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AIM Parents Committee

A True Community, A World of Opportunities

Welcome to an exciting new school year at AIM. The AIM Parents Committee (APC) provides many ways for AIM families to stay connected and to participate in the overall spirit and culture of the school. 

The first APC meet-and-greet is held the first day of school and offers an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming year of events and how you can get involved! This is a wonderfully active group that plays an essential role in making your child’s experience even better at AIM. It also allows you to get to know other families, create new bonds and friendships and allows for mutual support if needed.

To give you just a glimpse, here are some of the events we need volunteers for: Fall Fest in October, AIM Open Houses throughout the year, AIM Gala in the Spring, our Book Fairs in the fall and spring, Grandfriends Day, Teacher Appreciation, and our new Family Game Night event in January!! 

There are also many opportunities throughout the school year for parents to attend student performances and to participate and volunteer in those related activities.

Below are more detailed descriptions of some of the events the APC needs volunteers for. Please take a minute to complete our APC Volunteer form to let us know what you might be interested in helping with. 

Don’t hesitate to contact the APC at should you have any questions – I look forward to a fantastic year!

Rachael Berman

APC Chair








APC Events


Fall Fest is a celebration of the changing season for our students and an APC fundraiser for the school. It is a fun afternoon of amusements, crafts, food stations and booths. Volunteers are needed to contract vendors, set up, sell tickets, man the stations, gather contributions, organize student volunteers, break down and clean up after the event.


Grandfriends Day is a special afternoon or morning where Lower School and Middle School grandparents or special friends come and enjoy that time with their AIM student, touring the different classrooms and learning about what happens during a school day. Volunteers are needed to set up tables that hold the little presents we send home with these special friends, and to register/check-in all grand friends. Volunteers are also needed to breakdown any tables set up for this special day.

EXAM BREAKFASTS (Winter and Spring)

Another wonderful tradition at AIM occurs during midterm and final exam weeks. Breakfast is served to the Middle School and Upper School students before they take their exams. Volunteers are needed to donate, collect and serve food during these breakfasts.


The APC hosts a book fair each spring to celebrate reading and to prepare for summer reading assignments. Volunteers are needed to set up and break down the book fair, assist children with book selections during the day, replenish items on the shelves, and to operate cash registers.


This lovely evening organized by the Development Office and a large group of volunteers is the largest fundraiser of the year. Volunteers are need for a range of tasks including selling sponsorships, acquiring auction items, decorating, logistics, registration, menu planning and more.


A teacher appreciation luncheon is sponsored for our devoted AIM teachers near the end of the school year. This volunteer committee coordinates collection of food, decorations, and favors for the teachers. Organizers help set up and clean up.


The School level parent representatives are information ambassadors. The role of the representatives and volunteers are to serve as communication liaisons between the APC Chairs, or school faculty /administration and the grade level parent representatives.


The grade level volunteers keep the grade’s parents informed on upcoming events and issues pertaining to their grade. They will organize things such as teacher gifts, and food for class parties. They will reach out to parents and disseminate any information that HSA or administration needs to get to the parents.

APC Division ANd Grade Level Representatives

Looking for some information about APC or class events. Reach out to your division chair or class parents for more details.

AIM Parent Committee

Rachael Berman, Chair

Division and Grade Level Representatives

Lower School

Jennifer Adams, LS Division Representative

TBD, 1st Grade Class Representative

Dana Oller, 2nd Grade Representative

Anne James and Jennifer Miskiel, 3rd Grade Representatives

Katherine Rohan Grosh and Carrie Pestronk, 4th Grade Representatives

Jessica Hammel, 5th Grade Representative

Middle School

Steph Jaeger, MS Division Representative

TBD, 6th Grade Representative

Kim Dean and Nicolette Theisen, 7th Grade Representatives

Diane Coppola, 8th Grade Representative

Upper School

Sara Erlbaum, US Division Representative

Michelle and Phillip McConnon, 9th Grade Representative

Christine Giordano and Wendy Studner, 10th Grade Representatives

Patti Conlan, 11th Grade Representative

Denise Cooper, 12th Grade Representative