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CDS Parent Association

Green Team volunteer planting pumpkin seeds with student

The CDS Parent Association (PA) is a collaborative, school-wide volunteer-led effort working in partnership with the school administration to:

  • Plan engaging grade-level programs for families that foster a vibrant and welcoming community
  • Support faculty and staff through programs like Staff Appreciation Week and monthly breakfasts
  • Encourage family support of the mission and values of the school
  • Work with the Green Team to lead efforts in the school’s sustainability practices and environmental programming
  • Create opportunities for family volunteerism at school events
  • Support at-home celebrations for Jewish holidays and Shabbat
  • Lead fundraising efforts to support school-wide initiatives and programming, including the GRANTED! program

Parent dedication to CDS and your willingness to give in ways that make sense to you—your time, your energy, or your talent—will help us to thrive. 


2023-2024 Parent Association Leadership Team

Andrea Goldschmidt and Beth Jacobs

Maureen Ghaznavi

Green Team:
Mara Svoboda, Molly Muffet

Rachel Albert, Samantha Ferris, Emily Friedman-Novak, Karen Galor, Lindsey Herman, Beth Jacobs, Simona Loberant, Marjorie Manne, Jessica Neiss, Stephanie Shropshire 

Immediate Past President:
Bryna Siegel Finer

Gently used clothing in Lion's Pride shop

Lions Pride

The PA runs a gently used school clothes store located in the Annex basement, where you'll find deals that can't be beat on high-quality apparel and your favorite CDS merchandise!

Athletic Director Bob Helfer getting food at Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation

Each spring, the PA shows its gratitude for CDS faculty and staff with a week filled with food, plenty of coffee, pampering, raffle prizes, and other fun surprises.

CDS Parent Association volunteers work on a near-space balloon project funded by the GRANTED! Program

GRANTED! Program

The PA GRANTED! program awards thousands of dollars in micro-grants each year to parents and teachers to support initiatives that enrich our academic program or the school grounds.

Family at CDS event

Fun Family Events

Shabbat family dinners, Parents' Night Out, Scholastic Book Fair, and the Presidents' Day Ice Skating Party are just some of the fun family events hosted by the PA.

CDS Green Team

Sustainability efforts on our campus are driven by the volunteer-led CDS Green Team, which seeks to inspire teachers, staff, students, and families to become more environmentally responsible in ways that align with our Jewish values. In recent years, the Green Team has:

  • Built and maintained Pesach, Sukkot, and Havdalah teaching gardens on our campus
  • Sponsored spring and fall flower sales
  • Implemented an anti-idling awareness program
  • Installed campus rain barrels 
  • Created Jewish holiday outdoor programming for Tu B'Shevat, Sukkot, and Shavuot
  • Spearheaded school-wide recycling and composting efforts
Parent and child advertising Green Team shirt