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Sep 6

Join us Friday, September 6, for the 42nd Charlie David Dinner, the largest community event of the year for Columbus Academy families!

5:00-7:30 PM
Lazarus Courtyard Area

As we prepare for another exciting academic year, PACA extends an invitation for you to make a difference by volunteering as a Room Parent, Grade Parent, PACA Committee member or team member at the Viking Corner Store. Your participation is crucial in creating a nurturing and enriching environment for our students.

Volunteering through PACA allows you to contribute your unique skills, talents, and perspectives to enhance the educational experience for all children. Whether you can spare a few hours at an event or join a committee, every contribution has a significant impact. Working together, we foster a strong sense of community, collaboration, and support that benefits our children, their education, and the entire school community. Please consider volunteering next year to help us create memorable experiences for our students.


We look forward to your involvement! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Director of Parent Relations Melissa Clarke Beckett.

Monthly Gatherings

PACA hosts monthly Connect meetings that all parents and guardians are invited to attend. At these gatherings, you will learn about events and activities that are happening on campus. You will also be encouraged to participate in any events that involve parents and guardians. All meetings for the 2024-25 school year will be from 8:00-9:00 a.m. on the fireside of the dining hall and dates for those will be forthcoming. 

2024-25 PACA Executive Board

  • Ellie Merritt-Zeiger | President
  • Carrie Stieg | Vice President
  • Gabriela May | Immediate Past President
  • Suzanne Tempelhof | Budget Manager
  • Aaliyah Arif | Secretary
  • Jordan Malhame & Michelle Singh | Lower School Leads
  • Kamy Bhalla & Nicole Bundy | Middle School Leads
  • Amy Huddleston & Kristin Stevens | Upper School Leads

To contact the Parents' Association of Columbus Academy, please email


PACA needs many different types of volunteers for a variety of school activities. Please click on the button above to fill out our volunteer form so you can be connected with the most appropriate people and groups for your interests.

Standing committees where volunteers are regularly needed include (lead parent contacts listed in parentheses):

Affinity and Alliance Groups

Columbus Academy has several parent affinity groups that are dedicated to appreciating and celebrating diversity in our community.

  • CAPSA (Columbus Academy Parents of South Asia)
    Helps to educate the Academy community about cultures, customs and celebrations including Diwali and Holi.
  • CPA (Chinese Parents’ Association)
    Promotes Chinese parents’ involvement in the school community by supporting and participating and sometimes organizing various social/cultural and educational events.
  • ¡HOLA! (Hispanic Outreach for Latino Awareness)
    Founded in 2015 to support and celebrate the Latinx community at Columbus Academy.

  • MOSAIC (Mobility, Opportunity, Social Equality, Action and Impact for our Children)
    Open to parents of students of African descent interested in continuing Columbus Academy's diversity efforts and works to foster a more inclusive school community.

  • Parent SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity)
    Open to all Academy parents/guardians, SEED serves to support the school’s commitment to making the lives of its families more equitable and inclusive by recognizing, learning and talking about the diversity in our multicultural world. Over the course of seven facilitated morning meetings beginning in September, we will share and listen to the range of questions, viewpoints and opinions formed by personal life experiences. Every voice is welcome at SEED. For further information or to join us, please contact Joyce Simson P’08 at