CDS Parent Association
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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