Primary Circle: The Annual Fund for PDS
DONATE TODAY! A gift to the Primary Day Annual Fund is one of the most important gestures you can make as a member of this community. As with most independent schools, the cost to educate each child at Primary Day is far more than the tuition charged for that child. Your tax-deductible gift to the Annual Fund will sustain excellence in our academic programs, provide professional development for teachers, strengthen the library and other resources, and support just about every other area of school operation. Moreover, your tax-deductible gift is the reason we can do all of these wonderful things without raising tuition to levels that would prohibit many qualified families from becoming – or remaining – members of our school community.
How can we keep Primary Day special and strong? First and foremost, it takes the dedication of a wonderful faculty and administration to make our children’s experience second-to-none. Second, it takes the commitment of Primary Day families and friends who support the school and our children. A contribution to the Annual Fund is an important element of that commitment.
However you choose to give, the best reason to contribute to the Annual Fund this year remains the same: your children. We all share one common commitment - to ensure that each and every Primary Day student continues to have a first-rate experience. A contribution to the Annual Fund directly supports this experience. The Annual Fund benefits your children today by filling a big part of this year’s operating budget. Every child at Primary Day is impacted by gifts made through the Annual Fund.
Thank you for your participation. No contribution is too small and every contribution will make a difference.
Ways To Give
The most common kind of gift, cash gifts provide direct and immediate support to help Primary Day meet school needs.
Pledges allow you to make incremental payments on your gift to the annual fund or capital campaign . All pledge payments are due at the end of each fiscal year, June 30, and are guided by the terms outlined as part of your pledge commitment.
Many employers will match contributions their employees make to Primary Day, thus significantly increasing the impact of your gift. Some companies contribute $2 or even $3 for every dollar an employee donates. Contact your human resources office to learn if your employer participates in a matching-gift program.
A gift of stock provides important support for the school while often resulting in significant tax advantages for the donor. Contact the Primary Day Advancement Office for more information.
Ways to be Involved
Parent volunteers are involved with classroom and grade-level events, serving as room coordinators, field trip chaperones, and by planning activities that enrich the curriculum, making the experiences tangible for the children while strengthening the home-and-school connection. Events such as the Book Fair, the Auction, and the Spring Community Picnic provide additional volunteer and philanthropic opportunities to support the school. The school has a very active Parents Association with committees for community service and special events, to name a few.
Your contribution to Primary Day makes a significant difference in the experiences of every one of our students. We encourage you to participate in any way that you can and we thank you in advance for your support.
Primary Day Parents Association 2019-2020
We are honored to represent our parent community at Primary Day. This is a special place for our children to spend the most important years of their educational careers.
The purpose of the Parents Association is to advance and enrich the sense of community of the school; to promote cooperation, communication and unity of spirit among parents, faculty, staff, trustees and students; to encourage understanding among parents concerning the school’s objectives; and to provide a means for parents to be of service to the school. The Parents Association does not participate in policy making and/or the development of curriculum. The PDPA is comprised of all parent volunteers and welcomes involvement from all PDS parents in events and meetings.
Please see the Association by-laws at the following link: Primary Day Parent Association (PDPA) Bylaws.
Information about upcoming PDPA community meetings and sponsored special events will be shared with the parent community. Below please find the list of Officers, Committee Chairs, and Class Representatives. Feel free to reach out to anyone on this list with any questions you may have or suggestions for a program or activity.
President – Talia Farber – firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-President - Sarah Roggie - email@example.com
Treasurer – Jennifer Puterman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary & Rm. Rep. Coord. – Ilissa Wood Lipworth - email@example.com
- Danielle Estrada - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tina Gaddy - email@example.com
- Kristen Stanton - firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Events/Staff Appreciation
- Jennifer Miller - email@example.com
- Lori Katzen - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shila Amini - email@example.com
- Christine Virgin - firstname.lastname@example.org