Parents As School Community Members

Suzanne Romero Dewey
Summer is over and the kids are back in school. For many parents, this demarcation and autumn ritual does come with a twinge of sadness. Summer fun in the rearview mirror often leaves schedule openings and easy socializing behind. This adjustment is a perfect time to get involved in a parents’ group.

Research consistently reveals that family involvement in education correlates with higher academic achievement. Whether a boarding or day family, partnering with Emma Willard School to support learning and wellness strengthens and motivates all students.

One of the central tenets of the Emma Willard experience is community. Residential and student life faculty specifically focus on providing programing and comfort that support a boarding and day student experience. Faculty work hard to engage students in a stimulating academic environment that is safe, enriching, and inspiring -- both in and out of the classroom. 

If partnering appeals to you as a family member, Emma Willard School encourages such involvement. The school is pleased to announce a new parents’ group launching this academic year. The purpose of this program is to further engage families in the Emma Willard community. Parents have helped be admission ambassadors or have served as mentors for Practicum and Signature projects on an ad hoc basis in the past. With the formalization of a parents’ group, which will be called Parents EMbassador Program (PEP), we hope to augment the community aspects for parents and provide a supporting structure for the student experience.

The first initiatives for enhancing the parent experience begin this autumn:
  1. Get involved with PEP. Areas of involvement currently include admissions, parents as partners, fundraising, and parents education series. 
  1. If you live in the local area, there is a reception hosted by current parents on Thursday, September 12. This social opportunity will be a time to mingle with other families and learn more about how to get involved with the school. More information will be shared in the weekly newsletter for parents.
  1. Take a parenting course specifically geared for parents of girls. Parent educator and New York Times best-selling author and Smith College professor Rachel Simmons will teach the eight-week online course. This course is gratis for Emma Willard families and more information can also be found in the weekly newsletter for parents.
All parents welcome to the first PEP meeting during Fall Family Weekend on Thursday, October 10 at 5 pm in Kellas Commons

We encourage you to reach out to Associate Director of Annual Giving Matthew Slaughter (mslaughter@emmawillard.org, 518-833-1775  or any member of the Advancement team to learn more about how  you can be involved in your student’s experience.
    • Parents strolling campus

    • Chatting on opening day

    • Opening day moment

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