as the school's biggest fundraising event of the year, raising money for various areas of the school such as academics, arts, athletics, and financial aid. The event itself is organized and run with the help of talented volunteers who don't mind rolling up their sleeves to help out the school. The various opportunities (committees) for volunteering for the auction include: Live Auction, Silent Auction, Hospitality, Sponsorship, Catalog/Item Inventory, Decorations, and Communications.
If you are interested in helping with any of these Wakefield Auction activities, please contact Stephanie Thimons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year's auction will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
Wakefield School Presents
The 1st Annual Wakefield Athletics Weekend
Saturday, October 21st:
|8:00am – 10:00am||Wakefield School's 5K Run/Walk & Kids' Fun Run|
||Wakefield Squash Club & Alumni Tournament Opening Match - Tournament Host Coach Anthony Graham|
|TBD||Equestrian Demonstration at Beverly Equestrian, The Plains|
Sunday, October 22nd:
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Alumni Luncheon with Basketball Coach Joe Harrington|
|1:30pm – 2:00pm||Squash Tournament Final Match|
|1:30pm – 3:00pm||Basketball Exhibition & Clinic featuring Coach Joe|
|2:00pm - 3:00pm||Squash Exhibition Match and Q&A with Coach Anthony|
|4:00pm – 6:00pm||Cocktails & Conversation hosted by Joe Harrington and featuring special guests including Tom McMillen (more details coming soon)|
Monday, October 23rd:
|11:00pm||Wakefield School's Golf Tournament - Shotgun Start|
Wakefield's Athletic Weekend would not be possible without the following individuals:
Benjamin Mason '12 begins his second year as Wakefield's Assistant Athletic Director. In addition to his other duties, Ben coaches our burgeoning Cross Country Team.
Darrin Mollett P '22, '25, owner of Beverly Equestrian, provided the vision, coaching, horses, facility, and expertise to launch Wakefield's first equestrian program. In a short few years, the equestrian program is providing a unique riding experience for novices and lifelong riders alike.
Anthony Graham brought his coaching skills and international reputation to campus to develop our nascent squash program resulting in a Div. 7 National Championship in 2017.
Joe Harrington P '19 expressed his desire to use his national prominence to draw attention to Wakefield's unique and successful athletics program and to raise funds to support our athletes.
Chris Bratiotis GP '18, 2017 VISAA State Golf Coach of the Year, saw his co-ed team become DAC regular season Champions and VISAA Div. II State Champions. Happily, they also won the 2017 Wakefield Golf Tournament!
If you are interested in helping with any of these Wakefield Athletic Weekend activities, please contact Stephanie Thimons at email@example.com. Choose your favorite sport and come help out!