Gray Matters, November 2021

Parent Engagement, a Cornerstone of our Community

Reflecting on my 25 years at Capitol Hill Day School, thoughtful and supportive parent engagement is a clear throughline that has sustained me over this time and through my various roles. Whether in my early years as a young educator or now in my role as Head of School, I have always felt tremendous support from our parent community. This community support has never been more important than over the past year and a half. As I can’t say enough, thank you. 

More than 50 years ago, when a group of families came together around a kitchen table, Capitol Hill Day School was founded on this ethos. The School has a long tradition of parent engagement. From the School’s inception, Homeroom Parents have played an important role as liaisons between school and home. A parent-led Community Service committee has been a wonderful model for how we can support our broader community. More recently families have engaged in discussions, led by parents, centered on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In a different but no less important way, parents have given their time to the School through volunteer work with our fundraising efforts, Back to School picnic, and our Board of Trustees. 

This is the culture of Capitol Hill Day School. It is not found everywhere. I feel strongly that it is our duty to nurture this culture and pass it on as we spend our time in this community. This is the spirit in which, during the 2018-2019 school year, the Board endeavored to create a task force with the goal of establishing a Capitol Hill Day School parent association. 

The outgrowth of this process is the Family in Partnership Association (FiPA) which is now in the initial launch phase. We hope you can join one of the upcoming FiPA Fill-Up coffees (Nov. 2 and Nov. 10—more information on the Current Family Calendar) or take a moment to share input and interest through our survey. As current stewards of this institution that we love, I believe that it is our responsibility to nurture and support this culture and ultimately leave it better than we found it. I believe that FiPA is one way to do just that. Please join us.