What We Do

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.

📅 Calendar, Leadership Job Descriptions, Healthy Snack Sheets

Arts Hospitality

Arts Hospitality hosts receptions for MS and US chorus, dance, drama, band, orchestra and visual arts programs. Volunteers set up, serve snacks and beverages and clean up. Contact chairs Joy Jenkens or Mary Schricker to learn more.

Book Fair

BOOK FAIR chair Elisabeth McMahon plan and execute the annual Cary Academy Library fundraiser. E-mail today to learn how you can help.

CA Connected

Committee members provide support to new parents that extends beyond the purview of the Welcome Hosts. Some examples of support offered to new families include:

  • One on one meetings with veteran CA parents and new parents
  • Informal group gatherings off campus for parents and/or families
  • Facilitated connections with veteran CA parents/families and new parents/families
  • CA Connected members are always available for questions
  • Offer Veracross workshops, help navigate CA website, school and athletic calendars, etc.

Contact Veronica Agostino or Mary Taylor for more information. 

Caring Committee

The PTAA Caring Committee has been established to support Cary Academy community members in times of need. Some examples of the support we provide, to the best of our abilities, depending on circumstances and need include: welcome note and small gift to new CA employees; congratulatory cards upon the birth of a child; cards of condolence, support, and encouragement in times of need (death, illness, injury); meal(s) for CA families and employees in times of need (death, illness, injury). Contact Paula Corkey and Jen Newnam for more information.

Charger Club

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 Malissa Larsen or Bill Schaffroth to learn more.

Cultural Arts

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 Lyle Humphrey welcome program interest.

Derby 5K

Join us on May 5th, 2018 for the third 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., Nancy Astrike and Raphaele Horwin .

Employee Appreciation

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 Erika Canady and Tami Polge welcome assistance setting up, providing food and hosting events.

Experiential Learning Committee

The PTAA Experiential Learning Committee has been created to support the US Work Experience Program and experiential learning at Cary Academy. Committee members have network depth and help build connections with potential collaborators. Contact Trude Bate for more information.


Family Service Day Program

In an effort to expand our outreach and provide occasions for inclusion, the PTAA, in conjunction with CA’s Service Learning Program, is organizing three community outreach events per academic year. These events are created and planned to include the entire family- all ages are welcome. 

Fun Fest

Penelope Kopf, Marisa Kaufman, Heather Bishop and Laura Singleton 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.

Grants Program

Cary Academy PTAA Grants Program:

Supports events that bring the CA community together to enrich, entertain and/or celebrate CA, and supports activities that enrich and enhance the diverse areas of CA student interest within and beyond current academic curriculum.

Applications are reviewed monthly first by the PTAA Board followed by the Grant Oversight Committee. Applicants are notified of the decision within 5 days of review. Grant recipients will be asked to sign an agreement letter before funding will be authorized.

Contact Malissa Larsen for more information.

Health and Wellness

The Health & Wellness Committee focuses on the health and well being of all members of the Cary Academy community: students, staff and parents. We plan various programs to promote mental health, healthy eating, active lifestyles, and personal safety. Contact Patty Cervenka to learn more.

Interview Skills

Peter Ginsberg and Kristin Murphy work with staff to plan and coordinate PTAA’s Interview Skills initiative, which provides every Junior with skills training and a practice college interview, and gives every Senior a chance to schedule a an additional practice college interview or practice job interview.

Middle School Representatives

Heidi Sandreuter and Kathy Jezior 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).

New Parent Programs

Co-chairs Melissa Matton, Suzanne Bright and Jacqui Jett 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.

Nominating Committee

The 2018-19 Nominating Committee is beginning the search for great candidates to fill next year's PTAA leadership positions. For detailed job descriptions click here. To find out more information, to volunteer or to nominate someone, please contact Nominating Chair, Kecia Serwin.


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.

Sponsorship Program

Advertising sponsorships are income generating initiatives led by the PTAA. Sponsorship packages range from $500 to $10,000 and provide varying showcase opportunities for participating businesses and medical practices. Contact Trude Bate for more information.

Upper School Representatives

Bonnie Reed and Kimberly Logel 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).

Alumni Parent Representatives

The Alumni Parent representatives maintain ongoing communication with the alumni parent community, provide opportunties for alumni parents to engage on campus, and coordinate social events for the alumni parent community. For more information and to be included in the mailing list, please contact Maureen Sawchak.



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