A Pre-K to Grade 12 Independent Quaker Day School Serving the Greater Durham-Chapel Hill Area

Parent-Staff Association

The mission of the Parent-Staff Association (PSA) is to foster a strong, cohesive all-school community.

We do this by:

  • coordinating, supporting, and sharing volunteer-based efforts across all units of the school
  • communicating through the monthly email newsletter for CFS families, Around Our Circle, community meetings, the CFS online calendar, and the CFS Parents Facebook page (www.facebook.com/groups/cfsparents)
  • creating learning and social opportunities for parents, families, alumni, staff, board, and the larger community.

Volunteers from all units, both on and off campus, have joined together to create an organization that creates the environment necessary to make every member of our community feel welcome.

We invite everyone to attend any or all of the programs and meetings we have planned throughout the school year. We also encourage you to attend the PSA community meetings. Dates and times can be found on the monthly school calendar.

Below are the PSA committees for the school year. We invite you to join us by volunteering. Getting involved with the PSA is a fun and rewarding way to meet other parents and staff members and to take an active role in our school community.

Please feel free to contact us or any of the committee co-conveners with any questions, suggestions or concerns. We would love to hear from you. Please direct inquiries to: cfspsa@gmail.com.

PSA Opportunities

Athletics Liaisons

This committee meets regularly with the Director of Athletics to provide parent support and feedback regarding the athletics program at CFS. Typically, they host an all-school Sports Night each season, inviting folks to cheer on the Quakers, partake of delicious food, and enjoy the company of fellow CFS community members.

Please direct inquiries to: cfspsa@gmail.com.

Care Committee

This committee organizes volunteers who provide prepared meals or rides to school for CFS families experiencing loss, illness, or hardship.

If you would like to request Care meals, join Care, or have any questions, please contact Care Co-conveners Sadie Bauer at sadiebauer12@gmail.com or Cheryl Bolick at cbolick@email.unc.edu.

Care is simple: request when needed, offer when able.

What is a Care request? A request from a CFS family for meals and/or rides to school.

What is a Care meal? A homemade or store-bought, ready-to-heat-and-eat meal that will feed the number of family members in a Care request. Care meals are packaged in non-returnable containers. Allergens, dietary restrictions, or other nutritional needs are respected. Dessert and utensils are not required.

How to request Care meals anonymously: Contact a single person (such as your child’s head teacher, unit liaison, staff member, trusted friend, or Care Committee member). Provide basic information regarding number of people eating, meal frequency and preferences, and allergy concerns. Your contact person will communicate your needs (anonymously) to the Care co-conveners.

How to ask for Care meals or rides non-anonymously: Contact a Care Co-Convener or Care’s staff liaison, Charlie Layman. Share as few or as many details as you like. Some families request semi-privacy, choosing to share only generalities. Other families prefer to share personal details, requesting emotional support from the Care community. Care operates comfortably either way and will share with Care volunteers only the information you choose.

Who are Care members? Currently, Care’s 185 volunteer members include parents, teachers, staff, alum, alum parents, and board members. Many Care members were once Care recipients themselves.

How are Care meals delivered? Care volunteers deliver prepared meals to a designated Care refrigerator in the rear lobby of the Center Building. Care recipients (or their designated contact person) may pick-up meals after 3:00 pm. Anonymous families/representatives may enter through the side door (via the handicap access ramp) if they so choose.

How to join Care: Simply provide Care Co-Conveners with your email address. Throughout the school year, whenever a family requests Care, you will receive an email with a link to an online meal calendar. You decide how/if/when you are able to provide a meal, ride, or emotional support.

Events Committee

This committee plans and organizes annual events such as the All-School Community Picnic and current and former parent/teacher social get-togethers. Co-conveners are Amy Knight and Nancy Kelly.

Please direct inquiries to: cfspsa@gmail.com.

Grocery Certificates Committee

The Grocery Committee manages our dynamic, ongoing grocery fundraiser that brings tens of thousands of dollars annually into our children's classrooms! Some of our tasks can happen from home, and timing can be very flexible. If you are detail-oriented (and/or good with numbers) and can help out 2-4 hours per month, we'd love to have you join us.

You may join Grocery Committee by contacting co-conveners Shari Fischer and Libby Searles-Bohs at cfsgrocery@gmail.com or learn how your current grocery shopping can easily bring money back to CFS.

Unit Liaisons

Unit liaisons are also a part of the PSA. Each unit of the school has a number of parents who serve as parent liaisons. The liaisons are a resource for the Head Teacher of each unit in a myriad ways including: helping coordinate parent volunteers; offering input on issues of concern in the unit; and communicating with parents. Liaisons are also a resource for parents who have questions or concerns they want to discuss with another parent.

Please direct inquiries to: cfspsa@gmail.com.

Welcome Committee

These volunteers welcome new families to Carolina Friends School by organizing buddy families and parent get-togethers. The Welcome Committee comprises parents in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools who work with the Office of Admission to help new families transition to CFS. (The Early Schools, which are smaller and where a higher percentage of students are new each year, arrange their own welcome experiences for families.)

Two or more parents in each unit help with parent buddy matches and assist with events like spring welcome gatherings for newly admitted families, gatherings before the back-to-school picnic in August, and occasional informal get-togethers before or after the opening of school. Instead of meeting as a whole group with a central chair or co-chairs, the Welcome Committee is unit-based, and helps to coordinate connections and gatherings based on the developmental needs and interests of families with children of similar age. Of the parent liaisons in each unit, at least one is dedicated to Welcome Committee.

Please direct inquiries to: cfspsa@gmail.com.

2019-2020 PSA Co-Conveners

Parent Mary Slawter

Mary Slawter
(LS, MS Parent)

Parent Sudi-Laura Overstreet

Sudi-Laura Overstreet
(MS Parent)