What We Do

Receptions after student performances, artist and author residencies, Charger Cup, Charger Derby 5K, parent and student Ubuntu events, interview skills development programs, FunFest, parent breakfasts and lunches -- with big events and little touches, PTAA volunteers enhance the CA experience for our students, faculty and families.

📅 Our Calendar and Leadership Job Descriptions

Arts Hospitality

Arts Hospitality hosts receptions for MS and US chorus, dance, drama, band, orchestra and visual arts programs. Volunteers set up, serve snacks and beverages and clean up. E-mail chairs Joy Jenkins or Kim Meymandi to learn more.

Book Fair

BOOK FAIR chairs Artemis Newman and Elisabeth McMahon plan and execute the annual Cary Academy Library fundraiser. E-mail today to learn how you can help.

Caring Committee

The PTAA Caring Committee has been established to support Cary Academy community members in times of need. Some examples of the support we provide, to the best of our abilities, depending on circumstances and need include: welcome note and small gift to new CA employees; congratulatory cards upon the birth of a child; cards of condolence, support, and encouragement in times of need (death, illness, injury); meal(s) for CA families and employees in times of need (death, illness, injury). Contact Paula Corkey and Jen Newnam for more information.


Charger Club

A component of the PTAA, is CA’s Athletic Booster organization. Working closely with the Athletic Department, Charger Club supports all aspects of CA athletics by promoting school spirit, good sportsmanship and volunteer commitment. Contact Cindy Mason, Scott Tunley, or click Charger Club to learn more.

Cultural Arts

Cultural Arts partners with CA faculty and administration as well as community groups to bring to CA innovative arts experiences that enhance school curriculum. Lisa Todd and Julie Morris welcome program interest.

Derby 5K

Join us on May 5th, 2018 for the third annual running of the Charger Derby 5K Fun Run/Walk! The 5K course is on the CA campus and begins and ends on the CA track. All are welcome and encouraged to participate! The race is organized to engage the entire Cary Academy community, to appeal to every runner and walker, and offers a wide range of opportunities for participation and involvement. Go Chargers!


Provides support for families of different racial and ethnic groups, religious traditions, genders, sexual orientations, ages and socioeconomic statuses and encourages participation in PTAA activities. Events include Student Ubuntu, which celebrates the sights, sounds and foods of various cultures, and Parent Ubuntu, an evening offering parents the chance to learn about and discuss diversity and multiculturalism topics. Learn more from co-chairs Donnell Mitchell Sr., Vicki Welch, and Nancy Astrike.

Employee Appreciation

To let CA faculty and staff know just how much parents value their contributions to student lives, the Employee Appreciation Committee coordinates snacks and meals during the school year and hosts a breakfast or lunch during a trimester break. Chairs Alia Farris and Karla LaSasso welcome assistance setting up, providing food and hosting events.

Fun Fest

Penelope Kopf, Audra Swartz, and Amy Deitrich coordinate the PTAA part of the team effort with the Advancement Office that results in Fun Fest, CA’s annual carnival. Volunteers provide on-site and data entry support for this popular family event.

Grants Program

Cary Academy PTAA Grants Program:

Supports events that bring the CA community together to enrich, entertain and/or celebrate CA, and supports activities that enrich and enhance the diverse areas of CA student interest within and beyond current academic curriculum.

Applications are reviewed monthly first by the PTAA Board followed by the Grant Oversight Committee. Applicants are notified of the decision within 5 days of review. Grant recipients will be asked to sign an agreement letter before funding will be authorized.

Interview Skills

Peter Ginsburg and Kristin Murphy work with staff to plan and coordinate PTAA’s Interview Skills initiative, which provides every Junior with skills training and a practice college interview, and gives every Senior a chance to schedule a an additional practice college interview or practice job interview.

Middle School Representatives

Heidi Sandreuter and Suzanne Bright serve as PTAA’s liaison to MS administration, coordinates MS-wide activities like Charger Cup (the MS field day), serves on the PTAA Board and assists Grade level representatives, who coordinate grade-level activities for students and parents (e.g., student social events; parent lunch volunteers; parent breakfasts, lunches and dinners).

New Parent Programs

Contact co-chairs Helen Harris, Gina Flynn, and Jennifer Ferris welcome families new to CA and help them get acclimated, as well as support the CA Admissions Division by assisting at Open Houses and Information Sessions and by giving guided tours to prospective families.

Nominating Committee

The 2017 Nominating Committee is beginning the search for great candidates to fill next year's PTAA leadership positions. To find out more information, to volunteer or to nominate someone click here. For detailed job descriptions click here. We would also love for you to fill out our 2017 Volunteer Survey.


Thanks to the photos of CA PTAA events that Photography Committee members share, the PTAA web pages and PTAA Auction slide show feature pictures of students, faculty and volunteer parents. To learn more about this committee, e-mail committee chair Lisa Kadis.

Upper School Representatives

Andrea Owens-Byrd and Bonnie Reed coordinate US-wide activities for students & parents, serve as liaisons to US administration, serve on the PTAA Board, assist and sponsor Student Council events and assist Grade level representatives, who coordinate grade-level activities for students and parents (e.g., student social events; and parent breakfasts, lunches and dinners).


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