Parents Association Events & Activities

An overview of Parents Association volunteer committee events and activities

November 2010 Events & Activities

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
Don’t  forget  to pick up a copy of the MICDS cookbook.  They make great last minute holiday gifts.  They will be available at the Holiday Luncheon on December 2.  They will also be available for purchase on December 9 from 7:30-9:00 am and 2:00-4:00 p.m. in conjunction with the AFS fruit and cake sale in the Vincent Price Theater Hallway, Bryant Arts Center, Upper School.  Cookbooks are $15 a copy.
Please email: Julie Flom at or Tracy Jasper at  with any questions.

Liz Dorr, Co-Chair (314) 997-3361
Johanna Zoeller, Co-Chair (636) 448-721
Please join us for the MICDS Parents Association HOLIDAY LUNCHEON on Thursday, December 2, in the MAC Atrium Lobby.  Luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. with performances by The Beasley Chorus and the MICDS Concert Choir.  Lunch and desserts will be served from The Daily Bread.  There will be a special recognition and gift for the Upper School Senior Mothers.  Please RSVP by Friday, November 26, with a $10 check made payable to MICDS.  Indicate in the memo section of your check, your choice of sandwich: Chestnut Chicken Salad, Roast Beef, Turkey, Albacore Tuna or Vegetarian.  Mail your check and luncheon choice to: Johanna Zoeller, 2272 Hill House Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017.  If you have any questions, please contact Johanna Zoeller at or Liz Dorr at  We look forward to seeing you there!!!  It’s a great start to the Holiday Season!!

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
Support Cultures Within – volunteers are needed for the following events:
MS Amazing Culture Race: Volunteers needed to assist Erica Moore for this May event. Contact her at for further details.
International Exchange Programs: Families needed to host students from China, contact Patrick Huewe; Students interested in participating in the German summer exchange (tentative dates: June 6-27), contact Nancy Richardson for further details.
Please contact Vicky Wroten 314-315-7700 to sign-up for any of the volunteer opportunities offered below:

US Taste Fest: Event workers and donations of food needed (date TBA/Jan/Feb)

Celebrating Heritage Months: cultural guest speakers, decorators and helpers needed for the following celebrations:
January 6   Italian – La Befana
February 3   Chinese New Year
March 8   French – Mardi Gras
May 5  Latin – Passport event

Passport event: Parent Consuls and Student ambassadors needed to represent countries:  Africa, Australia, Brazil, Poland, Germany, Ireland, France, Canada, Japan, Italy, China, England, Greece, Korea, Finland, Israel, Bosnia, Egypt, Vietnam, Pakistan, India, Bulgaria, Turkey, Sweden, Russia, Hispanic countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Dominican Rep, etc.

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

Raising Self-Reliant Optimistic Children in Today’s World
An Evening with Dr. Wendy Mogel
March 28, 2011

The J and MICDS will bring to St. Louis on March 28, 2011 internationally known clinical psychologist and author of the New York Times bestselling parenting books, The Blessings of a Skinned Knee and her latest book, The Blessings of a B Minus.
Look for more information in the coming months.  Her books will be available in the MICDS bookstore starting in December.
Great holiday gift!!!!!

Terry Parkinson, Chair (314) 517-6993
Stacey Goltermann, Vice-Chair (314) 304-4000
The Summer Opportunities Fair will be hosted by MICDS this year, 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 RELATIONSPele Childress, Vice President

AFS – American Field Service
Stacey Carman, Chair (314) 422-9894
Kelley Carman, Vice-Chair (314) 852-9798

The MICDS AFS FRUIT AND CAKE SALE order form is located under Downloads in this email.  For your convenience, the order form can also be found on the MICDS portal.  This year we are continuing our tradition of selling delicious, fresh fruit as well as Park Avenue’s famous Gooey Butter Cake.  Both are perfect for holiday and corporate gifts.  All orders are due to Kelley Carman by Tuesday, November 23.  Pick up day is Thursday, December 9 from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m in the Vincent Price Theater Hallway in the Bryant Arts Center Building at the Upper School.  Proceeds support the AFS Club and MICDS foreign exchange student Julia Kautenberger from Germany.

Suzanne Dalton, Chair (314) 614-3388

DRAMA: Plan on supporting the cast of The Tempest by purchasing your tickets at the MICDS Bookstore the week of Nov 15. Performances will be held: November 19 & 20 @ 8pm and November 21 @ 2pm at Orthwein Theatre. Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest, tells the story of Prospero, magician and master of the island where he was stranded with his daughter Miranda many years ago.  Fate brings his ancient enemies within his grasp, and he summons a storm to bring them to his island, where, with the help of the spirits of the island, everyone undergoes a “sea change.”  Music, spectacle, clowns and a romantic story will make this a magical production. Below is the cast list:

Botswain Tad Desai
Alonso Mohamad Ahmed
Gonzalo Cami Thomas
Sebastian Dennis Shultz
Ferdinand Will Stupp
Prospero Jordan Mann
Miranda Tally Portnoi
Ariel Suzie Kozikowski
Caliban Joe Ruskey
Antonio Edward Wroten
Stephano Henry Stupp
Trinculo Christopher Noda
Juno Nikki Callan
Ceres Katherine Bush
Iris Troyaire Moore


Messing Gallery Artist:
On Sunday, November 14, Arts Backers sponsored a reception honoring Harry Weber ’60 who is displaying his art work at the Messing Gallery.  As a sculptor, Weber has produced a body of work that includes over 100 large and more than 250 smaller pieces. His work embodies human emotion and power with a spontaneity developed from a lifelong habit of sketching from life. He creates sculptures which capture an instant, never static or posed, with a distinct style making maximum use of the natural fluidity of the bronze medium. Weber sculptures have won major awards at national juried competitions, and are in private collections in the United States and abroad.  His work has appeared on the covers of several national magazines. His sculptures have been featured at the Museum of Fine Arts in Newport, Rhode Island and are in the permanent collections of the National Dog Museum and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Two of his sculptural groups have been designated National Lewis and Clark sites by the Federal Parks Department. This includes a twice life sized grouping of Lewis and Clark on the St. Louis Riverfront which commemorated the final celebration of the bicentennial of the expedition. His sculptures of famous sports figures are prominent features at twelve different professional and amateur stadiums, including Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO and the TD Garden in Boston, MA. He has installed monumental work in twelve different states and the Bahamas. Everyone is encouraged to visit the Messing Gallery to see Harry Weber’s art work through January.

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

The MICDS Fall Book Fair will take place on December 3 and 4 at the Barnes & Noble Ladue Crossing store.  This is a great opportunity to start your holiday shopping.  A Nook or a book makes a wonderful holiday gift with proceeds benefiting the three MICDS libraries.  In order to accommodate the outpouring of support from the MICDS community, we need a team of enthusiastic and energetic volunteers to assist with the weekend’s activities.  Anyone who is interested in volunteering please contact Kristen Lowrey ( or Maureen Weiser (

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

Anyone interested in helping the Admissions Office by becoming a Parent Ambassador, contact Vicky Wroten at 314-315-7700 You can have the opportunity of greeting and hosting events or  conducting tours to help spread the great news about the wonderful learning experiences at MICDS.

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

Join Sports Boosters this year by clicking here  or downloading the form from the athletic portal. Thank you to all the parents who have already mailed in their membership form. Your membership allows the Athletic Department to purchase items that would not have otherwise been subsidized by its budget. We appreciate your support!

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

Please continue to donate gently used items: MS Choir shirts, PE clothing, Boy’s navy blazers, 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. Anyone interested in helping with collection and distribution efforts throughout the year, contact Mary Murawski  314-567-6530

SCHOOL SERVICES – Bev Mach, Vice President

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

The Bookstore Committee needs your help! Please volunteer for a shift once a month. Sign up with a friend! There are usually 2-3 volunteers per shift. Several slots are available.   Please call or email Martha Martin or Laura Barnes. They will help coordinate a time for you to work!

Laura Barnes or 314-997-2290
Martha Martin or 314-993-9659

Blair Thompson, Chair, (314) 569-0482   b_y_thompson@hotmail.comGREENHOUSE
Kim Pope, Chair (3618) 616-2655
–   Do you have any live green ferns you don’t want to “winter over”?  The MICDS Greenhouse Committee would love to take these off your hands.  The ferns will be kept in the Greenhouse and used all winter for decorating around podiums, for banquets, alumni meetings, guest speakers or dances…etc.
–    Do you need a green fern or pretty live plant for your next school function? Call the Greenhouse Committee.
CONTACTS: Judith Stupp (314) 968-1462 or Kim Pope (618) 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

Volunteers needed for Holiday Decorating.  Please come November 29 and help get MICDS ready for the holidays!  If you are able to volunteer, please meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Alumnae Room located off the black and white hallway in middle school.

If you are able to donate your time, please respond to Tonia Angle at  Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you on November 29.

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