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Why join the GMA Parents’ Organization?

The top reason to participate in the Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Parents' Org is to support our children! You can help make a difference through enrichment activities and community service opportunities as well as provide ‘welcoming’ hospitality to GMA families. 

Click here to indicate your interest in joining the Parents’ OrG

If If you are interested in volunteering for Parent’s Org, please submit your response by Friday, May 17th.

What is the GMA Parents' Organization?

The GMA Parents' Org works with the GMA Administration and Faculty in planning, organizing, implementing, and providing services/functions that align with our School's mission. The Parents’ Org provides students with enhanced experiences above and beyond their classroom education. 

The Parents’ Org is funded by GMA families by an initial contribution in the beginning of the school year.  To increase options offered to the students, the Parents’ Org also fundraises through Bingo Night, Trivia Night, Yankee Candle Sales, and Snack Stands.

Please contact Kathleen Hannan, President of the Parents’ Org with any questions.

Communications (Can be completed at home and during non-school hours)

  • Facilitate and foster communications among all constituencies.
  • Maintain up-to-date information on the Parents' Organization Blog located on the GMA website.
  • Organize and produce the monthly newsletter.

Enrichment Programs (Planning can be completed at home and during non-school hours – Plan on attending scheduled events)

  • Coordinate programs that enrich the school curriculum.
  • Research and make recommendations for programs to the Board.
  • Arrange for and implement approved programs.

List of Enrichment Events for This Year:

  • Visit by Briar Bush Nature Center for K students
  • DEAFinitely Magic
  • Elmwood Park Zoo On Wheels
  • Catholic Schools Week Activities
  • Visiting Author Visit
  • STEM Night
  • Mindfulness Assemblies

Membership Programs (Planning can be completed at home and during non-school hours – Does require attendance at some in school events and social events at night)

  • Extend hospitality to new parents as well as in support of school functions.
  • Work in collaboration with the Director of Admissions to provide opportunities that welcome families of incoming students into the school community, such as Open Houses.
  • Liaise with Homeroom parents on school functions to provide consistent and unified communications to the school community.
  • Serves as Board representative for school functions such as Host Family Project, New Parents' Liturgy and Reception, Kindergarten Orientation Reception and Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.

Social Programs (Requires attendance at some in school events and social events at night)

  • Develop social interaction among parents, family, faculty and staff.
  • Make recommendations for social events to the Board.
  • Coordinate refreshments and set-up for school social events (see List below).
  • Collaborate with school and parent volunteers to facilitate social events for school.

List of Social Events:

  • Reconciliation (November) and Holy Communion (May) - coordinate with Third Grade Parents to support the post-event receptions
  • Teacher dinners during Parent-Teacher Conferences (November and February)
  • Great Day at Bethlehem (December)
  • Trivia Night (January)
  • Bingo Night (March)
  • Grandparents/Special Friends Day

Sports/Facilities (Requires attendance at some in school events and social events at night)

  • Plan homecoming and coordinate volunteer efforts for the day
  • Coordinates Team Parents
  • Serves as a Liaison to the Girls’ and Boys’ Athletic Directors
  • Work with Athletic Directors to determine best use of funds available for Athletics
  • Decorating GMA gym during the holidays and donating trees to families in need

Mercy Connections (Planning can be completed at home and during non-school Hours – Must plan on attending or having a representative attend scheduled events)

  • Coordinate with Director of Religious Education to plan Community Service events at school and in our local community
  • Plan for service events and offer opportunities to GMA students and their families to promote making mercy real.

List of Mercy Connection Events:

  • Mercy Day Celebrations
  • Spring House Estates visits
  • Project HOME dinners
  • Thanksgiving food collection
  • Caroling at Spring House Estates
  • Activities in support of St. Vincent Parish
  • Funded $6,000 in scholarships for families in need
Current Parents’ Org Executive Committee and Directors

Executive Committee:

PRINCIPAL – Mrs. Anne Knapke

VICE PRINCIPAL – Mr. Fred Santoro

PRESIDENT – Mrs. Kathleen Hannan

TREASURER – Mrs. Michele Porreca

SECRETARY – Mrs. Julie Cawley

Directors:

ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS – Mrs. Missy Duckwitz

FACILITIES/SPORTS LIAISON – Mrs. Amy Bogansky

MEMBERSHIP – Mrs. Melissa Sumner

SOCIAL PROGRAMS – Mrs. Molly Dupee

COMMUNICATIONS – Mrs. Heather Hoover

MERCY CONNECTIONS – Mrs. Kristine Gonnella in coordination with Ms. Liz Sher