Welcome Andover Parents and Guardians!

News from the PSPA

Hello Andover parents and guardians! Thank you for your continued support throughout this unprecedented year. We are thankful to have many new members join our team in various capacities and for all the new connections that have emerged. Looking back, we are humbly exuberant to share the many wonderful events that were held this year:

  • Parent Survey last summer
  • Webinar with Dr. Kington and Senior Administration Panel
  • Family Weekend Mixers
  • Virtual 5K Run/Walk
  • Speaker Series with guests Peggy Orenstein, Robin Aiello*, Natasha Singh, Lisa Damour*, and College Counseling* (*recording available on The Hive under Resources/Informational Videos)
  • Focus Groups
  • Two Trivia Nights & Parent Mixers
  • Book Club—3 meetings (January, March, & May)
  • Partnering with Parent Development to help onboarding of new families
  • Grade-Level Student Activities organized by Parent and Student Class Representatives
  • School-wide Donut and Clementine Study Break
  • Redesigned and enhanced Campus Closet online shopping

We could not have supported this long list without your help and involvement. Thank you also to those at PA who helped us bring in so many expert speakers and hear what our students are hearing! Additionally, we are grateful to the countless Andover families, students, and faculty members who have supported Campus Closet, the PSPA’s official merchandise store. All proceeds from Campus Closet purchases are used to fund PA community activities. Please let us know if you would like to learn more about the PSPA or would like to be involved next year. We hope to see you in person in the fall! Until then, we would like to wish you and yours a safe and fun summer.

—Sonia Virmani & Gillian Pearlson 
PSPA Co-Presidents

Summer Opportunities Fair Help Needed: We are looking for help to head up and run our next Summer Opportunities Fair—our other significant fundraising effort. Please reach out to learn more if you are interested. You can give as much or as little time as you want.

Campus Closet Volunteers Needed: Campus Closet will open up for in-person shopping in the fall. We are looking for local volunteers to help work our “mom and pop” shop. If you are interested and have time during the day, please email us to learn more. Come help us set up the store merchandise, restock inventory, check out customers, meet other fun parents and, of course, shop!  Thank you for supporting Campus Closet throughout this year. Our online store remains open throughout the summer, and your purchases will be shipped. Shop Campus Closet any time, day or night. Happy Summer!

Recent Events

PSPA parents hosted a study break for students and faculty, providing a variety of donuts and fruit in Gelb Tent.



What to learn more about the PSPA?

Check the PSPA Webinar recording with guests Jim Ventre and Linda Carter Griffith!

PSPA: Who we are, What we do, and Why?


News and images from the PSPA

Pictures from the annual Addison Ambassadors event! A wonderful partnership between the Addison Gallery of American Art and the PSPA

Thanks to PSPA support, the Addison Community Ambassadors annual Night at the Addison student event was a huge success, with over 180 students attending. Events included: a scavenger hunt encouraging exploration of the galleries and close looking at artworks, art making activities inspired by themes from the current exhibitions, musicians in the galleries, and more!

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Pictures from Casino Night 2020: THE signature social event of the Phillips Academy year! Thanks to all 40+ of our PSPA volunteers who made this night possible!

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Scenes from the lovely campus

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Pictures from our first ever PSPA Nest Maker event! The new Maker Space in the OWHL is amazing.

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Thanks to everyone who has attended our Morning Meetups at the Market! We’ll let you know when the next one will occur.


 

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Visiting Campus?

Rent A Private Home And Benefit The PSPA

The Rum Runner House is a newly renovated 4 bedroom residence, 1/2 mile from campus that sleeps nine. 10% of rental proceeds will benefit the PSPA.This is a great “home away from home” when visiting your child. For reservations/photos click here.


The mission of the PSPA (Parents of Students of Phillips Academy) is to build and maintain a community of parents and guardians of Phillips Academy students.  We also partner with faculty and staff when appropriate and supplement and support student activities.


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How can you get involved? As a parent or guardian of a student,  you are already a member.

There are no obligations or financial requirements to enjoy membership opportunities, such as:

  1. Speaker Series:
    PSPA’s Speaker Series program offers guest speakers including PA staff, faculty, students and off-campus speakers, who present important topics for PA parents and guardians, such as PA programs, curriculum, buildings and facilities, college counseling, and many other featured subjects.  Please click here for a complete list of this year’s PSPA Speaker Series events.  The presentations are  often videotaped and posted on The Hive or the PSPA website.  
  2. Volunteer 
    There are many opportunities to volunteer at merchandise sales and student events throughout the year.  A list of volunteer opportunities is posted on the Volunteer Tab above.
  3. Join our Facebook group
    Send a request to join PSPA’s Facebook group, a closed group for current parents only.  Ask questions, participate in discussions with other parents and receive notification of events and volunteer opportunities. Be sure to sign up for the Hive Parents Directory (below) before joining the Facebook group so we can verify your status.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/paparents/
  4. Follow us on Instagram @pspaandover
  5. Join the Parent Directory
    Located on the PAnet/Hive 
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Click on Parents directory in the Quick Links area of The Hive. 
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PSPA Parents directory on The Hive.