When you enroll your child in Rowland Hall, your family joins a caring community that values your participation—at the classroom level, in our parent-school organization, in parent and guardian education opportunities, supporting the arts and sports, and in helping to make the “extras” in “extraordinary” possible for every student. Parents are the vital ingredient in this supportive environment in which our students, athletes, and artists thrive. Getting involved at school is also a way for you to get to know other families who value the many benefits of independent education.
Parents at Rowland Hall automatically become a member of the Home and School Association, our parent-school organization. Both campuses have Home and School executive boards and regular meetings, at which parents plan and organize events such as classroom celebrations, used uniform sales, faculty appreciation events, new parent events, parent socials, and more. Home and School hosts three to four Parent Forum meetings a year, which often feature guest speakers who discuss topics related to parenting and student education.
Throughout the year, many volunteers are needed to assist on various committees. The Home and School committees include Back-to-School Night across all school divisions, Book Fair, Faculty Dinners, Puttin' on the Arts Recitals, Vision Screening, School Pictures, Family Caroling Evening, Candle and Carol, Faculty/Staff Appreciation Week, Color Day, and fifth-grade and senior graduation. Ad hoc committees are formed when needed for special issues or projects.
In addition, the Home and School Board presides over the committees of Parent Outreach, Parent Relations and Education, Hospitality, and Special Projects. Everyone is welcome and invited to participate in any of these activities.
Room representatives or grade representatives are parent volunteers who assist their child’s teacher with special projects and Home and School activities when needed. There are at least two room representatives per class or grade. The room representatives or grade reps collectively share the responsibility of various classroom or grade-level assignments.
Room or grade representatives are also responsible for coordinating class participation in annual events like Parent Socials, Faculty/Staff Appreciation Week, and Color Day.
When Rowland Hall uses the phrase community of learners to describe our school, we truly mean it. We strive to offer adults at Rowland Hall—teachers, administrators, trustees, and parents and guardians—opportunities for growth and development, just as we do for our students. Rowland Hall parents and guardians are our partners in education, and the more tools we can give adults to help their children, the better the outcome for all of us.
Individual teachers from the Beginning School and Lower School may invite parents or grandparents to participate or assist in a special classroom activity and/or field trip. The Beginning School and Lower School faculty often welcome parents who want to share a unique skill or interest.
Half Day/Whole Heart occurs in October each year, the afternoon after the PLAN/PSAT testing. The entire Upper School community (students, teachers, and parents who volunteer to help) blankets the Salt Lake valley to work with over 15 nonprofits for half a day.
In March, every other year, Rowland Hall staff, in conjunction with dynamic parent volunteers, organizes, donates, and decorates to make the school’s auction gala one of the most successful in the city. During the planning stages, the Board of Trustees decides which school priority will benefit from the proceeds, and in recent years professional development, financial aid, and the capital campaign in support of the Richard R. Steiner Campus have all received a boost from our auction guests’ generosity. Volunteering to plan and put on the auction is a fun way to meet other parents, and attending the auction with school friends makes for a night to remember.
Parents can become true green-and-white Winged Lions fans by becoming a member of the Booster Club with an annual donation of $50. Benefits include free admission to all Winged Lions’ home games. Benefits to our athletes are boundless! In recent years, new uniforms, camera equipment, training gear and more have helped our teams enjoy success on the courts, fields, and pools. Booster Club is an invaluable source of funding and volunteer support. It provides the fuel for Winged Lion spirit, school wide.
The Parent Social for lower, middle and upper school parents is an informal gathering that takes place in the fall typically at a home of Rowland Hall parents. It is an opportunity for parents to become better acquainted with other parents in a more causal and relaxed setting.