Parents Council


Dear Parents,

We want to welcome you all back to Westover as the summer draws toward its end. Opportunities for parent involvement abound at Westover and we invite all parents to participate. The Parents' Council are parent volunteers representing 9-12th grade, and they encourage you to get involved with school events whenever you can. Take a moment to peruse our newly redesigned website and Parents Portal and feel free to contact a Parent Council member if you would like to get more involved.

You can access the Student Handbook, Curriculum Guide, schedules, and all the school forms by logging in to the Parent Portal. The Parent Portal button is located on the top right hand side of this screen. If you have forgotten your login information, once you are in the Community Login box click "Forget your username/password?" and the information will be immediately emailed to you. If you continue to run into difficulties, please contact Mary Albl at 203.577.4565 or malbl@westoverschool.org.

We hope to be a resource for you during your daughter's time at Westover and honor the commitment you have made to her education. We work to enhance the school-family partnership by being a liaison between parents and school administration so never hesitate to be in touch with questions or concerns.

All the best,

Benjamin Hildebrand
Assistant Head of School
203.577.4567

Meg Eggert
Dean of Students
203-577-4504

Nancy Pelaez ‘86
Director of Alumnae & Community Relations
203-577-4593


Committees

Each committee is chaired by a council member. Committee chairs may select and/or the school may appoint from within or outside the council additional individuals to assist with the work of the committees. Committees convene as needed throughout the school year. These meetings may take place on or off-campus or via conference call or Skype. Committees will report updates as needed at full Parent Council meetings.

ADMISSION/RECRUITMENT

This committee supports the efforts of and provides feedback for the Admission team. Members are asked to be present at a variety of Admission events throughout the year, both on and off campus as well as to coordinate a parent outreach program for new families.

Fundraising

This committee supports the efforts of the Alumni & Development Office. The committee directly solicits fellow Parent Council members and assists the Director of Development in reaching out to all parents in support of the Annual Fund.

Parent Outreach/Programming

This committee supports the work of the Director of Outreach. Members include council members and members of the general parent body. Besides assisting the Director in finding speakers and/or programs to bring to campus with messages relevant to Westover parents, the committee will also assist with events such as Sophomore Career Day, and the Holiday Open House.

STUDENT LIFE/AFFAIRS

This committee oversees volunteers for events that support the non-academic life of students through various events and programs. The Committee Chair will oversee the chairs of these events and programs, receiving a list of parent volunteers who are interested in participating.

Mission

To function in a supportive role to the Westover School in five main areas: Admissions/Recruiting, Parent Communications, Fundraising, Student Life/Student Affairs, and Parent Outreach/Programming.

Membership
Membership is by invitation of the Head of School to serve the duration of one child’s Westover career, not to exceed four consecutive years. Rotation off the Parents' Council must be for at least one year before becoming eligible to serve during a younger sister’s Westover career. The maximum number on the Council shall not exceed ten percent of the beginning year enrollment in September.

There will be six members (three boarding and three day parents) per class year from the Sophomore, Junior, and Senior classes. A couple is considered one member and the participation of both individuals is encouraged but not mandatory.

Officers
The President shall serve for no more than a two-year term beginning in June and by virtue of such position, will be a voting member (ex officio) of the Board of Trustees for a period of one year. At the option of the President, an alternate council member may fulfill this Trustee role, provided that the alternate is approved by a majority of votes by the Council.

The Vice President, selected by the school, under advisement of the President, shall serve for no more than a two-year term. The Vice President shall assist the President and assume the duties of the President in his/her absence. Typically, the Vice President will assume the role of President in the second year of the term.

The Boarding Parent Liaison acts as an advisor to the Council and Head of School offering a boarding parent’s perspective on school activities and policies.

Responsibilities
All council members are expected to:

Serve as a liaison between the general parent body and the school
Attend council meetings (typically, meetings are held in October, early January, late March, and early May) of which at least one must be attended in person
Serve on a committee
Chair or co-chair a committee for one year
Support the Annual Fund

Questions