Parents Association

The parents’ association of Dutchess Day School is an organization of current parents and legal guardians that assists the head of school on nonacademic matters and seeks to establish and maintain close cooperation among parents, students, faculty, administration, staff, and trustees in promoting the welfare of the school and its students.

The activities of the parents’ association (PA) include (but are not limited to) fund-raising activities in support of the school and sponsored by the board of trustees and the development office. The organization meets between six and eight times during the academic year.

Each class at DDS has a set of class parents who are responsible for serving as liaisons in nonacademic matters between parents and teachers, greeting new families, coordinating class business and activities, and encouraging parents to attend and participate in PA meetings and activities.


  • President: Rita Perkins
  • President-Elect: Claudia Kunkle
  • Secretary: Shannon LaDeau
  • Upper School Chair: Mary Elizabeth Page
  • Lower School Chair: Christine McCurdy


PA Meetings are in the mornings at 9:00 a.m. at school with an option to join via Zoom. Links will be sent prior to each meeting.

2021-2022 Calendar of Events and Chairs:

August 31
New Parent Social
September 17
PA Meeting
September 20/21
School Pictures
Norah Quinn
September 25
Back to School Social
PA Officers
October 1
Bake Sale & 7 a-side Soccer Tournament
Paige Hogarth
October 29
Fall Social
Elizabeth Mandy & Perrin Martin
October 29
PA Meeting
December 3
PA Meeting
December 16
Winter Concert Decorating
Campus Enhancement Team:
Amanda Ruane & Heather Patterson
January 21
PA Meeting
February 18
PA Meeting
February 24/25
Book Fair
Kristi Brien, Huda Scheidelman, Allyson Hamedl
April 29
PA Meeting
May 20
Spring Social
Sarah Viola & Claudia Kunkle
May 20
PA Meeting
June 3
Field Day