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The Ethel Walker School Parents Association (EWSPA) is made up of an executive board and parent volunteers like you.

Welcome to The Ethel Walker School Parent Association (EWSPA). As a parent or guardian, you, too, are a member, and we are so excited to have you along for the ride!

The EWSPA is extremely eager to kick off the school year with an array of social and educational activities for our students, as well as plenty of social engagements for the Walker’s community. We work collaboratively and are committed to ensuring a memorable, yet safe, academic year, while enjoying the camaraderie associated with it all.

Your volunteerism and creativity as a parent or guardian of a day student, boarding student, or international student is critical to safeguard the goals of EWSPA:

  • Active parent and guardian participation and engagement (in-person or virtual involvement)
  • Diversity, in every facet, within the EWSPA board and committees that fully represents the Walker’s community
  • Expand upon the offering of EWSPA executive co-board positions
  • Continue to offer EWSPA “Windows into Walker’s,” which provides the opportunity to peek into the lives of Walker’s students

Please consider attending our Window into Walker’s meetings and learn how to get involved as an active member. We welcome all that you have to offer! This will be an amazing year for all!

Patricia Krupnikoff P’23
EWSPA Co-President
ewspa.pres@gmail.com
860-987-9032

Toby Bolden Hudson P’24
EWSPA Co-President
ewspa.pres@gmail.com
917-653-6861

2022-2023 EWSPA Executive Board

officers

Co-Presidents
Patricia Krupnikoff P’23 & Toby Bolden Hudson P’24

Co-Vice Presidents
Karen Robbins P’24  & Alescia Ford P’28

Co-Treasurers
Jennifer Lardner P’23 & Melissa Vega P’24

Co-Secretaries
Jennifer Auger P’25, ‘26 & Darci Vallez P’27

Board Member-at-Large
Nicholas de Wolff P’23

Class Representatives and Class Deans

Class of 2023
Patricia Krupnikoff P’23 & Heather Van Cara P’23 | Mallory Pasquariello

Class of 2024
Toby Bolden Hudson P’24 & Melissa Vega P’24 | Melissa Bernardo

Class of 2025
Marita Corrado P’25 & Christina Meador P’25 | Cheri Soule

Class of 2026
Jennifer Auger P’25, ’26 & Tobi Tranter P’26 | Jennifer Wall

Class of 2027
Daryl & Darci Vallez P’27 & Kiley O’Meara P’27 | Katelyn Martinez

Class of 2028
Shona Bradbury Kidd P’28 | Katelyn Martinez

Class of 2029
Thomas Miller P’28, ’29 | Katelyn Martinez

2022-2023 EWSPA Committees

Events Committee

Co-Chairs
Nilda Lorenzatto Legassa P’23 & Barbie Butler P’28

Members
Marcie Shaw P’23
Amie Rappoport McKenna P’25
Erika Miller P’25
Kim DeSio P’25
Julianna Capozzoli P’26
Shona Bradbury Kidd P’28

Student Activities Committee

Co-Chairs
Kristi Martin Rodriguez P’24, Jennifer Auger P’25, ’26 & Alescia Ford P’28

Parent Representatives
Patricia Krupnikoff P’23 & Heather Van Cara P’23
Toby Bolden Hudson P’24 & Melissa Vega P’24
Marita Corrado P’25 & Christina Meador P’25
Jennifer Auger P’25, ’26 & Tobi Tranter P’26
Daryl & Darci Vallez P’27 & Kiley O’Meara P’27
Shona Bradbury Kidd P’28
Thomas Miller P’28, ‘29

Parent Engagement committee

Nicholas de Wolff P’23, Boarding Focus
Effie Ioannidou P’22, ‘24, Equestrian Focus
Ty & Elizabeth Martinelli P’25, P’27, Arts & Athletics Focus
Shuba Visweswaran P’24, International Focus
OPEN, Day Student Focus

EWSPA Bylaws

The name of this organization shall be The Ethel Walker School Parents Association (hereafter referred to as “EWSPA”).

The EWSPA strives to build community within The Ethel Walker School by fostering connections both among parents and between parents and the School. The EWSPA also works with students and School administration to support their efforts at Walker’s and within the greater community. Additionally, the EWSPA assists the School in its fundraising efforts.

Additionally, the EWSPA strives to assist the school in its fundraising efforts subject to the EWSPA approval. Each member of the EWSPA Board is a committed participant in the Annual Fund.

Every Middle School and Upper School parent or guardian is a member of the EWSPA by virtue of collection of mandatory dues approved by the EWSPA board. The amount of the annual dues shall be recommended at the conclusion of each school year by the EWSPA Board and approved and collected by the School in September. These dues shall be used to defray the costs of EWSPA activities and other functions.

The EWSPA Board shall be responsible for conducting the general business of the Parents Association and shall consist of the following members: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Upper School Committee Chairperson, Middle School Committee Chairperson, All School Committee Chairperson, International Parent Ambassador, Boarding Parent Ambassador, Upper Day School Parent Ambassadors, Athletics/Arts Ambassador, and President Emeritus.

Terms for EWSPA Board members shall run from July 1 to June 30.

The eleven voting members of the EWSPA Board shall consist of the Executive Committee plus committee chairs and liaisons. The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. These members of the executive committee shall attend each EWSPA Board meeting or submit a report to the President prior to a meeting or any special session of the Executive Committee.

President (two-year term; advances to President Emeritus)

  • Meets with Head of School as needed
  • Chairs EWSPA Board meetings, preparing and managing to an agenda
  • Attends Board of Trustee meetings
  • Signs reimbursement requests when Treasurer is unavailable
  • Ensures EWSPA Board representation at various council, committee, and school meetings such as the Administrative Council; class advisors; parent conference calls; etc.

Vice President (one-year term, may serve back-to-back terms; Board-offered option to advance to president

  • Fills in for the president as required
  • Maintains EWSPA bylaws and ensures EWSPA adheres to bylaws as adopted
  • Represents EWSPA Board at various council, committee, and school meetings as directed by the President
  • Organizes social events and training for the EWSPA Board

Treasurer (one-year term; may serve back-to-back terms)

  • Reviews, approves, and submits reimbursement and check requests
  • Reviews monthly account statements and resolves issues as they arise
  • Provides updates to each committee chair and to the EWSPA Board regarding revenue, expenditures, and variances

Secretary (one-year term; may serve back-to-back terms)

For each EWSPA Board meeting: schedules meeting room; takes and distributes meeting notes

  • Collects notes and updates from committee chairs
  • Maintains book of event information, costs associated with events, Board agendas and minutes, bylaws, and Board member/committee listings
  • Collaborates with President and Walker’s Director of Parent Relations on distribution of information in weekly, electronic Walker’s newsletters

Committee Chair (one-year term; may serve back-to-back terms)

There shall be five committee chairs: The Upper School Committee, The All School Committee, The Middle School Committee, The Nominating Committee, and the Athletic/Arts Committee. Each committee chair is responsible for:

  • Scheduling, planning, and holding committee meetings as required by the EWSPA bylaws
  • Ensuring assigned committee events and responsibilities are fulfilled
  • Recruiting, welcoming, and involving all parent volunteers
  • Providing notes of committee meetings to the EWSPA Secretary
  • Attending EWSPA Board meetings to represent his/her committee and to provide an update to fellow EWSPA Board members
  • Communicating to his/her committee any information or updates from the EWSPA Board meetings

Ambassadors

There shall be four ambassadors: one for international parents, one for boarding parents, one for day parents, and one for Middle School parents. The role of the ambassadors is to be a point of contact for parents, the EWSPA Board and the Walker’s administration. The ambassadors are expected to attend each EWSPA Board meeting.

President Emeritus (non-voting position; one-year term)

The outgoing EWSPA President shall serve for one term as the President Emeritus. The responsibilities of the President Emeritus include:

  • Advising the executive committee
  • Providing history and context for past decisions

During the March/April/May time frame, the EWSPA Board will present a slate of EWSPA Board candidates and officers for the next school year to the Head of School (or designee) for approval.

  1. The EWSPA Board shall meet at least six times per school year, recommended as follows: September, October, November, January, March (or April), May. These meetings are open to all members of the EWSPA.
  2. A quorum shall consist of at least two members of the Executive Committee and three other members of the EWSPA Board, and shall be required for decisions regarding budget and amendments to bylaws.
  3. The Executive Committee shall meet as needed.
  4. The Upper School, Middle School, and All School Committees shall meet as needed, to be determined by Committee Chairs. A minimum of four times per school year is recommended.
  5. Updates from all committees shall be submitted to the EWSPA Secretary prior to meetings upon the Secretary’s request.

  1. The Upper School Committee shall include parent representatives of the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes, as well as Boarding Parent Representative(s). Committee members will support Class Advisors in helping to initiate and implement student-led activities. Boarding parents may also assist in coordinating “Random Acts of Kindness” programs initiated by the boarding parent liaison.
  2. The Middle School Committee shall be responsible for planning and implementing seasonal activities, class parties, eighth grade promotion, and any other appropriate activities.
  3. The All School Committee shall be responsible for parent representation and planning of the following: Opening Days meet and greet, Family Weekend social, parent forums, parent socials, teacher appreciation events, Dogswood Day, and any other appropriate activities.
  4. The Nominating Committee shall be responsible for meeting possible candidates for Board positions and communicating with the Board about these prospects.
  5. The Athletic/Arts Committee shall be responsible for communicating with the athletic director and planning and implementing activities to support these programs.

  1. The EWSPA shall be funded by dues.
  2. The EWSPA Board shall set a budget in September for the upcoming school year.
  3. There shall be one treasurer for the EWSPA and that person shall be a member of the EWSPA Board and Executive Committee.
  4. Budget availability for total event expenditures must be cleared with Treasurer prior to expenses being incurred. All expenses must be itemized on Walker’s reimbursement forms (available on the Walker’s website) and submit to the Treasurer in one of the methods outlined in the reimbursement form. The Treasurer should be advised when a reimbursement form has been left for processing. The Treasurer will process all forms within one week of being properly notified.
  5. The EWSPA Board may raise additional funds for a specific event or cause.
  6. Any money remaining in the Parents Association account for the graduating class shall be allocated to the senior parent gift.

Amended Fall 2022

Co-Presidents

  • Chair EWSPA Board meetings, preparing and managing an agenda together.
  • Meet with Head of School as needed.
  • Meet with Walker’s Board members as necessary to update and engage Walker’s Board as needed.
  • Maintain EWSPA bylaws and ensure EWSPA adheres to the bylaws as adopted.
  • Engage with Walker’s Administrative Departments including Admission and Advancement to garner support for EWSPA events and to coordinate any joint activities and goals.
  • Ensure EWSPA Board representation at various council, committee and school meetings.
  • Attend and speak at EWSPA hosted events.
  • Sign reimbursement requests when Co-Treasurer(s) is/are unavailable.
  • Collaborate, support, and develop a positive rapport with the Co-President.
  • Develop partnerships between the members of the EWSPA and any school representatives (i.e. Walker’s Liaisons).

Co-Vice Presidents

  • Fill in for the Co-Presidents as required.
  • Maintain EWSPA bylaws and ensure EWSPA adheres to the bylaws as adopted.
  • Represent EWSPA Board at various council, committee and school meetings as directed by the President.
  • Organize social events and training for the EWSPA Board.
  • Co-Chair Nominating Committee (shall be responsible for meeting potential board position candidates and putting forth a slate to the board at the last EWSPA meeting of the year. The committee shall be chaired by the Vice President and comprised of the Events Committee Co-Chairs, Student Activities Committee Co-Chairs and Engagement Committee Co-Chairs).
  • Collaborate, support, and develop a positive rapport with the Co-Vice President.

Co-Treasurers 

  • Review, approve, and submit reimbursement and check requests.
  • Review monthly account statements and resolve issues as they arise.
  • Provide updates to each committee chair and to the EWSPA Board regarding revenue, expenditures, and variances.
  • Collaborate, support, and develop a positive rapport with the Co-Treasurer.

Co-Secretaries

  • For each EWSPA board meeting: schedule meeting room; take and distribute meeting notes; coordinate or alternate which Co-Secretary is taking notes at which meeting.
  • Maintain book of event information, costs associated with events, board agendas and minutes, bylaws, and board member/committee listings.
  • Order any refreshments to be served at in person meetings (Window into Walker’s).
  • Collaborate with President and Walker’s School Liaisons on distribution of information in weekly, electronic Walker’s newsletters (Walker’s Weekly).
  • Collaborate, support, and develop a positive rapport with the Co-Secretary.

If appointed, a Member-At-Large will follow similar duties to other Executive Board Officers as needed and may be focused on tasks directed by Co-Presidents.

EWSPA Committee & Co-Chairs (Three Committees will be known as Events Committee, Student Activities Committee, and Engagement Committee)

Each Committee Chair(s) is responsible for:

  • Scheduling, planning, and holding committee meetings as required by the EWSPA bylaws.
  • Ensuring assigned committee events and responsibilities are fulfilled.
  • Recruiting, welcoming, and involving all parent volunteers.
  • Providing notes of committee meetings to the EWSPA Co-Secretaries.
  • Attending EWSPA Board meetings to represent his/her committee and provide an update to fellow EWSPA Board members.
  • Communicating to his/her committee any information or updates from the EWSPA Board meetings.
  • Collaborate, support, and develop a positive rapport with the Co-Chair.

Events Committee

  • Shall be responsible for parent representation and planning of events including: Opening Days Meet and Greets; Family Weekend Social; Trunk or Treat; Holiday Ride; Valentine’s Day; Circle Lunch; MS Mini Golf; Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon; Dogswood Day; any parent forums; any parent socials.
  • May work with Student Activities Committee or Engagement Committee where event brings together entire student body and parents (i.e. Family Weekend, Holiday Ride, Dogswood Day etc).
  • Will collaborate with School Liaison and/or Walker’s Events Coordinator.
  • Will collaborate with Executive Board Officers as needed to coordinate and confirm attendance of officers at events.

Student Activities Committee

  • Student Events Committee Co-Chairs will also be responsible for coordinating volunteers for any committee chair or class representative needs volunteers.
  • Will include Class Parent Representatives from each of the freshwoman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes.
  • Will attend Class Parent Representative/Class Dean planning meetings and work collaboratively to schedule and plan student activities.
  • May work with Events Committee or Engagement Committee where event brings together entire student body and parents (i.e. Family Weekend, Holiday Ride, Dogswood Day etc).
  • Will collaborate with School Liaison and/or Walker’s Head of School, Walker’s Assistant Head of School, and/or Head of Middle School.
  • Will ensure student activities are age appropriate and aligned with goals, perspectives, and values of The Ethel Walker School.

EWSPA Parent Representatives

  • Each Walker’s class will include Class Parent Representatives from each of the freshwoman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes.
  • Class Parent Representatives will support Class Deans to initiate and implement student activities including holiday and year end parties utilizing allocated budget.
  • MS Class Parent Representatives shall be responsible for planning and implementing seasonal activities, class parties, Eighth Grade Promotion, and any other appropriate activities for grades 6-8.

Engagement Committee

  • Shall be responsible for communicating with new Walker’s families to welcome and engage them in the school community and with the EWSPA.
  • Shall be responsible for connecting boarding and day student parents as well as Upper School and Middle School parents as one body of parents at Walker’s.
  • Shall work closely with the EWSPA Co-Presidents to ensure fulfillment of Walker’s goals.
  • Arts and Athletics Focus: shall be responsible for communicating with the Athletic Director and Arts Department Chair to implement activities in support of those programs and shall be responsible for being the EWSPA point of contact for parents of athletes and performing artists.
  • Boarding Focus: shall be responsible to bring forth any concerns, comments, or questions as needed related to boarding students and/or confer with committee to find resolutions as needed.
  • Day Student Focus: shall be responsible to bring forth any concerns, comments, or questions as needed related to day students and confer with committee to find resolutions as needed.
  • Equestrian Focus: shall be responsible for communicating with the Director of Riding, implementing activities in support of those programs and acting as the EWSPA point of contact for parents of riders.
  • International Focus: shall be responsible to bring forth any concerns, comments or questions as needed related to international students and confer with committee to find resolutions as needed.
  • Will collaborate with School Liaison and/or Walker’s Head of School, Walker’s Assistant Head of School, and/or Head of Middle School.
  • May work with Events Committee or Student Activities Committee where event brings together entire student body and parents (i.e. Family Weekend, Holiday Ride, Dogswood Day etc).

Forms and Documents

 

For EWSPA Board Meeting minutes or recordings of past Window into Walker’s meetings, please email Co-Presidents Patricia Krupnikoff P’23 and Toby Bolden Hudson P’24 at ewspa.pres@gmail.com.

EWSPA Assists With:

All-School Activities

  • Dogswood Day
  • Holiday Events & Receptions
  • Year-End Class Parties
  • Book Club, Parent Forums, Coffees, Enriching Activities
  • Random Acts of Kindness

Middle School

  • Middle School Fun Night
  • Mid-Winter Activity Night

Upper School

  • Valentine’s Day Treats
  • Class Retreats
  • Class Sleepovers
  • Community Service
  • Sweatshirts and T-Shirts
  • Transportation to Prom
  • Seed Money for Class Fundraisers
  • Senior Skip Day