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HSA builds the sense of community among all ACS families. We organize and sponsor popular activities and events, such as the Fun Run, Fall Fest, Holiday House, Artsonia, Student Enrichment Events, and others. HSA ensures the events provide solid growth opportunities for ACS students and families in areas such as personal development, fellowship, friendship, and community building.

We will also bring you information throughout the year about news and area events outside of ACS that may be of interest to parents and students of the gifted learning community. So be on the lookout for this information as well!

HSA is here to serve the ACS community and we welcome all ideas!


 Officers 2017-18

President Dhevi Kandasamy  
Vice President Barnali Das Khuntia  
Treasurer Caer McCabe Wild  
Assistant Treasurer John Ramirez  
Recording & Archiving Secretary Sarah Adler  
Corresponding Secretary Charlene Geary  


General Meetings (Tuesdays)

Officer Meetings (Tuesdays)
















Family Fun Run: 9/16/2017 (Saturday)

HSA Parent Panel: 9/27/2017 (Wednesday)

HSA Enrichment Gathering: 10/5/2017 (Thursday)

Fall Fest and Book Fair: 10/20/2017 (Friday)

Holiday House: 12/01/2017 (Friday)

HSA Enrichment Gathering: 1/9/2018 (Tuesday)

Parents Night Out: 01/20/2018 (Saturday)

HSA Enrichment Gathering: 2/23/2018 (Friday)

HSA Parent Panel: 2/27/2018 (Tuesday) 

Heritage Festival Week: March 03/13/2018-03/16/2018 (Tuesday to Friday)

Heritage Festival (Dinner & Performances): 03/16/2018 (Friday)

Donuts & Chocolates: 10/20/2017 (Friday) & 12/01/2017 (Friday)


 Committee Chairs 2017-18

Fun Run - Sarah Adler, Deepali Mittal, Natalie Powell

The Fun Run committee and the ACS Development office work together to organize this annual event.  Whereas the Fun Run was once a school day event, it now takes place on a Saturday, allowing all members of the school community to participate.  The event has grown to include carnival games and other activities for young participants.  The committee works to recruit, coordinate and direct the many volunteers needed both before and during the event. The Fun Run promotes health and fitness, and works to strengthen the ACS community.


Fall Fest Book Fair - Raquel Johnson, Jenny McKendall, Genene Murphy, Heather Pleune, Natalie Powell, Cindy Stathakis, Ling Yeh

This committee is responsible for planning and organizing the annual Book Fair.   Some of the committee’s responsibilities include coordinating logistics with an outside vendor, managing the many parent volunteers who set up, staff and take down the fair, and establishing a system for accurately handling and tracking receipts.  In addition, the committee works with the administration and teachers – who prepare wish lists for the classrooms and library – and is responsible for communications (e.g., posters, flyers, newsletters) to promote awareness of the fair.  Proceeds from the Book Fair benefit enrichment programs offered to ACS students at Gatherings.


Fall Fest Dinner - Teresa Arlis, Becky Carrigan, BJ Marshall, Jacquie Orr

The Fall Fest Dinner committee is responsible for helping to plan the theme, decorations, food and logistics for this annual family get-together.  The committee also recruits, organizes and directs the volunteers and assists the Eighth Group students – who serve the dinner – in their preparation for the event.  Tips from the Dinner Patrons go to the Eighth Group, who typically use it to purchase a class gift to the school.


Donuts & Chocolates - Jignasa Bhavsar, Sarah Opler, Farah Turk

This committee helps plan and coordinate the sale of donuts and chocolates during both Fall Fest Book Fair and Holiday House.  The committee organizes volunteers to help pick up donuts, set up, staff the sales booth, clean up and close out sales.  Proceeds benefit enrichment programs offered to ACS students at Gatherings.


Holiday House - Tracy Blackburn, Nadia Bowman, Margie Davis, Jessica Frees, Megan Rasmason

ACS’ Holiday House is planned and organized by this committee.  The committee works to secure a diverse group of vendors and coordinates logistics with them.  The committee is responsible for organizing the parent volunteers who set up, staff and disassemble Holiday House and for establishing a system for accurately handling and tracking receipts.  The committee also promotes awareness of the fair through posters, flyers and newsletters.  Proceeds from the Holiday House benefit enrichment programs offered to ACS students at Gatherings


Parents Night Out - Komilla Chawla, Laura Murray

The Parents Night Out committee plans and coordinates an annual adults-only social event.  In past years, this event has included dinners, wine tastings, bowling nights and Trivia Nights.  This event provides an opportunity for ACS parents to socialize with one another.


Heritage Festival – Games around the World - Artemis Anos, Michael Gorman, Carissa Means, Susan Ozsvath

This committee recruits and organizes volunteers to lead games, activities and crafts, all of which showcase and celebrate the diverse cultural heritages of the school community.  During Heritage Week, students participate in these volunteer-led events during their recess period.


Heritage Festival – Dinner & Performances - Deepali Mittal, John Ramirez

This committee helps celebrate the cultural diversity of our school by planning a casual family dinner at the end of Heritage Week. The format of the dinner is determined by the committee members, and can be a pot-luck or catered event. The evening also typically features ethnic performances by our students. The committee members handle performance sign-ups and logistics.



Enrichment - Jackie Gupta, Jacquie Orr, Niema Qureshi

The Enrichment committee is responsible for identifying and organizing special events and gatherings for ACS students.


Artsonia - Deepali Mittal, Kulchitt (Toy) Vilaichitt, Ling Yeh

The Artsonia committee takes photos of student artwork each month and/or coordinates volunteer photographers to do so.  A committee member may also photo-edit some of the work once it’s been uploaded.  The committee collects signed forms from parents at the beginning of the year and communicates with room parents and the ACS community when artwork is uploaded to the site.  Because of the work of the committee and the volunteer photographers, ACS can participate in this wonderful program that allows families to purchase items featuring the students’ artwork.


Go Green - Stephanie Bullwinkel, Meg Dedolph, Heidi Engel, D’Arcy Meyer-Dombard

The Go Green committee works with school Administration to plan green initiatives for ACS students and families throughout the year.


Treats for Teachers - Thomas Lawler

The Treats for Teachers committee organizes volunteers to deliver “treats” (e.g., fruits, vegetables, cheese and crackers, baked goods) to the teacher’s lounge on selected dates through the year.  This program was developed as one way to show our teachers how much we appreciate their efforts. 


Memory Book - Sarah Adler, Tracy Blackburn, Beth McNish, Jennifer Reenan

This committee recruits and coordinates Memory Book volunteers from each group.  The committee determines the standard platform on which the books will be created and establishes the basic requirements for the books.  The committee supports the volunteers through training sessions, helping the volunteers take or collect photos and providing feedback on the books as they are created.  The committee also determines the book deadlines, promotes the books in the school community, works with the printer to get the books printed and helps to deliver the books. 




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