Get Involved as a Parent

Palm Beach Day Academy is a true family school.

Parents are welcome on campus, and in classrooms, any day at any time. Their presence is particularly encouraged at Friday flag assemblies and other school events, including our annual Field Day.

PBDA teachers consider PBDA parents to be equal, valued partners in a child’s education, because family involvement not only maintains the high standards of the school, but also provides rewarding experiences for children and parents.

Parent School Council (PSC)

Parents are invited to show their support through participation in PBDA’s Parent School Council. All parents of enrolled students are members, and there are no dues.

The mission of the council is two-fold: fostering communication among constituents of the school community and serving the school in non-academic functions, which are always family affairs.

PSC Officers ’19-’20

  • President: Lyanne Azqueta ’84
  • Vice Presidents: Allyson Mashek (LC) and Jennifer Johnson (Interim) (UC)
  • Secretary: Christina Macfarland ’98
  • Program Coordinator: Elizabeth DeBruhle (Interim)
  • Primary Parent Rep: Tara Vecellio
  • Lower Campus Parent Rep: Brandie Herbst
  • Upper Campus Parent Rep: Carmen Sosin (Interim)
  • Past President: Amy Middleton
  • Faculty Liaison: Ilkay Ozgenc (LC) and Jim Gramentine (Interim) (UC)
  • Board of Trustees Liaison: Caroline Rafferty and Stephanie Carden ’79
  • Head of School: Fanning Hearon

Notes from Recent PSC Meetings

Get Involved at PBDA

Volunteerism is a longstanding tradition at Palm Beach Day Academy, and there is an opportunity for every parent to get involved.

Room Parent

Room Parents work with the PSC and Advancement team to help disseminate pertinent school and grade information to each classroom.

PBDA On Topic Series

PBDA presents a series comprised of well-known speakers who address topics relevant to parenting in today’s world. Volunteers may help with mailings, event set-up or helping sell books the speaker wrote.

Bulldog Community Outreach

Community Outreach is a school-wide community service program, and parents and alumni are needed to help facilitate it.

Volunteers are encouraged to share ideas, help plan events and assist with the collection and distribution of donated items.

Lower Campus Special Events Committee

Members of this committee organize refreshments for the International Day of Peace flag assembly in September, the International Day Performance in February, and the Earth Day Performance in April.

Book Fair

Volunteers for the PBDA Book Fair help to plan, set up, work the week-long fair and pack up.

Lower Campus Thanksgiving Project

Students help pack boxes of complete Thanksgiving meals for the families at Glades Academy in Pahokee. Volunteers are needed in November to support the events leading up to and including, the packing of the boxes.

Lower Campus Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Volunteers organize coffee and refreshments for this special day in April and set up a welcome table to greet guests.

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week-long event takes place the first week of May, and the committee makes sure this is a special week for teachers across both campuses.