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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.
As parents, guardians, and caregivers of Albany Academies students you are all members of the Albany Academies Parents’ Association (AAPA).  The purpose of this organization is to foster community at The Albany Academies for the enrichment of our students’ school experience. 
 
The success of the AAPA depends on parental support and involvement. Our organization is based solely on volunteers and includes representatives from the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools (AA and AAG). In addition to president, vice president, treasurer and secretary, there are division representatives for each division on both sides of the street. There are also council chairs for the many committees and activities hosted by the Parents' Association.  A description of all AAPA positions can be found on this page.
 
All AAPA members are warmly welcomed and encouraged to attend the topical AAPA monthly meetings, which generally take place on the first Wednesday of the month.  Up-to-date meeting dates and times can be found here or on the School Calendar.  The AAPA also sponsors Coffees with the Division Directors.  These informal meetings provide an opportunity to meet and mingle with the Division Head and other parents, ask questions that you may have, and hear what's happening in your child's division.  The schedule of Division Coffees is posted on the School Calendar.  Our primary means of communication is via a monthly AAPA email.  In this will be information on the upcoming monthly meeting, including the meeting agenda; minutes from the previous month’s meeting; and upcoming AAPA and Academies events. I encourage you to read these brief emails to stay up-to-date on AAPA happenings.
 
I understand the time pressures on parents these days, but I hope all of you will attend as many AAPA meetings as possible.  It is a great way to become more involved in the Academies community and stay informed. Please consider volunteering your time and talents to enrich the school experience of all students at the Academies.
 
I look forward to meeting and working with all of you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions and ideas.


Best,
Laurie Miroff
President, Albany Academies Parents’ Association
lmiroff@binghamton.edu

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  • AAPA Meeting Schedule

    The AAPA holds monthly meetings, generally on the first Wednesday of the month. Below is the opening meeting of the school year. Please check back for future meeting dates.

    September 12, 2018 at 7:45 a.m. | AAG Stevens Center (Dining and Events Center)
    October 3, 2018 at 7:45 a.m. | AA Board of Trustees' Room
    November 7, 2018 at 7:45 a.m. | AAG Stevens Center
    January 9, 2019 at 7:45 a.m. | AA Board of Trustees' Room
    February 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. | AAG Stevens Center
    April 3, 2019 at 7:45 a.m. | AA Board of Trustees' Room
    May 1, 2019 at 7:45 a.m. | AAG Stevens Center
  • AAPA Athletic Council

    Co-Chairs: Scott Momrow '90, P'19 and Tracy McRoberts P'14, '20

    Meeting Dates:
    • Wednesday, December 5 at 8:00 am in the AAG Drawing Room
    • Tuesday, March 5 at 8:00 am in the Schellenberg Alumni Center
    • Thursday, May 9 at 8:00 am in the Michael B. Picotte Field House conference room
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  • Summer Uniform/Sporting Goods Exchange Sale

    Thursday, August 2, 2018 | 12:00-4:00 pm
    AA - Buttery
    AAG - hallway between the Middle School and the Borisenok Science Wing

    The exchange will have gently used uniform and sporting goods items either for sale or exchange for your own gently used items. Please note, new uniform items are not available through the exchange.

    Volunteers are needed to help with set up at AAG on Tuesday, August 1 from 4:00-6:00 pm. We will also need volunteers on both sides on August 2 between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm. If you can help either day, please contact: Deb Mitchell P'17, '21, '24 for AA or Karen Williams P'26 for AAG.

    During the school year, the exchanges are open as follows:
    AAG Uniform Exchange hours are every Wednesday from 7:30 am – 8:15 am and by appointment with Karen Williams P'26.
    AA Uniform Exchange hours will be by appointment only with Deb Mitchell P'17, '21, '24

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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.


                                AA Room Parents                                                  AAG Room Parents  
    PreschoolFabiola Estrada P'31, '33  
    Pre-KAlexandra Mitsios P'32. '32 Allison Lupinetti P'26, '28, '32
    KDani Milliken P'14, '16, '19, '31, '31Dolly Patel P'31
    1st Sarah Quraishi P'29, '30Laura Sanghi P'26, '30
    2ndEmily Casale P'29Lynne Kimball '97, P'29
    3rdAnne Barba P'25, '28Alicia Amedore P'22, '24, '28
    4thDemetra Vann P'27Sommerset Ettekal P'25, '27
    5thAnna Flik P'18, '20, '23, '26Karen Williams P'26
    6thMarci Murphy P'21, '23, '25
    Yumi Nagata P'25
    Kristin Gordon P'25
    Form I / 7thKate Gagliardi P'24Jennifer Saleem P'21, '24
    Form II / 8thJulie Phillips P'21, '23Kaari Stannard P'20, '23
    Form III / 9thChristine Rutigliano P'22, '25Shelly Fiebich P'19, '22
    Form IV / 10thLinda Lucey P'21
    Andrea and John Robinson P'21
    Shellie Carr P'19, '21
    Form V / 11thJoan Besch P'13, '15, '17, '20Tracy McRoberts P'14, '20
    Form VI / 12thBarb Van Epps P'19MaryEllen Tomson P '14, '19
    Janet Sidford P '19


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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  • Communications Chair - Pam Jackson P'24, '26

    Sends out monthly emails to the Academies community from the President, as well as other timely information; monitors emails incoming to AAPA.
  • 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 - Connie Morrison P'22, '28
    • AA - Teresa Halverson P'25, '29
    Middle School
    • AAG - Samar Naqvi P'20, '25
    • AA - Lisa Henkel P'21, '23
    Upper School
    • AAG - Carrie Graziano P'22
    • AA - Lisa Fitzgerald P'20
  • Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon Chairs

    Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon Chairs organize the holiday and end-of-year lunches at AA and AAG.  There is one chair for each side of the School.  Responsibilities include preparing the SignUp.com list of volunteers, food, and other items needed, and being present during the event.  These events are typically held in December and May.

    Chairs TBA
  • Regional Parent Reps. - Rahel Hahn P'23 & Tracy McRoberts P'14, '20

    A parent from a regional location will lead a committee of parents from the various regions represented at the Academies. The committee will communicate concerns of regional parents to the Administration. 


  • 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.

    Contact:
    • AA - Barbara Van Epps P '19
    • AAG - MaryEllen Tomson P '14, '19 and Janet Sidford P '19
  • Social/Appreciation & Recognition Chair - Stephanie McCauley P'21, '24

    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 - Deborah Mitchell P'17, '21, '24

    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 - Deborah Mitchell P '17, '21, '24
         AAG -  Karen Williams P '26

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