Please check the front page for details of 2020-2021 virtual events.
A more typical year: PSPA Events Calendar 2019-2020
Tuesday September 3rd: PSPA Welcome and Information Event 1:00–1:40 p.m.
Parents and guardians of all Phillips Academy students are warmly invited to attend to learn more about PSPA and how to become involved. George Washington Hall Tang Theater
Thursday October 17th: PSPA Board Meeting 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Elson Building Room 231 (above Kemper/Underwood Room – 2nd floor)
Friday October 18th: Parent-to-Parent Forum 2:30-3:30 p.m.
An invaluable program and resource for all Phillips Academy parents. Hear from a panel of experienced parents and support faculty about parenting PA students from far and near. Kemper Auditorium
Saturday October 19th: All Parent Cocktail Reception 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Join fellow parents/guardians for cocktails and conversation. This is an adults-only event; alcohol will be served. Addison Gallery of American Art
Friday November 8th: PSPA Board Meeting 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Lobby area of the Andover Inn
Tuesday December 17th: PSPA Board Meeting / Open House 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Underwood Room Elson Building (new location)
Friday January 24th: PSPA Board Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m.
New Location: Kemper Auditorium Elson Building
Sunday January 26th: Summer Opportunities Fair 12:00–3:00 p.m.
Come to the signature PSPA event of the year! Learn about the many summer opportunities available to high school students in locations all over the world. Open to the general public. Location: Snyder Center
Tuesday, January 28th 6:30-8:00 p.m. PSPA at The Nest!
Join other parents and guardians at our next PSPA community building event at The Nest: PA’s new Maker Space. Basement level of the newly renovated Oliver Wendell Holmes Library Learn more about the Nest and how our students use it.
Participate in a fun building experience, see the laser cutter in action, and leave with a PA seal sticker! Dinner will be served.
Tuesday, February 11th: PSPA Speaker Series Co-Sponsored with Sykes Wellness Center – Preventing Anxiety and Depression: Skills We Can (and Should!) Teach Our Teens 6:45 – 8:45 pm
An insightful talk by PA Guest Resident, Lynn Lyons, psychotherapist and author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children. Location: Kemper Auditorium
Lynn Lyons, LICSW is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, author, and speaker with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families. Lyons is the co-author with Reid Wilson of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents and the companion book for kids Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. She is the author of Using Hypnosis with Children: Creating and Delivering Effective Interventions and has multiple online programs for parents and children. She maintains a private practice in Concord, NH where she sees families whenever she’s not on the road teaching.
Thursday February 27th: PSPA Board Meeting 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Underwood Room Elson Building
Thursday February 27th: Speaker Series – An Evening with College Counseling 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Dean of College Counseling Sean Logan and Director of College Counseling, Kassy Fritz, provide an update on college trends, an overview of the college counseling process, and discuss how to prepare for a successful experience. Kemper Auditorium
Tuesday March 24th: Annual Meeting – PSPA Board Members 6:00-8:30 p.m. Salvatore’s Restaurant, Andover MA
Wednesday April 1st: PSPA Cooking Night 6:30 p.m.
Refined Renovations at 16 Upton Drive, Suite One, Wilmington MA (the suite is in the rear of the complex).
Please come join your fellow PA parents and guardians for a fun evening of hands on cooking. Enjoy learning how to prepare traditional Vietnamese phở and rolling fresh spring rolls. Don’t miss out on this unique experience. Dessert, wine and craft beer will be served to compliment the meal.
In a time where the national conversation is dominated by stories about sexual harassment and sexual assault, it’s critical for parents and educators to be preemptive and proactive with their kids, which means starting–and continuing–conversations about sexual ethics with both children and teens.
Join Sexual Literacy and Consent Educator, Natasha Singh (www.sexlited.com), for an evening packed with information and strategies about how to talk to kids and teens about sex and sexual ethics and why it’s important to start sooner than later.
At this presentation, you will learn:
- The most common myths that prevent parents from talking to their kids about sex
- Why teaching sexual ethics matters even if you think your child isn’t ready
- What to do if your child is intentionally or unintentionally exposed to porn
- Strategies for talking to kids about resilience, consent, sexting, gender, and media consumption
- Strategies for moving past your own discomfort when talking about sex
- That you’re more capable of having these conversations than you think!
Natasha will share invaluable frameworks, tools, and language that parents can use at home.
Thursday May 14th: PSPA Board Meeting – Cancelled
Underwood Room Elson Building
Speaker Series – Lessons Learned from the College Application Process
Expert seniors share their experiences and advice. Moderated by Phillips Academy’s Office of College Counseling. Stay tuned for more details! Link to recording will be posted here and on the Hive!
Interested in becoming more involved with PA and the PSPA? Please join us for one of the PSPA board meetings listed above!
Can’t Make it? Watch PSPA Speaker Series Videos
All PSPA Speakers are videotaped and posted approximately one week after the event. To view, visit the Video tab on our website.
The password to view videos is PAparent