Parents Association Events & Activities – August 2010

An overview of Upcoming Parent Association volunteer committee activities

August 2010 Committee News
Karen DiGasbarro 314-822-1042

PARENTS ACTIVITIES – Susan Johnston, Vice President

Julie Flom, Co-Chair, (314) 443-9659
Tracy Jasper, Co-Chair (314) 862-3501

The MICDS 150th Celebration Cookbooks are available to purchase in the bookstore.  Remember to get your copy during Book Days, August 9 and 10.  The Cookbook will also be available for purchase August 26 at the Parent Welcoming Coffee.  Stop by and taste some samples prepared from recipes in the cookbook.  $15 per cookbook.

Beth Chesterton, Co-Chair (314) 703-7420
Eleanor Ivie, Co-Chair (314) 623-0982
Liz Hall, Co-Chair (314) 993-3322

Back-to-School Parent Coffee ~ Thursday, August 26th at 8:00 a.m. in Olson Hall.
All parents are invited to join us for a quick cup of coffee and to meet old friends and new. You will have the chance to meet new
parents, say hello to familiar faces and  hear our Head of School, Lisa Lyle, speak at the first Parents Association meeting of the year.  This is always a great way to start the year.

Liz Dorr, Co-Chair (314) 997-3361
Johanna Zoeller, Co-Chair (636) 448-7219

Leslie Goldberg, Co-Chair (314) 994-0151
Emily Huber, Co-Chair (314) 537-0434

Save the date!!!!  The MICDS Homecoming Carnival is on Saturday, September 11, 2010.  Emily Huber ( and Leslie Goldberg (  are co-chairing the event which will be held on the grassy area between Olson Hall and the Beasley School from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Emily and Leslie are in need of parent volunteers to assist with activities during the carnival.  If you are interested in signing up for a 2 hour shift, please contact Emily or Leslie.

The shifts are 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  We are also in need of a lead parent volunteer to oversee parent and 8th grade volunteers.

Please conact us via e-mail if you are interested in helping.  This promises to be a fun event again this year and your help will ensure its success!!

Nancy McKown, Co-Chair (314) 962-5153
Stacie Franc, Co-Chair (314) 991-8990

PARENT EDUCATION – Susan Hiemenz, Vice President

Vicky Wroten, Chair, (314) 315-7700

This committee of parents celebrates our diverse community at MICDS by supporting and raising awareness of multicultural activities and entertainment events that take place on campus. Based on the needs identified for next year, we will be providing volunteers and support to the MICDS Diversity department (Erica Moore) and World Languages department (Patrick Huewe). Be on the lookout for our flyer in the mail, which provides many of the listed activities for eachdepartment. Anyone interested in getting more details or joining thiscommittee, contact Vicky Wroten 314-315-7700 (

Marni Rebman, Chair (808) 268-5017
Jen Goley, Vice-Chair (618) 781-4956

Terry Parkinson, Chair (314) 517-6993
Stacey Goltermann, Vice-Chair (314) 304-4000

The Summer Opportunities Fair will be hosted by MICDS this year on Saturday, January 29, 2011!  The Summer Opportunities Fair is where you can discover exciting programs for children ages 3 to 18.   This exciting event is looking for parent volunteers to work on the committee.  Contact Stacey Goltermann ( or Terry Parkinson ( to volunteer.

SCHOOL COMMUNITY RELATIONS – Pele Childress, Vice President

AFS – American Field Service

Stacey Carman, Chair (314) 422-9894
Kelley Carman, Vice-Chair (314) 852-9798

Suzanne Dalton, Chair (314) 614-3388

Attention all students in grades 5-12!  Make plans to participate in the MICDS Autumn Music Recital this fall!  It is a rare opportunity to show off your musical talent, either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble, by performing on a musical instrument or singing a song of your choice in a casual atmosphere with other Middle and Upper School students, parents and faculty.  This year’s event will be held in late October on a Sunday afternoon in the Alumnae Room at the Middle School.  The exact date will be announced next month, but in the meantime, please contact Donna Block at 314-993-8710 if you have a question.

The MICDS arts program is a vital part of what makes our school extraordinary.  Arts Backers’ mission is to encourage recognition of the value of the arts at MICDS, foster excellence in the arts and promote ties within the MICDS community at large. Whether your child participates in drama, vocal music, band, dance or visual art, we hope you will consider becoming an Arts Backers Member this year so that we can continue supporting all of our students and their artistic pursuits.

To become a valued member of Arts Backers, you may choose a $35 Regular Membership or a $75 Combined Membership, which includes membership in the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis.  A Combined Membership will entitle you to a year’s worth of discounts for art events and performances throughout the St. Louis area, as well as the popular “St. Louis on Sale” discount program for 10 special days in November, during which a myriad of participating stores and restaurants will offer a 20% discount exclusively to A&E members.  Please mail your check payable to MICDS to Nancy Staley at 1819 North Ballas Road, St. Louis, MO 63131, or you may charge your Arts Backers membership to your student’s school account by emailing Nancy at [ ] and providing your student’s name along with your preference of a $35 or $75 membership.

Please look for the Arts Backers table at Book Days in August for more information on how you can become involved with Arts Backers at MICDS, or contact Suzanne Dalton at Thank you!


Felicia Pulliam-Jones, Co-Chair/US (314) 220-4020
Linda Werner, Co-Chair/US (314) 432-4180
Bonita Otti, Co-Chair/MS (314) 616-2011
Barbara Richert, Co-Chair/MS (314) 984-9724
Lisa Johnson, Co-Chair/LS (314) 989-0862
Jobie Summers, Co-Chair/LS (314) 276-0008

Kristen Lowery, Co-Chair (314) 520-9798
Maureen Weiser, Co-Chair (314) 878-9776

Vicky Wroten, Chair MS/US (314) 315-7700
Michelle Cohen, Chair LS (314) 265-9684

Be a Parent Ambassador! Look out for a letter from the Admission Office letting you know about opportunities to become part of our Admission Parent Ambassadors. You’ll be able to connect with prospective parents at events, give campus tours and volunteer to help out in the office.  Dates, times, and more details will be at your fingertips!  Contact Vicky Wroten if you have questions or would like to join the Parent Ambassadors: ( or 314-315-7700.

Tracey Singer, Co-Chair, (314) 991-9006
Jane Southworth, Co-Chair, (314) 313-6472

Michelle Cohen, Co-Chair (314) 265-9684
Angela Martin, Co-Chair (314) 724-0946
Tammy Walsh, Co-Chair (314) 469-1516

Lisa Windsor, Chair, (314) 965-0699
Bev Mach, Vice-Chair (314) 750-1752

Become a member of Sports Boosters! Click here to see how much this group contributes to the students and to download a membership form! Due to the tremendous generosity of last year’s members, the Athletic Department was able to purchase items that would not have otherwise been subsidized by its budget. We appreciate everyone who contributed and supported the Boosters last year! Here’s how the donations made a difference:

  • New and improved equipment for the weight room
  • Baseball tarp to cover and protect the field
  • Video equipment and digital cameras used for training
  • Coaching shirts for middle school
  • Sponsored (2) upper school “flings” (where students enjoy popcorn & snow cones)
  • Sponsored middle school donut day on Cardinals opening day
  • Provided coach’s dinners for their seasonal planning meetings

Thanks and GO RAMS!

Mary Murawski, Chair, (314) 567-6530
Vicky Wroten, Co-Chair, (314) 315-7700

Please review the flyer in the July mailing. We are so grateful to parents, who continue to donate gently used items: MS Choir shirts, PE clothing, boy’s navyblazers, MICDS-logo’d sweatshirts and t-shirts, graduation dresses and graduation ties. Bring your donations to the receptacle at the MS checkered hallway or US May Hall lobby. If the needed size is available, your student can have it at no cost. There will be a table at Book Days displaying the available items, so please stop by and check out your options. Anyone interested in helping with collection and distribution efforts throughout the year, contact Mary Murawski ( or 314-567-6530.

SCHOOL SERVICES – Bev Mach, Vice President

Laura Barnes, Co-Chair, (314) 997-2290
Martha Martin, Co-Chair, (314) 993-9659

Blair Thompson, Chair, (314) 569-0482

Kim Pope, Chair (3618) 616-2655

Tracy Matrantuono, Co-Chair/US, (314) 963-9790
Barbara Richert, Co-Chair/MS, (314) 984-9724
Chalana Scales-Ferguson, Co-Chair/LS (314) 838-7705


Tonia Angle, Co-Chair, (314) 315-3535
Di Meine, Vice-Chair (314) 650-7978

Chalana Scales-Ferguson, Chair/US, (314) 838-7705
Leanne Morgan, Chair/LS, (314) 479-5328

Peggy Sannes, Chair/US, (314) 775-5557
Dee Anne Sjogren, Chair/MS, (314) 602-6295
Amy Kalishman, Chair/LS, (314) 997-5111

Middle School pictures will be taken on Monday, August 9 and Tuesday, August 10 from 2:30 until 7 p.m. outside of Olson Hall. The form for ordering pictures is on the portal.  8th grade students who would like to help will receive community service hours for volunteering.  Please email Tammy Walsh at if your child is interested in working.