What We Do

Did you know that every parent & employee is automatically part of the Parent Teacher Administration Alliance?

Receptions after student performances, artist and author residencies, Charger Cup, Charger Derby 5K, 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.

Thank you to our Committee Chairs, GLCs, Reps, Board Members, and Volunteers that tirelessly support our distinguished institution.

 

Our Committees

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Arts Hospitality

Volunteers coordinate and host receptions following performances/programs in the Arts such as chorus, dance, drama, band, and orchestra. Volunteers shop for food, arrange platters, and clean up the hospitality tables after the events. 2-3 hours. Events are in October, November, January, & February. Contact Mary Schricker

CA 5K Run & Expo Committee

These two committees work together to organize our Cary Academy 5K, which is a run/walk through our beautiful campus and the Race Expo, which features local vendors offering drinks, food, demonstrations, and more. 2-3 hour shifts. May 2nd 2020, 8:30am. Contact Mike Bate and Marlo Corrao; For the Expo contact Victor Chen

CA Connected

These volunteers help facilitate connections between new and veteran families by offering additional information and support. They organize informal group gatherings, organize parent outings and are available to answer any questions new families may have at PTAA events. Flexible, ongoing. Contact Adeola Lawal and Genevieve Rocket

Caring Committee

This Committee supports the entire Cary Academy community in many different ways. Some examples of support offered are welcome notes and small gifts to new CA employees, congratulatory cards, cards of condolence, support and encouragement, and meals for CA families or employees in times of need. Flexible, ongoing. Contact Jen Newnam

Charger Club

This committee works closely with the Athletic Department and X Factor to support activities and projects that promote school spirit and good sportsmanship. They provide direct support to the operation of teams. Volunteers may work on a one-time basis, like Homecoming, or throughout the season. 3-4 hours, schedule based, ongoing. Contact Bill Schaffroth and Malissa Larsen

Communications & Photography

Thanks to the photos that committee member’s share, the PTAA web pages and Class Facebook pages showcase our amazing students, faculty, and parents. Volunteers take photos of events for Vidigami, promotional material and archives. Ongoing. Contact Amy Miller, Photography; Lisa Kadis, Communications

 

Cultural Arts

This committee in an integral part of CA's fabric.  Through community collaborations, the Cultural Arts volunteers will provide innovative and unique cultural arts programs/experiences to enrich, enhance, and nourish both CA students and curriculum. Ongoing. Contact Lisa Todd and Heidi Natan

Diversity

Celebrate individuality! This committee provides support for families of different racial & ethnic groups, religious traditions, sexual orientations, ages, and socioeconomic statuses. Events include student Ubuntu, which celebrates the sights, sounds, and food of various cultures, Trivia Night, and a Dinner/Panel. Events in December, February, and April.  Contact Donnell Mitchell Sr., Nancy Astrike, or Raphaele Horwin

Employee Appreciation

The employees at Cary Academy are what make our school so unique. We like to express our gratitude by providing breakfasts, treats, and thank you cards. The PTAA Committee coordinates Employee Appreciation activities throughout the year. Volunteers donate food items, and set up events to thank the leaders of our community. Ongoing.  Contact Tami Polge and Erika Canady

Fun Fest Committee

This carnival-style family event boasts giant inflatables, a DJ, bingo, and snow cones. Bring the entire family and mingle with other families and CA employees while the kids enjoy the festivities. Volunteers are needed to help check in guests, mange food service, and help with set up/break down. 2-3 hour shifts. May 2020. Contact Chris Gilmore in Development

Health and Wellness Committee

The PTAA Health & Wellness Committee focuses on the health and well being of all members of the Cary Academy community: students, staff, and parents. We work with CA staff, parents and students to plan various programs to promote mental health, healthy eating, active lifestyles, and personal safety. Look for the fair in October. Ongoing. Contact Patty Cervenka

Interview Skills

Volunteers work with the Upper School to help students practice their college and job interview skill. Students learn how to showcase their personality, interests, and abilities to potential schools or employers. 2-3 hour shifts. Contact Peter Ginsburg and Kristin Murphy

New Parent Programs

At CA we love to welcome new families to our community. Volunteers for this committee work with the Admissions Office to welcome new and prospective families. Parent volunteers give campus tours, serve as ambassadors, welcome hosts, and assist with Admission and Open Houses/Information sessions. Events in August, November, December, March, and May. Contact Melissa Matton, Kuchi Funna, and Marci Ryan

Service Committee

Our PTAA Service Committee hosts several family service events throughout the year including Special Olympics in May. Ongoing or event specific. Contact Sandy Wood

Taste and Toast Committee

Parents and employees gather to celebrate being part of the Cary Academy Community. It is a casual evening of socializing and reconnecting with friends old and new. Volunteers help with set up, check in and clean up. 2 hour shifts. January 26th 2020. Contact Elayne Courts and Minnie Gupta

 

Our Events

Freshman Welcome Dinner

Transitioning into the Upper School can be challenging. The PTAA hosts a Welcome Dinner on the evening of orientation to facilitate connections between new and veteran US parents. Volunteers are needed to greet families, answer questions, and manage dinner. 3-4 hour shifts. Early August. Contact the current, PTAA VP, Kimberly Eheman

Friday Night Lights

This traditional flag football game is coached by the Upper School boys. Volunteers are needed to plan the event and organize grade level tailgates, grades 9-12. 3-4 hour shifts. Evening of September 27th 2019. Contact Bill Shaffroth and Malissa Larsen, Charger Club

Charger Cup (Field Day)

In a Blue vs. Gold Field Day showdown the Middle School is divided into two teams to compete in our long-standing tradition of the Charger Cup. The winners of this friendly rivalry get a trophy and “bragging rights” for the year. Volunteers are needed throughout the event. 3-4 hour shifts, October 4, 2019, 12:00-3:00pm. Contact your Grade Level Coordinators (GLCs)

CA Holiday Shoppe

This incredible annual shopping experience is like no other in the Triangle Area. The Development Office brings in 100 unique vendors who sell everything from cake to jewelry! This is truly the one stop shop for all of your seasonal needs. The event benefits the CA Scholarship Fund and our Community Outreach Programs. More than 300 volunteers are needed for vendor selection, setup, vendor check-in, hospitality, quality control, and breakdown. 3-4 hour shifts. Nov. 6th-9th 2019.  Contact Chris Gilmore in Development

Family Service Day

The PTAA, in conjunction with CA’s Center for Community Engagement, organizes three community outreach events throughout the year. These events are created and planned to include the entire family. Once a trimester. Contact Sandy Wood, Service Committee

Homecoming

Our traditional Homecoming Celebration is for our Upper School Students and Alumni. Volunteers are needed to help set up, chaperone, and breakdown the event. Evening of December 20th, shift times vary. Contact Bill Shaffroth and Malissa Larsen, Charger Club

CA Fund Drive

This annual event is crucial in supporting our school activities. Volunteers are needed to help the fund drive by working with the Development Coordinator and CA Fund Co-Chairs. Responsibilities include working the Phone-a-Thon and preparing mailings from home. Flexible, ongoing. Contact Katie Todd in Development

Grade-level Activities

Assist with activities child’s grade. Volunteers chaperone end of trimester parties, cover lunches for teachers, and assist with on-campus events. 1-3 hour shifts. Contact your Grade level coordinators (GLCs).

Taste and Toast

You don’t want to miss this event! Parents and employees gather to celebrate being part of the Cary Academy Community. It is a casual evening of socializing and reconnecting with friends old and new. Volunteers help with set up, check in and clean up. 2 hour shifts. January 26th 2020. Contact Elayne Courts and Minnie Gupta, Taste and Toast

Ubuntu

“I am because you are; you are because I am.” The Ubuntu Celebration invites you to participate in this opportunity to share cultural and social perspectives, experiences, or talents with our students. It is through your involvement that our Ubuntu Celebration is a success. February 28th. Contact Donnell Mitchell Sr., Nancy Astrike, or Raphaele Horwin, Diversity Committee

Fun Fest

This carnival-style family event boasts giant inflatables, a DJ, bingo, and snow cones. Bring the entire family and mingle with other families and CA employees while the kids enjoy the festivities. Volunteers are needed to help check in guests, mange food service, and help with set up/break down. 2-3 hour shifts. May 2020. Contact Chris Gilmore in Development.

 

CA 5K Run & Expo

This event is a morning run/walk through the hidden parts of our beautiful campus ending in a vendor Expo in our new stadium. This family friendly event needs volunteers to assist sponsors, monitor the course and run the event. 2-3 hour shifts. May 2nd 2020, 8:30am. Contact Mike Bate & Marlo Corrao; Expo contact Victor Chen

Annual Scholars' Golf Classic

Volunteers are needed to help the Development Office manage this well-regarded corporate event. Volunteers assist with registration, preparing swag bags, and monitor course competitions. Proceeds benefit the CA Scholarship Fund. 4-6 hour shifts, May 2020. Contact Chris Gilmore in Development

Special Olympics

Cary Academy to proud to host our local Special Olympic games in May. Volunteers will assist over 1,600 athletes in their competitions on our campus. 3-5 hour shifts, May 6th and 7th 2020. Contact Sandy Wood, Family Service

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