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.
Welcome to the Albany Academies Parents Association!

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 Upcoming 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 at 6 p.m., AAG Dining and Events Center
    January 3 at 7:45 a.m., AA Board of Trustees' Room
    February 7 at 7:45 a.m., AAG Dining and Events Center
    April 4 at 6 p.m., AA Board of Trustees' Room
    May 2 at 7:45 a.m., AAG Dining and Events Center

Important Contacts

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  • AAPA Position 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.

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

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

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

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

    AAPA 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.

    AAPA 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).
     
    AAPA 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 fund-raiser for athletics at the Academies.
     
    AAPA 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.
     
    AAPA Communications Chair
    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 Representative
    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. 

    AAPA Nominating Chair
    The Past President, together with the help of the current President, solicits nominees and prepares the slate of officers, Room Parents, Division Reps, and committee chairs for the following year.

    AAPA Room Parent
    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.


    AAPA Social/Appreciation & Recognition Chair
    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.

    AAPA Senior Class Representative
    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.

    AAPA Uniform Exchange Chair
    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.

    Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheons 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.
     
    Sunshine Committee Chair
    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. 
     
    Regional Liaison
    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. 
     

Uniform Exchange

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 will be every Wednesday from 2:30- 3:30 pm and by appointment with Deb Mitchell or Karen Williams.

AA Uniform Exchange hours will be every Thursday 7:30 - 8:15 am and by appointment with is Deb Mitchell.

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).

The Albany Academies

The Albany Academy: 135 Academy Road - Albany, NY 12208
518.429.2300  Fax: 518.427.7016 

Albany Academy for Girls: 140 Academy Road - Albany, NY 12208
518.429.2300  Fax: 518.463.5096

Schellenberger Alumni/ae Center: 93 Academy Road - Albany, NY 12208
518.429.2414 Fax: 518.429.2380

Our Mission

Who We Are: The Albany Academies—The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls—develop capable and confident students through single-gender education in the Lower and Middle School, and through coordinate education in the Upper School.

What We Do: Employing individualized and positive education, The Albany Academies provide students with the knowledge, skills, and character needed for leadership and success in the creative, entrepreneurial century that lies ahead.