Community Life

Parent Faculty Association

Academic challenge, personal growth. What happens in the classroom is only the beginning.
When a student enrolls at Derryfield, the entire family joins the community. We have a thriving Parent Faculty Association that organizes events and offers programs to make everyone feel welcome at the School. Class parents and connecting families mentors are there to answer questions and serve as a resource for all parents. PFA volunteers are crucial to running several community events and programs throughout the year, culminating with the Spring Benefit.

If you are a current parent, we encourage you to log into and check out the PFA page on the Resource Board.

PFA Programs

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  • Monthly Meetings

    The PFA hosts monthly meetings throughout the school year. We encourage you to attend these meetings as it is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other parents, hear from faculty, and get involved with PFA events. All meetings are held at 8:00 a.m. in the Gateway Building Seminar room on the second Wednesday of the month. We hope to see you there!
  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteer opportunities at Derryfield are plentiful. Below is an example of some of the events and programs that utilize PFA volunteers.

    - Class Parents
    - Back to School Picnic
    - Grandparents' and Special Guests' Day
    - Country Fair
    - Theater and Concert Refreshments
    - Theater Liaisons
    - Art Gallery Openings
    - Admission Ambassadors (parent volunteers for admission events)
    - Connecting Families (ambassadors for new families)
    - Derryfield Merchandise
    - Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon
    - PFA Spring Benefit (our annual fund raising event)
  • Class Parents

    Class parents act as liaisons between the parents and the School and help foster parent-to-parent communication. They communicate with the Head Class Advisor and keep parents informed of events, while supporting the efforts of the Parent/Faculty Association. Please do not hesitate to reach our to your class parent(s) with any questions or comments.
  • Family Connections

    The Family Connections program, which was established to foster a warm, welcoming atmosphere for new families, pairs new families with 'veteran' Derryfield families who can show them the ropes as they enter the Derryfield community.
  • Spring Benefit

    Every Spring, the PFA hosts a benefit that brings our community together for a night of fun and fundraising. Last year's Annual Spring Benefit was held on May 13, 2017 at LaBelle Winery in Amherst. It was a terrific night where parents, friends, and faculty came together to connect with friends, old and new, while raising money for the school through live and silent auctions. Last year, we continued our support of Breakthrough Manchester and financial aid. Additionally, the school was able to install solar lighting and water bottle refill stations with some of the funds raised.

PFA Mission Statement

The Derryfield Parent Faculty Association (PFA) works to deepen the connection to our school and to each other by enthusiastically engaging parents in the work and spirit of our school.
Executive Committee
Co-Presidents: Lisa Neville & Lea Kelsey
Vice President: Ann Tierno
Treasurer: Lisa Strong
Secretary: Lauren Hines
Faculty Liaison to the PFA: Mollie MacDearmid

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  • Family Connections Profile: The Bolducs

    The Bolduc Family is involved with Derryfield’s Family Connections program, which was established to foster a warm, welcoming atmosphere for new families by pairing them with ‘veteran’ DS families. Denise and Dan believe it empowers parents to have as much information before school begins as possible, and also provides a connection to the Derryfield community.....
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