As we near the end of the school year and consider the year that this has been, I am grateful for having had a view of our community from the front row. Throughout our COVID year, I had a front-row seat to witness the thoughtful, visionary, selfless leadership of our school, the amazing team of Parent Association leaders keeping our community connected, and a strong school community that is generous, caring, and supportive.
At the beginning of this year, a group of faculty was asked what they loved about Colorado Academy. Some of the responses can be confirmed by a visit to our website: “a beautiful campus;” “the diverse opportunities.” But some of their responses can only be experienced by those in our community: “supportive families,” “joyful partnerships,” a school that is “always changing,” “a caring community,” “a thoughtful approach to everything,” and “transformational experiences.” These are the true riches of being a part of the CA community—getting to experience nurturing and the encouragement to grow. No one can blame us for being ready to get past the pandemic; and, in our hurry, we assume that we want to return to our previous “normal.” Our school, however, calls us to want more for our kids, to want and expect that their education will prepare them to thrive, serve, and lead in the world that is coming. Once again, being a part of this school and its community pushes me to think bigger—for my kids and for our world. This school culture is unique and valuable, worth preserving and passing on.
The Passing of the Gavel
I was honored to serve you, with you, this year.
One of the great things about the Parent Association at Colorado Academy is how we have succession planning built into our structure; and leadership transition, into our programming. Our incoming President Kellie Prall has served our parent community as President-Elect this year, and as PA Treasurer for the three years before that. She has helped establish and improve many PA processes during those years and has been actively involved in almost every one of our events and activities. She has also had children in all three divisions and understands the inner workings of our school. Most importantly, Kellie loves our school. I have been so lucky to get to work with her this year, and I have the highest respect for her wisdom and leadership. As I “pass the gavel” to Kellie, I invite you to join me in welcoming her and the incredible team of parents that makes up the incoming Executive Committee. You will find the members of the incoming Executive Committee listed below.
Also listed below are our Class Leads, our Committee Chairs, and our 2020-2021 Executive Committee, all of whom have shown me this year how to live out dedication, service, and community-building. Not individually listed, but no less appreciated, are all of our parent volunteers who helped us this year with PA fundraisers, CA Cares, the Classroom Monitors program, faculty and staff appreciation efforts, Admission Zoom sessions and tours, Appreciation Week activities, and those who have signed up to help at Commencement. You are what makes our community vibrant and resilient, and anything the PA takes on can only happen because of you. Thank you for helping us this year, with your good cheer and your good ideas.
One of the things that I tell prospective parents when they visit CA is that ours is a community that “roots” for other people’s kids. In that vein, if you know a graduating Senior this year, I invite you to send them a note—let them know that they have dealt with more than most of us had at their age, and that you value them and are cheering them on. We are their community.
With gratitude for our shared journey,
CA Parent Association
Colorado Academy Parent Association:
2020-2021 CA Parent Association Executive Committee