Events and Organizations
Throughout the year a variety of events provide opportunities for parents to be a part of the campus community. Current parents find that being a part of the team that makes one of these events happen is a great way to build their own network on campus.
Eat Lunch With Your Child
Parents to join their children for lunch on campus with great options from the grill. Proceeds support financial aid and parents make it all happen, from planning through cooking. Led by the BPO (Black Parents Organization) in late September, all parents are welcome to join the team to help before or after you eat with your own child.
Grandparents and Special Friends Day
On Friday, hundreds of grandparents or special friends come to campus for a classroom visit and lunch. Parent volunteers host the visitors assisting in both planning and putting on the event. With jobs ranging from classroom guide to golf cart driver to serving lunch, parents help make this day go smoothly for our visitors. It will be easy to find a role for yourself in this busy day.
Families return to campus on Saturday to enjoy great music and our traditional barbecue chicken. A casual day on campus with all kinds of opportunities for parents to help.
Library Donation Sale
A special book sale on this weekend allows grandparents and parents to browse options to donate an addition to the school library. Come enjoy seeing wonderful new books and maybe pick a book yourself to add to our well loved library collection.
The Great Pumpkin Sale
While on campus, families can pick a pumpkin from a great selection. Sales support financial aid.
Art Visions Fine Art and Craft Sale
Paideia hosts local artists for a sale that raises funds for the visual arts program. The sale kicks off on a Friday in November with a party and gallery opening for parents in the evening and continues through the weekend. Come see the variety of works by talented artists and bring your talents to help hang art, cook delicious food or simply help with checkout.
In the spring, hundreds of Paideia parents join forces to put on our largest financial aid fundraiser. Come join us for the party and think about the talents you can offer to help make it happen. Talents needed range from folks to request sponsors and donations, to doing set up and decorations to serving food and drink. There is a role for everyone.
Junior High and High School Concert Attire Sale
Parent organizations support the campus in many ways. Below is a brief description of some. To get involved, be sure to fill our your “Interest Survey” in the Parent Sign up Center of our website. You will get emails to let you know of options for getting involved during the school year.
Art Partners supports the visual arts department with activities throughout the year ranging from hands-on time assisting in elementary classrooms to helping hang a gallery show.
Black Parents Association (BPO)
The Paideia BPO is the first organization of its kind among Atlanta-area independent schools. It sponsors events throughout the school year to support African American students and their parents, including the popular “Eat Lunch with your Child” picnic in September, an annual program for Black History Month, and a spring reception to welcome new students and honor graduating seniors.
Friends of the Performing Arts (FOPA)
FOPA provides support to Paideia's music and drama faculty and programs. FOPA members host a reception after each concert, help create the playbill for concerts and help students order their concert attire each year.
The Paideia Green Team has been connecting our campus and community to the natural world since 1998 by focusing on improving our environmental practices. The Green Team also hosts a campus-wide clean-up, the Zero Waste Thanksgiving Feast, the Re-Use a Shoe program, and an Elementary Earth Day Celebration.
The Latino Parents Group
The Latino Parent Group is composed of Latin American parents and/or children and other members of the Paideia community who are interested in supporting Latino culture and families at Paideia. Our major annual event, the Paideia Latino Heritage Celebration, includes a Day of the Dead altar competition, food, dancing, and live music. Our lively, informal family gatherings typically take place twice a year.
Python Booster Club
The Python Booster Club is the all-sports membership organization supporting Paideia athletics, student athletes, and our athletic venues. Membership in the Python Booster Club is open to anyone with an interest in Paideia athletics. Even if your child is too young to participate on a team, your membership now strengthens the program that will eventually support his/her involvement. Furthermore, as a member, you’ll receive discounts on season tickets to school athletic events.
Rainbow Pi provides a welcoming space for those members of the Paideia community who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Through social and educational events, the group strives to create awareness of LGBTQ issues on campus and in the wider community while providing social and emotional support for students, families, and staff. Annual events include Paideia Pride: Back2School Family Welcome and end-of-year BBQ and Ice cream Family Social.
The Urban Gardening group helps maintain our three off-campus farmlets by participating in seasonal planting and harvesting at our organic gardens.
Ongoing Volunteer needs
- Pi Bites
- Development Office
- Bakers for Coffee with Paul
- Paideia Cooks
- Hospitality Committee
- Office Busters
- Paideia Elementary Service Committee (PESC)
- Paideia Quilters
On any typical day you are likely to find parents around campus helping out in various ways. Every class is different and teachers choose to ask for parents’ assistance in different ways.
For younger students, parents might help out by playing math games, listening to early readers or simply having lunch with the kids while the teachers are meeting to compare notes with other teachers. Older kids tend to have less need for “in class” time but teachers still appreciate drivers for field trips, shoppers to fill occasional special needs help with the annual auction fundraising project.
Paidiea has traditions that you will find at almost every age. A faculty/staff favorite are “Teacher appreciation” breakfasts or lunches hosted by parents. So find your favorite recipe for an egg casserole or, even better, learn to cook large quantities of bacon in the oven..
Also common are the Tuesday lunch “Pizza Sale” fundraisers. Students never seem to lose their enthusiasm for pizza and many classes, teams and clubs use Tuesday lunch to raise a little money. Parents are recruited to help by setting up, selling pizza or just counting money when it is over. You can expect to get emails asking for many pizza sales.