TASIS England Parent Association (TPA)
Connecting the TASIS Community: Parents, Teachers, Students and Administration.
The TASIS England Parent Association (TPA) is a group of volunteer parents working together to promote close relationships within the school community and to facilitate communication between the parents, students, faculty, staff and administration.
The TPA enables all members of the TASIS England community to enrich their time in England and at the school in several ways:
Connecting the community through the Buddy Family Program, Saturday Intramural Sports program, Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, Teacher Appreciation Week, Pub Lunches, Divisional Coffees and other social events.
Communicating through the Parents' website, weekly e-mails, bi-monthly executive board meetings and the other school publications.
Enhancing the school environment through fund raising activities such as the sale of TASIS England merchandise and spiritware, holiday greens sale, social events and sports concessions. The funds raised throughout the year help provide the school and faculty with those "extras" not allocated in the annual school budget.
TPA works in close collaboration with the TASIS England Administration and with PIRC, the Parents' Information and Resource Committee, which offers settling-in seminars, coffees and library resources throughout the school year to help families transition.
TPA Coordinates several key programs and events throughout the year
The TPA is involved throughout the year supporting the boarding students and their parents in various ways. We have a dedicated Boarding Parent Representative on the TPA Board to assist with communication between the boarding families, with both day families and the school.
Currently, you can volunteer to bake a cake for the boarders birthday by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is our way to make them feel supported by the TASIS community. TPA encourages day families to donate undistributed Halloween Candy from Trunk or Treat to the boarding students.
The day community also helps support our boarding students through our FABS (Families Assisting Boarding Students) program. A day family can "adopt" a boarding student who is interested in additional support from a local family. FABS are asked to provide care packages during move in and exam weeks and to invite your adopted boarding student to your house for a home cooked meal.
Day families are encouraged to invite boarding students to spend some time off campus, in their homes. This is especially encouraged over Thanksgiving weekend. Inviting a boarder over to your house is easy. During daytime you do not need any permission, provided that the students return to campus by the deadlines (11:30 on Friday and Saturday and by 7:00 on Sunday).
If you invite the student for a sleepover, you need to submit an invitation to the school via email (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone no later than than 5:00 p.m. on the Thursday preceding the weekend.
- The boarding student must submit an application form to the Upper School Office by 9:45 a.m.
- Written parental permission to the school by the boarding family
- On the understanding that an approved adult chaperone will be present, the school will allow the overnight travel permission.
New initiatives from the TPA are coming soon... Look for these in the near future.
Every August, the TPA Family Picnic allows new families to meet and socialize with other new and returning families. It provides a venue where new families can meet their buddy families and learn more about the resources available in the TASIS community. Children can enjoy games and activities as well as tour the school and meet their fellow classmates. Volunteers are needed to coordinate, sign in attendees and help to oversee various parts of the event.
Held before school starts and throughout the school year, these popular lunches are a great way to meet other TASIS England parents who live near you. These are always a great opportunity to meet new families who have joined the TASIS community.
Throughout the year, all new TASIS families are assigned a "buddy family". The buddy family is available to help the new family adjust to living in the UK and feel a part of the greater TASIS community. Typically, buddy families will have children of a similar age and gender as the new family.
Every December the halls of TASIS are decked with boughs of holly and other festive, seasonal decorations. Volunteers help put up and take down holiday decorations.
Every February, TASIS parents show their appreciation to TASIS teachers, staff and administration by hosting a week long celebration, the highlight of which is the annual TASIS Appreciation Luncheon. Teacher classrooms and faculty lounges are decorated for the week and special snacks or treats are provided on different days of the week. Volunteers help deocrate, deliver snacks and gifts and provide the food for the TASIS Appreciation Luncheon.