The RCNS Parents’ Board
The RCNS Parents’ Board is composed of a group of parent volunteers who act as liaisons between families and the administration to help guide the strategic development of the school. Our goal is to foster a sense of community by organizing events and programs for parents as well as the whole family.
There are countless opportunities for parents to get involved throughout the school year and we encourage you to participate! Contact a member of the board to find out more.
Who We Are
Chair of the Board
The Chair and Vice Chair oversee the RCNS Parents’ Board. They are involved with all events run by the board and act as spokespersons for the parents. They organize parent volunteers and solicit parent feedback. Should you need to speak to someone with a thorough knowledge of the school, look no further than these two people.
Deya Warren (Chair)
The legal chair works closely with the Chair and the School Director on all legal issues affecting the Nursery School. The Chair also acts as Secretary and is responsible for all general correspondence and record keeping for the Board.
Tara Hansen (Chair)
Yelena Ofengeym (Co-Chair)
The Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer provide financial guidance and support to the RCNS Finance Team. They are responsible for assisting the Fundraising Chairs and business manager in the management of funds generated.
Maureen Stapleton (Chair)
Cara Kernan (Co-Chair)
The Fundraising Chair and Co-Chair organize and coordinate all fundraising activities for the Nursery School. This includes the staffing and execution of the Harvest Moon Festival and the Spring Benefit, among other fundraising programs.
Milano Buckley (Chair)
Leah Parks (Co-Chair)
The Education Outreach Chair and Co-Chair are responsible for educating the RCNS community on relevant issues. This includes coordinating educational events for the school community, including guest speakers; organizing the annual Book Fair; and assisting with Back to School Night. They are also the authors of The RCNS Parent Dispatch
, a quarterly digest of articles, books, blogs, podcasts, social media accounts, and websites pertaining to one specific, relevant issue for RCNS parents.
Emily Pollakowski (Chair)
The Communications Chair keeps parents and the community informed and excited about RCNS events, plans, and important news. The Chair also manages the RCNS Instagram account and the Parents’ Board webpage.
Kate Carey (Chair)
The Community Outreach Chair works closely with the Nursery School and the Reformed Church to organize and implement community service programs throughout the year. This includes the Thanksgiving Food Drive and holiday gift giving programs for neighboring communities.
Michelle Antonini (Chair)
Jessica Sestak (Co-Chair)
The Parent Outreach Chair and Co-Chair act as liaison between the Nursery School Board and the parent body. They coordinate Class Parents and the RCNS Parent Committee; organize hospitality for various RCNS outreach functions, including New Parent Orientation, Parent’s Night, the Christmas Pageant and Graduation; and communicate concerns of the parent body to the Board.
How To Get Involved
RCNS Parent Committee
The RCNS Board is excited to announce the new RCNS Parent Committee. This year presents new and unique challenges in how we will work together as a school to best meet the needs of our parents and staff. Class parents have always been a valued tradition at our school, however in this new environment we need a more focused group of liaisons versus hands-on classroom assistance. RCNS will form a Parent Committee in lieu of Class Parents that will consist of a parent volunteer from each grade level in the AM and PM segments. This smaller group will allow parents to more effectively support the teachers and staff, efficiently communicate with the Board and solve parent concerns in a streamlined fashion. The committee will be led by our Parent Outreach Chairs, Michelle Antonini and Jessica Sestak.
Roles & Responsibilities:
● Meet quarterly
● Relay communications to your grade level group and segment in timely fashion
● Coordinate volunteers from your grade level group and segment for RCNS functions
● Assist RCNS Broad Chairs to organize parent support as needed
● Address parental concerns confidentially
● Offer support to teachers and families in your grade level and segment
● Facilitate virtual social events among grade level classes
If you are interested in representing your grade level and day segment on the RCNS Parent Committee please email Michelle Antonini
Participation in Events
There are countless opportunities to get involved throughout the year, from manning the table at the Bake Sale to setting up the Book Fair. Our fundraising events in particular could not be accomplished without the help of our amazing parent volunteers. We are always looking for help and greatly appreciate anything you can give, be it your time, your ideas or your skills -- all are welcome!
To find out more about these events and how your can get involved, you can reach out to our Fundraising Chair Maureen Stapleton
or our Education Chair Milano Buckley
The Nursery School works closely with the Reformed Church to organize several community service programs throughout the year.
If you are interested in learning more about these and how you can get involved, reach out to our Community Outreach Chair, Kate Carey
In "normal" years the RCNS Board hosts numerous events for parents, children and families. This year is a very different year and we are planning virtual events that will be both fun and safe. We look forward to the day when we can all celebrate our school together as a large group! When that day comes, the following events are what you will be able to participate in:
Back to School Events
New Family Events: The Parent Outreach Chair and Co-Chair help organize a New Family Gathering on the Playground before school starts, where new families to the school have the opportunity to meet and get to know other new families. They also organize a cocktail hour specifically for new families before the Back to School Cocktail Party.
Cocktail Party: Each year the Board organizes a Back to School Cocktail Party for RCNS parents to gather and celebrate the new school year.
Back to School Night: This is an informative event where RCNS parents will be introduced to the teachers, staff and Board of the Nursery School; new programs the Nursery School is offering that year will be introduced; and parents will have the opportunity to ask the Director questions about events, the school curriculum and other topics. Classroom visits are also offered, where parents can learn what teachers will be covering in class that year.
Harvest Moon Festival, Bake Sale and Pumpkin Patch
The Harvest Moon Festival is a wonderful Fall family festival featuring indoor and outdoor activities. Children can enjoy face painting, festival games, fun crafts, raffles (with great prizes for kids and adults), and delicious food from local establishments! Children can also visit the on-site petting zoo, take a ride on a kiddy-carousel, and enjoy all this Autumnal fair has to offer! This annual fundraiser has become an important community tradition, catering to children ages 2-6.
The Board also organizes a Bake Sale and Pumpkin Patch the week of Harvest Moon to help support the event, drum up excitement and raise proceeds for the school.
The proceeds from Harvest Moon help support the special programs offered to our students throughout the year. This includes special programs for the children, class trips, parent and family events, and educational enhancements for the classrooms.
Thanksgiving Food Drive and Chapel Service
The holidays are a special time of year that give us an opportunity to be thankful for our many blessings and to open our hearts and give back to those who are less fortunate. Every year the Community Outreach Chair organizes a food drive to deliver Thanksgiving meals to families in need in our community.
A Thanksgiving Chapel Service is held each year for the families of our 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and kindergarten students.
The Christmas Pageant is an annual RCNS tradition, which tells the story of the Nativity. Our 3’s sing songs and our 4’s and 5’s participate in the procession and story of the Nativity.
Book Fair and Bake Sale
The RCNS Book Fair is an opportunity for members of the school community to purchase books for all ages, including a wide selection or quality children’s books, cookbooks and coffee-table books. Special events are scheduled throughout the week to introduce children to the magical world of books.
The Board also organizes a Bake Sale the week of the Book Fair to help support the event, drum up excitement and raise proceeds for the school.
All proceeds from the Book Fair go to the RCNS Scholarship Fund.
The Spring Fundraiser is a great opportunity for parents to enjoy a night out while celebrating our children’s school! The evening includes dinner, dancing and a silent and live auction. Proceeds from the spring fundraiser benefit innovative programs, school trips, in-house specials and teacher development for our beloved school.
The RCNS Parent Dispatch
September 2020: COVID 19
RCNS is pleased to announce the publication of The RCNS Parent Dispatch
, a quarterly digest of articles, books, blogs, podcasts, social media accounts, and websites pertaining to one specific, relevant issue for parents and members of the community. The first issue, published in September, focused on COVID-19 and Back to School. This material covers a variety of topics, from the nuts and bolts of parenting during a pandemic -- like making kids comfortable with masks and homeschooling schedules should we go remote again -- to pandemic parenting’s considerable mental and emotional components.
March 2021: Let's Talk About PLAY!
January 2021: Talking to Our Children About Race
RCNS has partnered with Lands End to provide custom school merchandise and clothing. See the link and flyer below for more details and how to order.
RCNS School Merchandise