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Our mission is to strengthen the sense of community among our students, faculty and parents. Our association aims to provide opportunities throughout the year for Howard School families to get together to share information, build friendships and unite as a community, as well as share a sense of pride in our children and in The Howard School.

We invite you to attend our Parent Association meetings, volunteer at any level, and get involved! It is vitally important to us that your family and your student feel connected and supported by our association. Our community comes from near and far and spans from early learning to high school seniors. We welcome your opinions, ideas and participation.

As a Howard School parent, you are automatically a member of The Howard School Parents Association. There are no dues/fees to become a member.

Dr. Tara Terry named Principal of Lower, Middle and 8th Grade Transition beginning 2017-2018 school year

At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, Lower School Principal Jennifer Betts will be leaving The Howard School. We are grateful to Jennifer for her many years of dedicated service to The Howard School, and wish her well as she begins the next chapter of her career.

Beginning June 1, Middle School Principal Dr. Tara Terry will lead the Lower School, as well as the Middle and 8th Grade Transition Programs as the principal. Combining the divisions will ensure programmatic consistency and continuity from our Kindergarten through 8th grade, and ease the transition our students make as they move from the Bridge Class in Lower School to the Middle School.

Dr. Terry has worked in both independent and public schools over the past 16 years, including seven years (2001-2008) as school psychologist at The Howard School. She has held leadership, teaching and practitioner positions at the lower, middle, high and college levels. In addition, she has consulted with families and teachers as an academic coach and mentor. Dr. Terry holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in School Psychology from the University of Georgia and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Carolina. In her free time, she loves to hike, read, spend time with her husband and son, and cheer for her favorite college football team, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

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Division Liaisons and Class Reps

Lower School Classroom Representatives

Brittian: Krista Ward

Cantu: Tiffany Bush

Dias: Wendy Herndon

Emerick: Deborah Browning Andrews

Gonzalez: Staci Kemp

Gorelow: Caroline Gallinero

Horne: Rosa Schauble

Lofredo: Celeste Feenstra

Rochester: Carmen Titelman

Middle School Liaisons:

Cyndy Roberts

Tina Weede

Transition Liaisons:

Peggy Khajavi

Jenny Cantrell

High School Liaisons:

Libby Viergever

Katie McAvoy

Committee Chairs

Parents Association Website Editors: Lisa Bowen and Peggy Wefald

Fundraising (summer – September 17th, 2016) Lisa Bowen/Leigh Juliano

Back to School Picnic (August 19th, 2016) Peggy Khajavi

Fall Parent (only) Social (September 17th, 2016) Meredith Addy

Book Fair (Oct. 3rd -7th 2016) Katie McAvoy

Fall Faculty/Staff Luncheon (Oct. 28th, 2016) Kerey Toms

Holiday Fund for Faculty and Staff (mid Nov. – mid Dec.) Lisa & Leigh

BINGO (February 10th, 2016) Jackie Haig and Robin Fink!

Spring Parent (only) Social (April 22nd, 2017) Shelly Deriso

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1st-5th, 2017) Debbie Arant

End of Year Faculty Luncheon (May 26th, 2017 OPEN!!!

Box Tops (All year) Krista Ward

Sunshine Committee (All year) Julie Horowitz

Community Partners

Howard PA Swag Bags are available to all PA donors of $100 or more. The reusable grocery bag, adorned with the PA logo, is filled with coupons, special offers and discounts from businesses in our community that support The Howard School PA. Participating businesses include:

Publix. Remember to swipe your Publix Card each time you buy groceries. You can pick up a scan card in the front lobby.

Boxtops for Education is another easy way to earn money for our school. Clip your Box Tops from hundreds of participating brands. (Click here to view a list of products) You can also shop online through the Box Tops website. Click here to print Clip It and Count It Sheet.

Label Daddy is a way to label your student’s items and make lost and found a thing of the past and earn money for our school. Shop at: Use school code: HOWARDPA


Need to speak to a Howard School administrator? Click here to see our administrator organizational structure. Call 404-377-7436 and ask to be connected.

For anything PA related, please contact

Lisa Bowen, President

Easy things you can do to support our school!

We participate with Publix Partners. Pick up a rewards card at our front desk and use it at any Publix Supermarket location. Everytime you use your card when shopping, Publix gives back to our school!

Our School also can benefit every time you shop on Amazon! With AmazonSmile, every time you purchase, Amazon gives back to our school. Click here to start supporting us through Amazon!

President: Lisa Bowen
VP: Heather Feinstein
Treasurer: Leigh Juliano
Secretary: Denise Wingate

Come make a difference with the PA!

Dear Fellow Parents,

Our students need you to become involved with THS Parents Association (PA) for the 2016-17 school year. The role of our parents in the PA is vital to the continued success of our school. THS PA provides non-monetary and monetary support to the school in the following ways.

  • 1. Communications Promotes effective dialogue between the parents and school.
    We enhance communications among parents, faculty and administration through our Division Liaisons and Room Representatives.
    We work closely with the Development Office to deliver up-to-date information on The Howard School website.
  • 2. Community Life Supports THS students, families and faculty
    We host and pay for various events around campus including: the back to school picnic, parent socials, book fair, teacher appreciation luncheons, bingo, welcome boxes for new students, student and staff t-shirts, school directories, middle school reflections, middle school dances, middle school poetry slam, high school dances, high school showcase, high school graduation signs, and high school graduation gifts.
  • 3.Fundraising Enhances the academic experience and campus appearance
    These funds are used to support classroom and school events, teacher and faculty appreciation efforts, and various other needs of the school and its community including the principals' fund, parent-classroom visits, and grounds/landscaping,

The Parents Association uses Sign Up Genius to coordinate volunteerism at the school. The success of our events is dependent upon our volunteers. Volunteering connects you with the Howard community and your child’s experience at The Howard School.

Please thoughtfully consider how you can be involved in THS PA. Whether it is on the Executive Board, as a committee chair, or volunteering your time for our events and efforts…we welcome you! Your participation in The Howard School Parents Association is greatly appreciated! WE NEED YOU!


Lisa Bowen, PA President 2016-2017

Volunteer, RSVP and Get involved

Easily sign up for volunteer opportunities, RSVP for any upcoming events or join a committee on our sign-up main page.

PA Chair Descriptions


Works with the PA, during the first 4 ½ weeks of the school year to raise voluntary monetary donations to support the yearly budget.

Back to School Picnic:

Works with PA plan and organize the picnic including table decorations, DJ, caterer, food reservations, and volunteer needs.

Fall Parent Social:

Provides host house for the parent social.

Fall Teacher Appreciation Luncheon:

Organize food donations and volunteers for the luncheon. Works with volunteers to set up/serve/ and clean-up for the luncheon.

Holiday Fund:


Works with PA and THS to schedule the event and apply for Bingo license. Organize volunteers, solicit/obtain classroom raffle baskets/prizes and “callers.” Select caterer for the event and organize dinner reservations.

Spring Parent Social:

Provides host house for the parent social.

Box Tops for Education:

Collect, organize, and turn in Box Tops for Education labels. Work with THS to organize 2 collection drives per school year.

Sunshine Committee:

Works with the PA and school to acknowledge faculty and staff birthdays, celebrations, accomplishments, and hardships.

Upcoming Events

Full Calendar of PA Activities

Download a list of this year's activities here.

Fundraising Events

Parent Association Contribution: The voluntary donation program for The Howard School Parents Association was developed after the 2014 community survey revealed that our families would prefer a voluntary monetary donation approach over a third party fundraiser (the selling of products). A minimum donation of $65 from each one of our 262 students would fund our $16,000 operating budget for the 2016-2017 school year. You may make a donation online by going to The Howard School website/Parents/Donate, credit card contributions at a number of events in the fall, or write a check to The Howard School Parents Association. Our 2016-17 budget will be supported by the voluntary contributions of our families and by numerous events throughout the year. These funds are used to support classroom and school events, teacher and faculty appreciation efforts, and various other needs of the school and its community.

To make a voluntary monetary contribution to the Parents Association click here.

Bingo Night - Feb. 10, 2017: A night of fun for all! Classes put together raffle baskets that will be on display at Bingo Night. Buy raffle tickets and take your chances at winning great prizes. Bingo cards are available for purchase the night of the event. Prizes are awarded to all that win Bingo games played throughout the night. Dinner reservations are required if you plan to eat at Bingo. Bake sale items will also be available for purchase.

Holiday Fund: For many years, the Howard Parents Association has helped to ensure that the holidays are truly a wonderful time of year for our fantastic Howard School faculty and staff. We want to ensure that all of our faculty and staff receive a holiday ‘THANK YOU’ gift from all of us, the Howard School families.

Our students at The Howard School are helped by so many each and every day – lead teachers, support teachers, music teachers, art teachers, counselors, speech-language pathologists, literacy specialists, technology teachers, the school nurse, security officers, the receptionist, maintenance personnel, aftercare and many people ‘behind the scenes’ who make it all flow seamlessly, day after day. The list can be daunting and no one wants to forget anyone.

The Howard Parents Association Holiday Fund has become an annual tradition. We will keep our different approach to giving again this year to ensure no one is forgotten and to help make giving just a little easier for all of our Howard families.

You may make a donation by cash, check or online (by clicking here). Checks should be payable to The Howard School PA. Donations can simply be dropped in the collection box on the receptionist’s desk in the main lobby, mailed or sent to school with your student. Please make sure all donations are clearly marked ‘PA Holiday Fund’. Donations may be made through Wednesday December 7, 2016. Cash gifts will be presented to faculty and staff on Friday December 16th.


Make Lost and Found a Thing of the Past!

Use Label Daddy to help your kids keep up with their belongings all year long and support help to support THS PA. Order now with school code: HOWARDPA.

Clip Box Tops and Earn Money for THS PA!
The Howard School has successfully collected Box Tops for Education for two years. Keep clipping for the 2016-17 school year . . . it can make a BIG difference! See our list of participating products.

Download the collection sheet and start earning!

Upcoming Events

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Meetings are held in the library from 8:30 - 9:30 am. Click on past meetings for the agenda and summary.

  • August 29th
  • November 14th
  • March 13th
  • April 24th

Resources / Forms

Check Request & Reimbursement

2016-17 Student-Parent Handbook

Please click on the below links for immediate download:

The 2016-2017 Student-Parent Handbook

Definition Guide

THS: The Howard School

PA: The Howard School Parents Association

LS: Lower School Division

MS: Middle School Division

TR: Transition

HS: High School Division

SUG: Sign Up Genius

Reservations Required: If you would like to eat dinner at an event where reservations are required, please see the Howard School website/Parents/Parents Association. You may make reservations for specific meal choices and pay online.

RSVP: We use online invites for parent social events. The invite information will also be posted on The Howard School website/Parents/Parents Association. In order to accommodate everyone, RSVP’s are required for these events.

Sign Up Genius: The PA, its division liaisons and classroom representatives use SUG, exclusively, to coordinate volunteer opportunities. You can access these opportunities by going to the website ( to view volunteer opportunities. If you become aware of an activity/event in which volunteers are needed, please contact Lisa Bowen at so that a SUG event can be created. We want all opportunities to be open to all that may want to participate.

PA Division Liaisons: Each division (LS/MS/HS) has one or more liaisons to the PA. The liaison is in contact with the division principal to assist him/her with specific division needs/events/etc. The liaison also attends PA meetings to assist with continuity between PA and the school. Liaisons also work closely with Classroom Representatives to distribute information and to encourage cohesiveness. Please see PA Liaison & Classroom Representatives Contact area for 2016-17 liaison.

Classroom Representatives: Each Lower School class at The Howard School has a class representative. This person is in contact with the teacher about specific needs/events in their particular classroom. The class representative works closely their PA liaison to distribute information and encourage cohesiveness. This person attends PA meetings to assist with continuity between PA and their classroom. Please see PA Division Liaisons and Room Representatives section for 2016-17 list.

Two-Minute Tutorials

Website Calendars and News Alerts


From the School Nurse

Colleen Ward, RN

404-377-7436 x261

Parent Resources for LD and ADHD Information and Articles is a great evidence-based resource to learn more about LDs and ADHD.

Please also visit our Director of Language and Literacy's resource page a well as
The Howard Institute for some great articles on brain research relating to LD and ADHD.

PA Event Photo Gallery

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