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.
Ms. Kathy Tate-Padian, Mrs. Alison Roberts
1st Vice President Lower School & 1st Vice President Upper School – Chairs of Room Representative
Mrs. Lisa Brown-Michniewicz, Ms. Alice Salem
2nd Vice President Ways & Means/Auction
Mrs. Bridgett di Bonaventura, Ms. Danielle Cameron, Mrs. Rebekah Wadadli, Mrs. Jenna Venditto, Mrs. Sandra Frost, Mrs. Faith Barbuto, Mrs. Marianna Erenhouse, Mrs. Alison Roberts, Ms. Carrie Klein, Mr. Anthony Venditto
Mrs. Joan Panagos
Recording Secretary & Planet UPA
Ms. Susan Breen
Mrs. Magnolia Cardona, Mrs. Aimee Stumm, Mrs. Beth Krueger, Mrs. Sharon Jacobs
Mr. Anthony Venditto, Mrs. Danielle Pitts, 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, Mrs. Rebekah Wadadli
Social Media Liason
Ms. Elizabeth Koenig
Ms. Elizabeth Hayes, Ms. Michelle Feeney, Ms. Carrie Klein, Mrs. Rebekah Wadadli, Mrs. Jennifer Summerville, Ms. Danielle Cameron, Ms. Susan Breen
Mrs. Joan Panagos, Mrs. Alison Roberts, Ms. Alice Salem, Mrs. Laurie Renzulli, Mrs. Marianna Erenhouse
Mrs. Faith Barbuto, Ms. Leslie Geary, Mr. Anthony Venditto
4th & 5th Grade Socials
Mrs. Melissa Howe, Mrs. Sandra Frost, Dr. Elizabeth McCance, Mrs. Tara Tanzer
6th-8th Grade Socials
Mrs. Marianna Erenhouse, Mrs. Tracy Stuart, Mrs. Amanda Hanson, Ms. Ruth Mannes, Mrs. Joan Panagos, Ms. Kathy Tate-Padian, Ms. Alice Salem, Mrs. Silvana Buono, Mrs. Andrea Shantz
Mrs. Joan Panagos, Mrs. Beth Krueger, Mrs. Sharon Jacobs, Ms. Kathy Tate-Padian
Mrs. Lisa Brown-Michniewicz, Ms. Ruth Mannes, Mrs. Kirsten Murphy, Mrs. Heather Winkelmann, Ms. Danielle Cameron, Mrs. Beth Krueger, Mrs. Sharon Jacobs
Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Ms. Alice Salem, Mrs. Jennifer Summerville, Mrs. Magnolia Cardona, Ms. Ruth Mannes, Mrs. Gina Jones, Ms. Elizabeth Hayes, Mrs. Rebekah Wadadli, Dr. Alla Vash-Margita
Mr. Steven Panagos, Mr. Howard Greenspan, Ms. Danielle Cameron, Mrs. Andrea Shantz, Ms. Carrie Klein, Mrs. Joan Panagos
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 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!
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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!
Posted by Karen Williamson
On Saturday, November 5th, the UPA hosted the much anticipated annual wine tasting event at Unquowa. The evening was kicked off with a limited seating “Champagne with the Head,” as parents had the opportunity to join Sharon Lauer for champagne. The main event drew in about 80 guests and offered a wide variety of wines for tasting throughout the evening with tasty tapas and treats from Barcelona and BarTaco. All champagne and wine was generously donated and poured by Kindred Spirits & Wine. The featured wines were also available for purchase at specially discounted prices for the evening and a portion of all proceeds are donated back to Unquowa, a win-win situation for all. A big thank you to the Wine Tasting Committee for making this event a huge success! Cheers to a great evening!
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The fourth and fifth graders hopped, bopped and scooted their way to a terrific time last Thursday, October 20 while they let loose during the Lower School Social (some moms even got into the action!). The kids were treated to DJ Austin Dailey playing great tunes and engaging games while they munched on snacks and thoroughly enjoyed the party atmosphere. The event was topped off with a surprise visit by the ice cream truck and a screaming good time was had by all!
SkyZone in Norwalk was the destination for the fall Upper School Social on Friday, October 21st. About 60 students enjoyed an energetic afternoon of extreme trampoline, aerial gymnastics and dodgeball. All the students had a great time mingling and enjoying the pizza party afterwards. Another fun adventure!