Where Parents Are Actively Engaged
Nearly one hundred years ago, a group of parents searching for a school environment for their children that was small, progressive, and challenging came together to establish The Unquowa School. Their spirit of commitment to our fundamental ideals and the partnership of our faculty, staff and parents, lives on today in The Unquowa Parents Association, more commonly referred to as the UPA.
All Parents are Members
There are many positions and opportunities for parents to share their time and talent with the whole school community. All parents are, by definition, members of the UPA. We meet each month on Wednesday after assembly to discuss current projects and brainstorm for new ideas. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend because the UPA is the gateway to parental participation in our school. From classroom representatives to president of the UPA, there are many avenues for involvement in our children’s education. Each member of the UPA board strives to achieve a sense of community and fellowship that have become the hallmark of the Unquowa community, in addition to working to support – through both fundraising and volunteering – our school’s programming.
Mrs. Alison Roberts, Ms. Kathy Tate-Padian
1st Vice President Lower School & 1st Vice President Upper School – Chairs of Room Representative
Mrs. Lisa Brown-Michniewicz, Mrs. Sharon Jacobs
2nd Vice President Ways & Means/Auction
Ms. Carrie Klein, Mrs. Alison Roberts, Mr. Anthony Venditto, Mrs. Bridgett di Bonaventura, Mrs. Jenna Venditto, Mrs. Marianna Erenhouse, Mrs. Faith Barbuto, Mrs. Rebekah Wadadli
Mrs. Joan Panagos
Recording Secretary & Planet UPA
Ms. Susan Breen
Mrs. Beth Krueger, Mrs. Sharon Jacobs, Mrs. Aimee Stumm
Mr. Daniel Iacovella, Mrs. Beth Krueger, Mrs. Alison Roberts, Mrs. Lisa Brown-Michniewicz, Mrs. Abby Tolan, Ms. Marie Ann Pajaro, Mr. David McKinnis, Ms. Melody Waterhouse, Mr. Anthony Venditto, Mrs. Danielle Pitts
Social Media Liason
Ms. Elizabeth Koenig
Ms. Susan Breen, Mrs. Rebekah Wadadli, Ms. Elizabeth Hayes, Ms. Carrie Klein, Ms. Michelle Feeney, Mrs. Jennifer Summerville, Mrs. Catherine Avery, Mrs. Hillary Onthank
Mrs. Marianna Erenhouse, Mrs. Laurie Renzulli, Ms. Kathy Tate-Padian, Mrs. Joan Panagos, Mrs. Alison Roberts, Ms. Alice Salem
Mrs. Faith Barbuto, Ms. Leslie Geary, Mr. Anthony Venditto
4th & 5th Grade Socials
Mrs. Tara Tanzer, Mrs. Melissa Howe, Dr. Elizabeth McCance
6th-8th Grade Socials
Mrs. Marianna Erenhouse, Ms. Kathy Tate-Padian, Mrs. Andrea Shantz, Mrs. Silvana Buono, Mrs. Amanda Hanson, Mrs. Joan Panagos, Mrs. Tracy Stuart, Ms. Ruth Mannes
Mrs. Sharon Jacobs, Ms. Kathy Tate-Padian, Mrs. Beth Krueger, Mrs. Joan Panagos
Mrs. Kirsten Murphy, Mrs. Heather Winkelmann, Mrs. Sharon Jacobs, Mrs. Beth Krueger, Mrs. Lisa Brown-Michniewicz, Ms. Ruth Mannes
Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Ms. Alice Salem, Mrs. Magnolia Cardona, Ms. Elizabeth Hayes, Mrs. Rebekah Wadadli, Mrs. Gina Jones, Dr. Alla Vash-Margita, Mrs. Jennifer Summerville, Ms. Ruth Mannes
Mrs. Andrea Shantz, Ms. Victoria Benoit, Mr. Carlos Esteves, Mrs. Joan Panagos, Mr. Anthony Venditto, Mr. Brian Pisanelli, Mr. Steven Panagos, Mrs. Jenna Venditto, Mrs. Catherine Avery, Mr. Lloyd Mitchell, Mr. Howard Greenspan, Ms. Carrie Klein, Mrs. Hillary Onthank
Fun and Fundraising
The scope of the UPA can best be summed up in two words: fun and fundraising. We host many school-wide events and endeavors that are designed to enrich our students’ educational experience as well as to foster a strong sense of school spirit. Whether it is school socials or athletic desserts for the children, or our annual gala and auction for the parents, our volunteers come together to support Unquowa. The UPA continuously helps to build our school’s future on the sturdy foundation of its history and tradition
Posted by Alyson Cahill
Last week, 6th-8th graders boarded a bus headed to Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Norwalk for their first after-school social of the school year! Students jumped, jousted, dodgeball-ed, and of course, enjoyed snacks (including all-you-can-eat pizza!) for two hours. It was a fantastic way to end the week! Many thanks to the chaperones and UPA for helping make this outing possible!
Posted by Carlene Gordon
Fourth and fifth graders were treated to the annual fall social on a recent Friday afternoon in the Unquowa gym. Students were greeted with an ice cream bar filled with goodies that would please Willie Wonka Countless combinations of sundae treats were created. Then it was off to the prop stand, where students donned silly glasses, bold mustaches and sparkly hats. Students had fun at the photo booth striking many poses and then tested their flexibility in a giant game of Twister. The highlight of the social was presented when the music started and the DJ was sure to teach all the latest dance moves. A great time was definitely had by all. A special thank you goes out to the parent-lead social committee for putting together an afternoon our students will not soon forget!
Posted by Kate Haviland
Our celebration of Unquowa’s first 100 years just keeps going! Parents, alums, grandparents and friends came together last weekend to raise a glass (or two!) and funds at the UPA’s Centennial Gala & Auction.
And what a party it was! We had it all … live jazz, fabulous food, a bellini bar, games, a matching challenge from the Board of Governors and an incredible collection of auction items! It was wonderful to have so many Unquowans, past and present, join us. Our community showed their Gator Pride by raising funds for the school in record numbers…thank you all!
Here’s to the next 100 years!
Posted by Lloyd Mitchell
During the Annual UPA Spring Gala, teacher experiences are offered up for families to bid on. This year, seventh Grader Eva was lucky enough to win the teacher experience of geocaching. Geocaching, a global treasure hunt using an online app to find items hidden all over the world by the users of the app, is a world-wide phenomenon. On a warm September afternoon, we ventured through the hills of Fairfield to search for various caches of varying levels. Some were more simple to find while others were more complex. We were even lucky enough to locate a trackable geocoin that had made it’s way around the world from Australia! All in all, it was a fun afternoon of getting outdoors while mixing a little tech in too!
Posted by Unquowa Parents Association
The Unquowa Upper School Social for grades 6-8 was held on Friday, October 20th at the Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport. All the kids had a great time exploring the park’s aerial trails with its challenging ropes course and zip lines from some truly dizzying heights. This is a great place for students to challenge themselves on difficult high wire ropes course where getting from one side to the other isn’t the easiest of tasks. At dusk, the kids ventured down from the trees and relaxed by the bonfire toasting s’mores. Thanks to the UPA committee, chaperones, teachers and Mr. Mitchell for helping make this event possible.
Posted by Lloyd Mitchell
Sixth, seventh and eighth graders were treated to a spring social sponsored by the Unquowa Parents’ Association. The traditional theme for the spring social is a DJ and a bonfire. This year they were treated to another experience of a photobooth! It was a memorable night and kids got keepsake photos to take home from the evening. The night ended with a bonfire and s’mores. It was a great evening for all!