Parents

Parents play a crucial role in their child's education in the community at St. Anne's-Belfield School.

From the admission process to graduation, parent involvement is key to student success, and the advancement of the community as a whole. Parents and guardians are invited to campus frequently to take an active role in our community, from after-school events to performances to volunteering.

View the resources below to learn more about being a St. Anne's-Belfield parent and click here to learn about the Parents' Association and click here to learn about other ways to get involved.

If you have an expertise or hobby that you would like to share with the School community, we want to hear from you! Please complete this survey to let us know ways in which you could be involved in or out of the classroom with our students.

 

Upcoming Parent Events

K - 2 Discussion Group

Grades K - 2 Parent Discussion Group
The School is happy to offer a new parenting discussion group with Director of Pre-School Programs Kathy Carpenter and School Psychologist Angie McHugh. Building on the S.T.E.P. philosophy, this class will focus on some of the issues of parenting children in Grades K - 2. There is no charge to participate in this group for all School parents/guardians.

Some of the topics that will be covered include:

  1. Why do children misbehave?
  2. Importance of emotions and life style - the "good parent"
  3. Encouragement - building the child's confidence
  4. Communication - listening to the child
  5. Exploring alternatives - expressing your ideas
  6. Natural and logical consequences as an alternative to rewards and punishment
  7. Application of natural and logical consequences to typical challenges posed by children
  8. Ways to develop your own confidence and potential

And many more subjects as brought up by your fellow parents.

This is a very supportive group, and all are welcome! If you've taken S.T.E.P. classes previously, this discussion group will be a good review.

Fall Sessions: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., 1 & 2 Commons
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30

PS Discussion Group

Pre-School Building Parent Discussion Group
The School is happy to once again offer parenting sessions with Director of Pre-School Programs Kathy Carpenter and School Psychologist Angie McHugh. The group will discuss major concerns of parents using the scaffolding of the S.T.E.P. program, which is the language we use for our youngest learners. There is no additional charge to participate in this group for School parents/guardians.

Some of the topics that will be covered include:

  • Why do children misbehave?
  • Importance of emotions and life style - the "good parent"
  • Encouragement - building the child's confidence
  • Communication - listening to the child
  • Exploring alternatives - expressing your ideas
  • Natural and logical consequences as an alternative to rewards and punishment
  • Application of natural and logical consequences to typical challenges posed by children
  • Ways to establish regular family meetings
  • Ways to develop your own confidence and potential

This is a very fun and supportive group, and all are welcome! If you've taken S.T.E.P. classes previously, this discussion group will be a good review.

Fall Sessions: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 26
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10
  • Wednesday, Oct. 17
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30

Angst Screening

Wednesday, Oct. 24  |  7:00 p.m.  |  Grisham Hall

The School will host a free screening of the documentary Angst with a panel discussion for Grades 5 - 12 parents on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in Grisham Hall. Angst is designed to raise awareness around anxiety. The film includes interviews with kids, teens, educators, experts, parents, and Michael Phelps. The panel will include special guests Matt Zimmerman, University of Virginia Department of Student Health, Amanda Sovik-Johnston, licensed clinical psychologist, and Caroline Megargel '10, MSW.

Grades 8 - 12 students will see this film at school.

Family Workshops

Parents Workshop: Our Children: Friendships, Bullying & Navigating Social Relationships
5:45 p.m. Dinner  |  6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Workshop  |  Brennan Hall

Grades K - 4 Student Workshop: Friendships & the Power of Words
5:30 p.m. Pizza Dinner  |  6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Workshop  |  Learning Village Dining Hall
 
Grades K - 4 parents and students are invited to the St. Anne’s-Belfield School Parents’ Association Family Workshops on Navigating Friendships on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
 
The library will also be open and pizza dinner available for students not attending the workshops. Click here to register. Questions? Please contact PA Programming Chair Corie King. Learn more about the presenter at myremarkableself.com.
Parent Resources

Pages Frequently Visited By Parents

The website has many pages of interest to our parents on a daily or weekly basis. A few of these include:

- Veracross Login

- Public School Calendar
Please note, Veracross calendars will always have the most information that is most specific to your child. Events on the website calendar are only those in which audiences other than parents might have an interest.

- Athletics Calendar

- Athletics Teams & Schedules

- School News (all divisions and alumni)

- Dining Menus

- Parent Volunteer Opportunities

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Website Parent Portal
Contains pertinent forms and documents, an archive of News & Notes, access to Veracross, and more. Please use your Veracross username and password to login. Should you forget this information, please change it via Veracross and then attempt to login again.

Fundraisers

Class Photos

Beautiful 8"x10" photos of each class are available for purchase. If ordered before the deadline, the cost is $20 for the first photograph and $17.50 for each additional photograph. If ordered on or after the deadline, a flat rate of $22.50 per photograph applies.


Rebate Programs

Please click here for information on linking your Harris-Teeter card (these cards need to be re-linked each and every year) and AmazonSmile (the same Amazon service you know but with 0.5% the price of your eligible purchases donated to the School). For more information on using AmazonSmile, click here.


Uniform Consignment Store

For guidelines, dates, and forms, please contact Jeanne Marie Holden at jmzholden@aol.com or visit our Uniform Dress Code page.

Click here to view more volunteer opportunities and to sign up!

LINK

Where new families find a warm welcome and join the information chain at St. Anne's-Belfield School!

A Parents' Association program, LINK is a network of parent volunteers who help integrate new families into the school community. New parents are introduced to host families with children in the same grade as their own who can help answer questions and provide friendly faces at School events.

If you are a new parent and have questions, please feel free to contact one of the Parents' Association LINK Coordinators: Ann Marie Parks, Kristin Dahl, Christy Majors, Krissy Vick, Kristy Croll, or Sarah Harry, or the Office of Admission.

2018 - 2019 Parents' Association Board

  • President: Meghan Welsch
  • Vice President: Sterling Frank
  • Treasurer: Karen Brooks-Fox
  • Secretary: Susan Holt
  • PS Coordinators: Caroline Walker, Rachel Baylor
  • LV K - 4 Coordinators: Mindy Vaughan, Alison Gulotta
  • LV 5 - 8 Coordinators: Betsy Granville, Sonnia Kesser
  • US Division Coordinators: Angie Oakey, Amy Eastlack
  • Communications: Maia Bannan
  • Parent Enrichment Coordinator: Pam Edmonds
  • LV Programming Coordinator: Corie King
  • US Programming Coordinator: Wendy Carlton
  • Arts Boosters: Mindy Vaughan
  • Athletics Boosters: Lucy Koch, Sarah Harry
  • Class Photos: Kelly Bruton
  • Consignment Chair: Jeanne Marie Holden
  • Faculty Appreciation – PS: TBD
  • Faculty Appreciation – LV K - 4: Christy Hickey, Pender Koontz
  • Faculty Appreciation – LV 5 - 8: Julie Lang, Kristen Hathaway
  • Faculty Appreciation – US: Kelly Bruton, Amy Emmanuel
  • Fall Family Picnic: Lucy Koch
  • Grandparents’ Day: Janie Perrone, Molly Bull
  • Library Coordinator: Janie Perrone
  • LINK Coordinators: Ann Marie Parks, Kristin Dahl, Christy Majors, Krissy Vick, Kristy Croll, Sarah Harry
  • Maroon & White Party: Maia Bannan, Pam Edmonds, Sterling Frank
  • School Liaisons: Maria Gall

2018 - 2019 Grade Level Representatives

Grade Level Representatives (GLRs)

  • Two's: Megan Carter
  • Pre-School: Katherine Brooks, Collen Chulis
  • Junior Kindergarten: Mike and Jen Coltrane
  • Kindergarten: Pender Koontz, Olivia Wages
  • Grade 1: Susanne Drescher, Ashley Hamilton
  • Grade 2: Alison Gulotta
  • Grade 3: Caroline Satira, Sara Adair, Mindy Vaughan
  • Grade 4: Laurie Kelly, Jaime Shifflett, Morgan Johnson
  • Grade 5: Tarpley Gillespie, Lisa Stewart
  • Grade 6: Amy Browne, Arika Cocke
  • Grade 7: Kirsten Sanok, Pam Edmonds
  • Grade 8: Ashley Buford, Rebecca Eustis, Mollu Jurick
  • Grade 9: Lori Berry
  • Grade 10: Kristy Croll, Shannon Horridge
  • Grade 11: Anne Jones, Kelly MacDougall
  • Grade 12: Fiona Forward, Elizabeth Muse, Gene Greer, Dania Chastain, Jeanne Marie Holden

Division Coordinators

  • PS Coordinators: Caroline Walker, Rachel Baylor
  • LV K - 4 Coordinators: Mindy Vaughan, Alison Gulotta
  • LV 5 - 8 Coordinators: Betsy Granville, Sonnia Kesser
  • US Division Coordinators: Angie Oakey, Amy Eastlack

Past Events of Interest to Parents

2017

  • PA Meeting – Deans of Faculty Development
  • She Started It ESTEAM Summit – Kim Wilkens, Tech-Girls
  • Head of School Coffee Chats
  • Virginia Film Festival with discussions
  • Inspiration Speaks – Erika Christakis and PS – Grade 2 Parent Chat with Erika Christakis
  • PA Meeting – Strategic Plan
  • Grade 12 Parents – Haze with U.Va. Peer Educators
  • Beyond Measure with panel presentation
  • Greenway Symposium – Dan Rosenweig, John Grisham, Paul Perrone, William Winter
  • LV Parent Book Club – Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People
  • Inspiration Speaks – “Dean Julie” Lythcott-Haimes
  • Grades 5 – 8 Math Overview
  • AP Classes Parent Chat
  • Grades 8 – 12 Parent Wellness Forum
  • PA Meeting – Mary George, My Remarkable Self (navigating technology and social media)
  • Escalation – Sharon Love and OneLove staff

2016

  • Mindfulness Lesson for Parents/Caregivers - Robin Albertson-Wren
  • LV Parent Book Club – Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
  • PS Parent Discussion Group (using STEP scaffolding)
  • Inspiration Speaks – Madeline Levine
  • Richard Ryan
  • Virginia Film Festival with discussions
  • Head of School Coffee Chat – Simon Sinek’s “On Millenials in the Workplace”
  • Greenway Symposium – Toan Nguyen, Wendy Amato, Timothy Longo, James Coan
  • BOLT: Be Outstanding Leaders Together Against Drugs and Alcohol (Grades 6 – 8 parents)
  • LV Parents Brown Bag – "The Kids Are Not Alright" (Time magazine piece on mental health)
  • She Started It – LeiLei Secor, Lorraine Sanders, Kim Maha, Suz Somersall ’02, Kim Wilkens
  • Introduction to Mindfulness – Robin Albertson-Wren
  • Screenagers – Rob Atherton (cybersecurity), Paige Perriello (pediatrician), Upper School Peer Mentors
  • My Teaching Philosophy – Erica Roth
  • LV Grade Level Spring Chats with faculty and Head of the Learning Village
  • AP Exam Committee Panel Discussion with undergraduate admissions reps
  • PA Meeting – Strategic Plan