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Albany Academies Parents Association

The Mission of the Albany Academies Parents’ Association is to support our school by advocating for the education of our children, fostering a strong sense of community, and promoting a collaborative relationship between parents, faculty, and staff. Our objective is to help fulfill the Academies’ general goals and purposes and to assist in its continued growth.

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  • Room Parents

    At least one Room Parent per grade on each campus facilitates communication via email between The Albany Academies, the AAPA, and families to relay important information to parents. The Room Parent also coordinates and communicates with the Teacher or Division Representative about class/grade specific activities (field trips, holiday parties, etc.) throughout the school year and shares information with parents.  They also help organize classroom, division, or school community-building events and assist the Teacher or Division Representative with class-specific questions.

    Preschool - Kristan M. Pelletier: pelletierk@albanyacademies.org
    Pre-K - Keri McComb: kerimccomb2018@gmail.com
    Kindergarten - Megan LedDuke: bellamg324@yahoo.com

    AA
    Grade 1 
    Grade 2 - Hope Salin: hsalin02@gmail.com
    Grade 3 - Lynne A. Kimball: kimball.lynne@gmail.com
    Grade 4 - Elizabeth Spiers: elizabethspiers05@gmail.com
    Grade 5 - Emily Casale: ecasale713@yahoo.com
    Grade 6 - Lynn (Evelyn) Hanley: eahanley07@gmail.com
    Grade 7 - Gail Rawson: rawsong09@gmail.com
    Grade 8 - Laura Sanghi: laura.sanghi@gmail.com
    Grade 9 -  Christine Rutigliano: ccrutifliano@yahoo.com
    Grade 10 - Diane Grugan-Duvall: duvall.aamail@aol.com
    Grade 11
    Gradde 12 - Christine Rutigliano: ccrutigliano@yahoo.com

    AAG
    Grade 1 
    Grade 2 - Lynn Collett & Allison Gavin: alupinetti@juno.com; lynn.collett.2@gmail.com
    Grade 3 - Jessica Geyer: jlgeye55@gmail.com
    Grade 4 - Colleen Chase: colleenchase08@gmail.com
    Grade 5 - Danielle Stokely: daniellestokely@gmail.com
    Grade 6 - Caren Kotlow: caren.kotlow@fastsigns.com
    Grade 7 - Lisa Hayes
    Grade 8 - Karen Williams: kwblgranola.1999@yahoo.com
    Grade 9 - Scott VonRohr: vonrohr@sbcglobal.net
    Grade 10 
    Grade 11 - April Van Denburgh: april28@verizon.net
    Grade 12 - Kathy Smith: kate1000@nycap.rr.com

Uniform Exchange Request Forms

December 2020 AAPA Meeting

AAPA Positions & Descriptions

The AAPA is comprised entirely of parent volunteers. By assuming a leadership role with the Albany Academies Parents’ Association (AAPA), parents help to foster community among all parents at The Albany Academies for the enrichment of our students’ school experience.  Please see the position descriptions and responsibilities below as well as the current contact information.

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  • AAPA President - Jenny Levy '93, P'28

    The President presides at both AAPA Board and AAPA general meetings and works closely with the school administrators, Room Parents, and committee chairs.  


  • AAPA Vice President - Kristen Dinkels P'28, P'28, P'30

    Acts on the President's behalf in the President's absence and assists the President in the daily activities of the Parents’ Association.


  • Treasurer - Alexis Clement P'27, P'29, P'32

    Prepares the financial statements of the Parents' Association. Keeps track of all revenues and expenditures, and presents a report at monthly meetings.


  • Recording Secretary - Emily Casale P'29

    Takes attendance and writes and distributes the minutes for the AAPA monthly meetings and the AAPA Board meetings.


  • New Parent Liaisons - Natasha Bang P'22,P'24,P'27

    Works with the Director of Admissions, Division Heads of School, Deans, and Room Parents to create and implement plans for a new family’s transition into the Academies community. Fields questions from new families and answers or directs them to the best source of information.


  • Arts Council Chair - Bob Lupone P'24

    Works with a committee and the Albany Academies Arts Faculty to support arts at the Academies.  The Council assists with Splash! A Taste of the Arts, an evening parent-only fund-raiser for the Arts, and Celebration of the Arts (COTA), a school-wide celebration of all the arts offered at the Academies (this event is held on a Saturday in April).
  • Athletic Council Chairs - Andy Safranko ‘91, P'23, P'26

    Works with a committee and the Athletic Directors to communicate information to parents, assist athletes, and help organize Legacy of Dreams, an evening parent-only fundraiser for athletics at the Academies.


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  • AAPA Lower, Middle, Upper School Division Representatives

    A parent with a student in the divisions he/she represents (AA/AAG Lower, Middle, and Upper School) will serve as the Division Rep for that division and oversee Room Parents in that Division.  Division Reps meet monthly with Division Heads to communicate parent/Room Parent concerns. They also forward any division-specific communications from AAPA or the School to parents in their Division or disseminate information through Room Parents. 

    Lower School
    • AAG - Kristan Pelletier P'32, P'36
    • AA - Matt Clement P'27, P'29, P'32
    Middle School
    • AAG - Leo Pulcher P'27, P30
    • AA - Tammy Pelkey P'27
    Upper School
    • AAG - Kaari Stannard P'23
    • AA - Alicia Amedore P'22, P'24
  • Senior Class Representatives

    A parent of a Senior student will act as Room Parent and, in addition, facilitate communication between the School/Associate Head of School and Senior parents and dissemination of information to Senior parents for the many Senior-specific events.

    AAG: Kathy Smith P'22
    AA: Christine Rutigliano P'22


  • Social/Appreciation & Recognition Chair - Katrina (Trina) Lucas P'25

    The Chair will organize gifts from the AAPA for any retiring faculty member.  These gifts are often hand-made artworks by Academies’ students or other student-created tokens.

  • Sunshine Committee Chair - Lisa Henkel P'21, '23

    Throughout the year, some families may need a helping hand. Should times of need arise in our community (e.g., injured or ill student, faculty/staff in hospital, new baby, etc.), the Sunshine Committee will volunteer support (physical, emotional, or otherwise) to the family. The Chair of the committee may be called upon to help arrange carpools, meal deliveries, visits, play dates, floral arrangements, family gatherings, etc. 


  • Uniform Exchange Chairs

    Organize donations and sales of used uniforms at the annual summer sale and throughout the school year.  There is one chair for AA and one for AAG.

    Contact Uniform Exchange Chairs:
         AA - Kristen Dinkels P'28, P'28, P'30 (filling in)
         AAG -  Karen Williams P '26

    If you are interested in any gently worn uniforms for the upcoming school year, please contact AAPA President Jenny Levy at jenny@22lax.com.

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