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Parent Association

Our Mission: The Parent Association is dedicated to the healthy growth, development, and well-being of Waldorf School of Pittsburgh through building community, fostering education through the lifespan, and nurturing the spirit in the school’s social life.

Realizing Our Mission

The Parent Association works in partnership with the Board of Trustees, faculty, and administration to further the goals of education and communication within the adult community and to assist those bodies toward the continued success and wellness of the school. 

Parent Association membership is free and welcomes all parents and guardians in the WSP community, at any stage of their child(ren)’s matriculation at the school. 

We work to realize our mission by:

  • welcoming and familiarizing new families 

  • strengthening each classroom community 

  • enabling dialogue between parents, the Board, faculty, and the leadership team

  • supporting volunteerism efforts

  • encouraging parental involvement

  • fostering a deepened connection to Waldorf pedagogy

  • providing hospitality to visitors 

  • facilitating faculty and staff appreciation efforts

  • encouraging the development of relationships between the WSP community and the community-at-large

Parent Association Initiatives

The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh Parent Association is responsible for a wide variety of events that strengthen our school community: ​

  • Coffee on the Grounds

  • Winter Gear Exchange

  • Winter Greens fundraiser

  • Grounds clean-up and gardening

  • The Gentle Roots Pantry

  • Co-ordinated faculty and staff gift-giving

  • Hospitality efforts during Back to School Nights, Open Houses, and special events

Other PA Support

The PA also runs two Facebook Groups: 
WSP Parents Group  
WSP Clothing/Gear Sale/Exchange

Parent Association Leadership

The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh Parent Association is led by two co-chairs and supported by representatives from each class. Every parent of a WSP student is considered part of the PA.


A Parent Association Representative to the Board attends all PA and WSP Board meetings to act as a liaison between the two groups. The PA Board Rep is a voting member of the board.

2023–2024 PA Co-Chairs
  • Todd Tomczyk

  • David Richie

2023–2024 PA Board Rep
  • Dawn Penny

Parent Association Meetings

Parent Association meetings, which are open to all parents, will be announced in the school newsletter and are included in the WSP Calendar. Class Parent Representatives attend all Parent Association meetings and report back to the parents of the class they represent on agenda items, events, and any needs for volunteers.



2023–2024 PA Meeting Dates

Saturday, September 9, 9–10:30am

Open meeting 

  • Format: In person

  • Topic(s)

    • Welcome / 2021–22 school year kick-off

    • Annual fund

    • Michaelmas


Saturday, Nov 11, 9–10:30am

Open meeting 

  • Format: In person

  • Topic(s)

    • Finance update

Saturday, Jan 6, 9–10:30am

PA reps only 

  • Format: In person or virtual

  • Topic(s)

    • TBD


Saturday, Feb 3, 9–10:30am

Open meeting

  • Format: In person

  • Topic(s)

    • TBD​

Saturday, April 6, 9–10:30am

Open meeting

  • Format: In person

  • Topic(s)

    • End of year gratitude planning 

    • May Fair

    • Introduction of new co-chair


Saturday, May 25, 9–10:30am
  • Format: In person

  • Topic(s)

    • End of year reflection

The Latest Parent Association News

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