What We Do
Receptions after student performances, artist and author residencies, Charger Cup, parent and student Ubuntu events, interview skills development programs, FunFest, parent breakfasts and lunches -- with big events and little touches, PTAA volunteers enhance the CA experience for our students, faculty and families.
The Committee plans the Annual PTAA Benefit Auction, the PTAA’s only fundraiser. Auction volunteers tackle tasks from creating auction paddles to acquiring interesting items for the PTAA’s biggest annual event. Contact Leah Tyler to learn more.
A component of the PTAA, is CA’s Athletic Booster organization. Working closely with the Athletic Department, Charger Club supports all aspects of CA athletics by promoting school spirit, good sportsmanship and volunteer commitment. Contact Cindy Mason, Scott Tunley, or click Charger Club to learn more.
Cultural Arts partners with CA faculty and administration as well as community groups to bring to CA innovative arts experiences that enhance school curriculum. Lisa Todd and Julie Morris welcome program interest.
Join us on May 6th, 2017 for the second annual running of the Charger Derby 5K Fun Run/Walk! The 5K course is on the CA campus and begins and ends on the CA track. All are welcome and encouraged to participate! The race is organized to engage the entire Cary Academy community, to appeal to every runner and walker, and offers a wide range of opportunities for participation and involvement. Go Chargers!
Provides support for families of different racial and ethnic groups, religious traditions, genders, sexual orientations, ages and socioeconomic statuses and encourages participation in PTAA activities. Events include Student Ubuntu, which celebrates the sights, sounds and foods of various cultures, and Parent Ubuntu, an evening offering parents the chance to learn about and discuss diversity and multiculturalism topics. Learn more from co-chairs Donnell Mitchell Sr., Josette Holland, and Nancy Astrike.
To let CA faculty and staff know just how much parents value their contributions to student lives, the Employee Appreciation Committee coordinates snacks and meals during the school year and hosts a breakfast or lunch during a trimester break. Chairs Alia Farris and Karla LaSasso welcome assistance setting up, providing food and hosting events.
Penelope Kopf, Audra Swartz, and Amy Deitrich coordinate the PTAA part of the team effort with the Advancement Office that results in Fun Fest, CA’s annual carnival. Volunteers provide on-site and data entry support for this popular family event.
Cary Academy students, faculty, staff, and parents can apply for:
PTAA Student Activity Enhancement Grants to support activities that enrich and enhance the diverse areas of CA student interest within and beyond current academic curriculum.
PTAA Community Grants to support activities and events that bring the CA community together to enrich, entertain and/or celebrate CA student, faculty, parent and administration achievement.
Applications are reviewed monthly by the Grant Oversight Committee and applicants are notified of the decision within 5 days of review.
Helen Lupton-Smith and Parul Shah serve as PTAA’s liaison to MS administration, coordinates MS-wide activities like Charger Cup (the MS field day), serves on the PTAA Board and assists Grade level representatives, who coordinate grade-level activities for students and parents (e.g., student social events; parent lunch volunteers; parent breakfasts, lunches and dinners).
Contact co-chairs Helen Harris, Gina Flynn, and Jennifer Ferris welcome families new to CA and help them get acclimated, as well as support the CA Admissions Division by assisting at Open Houses and Information Sessions and by giving guided tours to prospective families.
The 2017 Nominating Committee is beginning the search for great candidates to fill next year's PTAA leadership positions. To find out more information, to volunteer or to nominate someone click here. For detailed job descriptions click here. We would also love for you to fill out our 2017 Volunteer Survey.
Thanks to the photos of CA PTAA events that Photography Committee members share, the PTAA web pages and PTAA Auction slide show feature pictures of students, faculty and volunteer parents. To learn more about this committee, e-mail committee chair Lisa Kadis.
Amy Jones and Andrea Owens-Byrd coordinate US-wide activities for students & parents, serve as liaisons to US administration, serve on the PTAA Board, assist and sponsor Student Council events and assist Grade level representatives, who coordinate grade-level activities for students and parents (e.g., student social events; and parent breakfasts, lunches and dinners).