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Welcome to the Albuquerque Academy Parents' Association

The Albuquerque Academy Parents’ Association (AAPA) serves a vital role in the Albuquerque Academy community.   It works to:
  • Increase parent and family involvement in Albuquerque Academy life
  • Assist in welcoming new families to the Academy community
  • Foster relationships among parents, students, faculty, and staff
  • Support and assist the student governance structure
  • Serve as an advocate for the Academy mission
 
AAPA quick facts:
  • All parents and guardians are members
  • There is a general board with 44 positions, guided by an executive committee
  • Each board member oversees a committee organized to carry out a wide range of events and activities
  • In a single school year, members volunteer close to 50,000 hours working in events/activities such as:
    • School bookstores
    • Library
    • Concessions
    • New Family Orientations
    • Admission Open House
    • GrandDays
    • Faculty Appreciation
    • Visual Arts Receptions
    • Student Photos
 
For more information about AAPA, please email AAPA@aa.edu

Executive Committee, 2016-17

President: Marcella Stewart
Past President: Cori Sullivan
President-Elect: Leah Sandman
Communications VP: Angie Morris
Treasurer: Lisa Roberts
Administrative VP: Deb Harcke
Secretary: Molly Cheves
Vice President, 10-12: Swarupa Watlingon
Vice President, 8-9: Alisa Tan
Vice President, 6-7: Renee Patton

To see a complete list of AAPA Board members, click here.

A Message from the AAPA President

A Few Fun Facts

We couldn't do it without you!
  • Over 1,000 parents provided close to 50,000 volunteer hours during the 2013-14 school year.
  • Bakers made 4,200 individual desserts for visual arts receptions.
  • 343 concession volunteers sold $42,780 of snacks, including 1,929 bottles of water and 1,575 Tootsie Pops.
  • East and West Campus Bookstore volunteers worked 5,280 hours in two-hour shifts over the course of a year.
  • Forty volunteers worked 660 hours in Simms Library; 35 volunteers helped with ReadRecycle.
  • 105 faculty/staff appreciation volunteers ran 17 events.
  • Seven grade-level baking committees had support from 172 bakers.
  • 65 field trip drivers transported 6-7 Division students to a wide range of field trips and community service events.
  • Parents provided 1,764 boxes of chocolate milk, 1008 bagels, and 84 bags of clementines during exams.
  • 72 volunteers staffed the Admission Open House led by two parent co-chairs who spent over 100 hours planning the event. Two other parents spent 80 hours recruiting and overseeing student tour guides.

Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities

1/20: 6/7 Faculty-Staff Appreciation Breakfast

1/20: 8/9 Faculty-Staff Appreciation Breakfast

1/26: Career Day

2/19: 6/7 Faculty-Staff Appreciation Breakfast

2/11: Winter Bonfire

2/17-18: State Swim Meet


AAPA Spring Meeting
March 8
5:30-7;30 p.m.
Music Building, Performance Hall


Click here to see all volunteer opportunities currently available.

AAPA General Board Positions

List of 22 items.

  • 10th Grade Chair

    The 10th grade chair needs volunteers and leaders for their subcommittees:
    • Baking Committee - provides baked goods for grade level activities, visual arts reception and other events during the year as needed.
    • Candid Photo Committee - take pictures of grade level school activities and help create slideshow to view at the end of year celebration.
    • College Night for Grade 10 - this event is usually held in January. Committee members help 10-12 Division.
    • Division prepare materials for college night.
    • End-of-Year Celebration Committee - festivities take place on the last day of school. Volunteers assist with logistics of event, food, event setup and break down.
  • 11th Grade Chair

    The 11th grade chair needs volunteers and leaders for their subcommittees:
    • Baking Committee - provides baked goods for grade level activities, visual arts reception and other events during the year as needed.
    • Candid Photo Committee - take pictures of grade level school activities and help create slideshow to view at the end of year celebration.
    • College Night for Grade 11 (with college counselors) - assist 10/12 Division with this event.
    • End-of-Year Celebration Committee - Volunteers assist with logistics of event, food, event setup and break down.
  • 12th Grade Chair

    The 12th grade chair needs volunteers and leaders for their subcommittees:
    • Senior Retreat Breakfast: organizes and distributes a “to go” breakfast for seniors prior to Senior Retreat departure. Breakfast consists of a variety of breakfast burritos, muffins, fruit and a drink.
    • Senior Special Events: hosts four afterschool/evening food events to compliment a school-sponsored senior event - Pumpkin Carving (October), Cookie Decorating (December), “Watch the Sunset” (March), and Senior Art Show/Senior Gift selection (April).
    • Senior Treats: organizes monthly treats for the seniors and coordinates the schedule with the Senior Advisor. Responsibilities include planning the monthly treat, coordinating parent contributions, purchasing additional treat supplies and serving the treats.
    • Senior Slide Show: photographs and gathers images representing senior year.
    • A video slideshow is created and shown during Senior Week to students and families and during Commencement.
    • Senior Week: Chairs are responsible for the scheduling of Senior Week activities, recruiting chairs for each activity, and distributing the budget. Their main duties are to oversee the events, and act as liaisons for their sub-committee chairs. They also work closely with the 10-12 Division Head, Grade Sponsor and the class officers to determine activities, dates, themes, expectations and budget.
    • Baking Committee: Provides donated baked goods for the Special Events committee, Fall/Spring Student Art Shows and if requested, specific events during Senior Week.
  • 6th Grade Chair

    The 6th grade chair needs grade level volunteers and leaders for their subcommittees:
    • Baking Committee - provides baked goods for grade level activities, visual arts reception and other events during the year as needed.
    • Bulletin Board Committee (6th Grade only) - decorate bulletin boards on a regular schedule.
    • Candid Photo Committee - take pictures of grade level school activities and help create slideshow to view at the end of year celebration.
    • End-of-Year Celebration Committee - parent volunteers needed to help with end of year festivities.
    • Spring Potluck Committee- usually held in April or beginning of May. Parents provide food for a grade-wide social gathering. Games, food and fun!
    • Transportation Committee - parents transport students on school sponsored field trips during the school year.
  • 7th Grade Chair

    The 7th grade chair needs grade level volunteers and leaders for their subcommittees:
    • 6th Grade Welcome Ice Cream Social Committee - welcome our incoming 6th Grade families.  This event is staffed by 7th Grade parents and takes place a few days before school begins.
    • Baking Committee - provides baked goods for grade level activities, visual arts reception and other events during the year as needed.
    • Candid Photo Committee - take pictures of grade level school activities and help create slideshow to view at the end of year celebration.  
    • End-of-Year Celebration Committee - parent volunteers needed to help with end of year festivities.
    • Spring Potluck Committee - usually held in April or beginning of May.  Parents provide food for a grade-wide social gathering.  Games, food and fun!
    • Transportation Committee - parents transport students on school sponsored field trips during the school year. 
  • 8th Grade Chair

    The 8th grade chair needs grade level volunteers and leaders for their subcommittees:
    • 8th Grade End of Year Celebration Committee - many parent volunteers needed to help with this large end of year event. This event takes place usually in early May.
    • Baking Committee - provides baked goods for grade level activities, visual arts reception and other events during the year as needed.
    • Candid Photo Committee - take pictures of grade level school activities and help create slideshow to view at the end of year celebration.
    • Movie Night Committee - work with grade level deans and student government leaders to determine snacks needed for movie nights. One movie night in fall and spring.
    • Welcome to 8th Grade Orientation (8th Grade only) - help coordinate food and drink for 8th grade family orientation session. Orientation usually takes place a couple days before school begins in the afternoon.
  • 9th Grade Chair

    The 9th grade chair needs grade level volunteers and leaders for their subcommittees:
    • 9th Grade End-of-Year Celebration Committee - coordinate food, games and drinks for the last day of school.
    • Baking Committee - provides baked goods for grade level activities, visual arts reception and other events during the year as needed.
    • Candid Photo Committee - take pictures of grade level school activities and help create slideshow to view at the end of year celebration.
    • Movie Night Committee - work with grade level deans and student government leaders to determine snacks needed for movie nights. One movie night in fall and spring.
    • Welcome to 8th Grade Orientation (8th Grade only) - help coordinate food and drink for 8th grade family orientation session. Orientation usually takes place a couple days before school begins in the afternoon.
  • Admission Open House

    The Open House Co-Chairs work together with the Admission Department staff and the Tour Guide Co-Chairs on the overall planning of the annual Open House. Their main functions are to recruit, confirm, train, manage, and deploy parent volunteers to act as hosts and ambassadors to our Open House guests. Parent volunteers duties may include assisting with tours, answering questions, giving directions, working a specific table or area during the event.
  • Advancement - Postcard Writing Night

    Assist Advancement with the Annual Fund. Write postcards encouraging parents to contribute to the Annual Fund. Postcard Writing Night is usually held in October.  
  • Bonfires

    The bonfires committee organizes the fall and winter bonfires to celebrate Academy athletics. The committee needs volunteers the night of the event to help serve s’mores and monitor the fire.
  • Bookstore East/West

    The Bookstore Volunteer Coordinators organize volunteers to staff the East and West Campus Bookstores. Volunteer shifts are regularly scheduled for two hours every other week during the work day. Both bookstores sell books, school supplies and snacks to students, parents and faculty.
  • Career Day

    Held on campus each January for the junior class, Career Day allows students to meet in small groups with forty professionals from the community to learn about a wide variety of career opportunities. The committee charged with coordinating all aspects of planning and facilitating Career Day is typically comprised of one or more parents who represent the current junior and sophomore classes. There are also a number of volunteer opportunities for parents to assist with set-up and logistics during the event.
  • Community Service

    Two AAPA co-chairs act as a resource for the AA Community Service Executive Board (a 10/12 student board) and act as a liaison between AAPA and this student board. The AA Community Service Executive Board is dedicated to promoting volunteerism among their peers and does that by organizing off campus service projects and on campus community service clubs. In addition, the co-chairs act as grantmakers for the Harry Messec Community Service Grant Program.
  • Concessions

    Our community staffs the concessions stand for selected Academy athletic events. Many volunteers are needed to help staff the stand. All proceeds from concessions goes towards the 8th Grade Celebration and Senior Week. Shifts are typically two hours or less. Many shifts are scheduled after the work day.
  • Faculty Staff Appreciation (6-7, 8-9, 10-12)

    These committees show appreciation for faculty and staff by providing food at regularly scheduled breakfasts. Each division has a different schedule of breakfasts, typically once a month or every other month. Volunteers are needed to help provide food. The committees also coordinate an All School Appreciation Breakfast in April.
  • Global Language Exchange

    The Global Languages Exchange Committee assists the Global Languages Exchange Coordinator by recruiting families to host exchange students during their visits to the Albuquerque Academy. Host families are needed each year to help host language exchange students, typically for 2-3 weeks.
  • Library

    The Library Committee volunteers provide valuable help to the Albuquerque Academy Simms Library. Sorting and shelving books, DVD’s and CD’s as well as circulation desk duties and tracking down misplaced books are a few of the tasks available.
     
  • Performing Arts Receptions

    The Performing Arts Receptions Co-Chairs communicate with the varying performing arts faculty members to identify performance dates for hosting receptions. The goal of the committee is to host at least one reception for each major performing arts group throughout the year. Once the dates are identified, Co-chairs e-mail directly the parents of the specific group asking for donations of food items for the reception. Parent volunteers help needed with food donations, set-up and clean-up.
  • Photos - Student

    The student photos committee works with the photo contractor and the school to schedule picture dates and retake dates. The co-chairs and other parent volunteers help the students with order forms and the camera cards on the picture dates. The committee later facilitates the distribution of the pictures to the students.
  • ReadRecycle

    ReadRecycle is our annual Spring book sale sponsored by and benefiting Simms Library. This week-long sale includes donations of new and gently used books from the AA community as well as discards from the library. Many volunteers are needed to help sort books monthly and during the sale.
     
  • Visual Arts Receptions

    The Visual Arts Reception Committee supports the visual arts program at Albuquerque Academy by sponsoring a fall and spring Visual Arts Reception highlighting student art. Additionally, a Faculty Visual Art Reception is hosted by the committee on an every other year basis. Volunteers are needed to help with reception refreshments, set-up and cleanup for these events.
  • Yearly Theme

    The Yearly Theme Chair organizes parent participation for the school-wide Community
    Day Fair. It is held in the spring and consists of activities associated with either a "Yearly Theme" or is "Diversity Themed". The fair is typically held on the East Campus Quad from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and includes lectures, films, live music, themed booths, and donated treats.
     

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