Wellington Parents Association
WPA Board Leadership
Welcome to the WPA!
As a parent or guardian of a Wellington student, you are automatically a member of the Wellington Parents Association!
Getting involved and volunteering your time at school events throughout the year is a great way to use your skills, meet new people, build lasting friendships, and support our children. Parent volunteers are always needed and most welcome. The WPA's goal is to support, promote, and strengthen the school community. Wellington has a wonderfully diverse community, and both values and celebrates individual voices.
We hope you will join us in our effort to support the school and the entire Wellington community. We still don’t know exactly what this year will look like, but we will keep you up to date on all events and activities. Please keep an eye out for WPA emails and join us for our monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of each month.
We look forward to meeting you soon!
Sara Schroter P '30 '35, WPA President
Varsey Laurelle P '32, WPA VP & President-Elect
23-24 Executive Committee
President: Sara Schroter
Vice President/President-Elect: Varsey Laurelle
Treasurer: John Dickson
Secretary: Jenny Logan
Parent Connector Coordinator: Janet Swarthout
LS Room Parent Coordinator: Cheryl Fries
Parent Affinity Groups:
Parents Raising Black Students (MOSAIC): Jackie Butler & Emlah Tubuo
LGBTQ+ Families: Lance Demaline Blair & Alexis Hansen
Muslim Parents: Hadele Banna & Bebe Hida
AAPI Parents: Sherry Liu & Kerry & Krupal Gor
Jewish Parents: Taylor Pressler Vydra & TBD
¡HOLA! Hispanic Origin Latin American Parents: Arlette Garay & Holly Tong &
Lisette Benitez Pagniano
Neurodiversity Parent Affinity: Hillary Bates & Nancy Tewksbury
Single Parents: Kourtney Willis & TBD
Volunteer Coordinator(s): Karen Minton
New Family Liaison(s): Gerrie Brand
Events Coordinator(s): Becca Andorfer
Athletic Booster(s): Rebekah Monroe
Sokol Store Coordinator(s): Amy Rupp
Pre-Loved Apparel Coordinator(s): Varsey Laurelle & Tracy Godfrey
Visual and Performing Arts Advocates (VAPA): Defne Kocak & Jenny Johnson
Abbott Family Learning Center Coordinator(s): Karen Minton & Heather Chen
Lunch Bunch Coordinator(s): Amanda Roberts & Susan Littleton
Lost & Found Coordinator(s): Amanda Roberts
Annual Fund Coordinator(s): Amber Merl
STAND Representative(s): To Be Determined
Digital Citizenship Task Force Coordinator(s): To Be Determined
WPA Staff Liaison: Melanie Eggleton
23-24 Parent Connectors
Little Jags: Jingjing Schneider
Prekindergarten: Michelle Weingartner
Kindergarten: Kristin Hummell
First Grade : Wendy Kirkland
Second Grade: Amber Merl
Third Grade: Heather Chen
Fourth Grade: Kim Mermis / Susan Littleton
Fifth Grade: Stacee Buechel
Sixth Grade: Amanda Roberts
Seventh Grade: Jodi Kushins / Janet Swarthout
Eighth Grade: Janet Swarthout
Ninth Grade: Defne Kocak
Tenth Grade: Jennifer Miller
Eleventh Grade: Kate Spirko
Twelfth Grade: Nutan Ruegsegger
Get involved with the WPA
Wellington is a community that encourages connections and engagement for everyone! Wellington has a vital need for parent volunteers. Whether you have 15 minutes or 15 hours to volunteer - there is a place Wellington can benefit from your talents and interests! Indicate your interest to help, and a WPA facilitator will reach out to learn more about your areas of interest and share immediate ways to get involved.
When you become a Wellington parent or caregiver, you automatically become a member of the Wellington Parent Association. All WPA meetings are open to the entire parent community and we welcome you to attend to listen in and engage on the important issues we discuss. Join us in person in the Edwards Conference Room on the dates listed below. If you'd like to join remotely, please login to the parent portal at www.wellington.org/login, and go to your portal calendar for the Microsoft Teams meeting link. Please use your full name while connecting so we can verify you are a current Wellington parent.
Meeting minutes are shared on the WPA Veracross portal homepage, through our Microsoft Teams channel, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- September 13
- 8:15-9:00 a.m. (NEW DATE)
- October 10
- 8:15-9:00 a.m.
- November 14
- 8:30-9:15 a.m. (DUE TO ONE WELLINGTON DAY)
- January 9
- 8:15-9:00 a.m.
- February 13
- 8:15-9:00 a.m.
- April 9
- 8:15-9:00 a.m.
- May 14
- 8:15-9:00 a.m. (one week late due to Staffulty Appreciation Week)
The Wellington Parent Association supports its members in a variety of ways. The following affinity groups have been formed by WPA members, and Wellington parents are encouraged to get involved. A description and contact information for each group is included below.
Parents Raising Black Students Affinity Group (MOSAIC)
MOSAIC is an affinity group for parents that are raising black students here at The Wellington School. Our mission is to provide support and community to our parents, to our children, and to the greater Wellington community.
LGBTQ+ Families Affinity Group
The Wellington School’s LGBTQ+ affinity group is for parents, caregivers, and allies who strive to build community in order to support one another and our children through their unique experiences at The Wellington School.
Muslim Parents Affinity Group
This group started organically in 2019 when a group of moms met for coffee one morning and created a What’s App group to stay connected and share ideas. We have expanded to support all Muslim parents, and we are looking forward to connecting with more Muslim families at Wellington. We welcome new ideas and opportunities to share our stories and unique experiences with the school community.
AAPI Affinity Group
Wellington’s AAPI Affinity Group was founded in 2021 with a mission to bring Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) families together, foster shared experiences, support increased cultural awareness at Wellington, and reinforce the value of diversity and inclusion within families.
Alongside Wellington’s Administration and DEI committee, the AAPI Affinity Group knows that the deeply troubling and tragic events related to rising anti-Asian violence seen across the nation must be met with continued efforts to raise awareness, deepen understanding, and create a community of belonging. The AAPI Affinity Group is committed to being a part of this journey to make positive change and impact.
In the 2020/2021 school year, the group’s pilot initiatives included: compiling the list of AAPI-relevant books and documentaries, cross-division parent conversations, and ink-painting/calligraphy activities in lower school. For the current school year, the group aims to create a series of activities to engage families and the greater Wellington community that include Asian-cultural festival events (Mid-Autumn Festival, Diwali, Lunar New Year, among others), APPI history book donation, and group playdates.
¡HOLA! Hispanic Origin Latin American Parent Affinity Group
Founded in 2023, HOLA has a mission of fostering a love of languages and being proud of speaking multiple - of any origin! We strive to encourage families to celebrate multicultural gifts. This group is to be hub for parents raising Spanish speaking or otherwise multilingual children. We will participate within the Wellington community to be a resource for one another as well as the school at large. Join us!
Neurodiversity Parent Affinity Group
We are a group that welcomes all parents and caregivers interested in exploring and celebrating a diversity of learning and processing styles such as ADHD, dyslexia, autism and others. We also work to build resources to create a supportive environment for those experiencing conditions that can challenge neurodivergent individuals in our culture, such as OCD, anxiety, sensory needs, procrastination, time blindness, etc. . .
Jewish Parent Affinity Group
Contact: Taylor Pressler Vydra & TBD
Wellington's Jewish Parent Affinity Group is newly formed in 2023. We look forward to actively supporting the Jewish community here at Wellington.
Single Parent Affinity Group
Contact: Kourtney Willis & TBD
As single parents, or co-parents, there are often struggles that are hard to explain to other two-parent households. It’s nice to be able to have a community of people who understand. Please consider gathering with us to help normalize some of the daily tasks that can make co-parenting or single parenting seem tough. We will plan activities with families, as well as just parents, so that we can connect and build a stronger community, together.
Supporting Wellington has never been easier! Register your Kroger Loyalty or Giant Eagle Advantage card, then shop and scan. It’s that easy! Additionally, link your Amazon account and shop from Amazon Smile and Wellington will receive a percentage of the sales. Registration is simple and detailed below. Once you’re enrolled, there is no need to re-enroll annually, Wellington will continue to benefit year after year!
- Visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/31-0977200. This link is unique to Wellington.
- Sign in and accept Wellington as a beneficiary of the Amazon Smile donations.
- When you’re ready to shop, please log in either through the link above or from smile.amazon.com. Once you’re registered, Amazon will remember your preferences moving forward.
- In order to receive credit, shopping must be completed through either of the two links above. Credit will not be received if you shop from the mobile app or if the top left banner says “Amazon Prime”.
- It may be a good idea to bookmark the unique shopping link. Amazon Prime Smile will appear in the top left to confirm Wellington will receive the donation.
Amazon Smile App
- Open the Amazon app on your phone
- Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
- Select "Wellington School" as your charity
- Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app
- Visit www.gianteagle.com/AFTS
- Sign in or create an account with your Giant Eagle Advantage card
- Visit the My Schools Programs page (live link will be #3 under “It’s Easier to Register”)
- From the Dashboard, “Manage Schools” under the “Apples for the students” box
- Enter school code 4687 and click Add to confirm Wellington
- Visit Kroger.com and sign in or create an account
- On the top right of the screen, select “My Account” under your name or Valued Customer
- On the left, select “Community Rewards”
- Enter AH318 to select and confirm Wellington School
Shop the Sokol Store in person during regular hours (Monday-Friday 8-8:25 a.m. and 3-4:30 p.m.) or special events. Students in Little Jags through grade 4 must be accompanied by an adult. Middle school students may not access the store from 8:25 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Not available to shop in person? Shop online! Orders will be processed every Monday and available for pick up in the rotunda during school hours. New orders will be available beginning at 3 p.m. each Monday.