Parents Association

Founded in 1923, the Calhoun Parents Association (PA) is a vital partner in the school community. Its mission is to support the educational goals of the school, facilitate communication between families and staff, and provide an inviting and warm social environment for all members of the community.

All parents are automatically members of the Association and are welcome to attend monthly meetings.

The PA leadership consists of two co-presidents, two vice presidents for each division, a treasurer and a secretary. There are "Cluster" representatives for each cluster in the Lower School, and "Grade" representatives for Middle and Upper School. Cluster and grade reps act as communication liaisons between fellow parents and the PA. In addition to cluster and grade reps, there are Committee Chairs for the many activities hosted by the Parents Association, from social and cultural events to workshops, fundraisers and community outreach programs.

Involvement is the sign of a healthy association and a vibrant community!

The Calhoun Parent Association also underwrites various school events and gives "gifts" to school and local non-profit organizations from monies raised by its various events. Projects and events underwritten by the PA include:

  • Teacher/Staff party and years-of-service awards
  • Community-building and social activities for families
  • Memberships in citywide organizations
  • Donations to the school's memorial funds and tuition assistance program
  • Annual donations to Riverside Park and Central Park funds
  • Financial Aid Supplement Fund
  • Discretionary donations

PA Officers


Barbara Pyles (P '20, P '23)
Sheila Kirkwood (P '26, P '28)

Farrah Zabar (P '24)

Daphne Smith-Naylor (P '25, P '27)

Vice Presidents, Upper School
Hillary Kahn (P '19, P '19)
Ken Vidal (P '22)

Vice Presidents, Middle School
Elif Ongoren (P '25, P '25)
Louise Litt (P '23, P '23)

Vice Presidents, Lower School 81st
Leigh Gerstenblatt (P '26, P '28) Stephanie Santamaria (P '27, P '27, P '24, P '21)

Vice Presidents, Lower School 74th
Margaret Spencer (P '29)
Kourtney Bogard (P '30, P '28)

Volunteer Coordinator
Amy Edelman (P '21, P '17)