April 22, 2020
I hope you and your families are doing well. We have some important PACK business to cover in nominating officers for next year.
But first, even though AC’s Parent Appreciation Night was cancelled due to the COVID situation, we want to express our gratitude to all of you for your part in making Allendale Columbia School such an awesome place not only for our children but for the entire community. Your involvement in the school, whether it’s supporting your children’s education and social connections at home, participating and volunteering at events, decorating for the holidays, helping kids at drop off, having social get-togethers (in person before and online now), and your enthusiastic and generous support, enrich the quality of the student life and contribute to building a strong, resilient, and supportive community.
Now for the business that would normally be done on that Appreciation Night: nominating PACK officers for 2020-2021. I am happy to present our slate of candidates, all dedicated parents who have been enthusiastic volunteers and participants in the AC community (see brief bios below).
- President – Marie Timpani
- Vice President – Lisa Shearer
- Special Events Coordinator – Aly Rubelmann
- Lower School Division Liaison – Jane Wineberg
- Middle School Division Liaison – Vanessa Lemperle
- Upper School Division Liaison – Karen Franz Kacprzynski
According to our By-Laws, parents may also nominate themselves or another person for any of those positions. If you would like to make a nomination, please submit it, along with the endorsements from 10 other AC parents (email is fine), to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the day Friday, May 8th. If there are no other nominations by then, we will consider nominations closed and accept the proposed slate above as elected. If other nominations are presented, we will devise a way to allow members to vote.
We usually select Grade Liaisons later in the year. If you are interested in being a Grade Liaison for next year, please email us.
Marisa Casa has done an outstanding job as PACK Vice President! Normally, our Vice President would advance to President next year. Unfortunately for us, Marisa, Paul, Ava, and Abigail will be moving to California following the end of this school year. While we certainly wish them all the best, they will all be missed. Marisa jumped into the VP role with a strong commitment, a lot of enthusiasm, and great ideas. She is always looking to help in any way that she can, and we are so glad that she has continued this support through the school year.
Marie Timpani is nominated to serve as President of PACK for the 2020-2021 school year. Marie has been very active throughout her many years at AC, serving as Lower School and Middle School Grade and Division Liaisons for a total of 10 consecutive years, and she rallied parents to the cause of keeping AC independent.
Lisa Shearer is nominated for Vice President of PACK for the 2020-2021 school year. Lisa has been at AC for two years, with an alum now at Ithaca College and a 9th grader. She has served as 9th grade liaison and says that their move to AC has been life-changing.
The Division Liaisons strengthen our sense of community by bringing grades, parents, and children together. Some of their roles include working to ensure the successful execution of PACK and school events; they obtain volunteers for these events; and hold regular meetings with their grade liaisons to make sure there is open communication across the Division. Thank you Melissa Clark, Colleen Roof, and Dawn Williams-Fuller for your time and dedication to being our Division Liaisons for these past two years.
Jane Wineberg is nominated to serve as Lower School Division Liaison of PACK for the 2020-2021 school year. Jane has served as Lower School Grade Liaison for three years and her family has been with AC for five years.
Vanessa Lemperle is nominated to serve as Middle School Liaison of PACK for the 2020-2021 school year. Vanessa is a parent of a 6th grade student, Mathieu. Prior to AC, Vanessa served as a parent representative for eight years including Kindergarten and elementary school in France and as a teacher in India.
Karin Franz is nominated to serve as Upper School Division Liaison of PACK for the 2020-2021 school year. Karin’s 3 kids (a senior, a sophomore, and an 8th grader) came to AC starting with their middle school years. She has been a Grade Liaison for 7th and 8th grades.
Aly Rubelmann is nominated to serve as the Special Events Coordinator position for the 2020-2021 school year. Aly was 1st Grade Liaison, 2nd Grade Liaison and then 1st Grade Liaison again this year. Our Special Events Coordinator makes sure that PACK and school functions are organized, communicated and managed to run smoothly. Thank you, Tami Bilinski, for making sure that our events have been well supplied, staffed, and easy to sign up for during the past two years.
We appreciate all the efforts demonstrated by these parents in their PACK roles and as essential volunteers for AC events, and we certainly value their perspectives in offering very helpful thoughts and ideas towards PACK’s community building goals.
I would like to recognize and thank all of our current Grade Liaisons that I have had the pleasure of working with this past year.
Nursery: Casey Karafonda
Pre-Kindergarten: Rachel Kranitz and Anika Skarzynski
Kindergarten: Julie Barrett and Meridith Leubner
Grade 1: Courtney Pulire and Aly Rubelmann
Grade 2: Jessica DeWitt and Nicole Klimek
Grade 3: Mary McClelland
Grade 4: Deanna Sams and Jane Wineberg
Grade 5: Lindsay Fallen
Grade 6: Deborah Person
Grade 7: Marie Timpani
Grade 8: Karin Franz Kacprzynski
Grade 9: Lisa Shearer
Grade 10: Kristin Rorapaugh
Grade 11: Rob and Carrie Goodyear
Grade 12: Lisa Campbell and Claire Van Arsdale
These parents ensure that our families feel welcomed and connected, class and grade events are communicated and coordinated, and the necessary volunteers are organized. Thank you for your time and dedication to being our Grade Liaisons.
This past year, we worked together for an awesome Welcome Back Picnic on our campus. We enjoyed a fun Homecoming together, holiday decorating, and ice skating, and we supported so many efforts on campus and in classrooms. And our Book Fair at Barnes & Noble earned us more than double last year’s total, thanks to you. We rebranded our Coffee Connections as PACK Connections as we offered morning and evening sessions to accommodate people’s schedules. If you’re interested in joining the Connections Committee to explore topics for next year, or you have topics and presenters to suggest, we encourage you to email us.
It’s been a very tumultuous year, but we all feel excited about remaining proudly independent and wildly successful as a school and community. Our administration and faculty are doing amazing things in moving the school forward academically and financially. As a result of our school’s early investments, parents and students have benefited tremendously by the rapid and seamless transition to online learning and support of our community.
AC works best when we all join together — parents, students, faculty, and staff — to create a joyful environment in which we all thrive. Thank you, everyone, for the role you have played in making that happen. It has been an honor to serve as PACK President this year, and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with all of the volunteers and the entire AC community!
PACK President, 2019-2020