Parent socials, community dialogues, Common Ground Speaker Series, the Book Fair… so much is happening at Nueva. What’s it all about?
It’s the NPA, the Nueva Parents Association, hosting the many back-to-school offerings that connect and reconnect us.
Parent participation enriches the lives of our students, parents, faculty, and staff. One of the truly wonderful aspects of Nueva is the way parent participation is welcomed and intentionally weaves Nueva’s motto, Learn by Doing, Learn by Caring, throughout the supportive and inclusive culture.
What Does the NPA Do?
The NPA’s exciting program provides avenues for parents to be involved, get connected, and support our healthy learning community. All current parents are members of the NPA, which was originally formed as the Parent Support Group in 1978.
“The variety of NPA programming has something for everyone,” said Arvind Sharma, co-president representing the Upper School. “We provide engagement across three main areas of involvement: classroom and grade-level support, events, and community programs.”
Parent support in each grade begins with the Grade Leads, who connect parents to one another and to classroom volunteer opportunities, and organize events such as the recent parent socials. Explaining this part of the NPA’s activities, Buffy Poon, co-president representing the Middle School, said, “There’s so much enthusiasm when it comes to supporting Nueva’s faculty and staff. We are so grateful for everything they do for our children, and volunteering in ways that directly benefits them is tremendously rewarding.”
In addition, as class representatives, Grade Leads strengthen the lines of communications by meeting regularly as a team and with division heads, sharing topics on the minds of parents.
The events arm of the NPA hosts the celebrations and gatherings that fill Nueva’s calendar, many of which are beloved community traditions. Dedicated parent volunteers run these events, having a wonderful time in the process. “I loved helping out on individual pieces of the NPA’s program,” said Marie Yuann, this year’s co-president representing the Lower School. “It’s great to work with other parents, and as you do, you also get to experience so much of the daily life of school.”
This year’s first NPA event was Tea on the Plaza, a warm community welcome for families on the first day of school. Upcoming events include the Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Days at each campus on the day before Thanksgiving, and the Book Fair during the last week in November. Winter and spring will bring the STEM Fair and the Art Showcase. Parents are currently partnering with Nueva’s athletics faculty to launch the Athletics Booster Club, energizing the Nueva spirit in support of our student athletes, coaches, and teams.
Community programs demonstrate both doing and caring. For example, the NPA’s summer buddy program for new families, staff appreciation efforts, and Helping Hands — a coordinated effort to support community members facing an extreme medical crisis — fall into this category.
Nueva’s culture deeply values the student-teacher-parent relationship. Each week the NPA co-presidents meet with Head of School Diane Rosenberg to brainstorm and make plans. “We feel Diane’s commitment in our meetings,” said Buffy. “No matter how busy, she finds time for our meeting, and we feel the gratification of being involved in generating ideas and solving problems.”
The strength of volunteerism and involvement at Nueva provides benefits for students as they witness the collaboration and connection of parents across grades, divisions, and campuses. If you ask one the co-presidents about their motivation to be involved, you are immediately pulled into their energy:
“It’s great for our students to experience our connectedness and receive the benefits that our programs have to offer.”
“We’ve learned so much about Nueva during our time here that it’s wonderful to share what we’ve learned with new families.”
“We have a great time working together, getting to know one another, and developing friendships based on shared commitment.”
Families bring their students to Nueva from all over the Bay Area, and the NPA leadership team and volunteers work tirelessly to create the atmosphere of a neighborhood school. “We don’t want anyone to feel alone here,” said Buffy.
To learn more, ask questions, or to volunteer, please don’t hesitate to contact Arvind Sharma (US), Buffy Poon (MS), or Marie Yuann (LS). You can learn more on your Nueva home page under “GET INVOLVED."
October 6, 2017