It was my pleasure to serve the GA community as Parent Chair this year. Thank you to everyone who attended Parents’ Committee meetings, and offered help and support along the way at the events and in the classrooms. I was lucky this year to work with a smart and dedicated group of women on the Executive Committee and I to want to thank them for their guidance, support and friendship. I also want to thank Carla Zighelboim for all that she does behind the scenes to support the GA parent community – she does so much more than I ever realized.
Thank you to our standing committee chairs and grade level co-chairs for all of their hard work. Thank you to the GA security team and maintenance crew for helping us with our events and Bill Korhammer and the dining room staff for providing us with food and beverages. Thank you to Sue Szczepkowski, Jonas Jeswald and Chris Nelson for always making time to meet with us. Thank you to Rich for taking time to attend our parent meetings and keeping our community up-to-date on the state of the school. Thank you to Marcy Kramp and Jamie Aronow for being true friends and devoted advisors to the Parents’ Committee. And a big thank you and best wishes to Michelle Wood as she takes over the reigns next year! CLICK HERE for the photos from the Appreciation Breakfast.
This letter would not be complete without special recognition being given to Annamarie Hellebusch and Michelle Wood and their entire Kentucky Derby Gala Committee for an extremely fun and successful event. Good food, good fun, amazing decorations and great prizes and auction items all combined for a grand total for our school of over $120,000! CLICK HERE for the Smugmug Gallery photos.
Congratulations to Jamie Aronow P'15, '18, this year's winner of the Dedicated Parent Volunteer Award. A member of the GA community for 16 years, Jamie jumped in during her very first year and never looked back. She has chaired the Book Fair, Wrapping Paper Sale, and Casino Night. She has served as an Annual Fund Caller, grade-level co-chair and Parent Green Partners leader. She led the Parents' Committee as Chair, and served as Treasurer, Middle School Chair and Upper School Chair. In her speech to Jamie this morning, Executive Advisor Marcy Kramp quoted Mr. Rogers, "I hope you are proud of yourself for the times you've said YES, when all it meant was extra work for you and was seemingly helpful only to someone else." Congrats Jamie!
It has been my privilege to be a part of this amazing and exceptional Germantown Academy community for the past 18 years. As life points my family in a new direction at the end of this school year (we are returning home to Wyomissing, PA), I want to thank everyone here at Germantown Academy for being the best teachers, coaches, mentors and friends my family and I could ever have asked for. You will all be missed!
With Sincere Thanks,
Gina Zabinski P’14,’16, Honorary ‘20