Chiaravalle Family Association
The Chiaravalle Family Association is proud to bring our families together as a welcoming and inclusive community by promoting family interactions, celebrating the diversity of our experiences and volunteering together, both in our building and the greater community.
The CFA is proud to organize:
- Staff and teacher recognition events throughout the year.
- Room level projects and activities as planned by the room parents
- Community events like the Potluck Cultural Fest which celebrate our community’s experiences and cultures
- Start of year and end of year celebrations
- Monthly coffees in the Parent Café
- and much, much more!
Chiaravalle is so fortunate to have an extremely involved community. We volunteer at the room level as room parents, jump into school fundraising efforts, scoop ice cream at our end-of-year ice cream social— no matter what your schedule looks like, there’s always a place for you! Click here to get in touch with us!
CFA Lead: Sarah Zematis
Coordinates all the initiatives of the CFA, including scheduling events, recruiting volunteers, overseeing and working with the various committees to actualize events, allocating budget throughout the year.
Room Parent Coordinator: MJ Serene
Recruits room parents for each class and keeps them informed of all school initiatives, supports the individual room parents to create community in the classroom as well as throughout the school community.
Garden Coordinator: Jen Ruehl
Organizes the planting, maintenance and harvesting of the Chiaravalle garden throughout the year, as well as recruiting volunteers to assist with the various phases of the garden.
Chiaravalle Connections (Toddler and EC project): Alexis Kuncel
Communicates to the room parents the timeline and requirements of the Connections book (previously known as Faces Book), supports the room parents in collecting their classroom pages, organizes the volunteer days to collate and bind the books.
Mighty Networks Coordinator: Sarah Coward
Manages the internal social media account, Mighty Networks. Answers user questions, maintains membership and supports the community with up to date posts about Chiaravalle events and happenings.
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Family participation and support makes the Chiaravalle experience meaningful. Whether you’re available early morning, evenings, during school hours or weekends, we offer ways to volunteer your talents and share your interests.
Volunteering not only strengthens our community, but is a fun way to meet people and make new friends. Check ALL that interest you and we will reach out with details. The more the merrier and remember, if everyone does a little, A LOT gets done!
Like any community, Chiaravalle often relies on acronyms, nicknames and shorthand to describe the people, places and activities of the school. Here are some of the key terms you may overhear in the halls.
|Early Childhood Program aka 3-6 (Pre-K and Kinder, Ages 3-6)|
|EL||Elementary Program (Grades 1-6, Ages 6-12)|
|Lower El||Lower Elementary (Grades 1-3, Ages 6-9)|
|Upper El||Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6, Ages 9-12)|
|MS||Middle School (Grades 7-8, Ages 12-14)|
|Community Meeting||Student-led meeting that includes all EL and MS|
|RP||The Room Parent coordinates classroom activities and communication. Formerly known as HRP or Head Room Parent.|
|Sign-Up Party||Sign-up parties put the "fun" in fundraiser! Anyone can sign up to participate in these family-hosted gatherings. Cost varies by event with all proceeds going directly to the Fund for Chiaravalle|
|Spirit Day||Chiaravalle students and teachers show their school spirit by wearing their favorite Chiaravalle t-shirt or sweatshirt.|
|After-School Studios||Elementary students can sign up for these fun after-school classes including arts and crafts, drama, Spanish and sports clubs and more.|
|North Wing||The spectacular new addition to the historic Burnham building features the gym and library, as well as flexible spaces for theater, art, music and movement, community gatherings and more.|
|The Hub||The centerpiece of the North Wing is this open, two-story space that serves as a central gathering place for the school community.|
|Gathering Stairs||The large stair steps in The Hub provide seating for drama performances and large community gatherings as well as cozy spots for students to work independently or in small groups.|
|Da Vinci Studio||With its views of the park and The Hub, this classroom in the North Wing provides the inspiration students need as they learn and explore the interconnected disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, aka STEAM.|
|Parent Cafe||In the new North Wing, parents now have a little space of their own across from the front desk. Parents can grab a cup of coffee or tea, check the CFA and community bulletin boards, and chat with other parents|
|The Think Tank||Aka The Fishbowl, this flexible learning and meeting room on the second floor quickly has become one of the most popular spots in the new North Wing.|
|TFD||The former nickname for the full-day toddler classroom. Currently toddlers enrolled in the full-day program may be placed in either Toddler 102 or Toddler 105.|
|205, 302, 101...||At Chiaravalle each class has numbers rather than names. Though it may be difficult for you to keep track of your children's homeroom numbers, your children quickly learn their own and everyone else's.|
|CFA||The Chiaravalle Family Association, a parent-led organization that fosters community and supports the school's mission.|