The PA Gavel

Parent Association President expresses appreciation, passes the gavel

Dear Colorado Academy Parents,

2019-2020 CA Parent Association President Jill Rakowski
2019-2020 CA Parent Association President Jill Rakowski
I want to take a moment to thank the Colorado Academy parent community for all the time and energy you have put into our school community. This was not the year we had planned, and like everyone else, we’ve had to pivot our plans regarding this Spring’s events. I continue to be amazed by the dedication and creativity in all aspects of our school. 

I feel so honored to have been able to work with you all this year. While I wish we were able to gather for a special appreciation breakfast this month, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to thank the parent community for your tireless work in support of the school. From admissions tour guides, to field trip chaperones, to preparing food for teachers during school conferences and so much more—CA parents can always be counted on to lend a hand. Specifically, I wanted to acknowledge our parent leadership—listed below—and their contributions this year. Your efforts to make this community strong through your involvement are such a valuable asset, and we thank you!

I am so excited to be able to pass along the President’s gavel for the CA Parent Association to incoming President, Alice Rydberg.  Alice has served in so many different roles in the PA over the years, and we are lucky to have her lead our Parent Association. Alice brings years of experience as a long-time CA parent, as well as great insight and enthusiasm for this role. I know that these are uncertain times, and I am confident that Alice will navigate this role with the patience and flexibility that is required. The PA is in great hands next year!  I hope you’ll join me in welcoming Alice Rydberg as CA Parent Association President for 2020-2021!

It has been my honor to serve as PA President this year. I am forever grateful for the opportunity.

With gratitude,

Jill Rakowski

CA Parent Association President

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AP Exam ProctorsLisa Klingbeil
Allison Perkins
Arts AroundRosemarie Wipfelder Kumpe
Lesley Argent
Emily Mrig
Arts FestivalBethany Glesser
Amy Martin
Book FairDusty Fitzgerald
Amy Fleming-Heller
Faculty AppreciationLS - Greer Ryan
LS - Amy Martin
MS - Hilary Haynes
MS - Anika Williams
US - Suzie Bomgaars
US - Kristy DelZotto
Cookie FestBrooke Beasley
Robin Cook
CA Cares Jami Acker
Angie Mielke
Food ServiceJill Rakowski
Get INvolved: Parent Volunteer FairMeaghan Rubey
Giant Relay- Parent TeamDan Carson
Grocery CardsKendall Slutzky
Homecoming-Harvest MarketMia Sorensen
Homecoming- CarnivalLyndsey Farncombe
Lifetouch School Photographs - LSAlison Gile
LS STEAM NightMeg Braun
Gina Kennedy
Lindsay Miller
Mustang Spirit ClubAnne Storjohann
NominatingDenise Kay
PA Activity: Art ToursCaity Barton
PA Activity: BikingMeghan Geisler
PA Activity: Book ClubKia Kofron
PA Activity: HikingHeidi Wolfe
Brooke Beasley
PA Activity: TennisSarah Wadsworth
PA Activity: Rock ClimbingLiz Arnold
Taste of CA:Christina Joyman
Meghan Geisler
Tour Ambassador CoordinatorsAllyson Jacoby - LS
Liz Oertel - MS
Lisa Klingbeil - US
Think & DriveKelly Hardy
DiAhn Taplin
Pam Zachar
Trevor Brown PhotosDenise Kay
Used Book SaleMaggie Shapiro
Holly Garnsey
Annie Campbell
Welcome to CA CommitteeCandice Gottlieb
Elisabeth Noyes
Wreath & GarlandKristin Matijevich
Vanessa Homuth
Wreath & Garland- Holiday MartAmy Stettner
Nancy Kimball

GradeTeacher / DeanClass Lead
Lower School
Pre-KindergartenCottageHeather Pollard
Pre-KindergartenCasitaEmily Mrig
KindergartenInghamErika Lee
Webster/OwensErin Davis
WestChris Cruz-Miller
First GradeGiarussoKacy Vahey
OllettLyndsey Farncombe
PattersonGreer Ryan
Second GradeLundeenGina Kennedy
McCoyLissa Cullen
RobinsonDuan Zhang
Third GradeElkinsChris Wynne
LeeuwenburgJennifer Miller
StonePrairie Robinson
Fourth Grade BrownJen Hertz
HertigStefanie Abar
Kolsun-JacksonLaura Kott
Fifth GradeMcKennaMaggie Shapiro
OhlyTalia Ballinger
WachtelDusty Fitzgerald
Middle School
Sixth Grade-Amy McPheeters
Seventh Grade-Holly Garnsey
Eighth Grade-Emily Philpott
Upper School
FreshmanMeg HillDiane Colpack
Holly Stull
SophomoreEmily PerezChristen Johnson
Carolyn Wachuta
JuniorSteve HammerNichole Behrhorst
Elzeline de Leeuw
SeniorGabe BernsteinLiz Fuselier
Laura Lee Gastis

PresidentJill Rakowski
President ElectAlice Rydberg
Vice President-USDana Gordon
Jeanne Coleman
Vice President-MSJenny Wolkon
Ann Reidy
Vice President-LSAlex Band
Alyssa Clarke
SecretaryHeather Spruell
TreasurerKellie Prall
Communications CoordinatorAllyson Jacoby
Volunteer& Outreach Coordinator Meaghan Rubey
Community Appreciation CoordinatorMarte Timmers
PA Gifting ChairLil McKean

2020-2021 CA Parent Association Executive Committee

PresidentAlice Rydberg
President ElectKellie Prall
Vice President-USJeanne Coleman
Brenda Alexander
Vice President-MSAnn Reidy
Yama Foreman
Vice President-LSAlyssa Clarke
Meg Braun
SecretaryGina Kennedy
TreasurerAmy Martin
Communications CoordinatorsAllyson Jacoby
Heather Spruell
Volunteer& Outreach Coordinator Jenny Wolkon
Community Appreciation CoordinatorMarte Timmers
PA Gifting ChairLyndsey Farncombe