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.

Laurie Miroff
President, Albany Academies Parents’ Association

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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 13, 2017 at 7:45 a.m. | AAG Dining and Events Center
    October 4, 2017 at 7:45 a.m. | AA Board of Trustees' Room
    November 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. | AAG Dining and Events Center
    January 3, 2018 at 7:45 a.m. | AA Board of Trustees' Room
    February 7, 2018 at 7:45 a.m. | AAG Dining and Events Center
    April 4, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. | AAG Dining and Events Center
    May 2, 2018 at 7:45 a.m. | AAG Dining and Events Center
  • Uniform Exchange Information

    The Uniform Exchange is operated by volunteer members of the Albany Academies Parents Association (AAPA). The Uniform Exchange provides a convenient and cost effective manner for parents and students to purchase gently worn uniforms and sporting equipment.

    During the school year, the exchanges are open as follows:

    AAG Uniform Exchange hours are every Thursday from 7:30 am – 8:15 am and by appointment with Deb Mitchell P'17,'21,'24 or Karen Williams P'26.

    AA Uniform Exchange hours will be every Wednesday from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm and by appointment with Deb Mitchell P'17,'21,'24.

    The AAPA will hold an AA/AAG Sports Equipment Exchange similar to the uniform exchange sale.  Items can be dropped off at the AA Old Gym (second floor behind the Chapel) on October 11th and 12th between 7:15 and 8:30 am and again from 2:30-3:30 pm. The sale will be in the AA Old Gym on October 13th from 2:30-5:00 pm.  At drop off you will receive a ticket that can be used the day of the sale to “purchase” the same number of items. If you do not have an item to exchange, sales are cash or check only.  If you would like to volunteer to help at the drop off times or the day of the sale, or if you have any questions, please contact Deb Mitchell (Dmitch2@nycap.rr.com).

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 - Laurie Miroff P'24

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

    Contact AAPA President Laurie Miroff P'24
  • AAPA Vice President - Lisa Fitzgerald P'20

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

    Contact the AAPA Vice President Lisa Fitzgerald P'20
  • Treasurer - Robert Lupone P'24

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

    Contact AAPA Treasurer Robert Lupone P'24
  • Recording Secretary - Sharada Alampalli P'19

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

    Contact AAPA Recording Secretary Sharada Alampalli P'19
  • Volunteer Coordinator

    Helps Room Parents and committee chairs to coordinate volunteers for events and to set up volunteer sign ups using SignUp.com.

    Contact Volunteer Coordinator Dyrleif Bjarnadottir P'24, P'27
  • New Parent Representative

    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.

    Contact New Parent Representative Deb Mitchell P'17,'21,'24
  • Arts Council Representative

    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).

    Contact Arts Council Representative Billie Jo Allen P'16,'17,'20 
  • Athletic Council Representative

    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.

    Contact Athletic Counci Representiatives - Scott Momrow '90 P'19 and Tracy McRoberts P'14, '20      
  • Academic Council Representative

    Works with a committee comprised of parents with students in the various divisions and meets with faculty and administration to discuss new ideas that are being implemented in the classroom and disseminates this information to the Parent community at AAPA meetings or via AAPA email.

    Contact Academic Council Representative Laurie Miroff P'24
  • Communications Chair

    Sends out monthly emails to the Academies community from the President, as well as other timely information; monitors emails incoming to AAPA.

    Contact Communications Chair Stephanie McCauley P'21,'24

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