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. Heather Winkelmann, Ms. Kathy Tate-Padian
1st Vice President Lower School & 1st Vice President Upper School – Chairs of Room Representative
Ms. Corti Cooper, Mrs. Laurie Renzulli
2nd Vice President Ways & Means/Auction
Mr. Anthony Venditto, Mrs. Abby Tolan, Mrs. Hillary Onthank, Mrs. Robin Pompa, Mrs. Jenna Venditto, Mrs. Axelle Dabout
Mrs. Rebekah Wadadli
Recording Secretary & Planet UPA
Ms. Susan Breen
Mrs. Sharon Jacobs, Mrs. Shannon Kavanaugh, Mrs. Beth Krueger
Mrs. Abby Tolan, Mrs. Lisa Brown-Michniewicz, Mr. Daniel Iacovella, Mr. Anthony Venditto, Mrs. Robin Pompa, Mr. Arnaud Dabout, Mrs. Beth Krueger, Ms. Melody Waterhouse
Ms. Susan Breen, Ms. Michelle Feeney, Mrs. Rebekah Wadadli, Ms. Marie Ann Pajaro, Mrs. Abby Tolan, Ms. Kate Schwartz
Mrs. Alison Roberts, Ms. Corti Cooper, Mrs. Heather Winkelmann, Mrs. Marianna Erenhouse, Ms. Kathy Tate-Padian, Mrs. Laurie Renzulli
Mr. Anthony Venditto, Mrs. Jo Toolan, Mrs. Faith Barbuto, Mrs. Krissy Ponden, Ms. Brooke Roberts, Ms. Vicki Hornbostel
4th Grade Socials
Mrs. Bridgett di Bonaventura
5th & 6th Grade Socials
Dr. Elizabeth McCance, Mrs. Tara Tanzer, Ms. Charis San Antonio Cooper, Mr. Lloyd Mitchell, Mrs. Melissa Howe, Mrs. Sandra Wilson, Ms. Kate Schwartz
7th & 8th Grade Socials
Ms. Kathy Tate-Padian, Ms. Anne Tomchuck, Mrs. Sasha Schwartz, Mrs. Laurie Renzulli, Mrs. Rebekah Wadadli, Mrs. Tracy Stuart, Mrs. Beth Krueger
Mrs. Beth Krueger, Ms. Kathy Tate-Padian, Mrs. Sharon Jacobs
Mrs. Sandra Srihari, Mrs. Gianina Serrano, Mrs. Heather Winkelmann, Dr. Elizabeth McCance, Mrs. Sandra Wilson, Ms. Melody Waterhouse, Ms. Marie Ann Pajaro, Mrs. Jessica DeRuzza
Teacher Appreciation Lunch
Ms. Alice Salem, Ms. Ruth Mannes, Mrs. Gina Jones, Mrs. Rebekah Wadadli, Ms. Melody Waterhouse, Mrs. Magnolia Cardona, Dr. Alla Vash-Margita, Mrs. Abby Tolan, Mrs. Lisa Brown-Michniewicz, Mrs. Axelle Dabout
Ms. Corti Cooper, Ms. Kate Schwartz, Mrs. Jessica Toebe, Mrs. Robin Pompa, Mrs. Beth Krueger, Ms. Melody Waterhouse, Ms. Elizabeth Hayes, Mrs. Jessica DeRuzza, Ms. Brooke Roberts, Mrs. Gianina Serrano
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 Lloyd Mitchell
Part of the annual UPA Auction & Gala are unique teacher experiences where students get to join students in fun adventures! This year, I was fortunate to offer a unique experience of travelling to New York City to see the Broadway play Wicked and get a tour of the backstage with none other than the Wiz himself, played by Alum Parent Michael McCormick. We were treated to seeing how the magic comes together and see the inner workings of one of the oldest Broadway theatres in New York City. The experience was one of a kind and magical! Check out the teacher experiences at this year’s Gala!
Posted by Lloyd Mitchell
Friday, March 1st at 7PM the UPA Green Committee presents a screening of the award-winning documentary “A Plastic Ocean.”
This film explores the global issue of plastic pollution and the actions we can take to create change. All Unquowa families and guests are welcome!
Please note that this is not a drop-off event.
Bring something comfortable to sit on and your own reusable water bottle…or purchase one that night. Popcorn will be served!
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!